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Meet Chloe Melas, the Senior Entertainment Reporter at HollywoodLife.com and host of VH1's morning show The Gossip Table! Chloe is in the midst of planning her New York City wedding, and she's sharing each step of the process. From her bachelorette party to the honeymoon and everything in between, stay tuned for the reporter's wedding chronicles. For her latest installment, Chloe gives her top reasons why you and your 'maids should head to Mexico for your bachelorette party.
I always assumed I'd take my girlfriends to Sin City for my bachelorette party, hit the clubs for 72 hours and fly back home wearing sunglasses and popping Advil. But somewhere along the way in my year-long engagement, I decided I wanted something relaxing and of course, a fabulous tan before the big day. That's why I choose Mexico!
Be mindful of the date: Make sure your date works with everyone before you start booking your bachelorette trip! Attempting to wrangle my 10 bridesmaids was a difficult task, they all have intense jobs, some are stay-at-home moms — and I admit, I picked September. I wasn't thinking that most of my girlfriends had already used their vacation days on summer trips, and with my wedding looming only one month after, it was hard for most of my bridal party to travel overseas.
Edit the guest list: I always pictured having 20 girls in tow for my bachelorette party, but keeping it small made it that much more fun and there was so much less drama.
Stay at an all-inclusive hotel: We chose Playacar Palace and it was simply perfect. The resort was only 45 minutes from Cancun, and it was nestled steps from the heart of downtown. We spent three days laying on the gorgeous white sand beach in front of the hotel, ordering mojitos from the swim-up pool bar and swam for hours in the crystal clear water. Plus, we went to all of the delicious restaurants at the resort like MO-MO-NO-HA-NA, Terazza and Cafe del Mar. But the best part was that it was all-inclusive: We ate everything, drank everything and there was not one awkward conversation about money.
Still party like you're in Las Vegas: The resort drove us to their sister resort, Moon Palace, in Cancun one night and it was straight out of the Vegas Strip. As soon as we got there we boarded private VIP golf carts which took us straight to our amazing Italian dinner on their golf course. Then we hit up their nightclub, Noir. The night was filled with crazy dancing, signature cocktails designed just for us and of course, it was topped off with sparklers!
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Spend time bonding: We spent our last day at the Playacar's spa and it was amazing. We got massages and spent time in the relaxation pools — it was the perfect way to spend a morning after going out. We also took the afternoon to go swimming with dolphins, which was definitely on my bucket list! But the best part of the trip was when the girls surprised me with a lingerie party after our five-course meal on the beach! Viva Mexico!