Every woman loves a girls-only getaway. The idea of a getaway, of course, is actually to get away. Away from errands, noise, chores, and distractions—while hopefully forging a fresh connection to yourself and re-centering with the ladies you hold dear. To truly do this, it takes a destination that spurs far more relaxation than it makes logistical demands.
It’s why Utah’s Red Mountain Resort, time and time again, rises to the top of the girls’ getaway list. It’s a quick two-hour drive from the Las Vegas International Airport (and a mere 30 minutes from the regional St. George airport), and you can fly in, hop in a car, and be in prime relaxation mode right away.
An Environment Perfectly Free of To-Do Lists
The beauty of Red Mountain (in addition to the stunning red-rock formations towering above the resort property) is that you have everything you need on-site, with no requirement to even get in your car unless you feel like it. Whether you cozy up in one hotel room with a pal or rent adjacent villas for your entire posse, you can read by the pool, hit up a fitness class, book a spa appointment, and take a stunning nature walk right on resort grounds.
When it comes to dining, you’re covered: the beloved Canyon Breeze Restaurant is on site and specializes in beautifully prepared meals that are healthy yet scrumptious and sourced sustainably and regionally whenever possible. The chef knows visitors come to the resort to enjoy a healthy getaway and designs cuisine that fulfills even the most robust hiker’s appetite without ruining anyone’s diet. (Naturally, the chef also feels that good wine has a role in relaxation, so diners can expect a perfectly selected wine list to complement the menu.)
Meanwhile, the adjacent Canyon Counter Cafe serves up coffee beverages, baked goods, and packable lunches you can enjoy poolside or on the trail. It all means you can go an entire trip without lifting a finger for food prep—and no matter what you order, you’ll feel great afterward.
Adding to the laid-back atmosphere is the fact that the resort is adults-only. While we all love kids, there’s something blissful about a quiet swimming pool and peaceful restaurant experience. So bring a great book to while away the afternoons and plan on great conversation over dinner, free of interruptions.
While you’re at the resort, you can find new depths of relaxation at Red Mountain’s acclaimed Sagestone Spa and Salon, where talented massage therapists and aestheticians provide a full range of calming, stimulating, and restorative treatments. They create custom blends of local desert botanicals, clays, muds, and salts to offer treatments you couldn’t find anywhere else.
The spa menu includes twists on beloved classics like the Himalayan salt stone massage as well as more holistic and alternative-inspired treatments like vibrational sound therapy, chakra clearing, and cranial sacral therapy. Book a package treatment and make a morning (or a day) of it with an intense age-defying hydrating facial or root-to-tip hair treatment.
Out on the Trail
Of course, if you care to set out on an adventure off the resort property, there’s a desert wonderworld to explore. Red Mountain sits at the entrance to the exquisite Snow Canyon State Park, which offers miles of marked trails for walking, jogging, and exploring. Its twisting, turning rock formations boast colorful stripes carved by geological forces over millions of years, dotted with sweet-smelling sagebrush and intrepid desert wildflowers.
A great way to experience the great outdoors without feeling out of your element is to arrange a guided adventure. The expert guides on staff can take you on an unforgettable excursion that challenges you just enough and leaves you deliciously proud and satisfied (with the photos to prove it).
On a guided excursion you can explore the natural setting without worrying about gear, navigation, or risk. Try your hand at an easy rock climb, paddle a local lake on a stand-up paddleboard, ride horses as the sunset paints the sandstones a glowing pink, or experience the sensory adventure of canyoneering, which combines rappelling, hiking, and scampering through twisting slot canyons.
If you are a biking fan, the resort maintains a fleet of quality cruiser style bikes that are complimentary for your to use. There are also guided biking excursions available.
You’re guaranteed to wrap each day out with a sense of accomplishment and a closer bond than ever with the friends you’ve shared the adventure with. Is it the perfect way to earn an extra glass of sauvignon blanc with dinner? We wouldn’t tell you what to do... but it’s highly recommended.