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BEST FOR BEACH BABES The Last House, Tangalle, Sri Lanka

5 girlie getaways under $200 a night The Last House

If your holiday happiness rests on your proximity to sand and sea, book into The Last House, whose lush lawn spills onto a two-kilometre stretch of beach. When you’re not busy Instagramming the local fishing boats or hopping on a bodyboard, admire the hotel’s Geoffrey Bawa architecture and spice-rack hues. Let staff know if you’d like a local masseuse to drop by and rub and scrub you; fishing trips on the hotel’s boat can also be arranged on request. Don’t go home without having chef Ananda’s crab curry or mullet with dhal sauce.
Smith extra: A one-hour head massage each
Rates from: $195 a night, excluding tax

BEST FOR NIGHT OWLS Cabochon Hotel, Bangkok, Thailand

5 girlie getaways under $200 a night Cabochon Hotel

Want to spend your nights carousing in Bangkok’s buzzing bars and your mornings recovering in a big boutique bed? Book into eccentric, cosy Cabochon Hotel, decorated with tortoise shells, typewriters and brass chandeliers. This eight-room retreat is tucked down a little laneway, so you can remove yourself from the clamour of the city when you wish. Ease your collective hangover with a dip in the rooftop pool and have a meal to remember at Thai Lao Yeh restaurant, whose menu canters from Chiang Mai to Laotian cuisine.
Smith extra: A homemade aromatherapy candle
Rates from $133 a night, excluding tax

BEST FOR GIRL GANGS Villa Mathis, Bali, Indonesia

5 girlie getaways under $200 a night Villa Mathis

Take your gaggle of gals to Villa Mathis in buzzy Seminyak and stake out one of the five villas, each of which has its own pool (decorated with relaxation salas, day beds and fragrant frangipani). You’ll also have your own living area, dining areas and butler service. This Parisian-inspired paradise will woo you with French-Balinese fusion food – best enjoyed alfresco, in the tropical gardens perhaps – and pampering spa treatments. It’s worth investing in the spa package, which features a pick of salt scrubs, facials, massages and milk baths. The beach is just 10 minutes away, as are Seminyak’s bars, boutiques and clubs.
Smith extra: An hour-long traditional massage
Rates from $187 a night, excluding tax

BEST FOR GOURMAND GIRLS Hotel Penaga, Penang, Malaysia

5 girlie getaways under $200 a night hotel penaga

Dig out your loose-waisted garments, ladies: Hotel Penaga – and its Cinnamon restaurant – is on a mission to feed you. Chef Haron Muzaffar Abdul Aziz has a playful approach, drawing from the Orient and Europe to create some left-of-centre fusion dishes, such as char siu lamb, duck with kimchi (pickled cabbage) and beef carpaccio with ginger-flower dressing. Wannabe mermaids will approve of the setting – if the restaurant was any closer to the pool, the waiters would have to wear flippers. Post-feast, toast friendship with cocktails in the Tanglung Bar, or walk off your indulgences at the Chowrasta Wet Market – a five-minute stroll away and well worth a peek for its spices, fresh produce and handicrafts.
Smith extra: A welcome drink each and one custom-made bamboo umbrella per booking
Rates from $102 a night, excluding tax

BEST FOR SPA ADDICTS MesaStila, Yogyakarta, Indonesia

5 girlie getaways under $200 a night MesaStila

If you don’t function properly before your morning coffee fix, you’ll fit right in at MesaStila, whose luxurious Javanese villas are set on a working coffee plantation. The caffeine theme continues in the award-winning spa, which boasts one of Indonesia’s only Turkish hammam baths and makes exclusive use of estate-grown and processed products. Additional lures include the spring water-fed infinity pool, the ornate Dutch-colonial architecture and two tempting restaurants. Don’t forget your walking boots (this is prime trekking country) and get an alternative breakfast energy fix with the five herbal-healing Jamu drinks on offer.
Smith extra: 20 per cent discount on a spa treatment (GoldSmiths get the same discount on a second treatment) and a bag of coffee on departure
Rates from $162 a night, excluding tax

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