Group getaways aren't just for the girls. In fact, it has become increasingly common for guys to take a luxury vacation together, whether with co-workers, college roommates or lifelong friends. These trips aren't just for bonding, either. Traveling to a new place with your buddies gives you all a chance to have totally unique & thrilling experiences, from water skiing to deep-sea fishing. You might even discover a skill that you never knew you had. Ready to take the plunge into one of these testosterone-fueled trips? Consider these ideas for the ultimate man-cation.
The whole package An ideal guys trip should allow you escape everyday stressors, let loose & indulge in your adventurous side, but if you're worrying about how much things cost, it's going to be difficult to relax. For this reason, consider all-inclusive travel. Since you know that most aspects of your stay are included, you can relax & enjoy your stay without worrying about what things cost. Beaches Ocho Rios, for example, provides a swimming pool specifically for scuba practicing, a bevy of water sports, an action-adventure water park & a championship golf course all on site, so you don't have to budget for most of your activities.
A trip fit for foodies It's no secret that guys like to eat – but did you know this common bond could make for a perfect themed getaway? Follow your stomach on a vacation that's based around trying exotic dishes & quality wines. Some resorts even offer packages that are designed to offer special culinary experiences. El Dorado Royale, an adults-only resort in Riviera Maya, Mexico, boasts a highly innovative gourmet inclusive program. That means all your gourmet meals & snacks are included in the price of your stay, as well as unlimited alcoholic beverages. In between all of the eating you'll be doing, you'll want to unwind with a brew in your room – & don't worry, staff restocks the minibar with a fresh selection every day. Then you can head down to the fish market, pick from the catch of the day & wait while the chef cooks it up for you. Head to the beach for a picnic, where you'll be waited on hand & foot by your butler, or enjoy a beverage from the pool swim-up bar. While food is certainly the focus here, beverages are not forgotten. You & your buddies can indulge in daily tequila tastings. Or, if rum is your poison, try any of the 31 different varieties in the mojito lounge.
Non-stop action If your group is seeking some serious partying, you'll want to look for a resort that caters to that kind of experience. Hard Rock Punta Cana is essentially designed with this idea in mind, with 15 pools, a 45,000 square foot casino, a golf club, gourmet dining options & a variety of bars right on site. For the VIP treatment, book a room on the Rock Star Level. A butler will be on call for any of your needs, the in-room bar is stocked with premium alcohol, & you can even choose your own pillow from the extensive menu. After feasting on a prime cut of steak at Toro, head to ORO Nightclub, where world-renowned DJs provide the beats & the party never stops. After nursing your hangover with brunch & a cocktail at Caffeto, hit up the Rock Spa for a detoxifying body treatment or a deep tissue massage. Just because you're dudes doesn't mean you can't get a little pampering now & then.