- Best All-Inclusive Resorts for a Bachelorette Party
- What is an All-Inclusive Bachelorette Party?
- Turks and Caicos
- Dominican Republic
- Costa Rica
- Travel Advisories
- Best Bachelorette Party Locations, by Month
- January: CABO
- February: MIAMI
- March: PALM SPRINGS
- April: LAS VEGAS
- May: SCOTTSDALE
- June: CHARLESTON
- July: BANFF, CANADA
- August: HAMPTONS
- September: NAPA VALLEY / SONOMA
- October: NASHVILLE
- November: AUSTIN
- December: TULUM
- The 13 Best Spa Bachelorette Party Locations of All Time
- Here are our favorite resorts across the country for your spa bachelorette party.
- The Spa at Stowe Mountain Lodge | Stowe, Vermont
- Spa Aiyana at Carmel Valley Ranch | Carmel, California
- Spa Eden Roc at Nobu Eden Roc Hotel | Miami Beach, Florida
- The Spa at Mandarin Oriental Boston | Boston, Massachusetts
- The Sisley Spa at The Carlyle | New York, New York
- Lakeway Resort and Spa | Austin, Texas
- Sage Springs Club & Spa at Sunriver Resort | Sunriver, Oregon
- The Spa at Newport Marriott | Newport, Rhode Island
- Bliss Spa at the W Scottsdale | Scottsdale, Arizona
- Fern Tree Spa at Half Moon Resort | Montego Bay, Jamaica
- The Waldorf Astoria Spa at The Roosevelt Hotel | New Orleans, Louisiana
- Allure Day Spa | New York, New York
- Hualalai Spa at Four Seasons Resort Hualalai | Kailua Kona, Hawaii
- Real Bride Diary: My Chill AF Bachelorette Spa Weekend
- 1. The Swanky Getaway House
- 2. A Healthy Menu (& Favorite Treats)
- 3. DIY Spa Supplies
- Shop The Supplies
- 4. The “I Love You Guys” Brunch
- 6 Chill Activities for the Spa Bachelorette Party of Your Dreams
- Spa Pedicures
- Mud Baths
- Contact BlueSun
- The Ultimate Guide to Bachelorette Party Destinations in the Caribbean
- So, grab the SPF and get started with this ultimate guide to bachelorette party destinations in the Caribbean.
- You Want: To Feel Like You’re in the Maldives, Sans the 20-Hr FlightTry: St Lucia
- You Want: Lost-in-a-Jungle Vibes, But Also Proximity to the BeachTry: Tulum
- You Want: A No-Nonsense Beach Escape Where You Can Leave Your Wallet in the SafeTry: Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
- You Want: To Feel Like You’ve Chartered Your Own Private Bachelorette Party IslandTry: Nevis
- You Want: Ultra-Instagrammable Backdrop and Plenty of CultureTry: Cartagena, Colombia
- We found 3 top spots to host your bachelorette party! They are:
- 5 Bachelor and Bachelorette Party Hot Spots
- New York City
- Las Vegas, Nevada
- London, England
- Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
- Five Months Out
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Best All-Inclusive Resorts for a Bachelorette Party
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Another great bachelorette party idea is booking a trip to an All-Inclusive Resort on a Caribbean island. This means all your drinks and meals are included in the price, so there is no additional expenses (unless you want to tip, book an excursion, buy souvenirs, or book spa treatments). The problem with picking a resort is there are so many of them at each destination. Trying to find the perfect resort can be both frustrating and time consuming. Since we know your time is very valuable, we decided to do most of the work for you. After reading many travelers reviews and star ratings, along with the resort amenities, we came up with a list of the best all-inclusive resorts for a bachelorette party. Now, the only thing left is picking the destination and booking it.
What is an All-Inclusive Bachelorette Party?
This is a great question and one that will actually require you to do some research on the resort. Generally, all-inclusive resorts mean that the room, the meals, and unlimited beverages are included in one set price. This set price usually includes the use of regular resort amenities and some activities at the resort, but does not include the price of add-ons. What are typical add-ons that are not included in the price? Again, it depends on the resort, but generally things like snorkeling trips, any excursions out of the resort, and spa services are all extra. In addition, some resorts will also charge you for premium alcohol, Wi-Fi, or even for any alcohol at all. Because there is no regulation about what “all-inclusive” means, you want to make sure and read any and all fine print before you travel, to make sure and avoid any nasty surprises! However, do not take that as a negative for all-inclusive resorts. Many of them are located in gorgeous areas where there really is no need to pay for excursions out of the resort or for any extras. The very best deals in all-inclusive resorts tend to be located in the Caribbean, and their beachfront access and the usual inclusion of non-motorized watersports, including snorkeling equipment, in resort fees means that you will have plenty to do without feeling the pressure to spend any extra money!
Turks and Caicos
If you have a little more time for travel or a little bit more of a budget to spend, think outside of the Mexico and Jamaica box and consider Turks and Caicos for your bachelorette party destination. You will fly into Providenciales (PLS Airport) and you can find surprisingly affordable prices if you book ahead using a service like Expedia.com.
Though there are plenty of newer resorts on Turks and Caicos, we still love Club Med’s Club Turkoise. There is a reason that Club Med is considered one of the real founders of high-quality all-inclusive entertainment, and that is because Club Med does all-inclusive right. With a wide variety of activities, high-quality liquor, and great food, you can feel confident that you will have a great vacation for your all-inclusive price. Yes, some of the activities at a Club Med resort can feel a little silly, and unlike some of our other bachelorette party favorites, you may encounter children at the resort, but you are virtually guaranteed a great time!
If you decide to head to Mexico for your bachelorette party, there are basically 3-4 parts you want to focus on. The areas that tend to be the most popular amongst tourists are Cancun, Playa Del Carmen, Playa Mujeres, Cabo San Lucas, and Tulum. Cancun tends to have the most affordable prices with Tulum being much pricier. For all of these destinations, the airport you will be flying into is Cancun International Airport. If you are looking for cheap flights, we recommend Orbitz.com. Below are our picks for the best all-inclusive resorts in Mexico.
Hyatt Zilara Cancun takes everything you think you know about all-inclusive resorts and flips it on its ear. This resort screams luxury from the moment you arrive. Their suites are really impressive and even have some swim-out options that place you right in the middle of the bar scene. The hotel is on the widest stretch of beach in the wildly popular hotel zone and is an adults-only playground of white beach and turquoise blue waters. They have six dining area and five bars, so you
Excellence Playa Mujeres is an excellent choice. Located about 40 minutes from the airport, this all-inclusive resort features all suite rooms from junior suite up to a 2-story room with rooftop terrace and plunge pool. If you want to splurge a little more do the Excellence Club which gives you upgraded rooms, private check-in, private lounge, internet access, upgraded liquor and private pool. Expect to pay rates of $646 per night per couple and $778.00 for the Excellence Club.
Grand Velas Riviera Maya – You can’t go wrong with this option. Also located about 40 minutes from the airport, this is another all-suite all-inclusive experience in Mexico. If your group is foodies, you will love the 8 different restaurants on site, each with a different theme. Since you will most likely want to be away from kids, you should opt for the Grand Class, which is a little more money, but no children are allowed. This place oozes class which is why you will pay $2200 a night per room during peak season.
Le Blanc Spa Resort Cancun – Touted as the adult only all-inclusive paradise, can you really ask for anything else? This will be a great place for you and your girlfriends to party, eat, sleep, get massages, repeat. The resort includes fine dining, top shelf alcohol (such as johnnie walker, grey goose, havana club, and more), and 24-hour room service for some late night munchies. You have 4 different fancy restaurants to choose from and an amazing spa. Expect to pay around $913.00 per night per room (double occupancy)
If you decide to head to Dominican Republic, you should book a resort in Punta Cana. Although Puerto Plata has some great options as well, the all-inclusives are much more luxurious in Punta Cana.
The Punta Cana Princess All Suites Resort and Spa is one of our favorite all-inclusive resorts in the Dominican Republic. This 5-star resort is adults only, which means that you can get wild and crazy for your bachelorette party without worrying about corrupting any youth that might happen to be around! It is known for having a real party atmosphere, especially around the pool, and is a great choice if you want your bachelorette party to have that party vibe. Never fear, though, there will be options for some quiet R&R if you need to step away from the fun and do a little recuperating. You can head down to the beach, get a day bed, and get your drinks delivered by one of their friendly servers. This resort has beachside butler service, an included discoteque, an introductory scuba lesson in the pool included for each guest, and daily organized activities included in the price.
Sanctuary Cap Cana – If you are looking for an elegant, amazing, and relaxing resort this should be on your shortlist. Not only are the grounds absolutely stunning, it’s only a short 15-minute ride from Punta Cana Airport. They have all suite rooms which range from junior suites, to castle suites (yes, these rooms are in a castle they built). If you have a larger budget you may want to look into the Castle Island Suite, which includes two bedrooms, two and 1/2 baths, and three indoor plunge pools. For dinner we recommend going to the Steakhouse as the food parallels that of a fancy steakhouse in the U.S. Throw in some top shelf open bar and there is no way you won’t have a good time. We will warn you in advance that this is a relaxing resort not a party resort, so don’t expect a spring break pool scene or foam party. For their basic suite expect to pay around $520 per night during season.
Hard Rock Hotel – Remember this is your bachelorette party, so if you are looking to have one continuous party all weekend long, you must choose the Hard Rock Punta Cana. Located about 30 minutes from their airport, this resort is huge (121-acres). Whether you are enjoying drinks at their swim up bar, or just relaxing with a glass of wine in the jacuzzi in the middle of your room, there are so many reasons to say yes to this resort. It features 13 different pools (one being adults only), a beach for lounging out, an on site spa, and 12 different eating options (9 restaurants) around the resort. Throw in unlimited drinks and 24-hour room service, this will be hard to cross off your list. You can either opt to walk this massive resort or you can take the complimentary tram. Prices will run you about $380 per night (for two people) in their standard junior suite during season.
Chic by Royalton – This is another one you should add to the list. Around a 34 minute ride from Punta Cana Airport, this great modern adult only resort features two pools, private cabanas, 9 dining options, sports bar, spa, casino and nightclub. You can stay in their standard rooms or elevate your ladies weekend by paying additional for the diamonds club, or booking rooms in the Chic Mansion (which includes a total of 6 rooms and is 11,500 square feet). Expect to pay $1300 per night for double occupancy during peak season.
If you decide to head to Jamaica for your bachelorette party, you should opt for either Montego Bay, Ochos Rios, or Negril. Regardless of which one you choose, you will most likely be flying into Montego Bay (airport code: MBJ) as that offers the most flight options and is only a short ride to all destinations.
The Iberostar Grand Hotel Rose Hall is one of three all-inclusive Iberostar resorts in Montego Bay, it is usually considered superior to the other two, because, while the resorts all share some common properties, it is the only one that gives you full access to all of the resort amenities at all three properties. The rooms at this hotel are all-suites, alcohol is included in your all-inclusive prices, and you have plenty of bars and pools to choose from for your stay. You can also choose different packages to customize your stay including: golf, gastronomy, and yoga and wellness.
Zoetry Montego Bay – This 49 suite resort is an 11-minute drive from the Sangster International Airport, situated right on the Caribbean Sea and surrounded by some of the most beautiful ecological grounds. This resort features gourmet dining, unlimited top-shelf alcohol, amazing waterfront suites, and a wellness spa. For room option you should go with a junior suite swim out, so you can float from your room to the main pool. Make sure you check out Jerky Jo’s for some amazing jerk chicken and pork and Aroma Cafe for your morning coffee. Expect to pay $561 per room (double occupancy) per night.
Secrets St. James Montego Bay – Is another option you simply can not go wrong with. This resort located about 8-10 minutes from Montego airport, has 8-different room options from Junior Suite to Presidential. You should also look into the Preferred Club as it offers a bunch of upgrade options along with 10 different dining options as well as access to other nearby resorts they own (so even more dining, drinking, and partying options). Your group can indulge in unlimited top shelf spirits at the swim up bar or join in a yoga session on the beach. They also offer private airport transfers so you can hop off your flight, grab your bags, and head to the resort to start your vacation. A room with double occupancy should cost about $678 during peak season.
If you decide to head to Costa Rica for your ladies weekend, you should look into either Manuel Antonio, Los Suenos, or Papagayo (located in Guanacaste). If you opt for Los Suenos you will fly into San Jose Airport and take a 1 hr and 30 minute van ride to the resort. If you opt for Manuel Antonio or Papagayo, you will be flying into Liberia Airport (airport code: LIR) and take a 20-minute ride to the resort area.
Secrets Papagayo Resort – This adult only resort is located directly on the beach and surrounded by tropical gardens. They offer 9 different room options, which can also include their Preferred Club (upgraded rooms, amenities, etc.). It also has six different dining options with “Himitsu” as a favorite amongst visitors. The resort also features several parties ad theme nights (such as a karaoke party, and beach party). You can also opt for a water aerobics class, beach volleyball, and even group cooking lessons. For double occupancy rooms go for $1078 during peak season.
While it might seem like any vacation in the Caribbean practically guarantees a great time, it is important to keep in mind that no matter where you travel tourists are likely to be targets for criminal activity. This is true even if you are traveling to an all-inclusive resort that has a great reputation. So, even while you are relaxing, make sure and pay attention to your surroundings, use the buddy system, and report any suspicious activity to your resort and local police.
Jamaica has a known sexual assault problem and the local police lack the resources to respond to the crimes. If you travel to Jamaica, it is important to use the buddy system and to avoid secluded places or situations, even if you are on resort property or with resort staff.
Mexico is known for having high-crime in certain areas. While the resort areas generally have lower crime rates than outlying areas, criminals are known to target tourists and some of the all-inclusive resorts experienced a problem with tainted alcohol.
Now that you have read this article we hope you will have an easier time booking an all-inclusive resort for your bachelorette party. We recommend booking your trip package (which includes resort and flights) through a reputable company like Orbitz.com. We also recommend that anytime you are booking an expensive vacation you purchase travel insurance as well, to protect your investment, should an emergency situation arise. Now, all that is left is to put together all your things to pack and head to the airport.
Have any other amazing resorts to add to our list? Leave them in the comments below or on our forums, so that other bachelorettes can see.
Best Bachelorette Party Locations, by Month
We all know the best part of wedding planning is when you get to let loose with your chicas on the bachelorette weekend. Whether your bride’s ideal girls’ weekend involves soaking up the sun, sipping wine, or dancing the night away like it’s her final fiesta, here are twelve of the best bachelorette party destinations for every month of the year, and why we love them.
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With beautiful beaches, all-inclusive resorts, world-class dayclubs and a fantastic nightlife, Mexico’s party capital Cabo San Lucas is the perfect setting for any bachelorette party weekend. Cabo is easy, warm, affordable, and a ton of fun. If your girls are flying in from the West Coast, a flight down to Cabo is only a couple hours (and usually direct), and all-inclusive resorts give reasonable group options to party without breaking the bank.
Spend your days sipping margaritas on the beach (and definitely hit up Mango Deck), and your nights dancing at El Squid Roe.
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Where to stay for a bachelorette party in Cabo:
We love Pueblo Bonito for a luxury all-inclusive hotel with the best location in Cabo. It’s beautiful setting right on Medano Beach and beautiful white architecture that makes you wonder if you’re in Mexico or Greece, and makes for the perfect home base for a bachelorette party weekend. If you’re looking for the best bang for your buck, Solmar Resort’s all-inclusive hotel is affordable for a big group of girls, has a great pool, beach, and bar, and is everything you need in a bachelorette party hotel in Cabo San Lucas.
Sunny, sophisticated pool days mixed with wild Miami nights make this chic and spicy destination the ultimate bachelorette party destination for 2020. Miami is jam-packed with countless hotels, rooftop bars, restaurants, picture-perfect pools, great food, world-class beaches and day clubs, and of course plenty of nightclubs prime for dancing the nights away.
Miami is also relatively easy and cheap to get to for your girls, with one of the biggest airports in the US and plenty of flight options for girls coming from anywhere, but especially the East Coast, South, or Midwest.
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Where to stay for a Miami bachelorette party weekend:
If budget is no object, head straight to the 1 Hotel South Beach and their world-famous rooftop pool and super-elegant rooms. If you’re looking for a better deal without leaving South Beach, The Mondrian isn’t on the beach, but is a great, young vibe and a perfect hotel for a bachelorette party in Miami.
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March: PALM SPRINGS
Chase the warm weather with a desert-themed bachelorette party in Palm Springs. With sunny weather year round, and the best in shopping, dining and bar hopping, California’s Coachella Valley is now one of the best bachelorette party destinations in the US. It’s the perfect mix of mellow, poolside days mixed with a great nightlife.
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If you’re planning a bachelorette party in Palm Springs, also keep in mind you can go on a day-trip adventure to Joshua Tree National Park (about 45 mins away) if that’s something your group is feeling like doing for the weekend.
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Where to stay in Palm Springs for a bachelorette party:
The Saguaro Palm Springs is trendy, affordable, fun, and always a party. It’s pretty much the quintessential bachelorette party home base, and their pool is the picture-perfect spot to roll up in matching one-pieces and sarongs. There’s also the upscale, eclectic and chic Parker Palm Springs, which makes for a perfect bachelorette party base in the desert.
April: LAS VEGAS
It’s hard to beat a Vegas bachelorette weekend. And the best part about Springtime in Vegas is the pool parties are open but it’s not TOO hot yet. You can spend your days brunching and sipping mimosas at some of the best restaurants on the strip, go shopping with the girls, head to a pool party at Encore Beach Club or Wet Republic, and stay up all night dancing the year away in the best nightclubs. Oh, and, as girls in Vegas, you won’t have to spend much, if you make friends with a promoter on the strip, entry to clubs and pool parties for groups of girls is almost always free. If your bride-to-be’s style is a little luxe, a little splurge, and a lot of party, this is the bachelorette destination for her.
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Where to stay for a bachelorette party in Vegas:
Our favorites for bachelorette parties are The Wynn (especially during pool party season, since you’re right at Encore Beach Club – our favorite pool party pick), The Aria, and The Palazzo at the Venetian.
With 85 degree weather in May, sunny Scottsdale is an ideal destination for a Spring bachelorette party. Scottsdale has chic hotels, Vegas-level pool parties, a vibey nightlife and plenty of daytime activities, making it everything you could ever want for you and your girls on your bachelorette party weekend. Plus, it’s only 15 minutes from the Phoenix international airport – which often has cheap flight options from most of the US – making travel a breeze for all your girls.
Where to stay in Scottsdale for a bachelorette party:
W Scottsdale – hands down the best place to stay for a bachelorette party in Scottsdale. Plus, it has a great rooftop pool, and easy access to the best clubs, bars and restaurants in the city.
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With beaches, a charming downtown, endless shopping, and an incredible food and nightlife scene, it’s hard to top this sweet Southern city for a bachelorette girls weekend. June is one of our favorite months in Charleston, when the weather averages a beautiful 85 degrees, and stays warm at night.
Where to stay for a bachelorette party in Charleston:
If you’re looking for somewhere downtown, we love the chic rooftop pool at Hotel Bennett. If you’d rather stay in a house on the beach, and cab into downtown for the nights, we recommend renting a villa in Isle of Palms (like this one, or this one) or Sullivans Island (like this one, or this one). Both IOP and Sullivan’s have some really beautiful vacation homes with private pools just steps from the beach.
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July: BANFF, CANADA
Only a four-hour drive from Seattle, this lake town in the middle of the Canadian Rockies is one of the most adventurous bachelorette party destinations. The raw, natural beauty of the rockies is stunning, and perfect for the bride-to-be who loves a mix of nature and adventure, and is more outdoorsy.
In Banff, you can have your pick of jaw-dropping hikes: Grassi Lakes, Emerald Lake, Tunnel Mountain Trail or canoeing in the insta-famous Lake Louise. We also love the Banff Upper Hot Springs and grabbing beers at one of the many Canadian local breweries for some post-hike rest and relaxation. If you’re looking to blow off some steam, we recommend you do some two-stepping at Wild Bill’s, or head to the Dancing Sasquatch.
Where to stay in Banff for a bachelorette party:
Check out Moose Hotel & Suites or the Rimrock Hotel for good, affordable options in the heart of Banff.
If beaches, brunches, and popping bottles at the Surf Lodge sound like your perfect bachelorette party weekend, The Hamptons is the perfect destination. You can spend your days soaking up the sun poolside, partying at one of the beach clubs, or even go wine tasting for the day at one of the nearby vineyards like Wolffer Estate or Channing Daughters!
Where to stay in the Hamptons for a bachelorette weekend:
Stay right in the heart of the island with the rest of Manhattan’s jet-set crowd at the ultra-bougie Gurney’s Montauk, or rent a house that can fit all of you.
September: NAPA VALLEY / SONOMA
If you or your bride is a wino and looking for a destination that’s as sophisticated as she is, Napa or Sonoma is a great choice. Rent a villa in wine country, wine taste your days away in a private limo, get spa treatments, and spend your nights cooking dinner and playing bachelorette party games together in California.
Where to stay in Napa Valley for a bachelorette party:
Consider renting a villa with a lot of bedrooms (there aren’t many large houses in wine country, but here’s one in Sonoma with 6 bedrooms and vineyard views) or a few hotel together rooms at a hotel like Silverado Resort & Spa. or The Archer downtown.
The best wineries for groups in Napa:
Check out Castello di Amarosa, Berringer, Turnbull, V. Sattui, and Duckhorn for some of our favorite Napa wineries for groups.
With good food, good music, and weather in the 70’s, Fall is a great time to break out your cowboy boots for a bachelorette party in Music City.
Nashville is the perfect destination for brides who are looking to have a good time, and want a hip, trendy location without a hefty price tag. With live music on every corner and some of the best (and most affordable) nightlife in the country, you’ll never run out of things to do with a bachelorette party in Nashville. Take your group of girls bowling-and-brunching at Pinewood Social, check out rooftop bars like The Acme, eat the best fried chicken of your life at Hattie B’s, or hop on the Honky Tonk Party Express – yep, it’s a thing.
Where to stay in Nashville:
Anyhwere in The Gulch. Our picks for bachelorette party hotels in Nashville are The Thompson and The Omni, or get a house like this one, or this one.
Austin has everything you need for a perfect girl’s weekend – good food, great weather, tons of activities to choose from, a chill vibe, and a great nightlife. Your weekend will be filled with top-notch taco joints, delicious barbecue and the dozens of amazing open-air bars that line Rainey and Sixth streets.
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Where to stay in Austin for a bachelorette party:
We love The JW Marriott Austin for its rooftop bar and perfect location in the center of the city. And for a trendy boutique hotel option in the center of Austin’s famous South Congress district, check out The South Congress Hotel.
Let’s face it, by the end of the year, all your bridesmaids and favorite girls will be craving a warm-weather getaway, preferably South of the border. With a luxe jungle vibe, Caribbean water, boutique beachfront hotels, and the best Mexican food ever, Tulum, Mexico is an ideal destination for a winter bachelorette party.
Spend your days relaxing on white sand beaches and nights sipping margs in trendy bars with your girls. Tulum has a unique chill as hard as you want, party as hard as you want vibe that’s ideal for any group vacation.
Where to stay for a bachelorette party in Tulum:
We love Sanara Tulum for its beautiful beach, on-site yoga studio, and amazing restaurant The Real Coconut, and La Zebra Tulum for its huge beach, good food, and super trendy vibes.
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The 13 Best Spa Bachelorette Party Locations of All Time
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Not every bachelorette party has to be centered around crowded nightclubs and rowdy city streets. In fact, more and more bridal parties are catching onto the trend of hosting a spa bachelorette party for their weekend escape. This gives your group the best of both worlds—room for a little R+R and the opportunity to party to your hearts delight once you’ve found your zen. No matter your destination of choice, there’s a little something for everyone with a spa bachelorette party.
Here are our favorite resorts across the country for your spa bachelorette party.
The Spa at Stowe Mountain Lodge | Stowe, Vermont
Both for the thrill – and spa-seeking bride-to-be, this picture-perfect town is right out of a storybook. It’s quaint, quiet and totally breathtaking—no matter the season. With the Ultimate After Hours Club package at the Stowe Mountain Lodge, you and your girls can enjoy 21,000-square-foot’s worth of luxurious facilities (open after hours!) with stunning views of Mount Mansfield. They have a dry sauna, herbal steam, “rain panel,” and a hot tub, which you can have all to yourself. The package even comes with a customizable scrub bar of Himalayan sea salt and sugar with a variety of aromas and plus cocktails (because what’s a bachelorette party without some sips!).
Spa Aiyana at Carmel Valley Ranch | Carmel, California
This 500-acre resort and spa playground sprawls across the sunny Carmel Valley on California’s central coast. Their indoor-outdoor guest suites (with outdoor living areas!) include rustic-elegant furnishings and luxury touches, such as two-way fireplaces, luxury concrete soaking tubs and even whimsical upholstered rope swings (definite Boomerang material). Upon a legitimate treetop is the Spa aiyana, offering breathtaking views of the valley below and 11 treatment rooms. Their spa bridal menu specializes in “Queen Bee” treatment (Carmel Valley Ranch is home to Italian honeybees!). THeir “autiful Bachelorette” experience comes with customized massages or facials, a luncheon and champagne toast and choice of a lavender scrub or natural body bronzer spray tan, all in the VIP Aiyana Suite at the spa or poolside in a chic cabana. “The Hive” experience offers a chic poolside cabana, mani & pedis and champagne toasts.
Spa Eden Roc at Nobu Eden Roc Hotel | Miami Beach, Florida
Smack dab in the heart of Miami Beach is this exquisite resort, boasting dreamy views of the Atlantic in addition to three swimming pools to keep you and your crew cool in the scorching temperatures. Its prime location is just minutes from Miami’s famous Lincoln Road, home to dozens of shops and restaurants for your post-spa enjoyment. But before you hit the streets, let the Spa Eden Roc suck you into its 22,000-square-foot facility equipped with 18 treatment rooms, a scrub bar, sauna steam rooms, relaxation salon and VIP Cabanas. You and your ladies can sit back and relax while Eden’s team of masseuses treat you and your girl tribe to a truly holistic experience complete with new ESPA treatments, Nobu signature rituals and the purity of Natura Bissé skincare products. Loving the sound of Miami for a girls getaway? Check out our full Miami bachelorette party itinerary.
The Spa at Mandarin Oriental Boston | Boston, Massachusetts
Whether you’re Boston-born or Boston-bound, one thing that’s great about this young city is its multiplicity. But for those looking for a quieter weekend away with the girls, the Spa at Mandarin Oriental in the city’s coveted Back Bay is ideal. Your experience is completely customizable, as the spa allows you to pick and choose your own treatment from their wide selection of offerings including their signature Soakless Pedicure, Linda Meredith Couture facial or a body massage, to name a few. Post-treatment, you and your gals can come together again in the quartz crystal steam room, vitality pool or The Spa’s Tea Lounge for a light meal.
Mandarin Oriental Boston
The Sisley Spa at The Carlyle | New York, New York
Nestled away in the heart of the Big Apple is a dreamy and intimate spa space on the third floor of the famed Carlyle Hotel. With The Sisley Spa’s Pamper Together package, your spa bachelorette party can buy out the place and enjoy 10 percent off of all a la carte treatments including aromatic facials and restorative, full-body massages. Post-treatments, girlfriends can take a seat at the legendary Yves Durif Salon at The Carlyle and enjoy a blowout with master stylist Yves Durif and his expert staff. It’s also worth mentioning that the hotel’s next door neighbor is Central Park, which would make a stunning backdrop for group photos during your NYC bachelorette party.
Lakeway Resort and Spa | Austin, Texas
Nestled in the western corner of Travis County, just 25 miles west of downtown Austin and situated on the south shore of Lake Travis in the scenic Texas Hill Country, is the perfect lakeside getaway for your spa bachelorette party. The full service resort offers a boutique spa with panoramic lake views, a pool promenade of three large freshwater swimming pools with water features as well extensive event space, including a glass building with vistas from every angle. The Spa itself has seven soothing treatment rooms and a nail salon. Once you and your girls have been treated like the queens you are, you can check out the resort’s Back Porch lobby bar for some cocktails or their signature restaurant, TR, for an innovative Southwestern-inspired menu. See our complete Austin bachelorette party guide.
Sage Springs Club & Spa at Sunriver Resort | Sunriver, Oregon
Located just 20 minutes outside Bend, Oregon, Sunriver Resort offers luxurious accommodations for you and your best friends and an incredible spa bachelorette party. Their recently renovated spa has its own relaxation room, where your group can chill out, order food and beverages and unwind in between treatments. If couple’s massages are your jam, you and your besties can enjoy side-by-side massages and facials in their Duo Treatment Room. Other offerings include a private wet Oregon spa experience with a soaking tub, a rainforest shower and infrared sauna. Then, once you’re zenned out (if that’s possible), you and your girls can hit the new salon for haircuts, styling, blowouts and more.
The Spa at Newport Marriott | Newport, Rhode Island
For decades, Newport has been a prime spot for bachelorette partiers of all kinds. It’s stunning views of the northeast coast coupled with its eccentric nightlife makes for an all-around one-of-a-kind experience for you and your gals. But if you’re looking for a little R+R before or after your visits to the sandy beaches, hit up the Spa at the Newport Marriott—4,500-square-feet of eight treatment rooms, a private relaxation lounge and a full-service hair and nail salon. The hotel, which is situated right on the waterfront, offers an exclusive Relax and Be Well package (purchased in twos) includes overnight accommodations, $25 Food and Beverage credit for the Plank Bar, Bay Island Scrub for two people, (a 50 minute sugar scrub) at The SPA at Newport, plus reserved use of two Newport Marriott Villy Custom Bikes for a half day.
Bliss Spa at the W Scottsdale | Scottsdale, Arizona
There’s a reason Scottsdale bachelorette parties are majorly trending right now. In fact, the city now attracts more millennials than baby boomers thanks to their high-energy nightlife scene, innovative dining and outdoor pursuits galore. But for spa bachelorette parties who want to experience world-class services, as well as some fun final fling activities and nightlife, W Scottsdale can offer just that. Home to Arizona’s only Bliss Spa, W Scottsdale creates fully customizable spa getaways, including group massages and discounted beauty treatments, in-room manicure and pedicures with bubbly and custom airbrush tans (swoon!), all before the party hits the pool. The spa dovetails into the hotel’s new Detox/Retox/Repeat program, which pairs high-energy nightlife with restorative healthy amenities to take the edge off. Bachelorette groups can soak up sun in their own private cabana on the rooftop WET Pool Deck (the hottest hotel pool scene in the city and the only temperature-controlled “chilled” pool in Scottsdale). After a day of pampering, your gals can nosh on fresh bites and creative cocktails in the hotel’s Sushi Roku restaurant, before hitting the town.
Fern Tree Spa at Half Moon Resort | Montego Bay, Jamaica
Let’s start off by saying Princes Harry and Charles love this resort (seriously, both have visited!). A dreamy bachelorette party destination in deed, you and your girls can rent a private oceanfront villa with private pool and butler for an unforgettable escape. Fern Tree Spa spans 68,000 square feet and offers treatments in overwater bungalows and private pools amid lush tropical gardens. To get a bit more descriptive, their signature massage starts off with a foot soak while you breathe in scents like allspice. Then it’s 90 minutes of pure bliss. And, at the end, the therapist surprises you with a refreshing pour of rum on your back and bottoms of feet (ahhh).
The Waldorf Astoria Spa at The Roosevelt Hotel | New Orleans, Louisiana
From the pool deck to the spa, you and your girls won’t have trouble soaking up every bit of relaxation offered at this luxurious resort during your New Orleans bachelorette party. The 12,500-square-foot Waldorf Astoria Spa offers a bevy of beauty and wellbeing treatments, including facial and body therapies, harmonizing massages, intensive hand and foot therapies and niche experiences including the Bridal Glow. Once you and your crew are through with your treatments and the sun has set on the rooftop pool, head over to the historic Sazerac Bar in the hotel lobby for some jazz-inspired sips.
Allure Day Spa | New York, New York
For the ultimate girlfriends’ getaway in the heart of one of the most popular bachelorette destinations in the world, head to Allure Day Spa where you and your crew will be treated like princesses at the spa bachelorette party of your dreams. Their Girlfriend’s Celebration Package offers up a 30-minute body massages, peppermint sea salt pedicure, manicure, chocolates, plus an obligatory champagne toast for each of your girls. For the bride, the “I Do!” package is a dream come true, offering a 45-minute aromatherapy massage, facial, coconut milk pedicure, spa mani, plus a shampoo, blow dry and up-do! A makeup artist is also on-hand to help prep the group for a big night out during your New York bachelorette party.
Hualalai Spa at Four Seasons Resort Hualalai | Kailua Kona, Hawaii
If you and your gals are looking for a tropical island that doesn’t require a passport to travel to, Hawaii may be your best bet. And look no farther than the Hualalai Spa at the Four Seasons for all of your spa-rty needs. In its 28,000-square feet, there are 28 treatment rooms, 14 of which are outdoors. The Spa also features a relaxation garden, Waiea Garden and a co-ed sanctuary for relaxing and lounging with a calming stream. And if your crew prefers a women’s-only space, the spa’s women’s facilities offers an intimate steam room, sauna, outdoor cold and hot plunge pools and outdoor shower just for the gals. They also have a sports club and lap pool, so “spa-rtiers” can lounge by the pool, take a yoga or pilates class or play a round of tennis while other ladies are getting their treatments.
Four Seasons Hualalai
Real Bride Diary: My Chill AF Bachelorette Spa Weekend
Oh, I am spoiled! Two weeks ago my New York bride tribe threw me the most chill, most relaxing, absolutely “Claire Eliza” bachelorette spa weekend. And because all I want to do is relive our party every weekend, I’m here to relay to you how positively fabulous it was – and dish a few favorite beauty finds for your own DIY spa weekend (just-add-badass-babes).
Photos by Claire Eliza
So what’s the recipe for a perfect low-key Claire Eliza weekend, you ask?
1. The Swanky Getaway House
Photo by Claire Eliza
First, you whisk her away to a private abode, equipped with a saltwater swimming pool, wild flamingo pool floaties and app-controlled hot tub, far from the maddening crowds (Bedford, New York in this case). Want some inspiration? Here’s my Airbnb city escape wish list.
2. A Healthy Menu (& Favorite Treats)
Photo by Claire Eliza
Second, stock up on healthy fare from your favorite swanky grocery stores. My girls clearly know me well as they stocked the fridge with littleneck clams, halibut, branzini, trout, fruits and vegetables, and my beloved white burgundy all sourced from Manhattan’s Eataly. Healthy foods are essential for feeling good between facials, and by cooking at home for every meal we wasted zero pool & tanning time (my highest priority). Want a sample weekend menu? Save this shopping list below.
3. DIY Spa Supplies
Photo by Claire Eliza
Finally, our weekend was particularly “bridal” thanks to the collection of fabulous DIY home-spa products my ladies brought along. From face masks to Rosebud CBD oil, fancy sunscreen and my new favorite face massage tool (plus the best-friend-zen-effect) I left the weekend positively glowing. My girls sent me home with healthy skin goodies, and I’ll be buying a few more to continue the bridal home-spa on the reg until the big day. Shop our Bachelorette DIY Spa weekend below (don’t forget to bring along that Instax camera)!
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4. The “I Love You Guys” Brunch
Photo by Claire Eliza
We finished off the weekend with a swanky brunch at the Bedford Post Inn where I declared my teary-eyed love for the influential women in my life. These ladies not only enrich my life daily with their incredible friendship and impressive creative talents but they actually introduced me to my soon-to-be husband, and I am forever grateful.
Photo by Claire Eliza
(Those looking for my glorious, backless white bachelorette party dress, it’s on sale!)
Searching for more bachelorette (hen) party ideas? Find more inspiration here. Read all about our Mexican wedding fiesta in my Real Bride Diary.
Photographer: Claire Eliza
6 Chill Activities for the Spa Bachelorette Party of Your Dreams
Wedding planning is—by and large—a crazy, stressful whirlwind, so think of your bachelorette party as the perfect time to unwind with your best friends, whether you’re staying local or heading to an exotic location.
And if that means partying until the sun comes up and nursing a perpetual hangover, no judgment here (we love matching shot glasses as much as the next person). But in case you’d prefer self-care over screwdrivers, these spa-themed activities will be perfect for you and your crew. So sit back, relax and prepare to be pampered. (And embarrassing bachelorette decorations are still highly encouraged.)
If you want a gorgeous glow before your wedding day, a facial is just what the dermatologist ordered. The good news is that price points and types of facials run the gamut—so no matter your differing skin types or budgets, you can probably find one perfect for you and your girls, regardless of where you’re headed for your bachelorette party. (You can even do some DIY masks as an inexpensive alternative.)
We recommend: If you want to splurge a little for a luxurious spa experience (we’re talking robes and fancy machinery), try a Hydrafacial, available across the country.
Nothing beats a blowout. If you’re planning at least one night out with your girls for your bachelorette party, try simultaneously pregaming and getting pampered beforehand. You can easily find group rates and VIP rooms at blowout bars across the country—complete with complimentary champagne. Regardless, pretty much any salon will give you a blowout for an affordable price (and some are even BYOB), so you can set it up no matter where you’re headed.
We recommend: Drybar—with locations in 20 states—offers Private Blowout Party Rooms with “the ultimate celebrity treatment.” Yes, please.
Whether DIY or professionally done, there’s something about getting your cuticles pushed back and hands massaged that makes you feel totally and utterly at ease. Plus, we all feel a little more put-together with manicured nails.
We recommend: Places like Chillhouse and Paintbox in New York City offer fun, unique designs you can’t get elsewhere.
A spa pedicure usually includes the works. Think: calf and foot massage, bath bombs, hot towel wrap, exfoliating scrub, hydrating mask, paraffin waxes and more. It’s pricier than your regular, everyday pedicure, but your feet will look (and feel) amazing.
We recommend: Olive & June in Los Angeles has an Insta-worthy interior your besties will love—and of course, the pedis are on point too.
Mud baths are harder to come by then, say, a hair salon, but depending where you go for your bachelorette party, you can find a natural one that’ll undoubtedly make for an unforgettable experience for your crew. Plus, they’re good for you—mud baths are detoxifying, anti-inflammatory and just really, really relaxing.
We recommend: If you’re headed to Napa Valley for your bachelorette, you have to check out the service at Indian Springs.
Nothing eases the mind and beats stress—especially of the wedding planning variety—like some good, old-fashioned yoga. Do it in the backyard of your Airbnb with some beach towels, or say namaste to a legitimate studio or yoga center. Fun, interactive variations of the practice include goat yoga (yes, really—and it’s as adorable as it sounds) and paddleboard yoga, depending on where you’re headed for your bachelorette.
We recommend: The Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health has stunning views of the Berkshires sure to make your Instagram followers jealous.
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The Ultimate Guide to Bachelorette Party Destinations in the Caribbean
These days, bachelorette parties are getting more and more inventive—from high-octane ski trips to community volunteering—but there’s no shame in doing things the old fashioned way with a hot and sunny beach bachelorette party to one of the many bachelorette party destinations in the Caribbean! It’s like they always say—if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. And if a beach getaway with the girls is on your mind, there’s only one place to head where you’re almost guaranteed a year-round sun, surf, high-temps and, best of all, a short flight: The Caribbean islands!
So, grab the SPF and get started with this ultimate guide to bachelorette party destinations in the Caribbean.
You Want: To Feel Like You’re in the Maldives, Sans the 20-Hr Flight
Try: St Lucia
Google Image St. Lucia right now—I’ll wait. Crazy, right? Who knew the Caribbean could look like that? Far removed from the stereotype of string lights and beach shacks, St. Lucia looks like it’s a world away, with its moonlike rock formations, azure shores and towering views of the Pitons volcanoes. Head to this supremely laid-back island for low-key pursuits like rum tasting and sunset horseback rides, or just spend every day lounging with your squad on the white-sand beaches. Due to its smaller size, there’s less resort diversity on St. Lucia, so expect to pay a little more—but don’t worry; you’ll definitely get what you pay for at any of its gorgeous, luxury boutique resorts.
You Want: Lost-in-a-Jungle Vibes, But Also Proximity to the Beach
While we already know Cabo San Lucas ranks as one of Mexico’s top bachelorette party destination, over on the Gulf coast of the country is the immensely popular city of Tulum, one of the ideal bachelorette party destinations in the Caribbean if you’re seeking a little bit adventure, a little bit luxury. The city sits on one of the most beautiful coastlines in the Caribbean (i.e., the bluest water you’ve ever seen), but is just a short drive away from Mayan ruins, cenote snorkeling, jungle canopy zip-lining, and more heart-stopping adventures. And don’t sleep on downtown, which is packed with enough shops, restaurants, bars and clubs to give you the dose of urban liveliness you might be thirsting for after all of that sun. Or, stay at your hotel for tacos and margs every night—they’ll never get old (trust us), and we’ll never tell.
You Want: A No-Nonsense Beach Escape Where You Can Leave Your Wallet in the Safe
Try: Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
Packed to the gills with well-appointed, all-inclusive resorts (we’re talking more than 100 to choose from), Punta Cana is the ultimate bachelorette party destination in the Caribbean for non-planners who want a fun beach vacation where everything is provided for them. What you won’t find on Punta Cana is much off-resort adventure, but if all that’s on your and your bridesmaids’ minds is kicking back near the pool or beach with a drink in hand, and maybe going dancing at night, all-inclusive is your best bet. Average temps are in the 80s year-round, rainfall is minimal, and a week at a mid-range all-inclusive will set each of you back a little over a grand. Included in that price at most all-inclusives? All-you-can-drink cocktails, all-you-can-eat sushi, and nightly entertainment. So, when’s your flight?
You Want: To Feel Like You’ve Chartered Your Own Private Bachelorette Party Island
Never heard of Nevis? It’s time you two met. The lesser-known sister isle to St. Kitts, Nevis is quiet, quaint, rustic and marked by beautiful colonial architecture. Sure you’ll find a Four Seasons, but more off-the-beaten-path lodging options include beautiful boutique inns with villas boasting private plunge pools, sweet guesthouses located steps from the beach, and more. What you won’t find? The riotous crowds you might expect from a typical “bachelorette party destination”—Nevis is the perfect choice for your low-key bachelorette squad that prefers reading crime novels to dancing nude on the bar. You’ll all get plenty of R&R, without that pesky alcohol poisoning. For activities, visitors veer sophisticated—think food and history tours, or catamaran charters with champagne.
You Want: Ultra-Instagrammable Backdrop and Plenty of Culture
Try: Cartagena, Colombia
This lush and colorful city has exploded in popularity with the Instagram influencer set recently—and for good reason. Its stunning setting (think: centuries-old stone walls, cobblestone streets, technicolor facades, European-inspired architecture) is endlessly photogenic, but its charm goes deep beyond the surface. With excursions ranging from cultural tours (mud volcano, anyone?) and boat trips to remote islands, plus a cutting-edge bar and restaurant scene, you and your girls will stay busy from sunup to sundown (and far beyond). Best of all? The city is relatively inexpensive, so Airbnbing your own private villa complete with a Real Housewives-approved courtyard swimming pool might be more affordable than you think…
Now that you wedding date and venue is all set, it’s time to have one big party with your girls before your special day – the last fling before the ring!
We found 3 top spots to host your bachelorette party! They are:
Montego Bay, Jamaica
Las Vegas, Nevada
Montego Bay, Jamaica
If you are looking for nightlife within a resort with all your meals and drinks already paid for, then resorts in Montego Bay is just where you need to be. Most all-inclusive resort has nighttime entertainment and lots of daily activities to keep you and your friends entertained throughout the weekend! Some hotels have a minimum night stay from 2 nights and up so you have choices if you can only get away on Friday and Saturday night! It is always recommended to add a tour of your choice at the destination to enhance your memorable experience! We recommend a catamaran booze cruise; horseback riding in the ocean or zip line through the jungle!
With only a little over an hour flight to Cancun from Miami, Cancun makes the perfect spot for nightlife for a bachelorette getaway party! I recommend staying downtown Cancun where you can walk to outside nightlife outside of your resort. There are so many resort within walking distance to places such as Coco Bongos; Senor Frog; Fat Tuesday, Mandala & Congo Bar to name a few! All Inclusive resorts are definitely recommended so your meals and drinks are all included. Some hotels also offer a Bachelorette package so ask your travel professional for packages for bachelorettes! Don’t forget beach time is must with you and your girls in Cancun with hotel activities happening daily! Some of our recommendations to see while you are in Cancun – Speed Boat, ATV or a day trip to Isla Mujeres. For more options on activities, check out this link http://www.etravelpartners. com/16827/tours
They say “What happens in Vegas, Stays in Vegas”! For more reason than one, Las Vegas is a quick domestic destination to have the last fling before the ring! Las Vegas has all the nightlife in the world, 5 Star hotels all along one main strip! Who could ask for more? From Club Hopping, Casinos, Celebrity Showcase & Concerts to Spa Treatments to a happening pool and daytime activities – endless fun for you and your girls to have that great time Las Vegas has to offer!
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5 Bachelor and Bachelorette Party Hot Spots
Have all the bachelorette or bachelor parties you’ve attended been cases of déjà vu? Boozy nights at the local bar, X-rated party accessories and maybe a pink “bride-to-be” sash. Guess what? You don’t have to do the same thing. Instead, think big. Taste tequila in Cabo or totally zone out at a spa in Miami. What you do and where you do it are up for discussion (discussion as in: consider budgets).
That’s why we’ve rounded up five fabulous destinations and created two separate itineraries for each. Take a look, jot down some notes and then pass this guide along to your best pals because—and here’s the best part—this is one detail of the wedding you don’t have to plan from top to bottom.
New York City
Why you should go: When it comes to the best in nightlife and spas, New York City hits the mark. Not to mention, heading to “the city that never sleeps” means you can make every minute count. This is the rare place where a late night could mean dancing, dining or shopping.
If you’re looking for a party: A stay at The Standard, High Line, means you’ll be sleeping (or not) in one of the Big Apple’s nightlife hot spots. There’s a rooftop club, Le Bain, with a plunge pool on the dance floor, in addition to an outdoor beer garden. For a truly unforgettable meal, make a reservation at Lips, the drag queen dinner show (think: big hair, colorful boas and all-around fabulousness). There’s also Beauty & Essex, a restaurant/lounge that serves up delicious bites as well as free champagne—in the bathroom. Head to one of the posh clubs in the Meatpacking District, such as 1 Oak , for some swanky fun alongside A-list celebrities, or stick to rooftop drinks at the Monarch Rooftop Bar & Indoor Lounge for stunning views of the Empire State Building and drinks, bites and fun.
If you’re desperately seeking zen: Unwinding won’t be a problem when you book at Ink48, a boutique hotel with views of the Hudson River, free bike rentals and yoga mats in every room. There’s also a gorgeous spa and gym. And to actually experience the Hudson, hop aboard a Bateaux New York bottomless mimosa brunch cruise and see the Statue of Liberty up close. Then spend an afternoon at Great Jones Spa in SOHO. Not only is the atmosphere clad with waterfalls, but they also offer everything from traditional mani pedis to a modern water lounge. Once you’re feeling totally relaxed, gather your girls for an art class, complete with champagne, snacks—and a nude male model. The Artful Bachelorette will arrange it all, plus throw in a hunky waiter to cater to your every need while you sketch. Hey, just because you’re chill doesn’t mean you can’t have some fun, right? For dinner, head to The Fat Radish. It’s all the rage when it comes to trendy and delicious farm-to-table eating. Yum!
Las Vegas, Nevada
Why you should go: There’s a reason Las Vegas is famous for hosting final flings: It’s affordable and the options are endless. While you probably think of a rowdy party scene, Sin City can also be surprisingly chill.
If you’re looking for a party: Spend your Vegas weekend in high style at The Venetian, where you can enjoy pretty much anything imaginable! Opt for some lazy sun-soaking by one of its three luxury pools. Or hit up the Grand Canal Shoppes for some incredible shopping—a little retail therapy is always welcome to relieve some wedding planning stress. For a fun group activity, glide down the Grand Canal in an authentic Venetian gondola. The Italian-themed resort also offers entertainment from top comedians and musicians, as well as awesome attractions like Madame Tussaud’s wax museum. For top-notch Italian dining, head to LAVO Italian Restaurant located at The Palazzo. Already buzzing as a celebrity favorite in Las Vegas, this recent hot spot is chic and delicious. And once you’ve cleaned your plates, hop upstairs to the new LAVO Casino Club, featuring a modern mix of blackjack and craps table games with Vegas-style VIP bottle service and mixology, plus a DJ and dance-floor. After, see the boys of Chippendales. Don’t forget to pose for a group shot with the guys after the show.
If you’re desperately seeking zen: Stay at the MGM Grand Las Vegas’s “Stay Well” room to enjoy vitamin C–infused showers and aromatherapy diffusers that help regulate your sleep cycle. Then hit the spa at Wynn Las Vegas for the “Good Luck Ritual” that treats the body, hands, feet and scalp. After your day of bliss, head over to TAO Asian Bistro, which offers an authentic and impeccable fusion of Asian cuisines, including a full sushi bar and delicious cocktail menu. With over 60,000 square feet, this gorgeously-lit complex (that has multiple stories) is perfect for large groups and is way more than a restaurant. There’s a lounge, nightclub, banquet facilities and a beach. Yes, you read that right!
Why you should go: Your going-out essentials will include flip-flops and SPF thanks to all-day pool parties. Or enjoy the sunshine during alfresco dinners and beachside massages.
If you’re looking for a party: At SLS South Beach, choose to have your afternoon cocktails in a cabana or at the bumpin’ day (and night) club Hyde Beach. When you dry off, learn to twerk, p-pop and thigh shake in a dance class at Vixen Workout. Eat dinner at Bâoli Miami, where you can enjoy sushi with made-to-share caipirinhas and mojitos—they’re 4.5 liters and come with 10 straws. Finish the night at E11EVEN for dancing, performances and more.
If you’re desperately seeking zen: Book a sweeping oceanfront suite at the luxurious Eden Roc Miami Beach. After taking state-of-the-art fitness classes in a gorgeous setting (Beach Bootcamp, anyone?), relax by renting a cabana by one of the three gorgeous pools. You can also get pampered from head to toe at the Esencia Wellness spa with personalized, holistic massages and body treatments—definitely try the Nobu Nagomi Ritual. Once you’re all exfoliated and refreshed, dine on upscale Japanese-fusion cuisine at Nobu.
Why you should go: Across the pond you’ll find just as much fun and excitement surrounding the bachelorette party, er, rather hen do (the “hen” part refers to the bride and a “do” is what the Brits call a party). Pubs, tea parties and quirky traditions abound. For instance, you may see a hen or two wearing an L-plate, or a sign that signifies “learner,” pinned to her shirt. A pink sash and equally as tacky veil doesn’t sound so bad anymore, now does it?
If you’re looking for a party: The Cumberland Hotel has some real rock ‘n’ roll street cred. Jimi Hendrix used to hang here in the ’60s, and today you can stay in a suite that’s been decked out in the guitar great’s honor. Off the property, sample a round of delicious cocktails at Artesian, which officially holds the title of “The World’s Best Bar.” Eat at Circus, a cabaret restaurant that features various performers from fire dancers to aerial acrobats. Then, try to do like a duchess and enjoy a bit of karaoke. Rumor has it Kate Middleton did her best Cheryl Cole impression at her own hen night. For your singing debut, head to Lucky Voice in Soho and snag a private room.
If you’re desperately seeking zen: Choose the K West Hotel & Spa in West London and you’ll still have enough money left over to bring home a Big Ben and London Eye souvenir for your future spouse. Even if you don’t book a pro treatment, you can still pay just $38 each day and use the guest-only Wet Spa. There, you can sit in the tranquil “Snow Paradise” room where the temperature changes from sweltering heat to a shocking arctic blast to not only get your circulation pumping but also boost your immune system. Or for the less extreme, simply soak in the bubbling hydrotherapy pool with twinkling lights overhead. But because you’re after utter and total relaxation, consider a treatment like the cranberry-rose facial, reflexology or a salt caviar massage. Once you’ve found equilibrium on the ground, test your aerial chops with the professionals at a trapeze class at the Gorilla Circus school. After a high-flying afternoon, grab a snack or a light lunch at Spatisserie, which is a restaurant within The Dorchester Spa (heaven forbid you spend too much time outside a spa). Nosh on finger sandwiches, sip champagne and maybe feel inspired to slip in for your second or third spa treatment of the day, like a Rose Cocoon or Moor Mud Experience. Who can blame you?
Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
Why you should go: Celebrate in an exotic locale without a long flight. Plus the weather makes Baja a no-brainer. With average temperatures in the 70s and 80s for most months, there’s almost zero chance your bar crawl or spa retreat will get snowed out.
If you’re looking for a party: With an on-site club at Hotel Riu Palace Cabo San Lucas, the action’s never far away. Take advantage of Riu’s all-inclusive package and make arrangements for you and your gals to dine at one of the four on-site restaurants before hitting the club. One day make sure to travel off-site to chow down on chicken mole at Pancho’s Restaurant & Tequila Bar, as well as peruse (and sample, of course) their selection of hundreds of different tequilas. The bravest in your group can try the homemade mezcal—worm included. Speaking of things that crawl, give Cabocrawl a ring if you’re down for an all-inclusive bar tour of this Mexican paradise. They’ll provide a party guide, plus open bar for five hours at multiple watering holes. The next morning, go on a cruise with mimosas and a Bloody Mary bar and marvel at the fact that a hangover in paradise isn’t really all that bad.
If you’re desperately seeking zen: About a half hour outside of Cabo you’ll find the boutique adults-only hotel Rancho Pescadero, a 15-acre oceanfront oasis that understands everything is in the details. In addition to daily yoga on the beach, fruit and coffee can be delivered every morning right to your door. There’s also sunblock, sarongs and straw cowboy hats for you and your best girls to use by the pool while you enjoy one of their “floating” poolside beds. If pure bliss is what you’re looking for, head to the resort’s spa with your crew to check out a Temazcal Ritual Sauna that’s designed to accommodate up to six people. For dinner, enjoy the unconventional and exotic menu at La Coronela Restaurant and Bar in the historic Hotel California, which features only organic, locally grown and raised ingredients. Following dinner, indulge in a nightcap or two under the stars at the beautiful courtyard fountain.
Tag, you’re it! The organizer of a bachelorette party. This honor (and responsibility) fell on you because you’re someone important to the bride. Whether you’re her only sister, her childhood best friend, or her college roommate, it’s up to you to pull off a bachelorette bash that is fun for everyone attending. That can be tricky enough, but if the guest of honor prefers a destination bachelorette party, planning might get even tougher. Don’t panic — just follow our step-by-step guide, below.
Five Months Out
Figure out who to invite. In addition to the bridesmaids, a bachelorette party usually includes other friends and close female relatives (from the groom’s family as well). Ask the bride for a must-invite list with each person’s email address and phone number. The number of invitees for a destination bachelorette party should be — if possible — lower than if it were a traditional evening out in the bride’s hometown. While it’s unlikely that everyone invited will come, due to financial and time commitments, if they do, traveling with 25 people can be a logistical headache. Gently encourage the bride to keep the invite list tight.
Pick the dates. The best time frame for a destination bachelorette party is four to eight weeks before the wedding. During this period, the bride’s stress level is still (relatively) low. It’s easiest to stick with a weekend, or long weekend at most, so that no one has to take too much time off work. Plus, unless everyone knows each other well and gets along, longer trips may start to get awkward. (If you’re looking to have a destination bachelorette party over a holiday weekend, push this timeline back at least a month.) Start a text thread with the bridal party and bride to pinpoint the weekend that works best for the core crew.
Choose a city. The bride’s personality is paramount here. She may have her heart set on a specific destination, but is likely open to suggestions. Certainly share your ideas, and those of anyone in the wedding party who’d like to weigh in, but don’t ask for opinions beyond that. You will never, ever be able to please everyone who is invited, and will only drive yourself crazy in the process. You likely have a sense of whether she’s more Vegas than wine country, or vice versa, but confirm your hunch. Just remember you’re talking about a short getaway. When you take travel time and jet lag into account, going cross country for three nights probably isn’t the best idea.
Four Months Out
Beach at Hyatt Zilara Cancun