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Valhalla Women's Week
by Abby Tallmer, Ashley Wentworth and Stephanie Schroeder
January 4, 2011
Valhalla, the mythical heaven ruled by valkyries and goddesses, will come down to Earth on October 19-23, 2011. Beautiful women will gather at this terrestrial paradise to eat, drink and revel in each other's company. And the setting, one of the Caribbean’s most luxurious resorts, will be the exclusive domain of Valhalla’s guests. That’s right: the girls are taking over the entire Vieques W Retreat and Spa!

Valhalla Women's Week, a new venture produced by Maggie C. Events, Pandora Events and GO Magazine, aims to create a lesbian heaven on Earth on Vieques, the spectacularly scenic and secluded island off the coast of Puerto Rico. Seven hundred gorgeous women will descend upon the magnificant Vieques W Retreat and Spa for an unprecedented, women-only island escape.

Just a three and a half hour flight from New York, heaven is well within reach for any and all East Coasters. Valhalla's vacation package was designed with taste and attention to every detail, from the extra-large resort accommodations and custom-designed gourmet menus to the private beaches and opulent parties just for Valhalla guests. Best of all, no passport is required.

New York nightlife powerhouse Maggie C. Events, producer of Creme de la Femme and Stiletto; Pandora Events, who brings you Florida’s uber parties Girls in Wonderland and Women's White Party; and GO Magazine are proud to serve as your hosts for Valhalla Women's Week.

The producers sought to develop a boutique vacation experience for women in a relatively undiscovered locale. “We were interested in how events like Aqua Girl, Dinah Shore and the Women’s White Party could translate into a more intimate, exclusive vacation package for women," says Pandora Events' Alison Burgos. "We were drawn to the idea of a fashionable and upscale event.”  Last August, Maggie C. of Maggie C. Events and a scouting party of 10 curious women visited the Vieques W Retreat and Spa to sample the facilities. The unspoiled miles of pristine private beaches and luxurious appointments of the resort convinced them Vieques was the place. “It was so incredibly relaxing,” says Maggie. “The service is amazing and the amenities are unparalleled.”

Guests will arrive at Vieques' Antonio Rivera Rodriguez Airport, where they can refresh with a cocktail at the W Welcome Lounge before going ahead to the resort. Just a three minute ride from the airport, the Vieques W Retreat and Spa gives guests a warm and friendly island welcome as they settle into their ultra-modern accommodations.

Valhalla Women's Week will encompass the entire resort, and only Valhalla guests will be privy to the fabulous amenities that the brand-new property offers. The W’s 155 oversized rooms range from the comfortably plush Wonderful Room to the aptly-named Spectacular Room. All accommodations feature ocean views from private balconies or terraces. Rooms and suites can house different configurations of guests, including singles, couples and larger groups. The Vieques W Retreat and Spa features every conceivable type of quarters; from the poolside Fantastic Suite to the breathtaking Wow Suite, all of which spare no expense in providing comfort, state-of-the-art technology and entertainment options for guests.

Each class of accommodation offers more square footage than the traditionally grand W signature rooms. In every room, the famously deluxe W bed offers a pillowtop mattress swathed in 350-threadcount sheets, goosedown pillows and down duvets. The bathroom, hardly an afterthought, features an open plan design with the exclusive Vieques tub: a virtual work of art sculpted in steel and shaped like an old-fashioned bathtub. A backrest and wooden bath tray fit with the oversized basin for the ultimate in sensuous soaking. Complimentary Bliss products and snuggly cotton spa robes are included. 

The W anticipates the other needs of its hyper-connected clientele with high-speed Internet service, iPod docks, 42-inch LCD TVs with cable, in-room movies and dual-line phones. Chances are, though, Valhalla's guests won't be spending much time indoors.

Valhalla Women’s Week features a full menu of daytime and nighttime activities. As Valhalla will have the run of the W facilities, the two pure white-sand beaches—one clothing-optional!—will be the exclusive realm of Valhalla's bathing beauties for the week.

The Vieques W Retreat and Spa lies along a bioluminescent bay, which glows with microscopic plankton come nightfall. By day, the pristine private beaches and resort facilities offer complimentary activities like swimming, sea kayaking, snorkeling, horseback riding, tennis, early morning yoga, volleyball and poolside fun. A 24-hour fitness center and full complimentary breakfast bar get guests moving in the morning. Plush poolside and beachfront cabanas are available for rental.

Opt for one of Valhalla’s private excursions to the bioluminescent bay or the catamaran snorkling sunset cruise. Special spa packages are reserved for Valhalla guests only, while visits to nearby towns allow visitors to explore the local culture. Valhalla is also arranging to bring local artisans and craftspeople to the W for an exclusive and intimate shopping
experience.

Throughout Valhalla Women's Week, Maggie C. Events and Pandora Events will produce a lineup of world-class entertainment featuring, among other talent, DJs well known on the scene. The club nights, poolside dance parties, comedy shows and performances with major recording artists and entertainers are the highlights of the week. Sexy evening bonfires on the beach will give guests a chance to relax and enjoy the sounds of the gentle surf. 

The W, already renowned for its exceptional cuisine, will collaborate with Valhalla producers to provide specially-designed and -priced dinner and cocktail menus crafted by celesbian chefs and other gourmands. Valhalla will offer sumptuous options for both intimate dinners and all-out banquets with friends.

For those wishing to venture off premises, more than a dozen Vieques beaches unfurl nearby, lapped by the dazzling Caribbean Sea and shaded by swaying palm trees. Pretty fishing villages buzz with island life.

Most of the island's beaches and awe-inspiring coasts are off the beaten track. Guests can discover immaculate playas for swimming, sailing, snorkeling and diving that are isolated from crowds, vendors and touristy distractions. And every beach has its own character and personality, from Navio, a turquoise expanse popular with volleyball players; to Sun Bay Beach near Esperanza, with snack facilities and camping; to remote Punta Arenas.

Above all, Valhalla guests can lose themselves in the charms of the island. Imagine  gazing across breathtaking vistas from your plush room, or brunching on your balcony overlooking your own piece of the heavenly beachfront. Contemplate dipping in the infinity-edged pool, bobbing in the clear blue sea or sipping a cocktail on the beach at sunset. With days filled with activities and nights packed with parties and entertainment, you can live it up as your hosts attend to every detail. Capture a little piece of heaven on this once-in-a-lifetime lesbian getaway.

Resort and event packages begin at $699. See valhallawomensweek.com for package pricing and complete information. 
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