If your friends are hitting several bachelorette getaways this year, you don’t want your trip to be just like everyone else’s. That may mean staying away from obvious and cliché destinations (we mean you, Las Vegas!) and thinking a little outside the box.
“Beach destinations are always a popular choice for bachelorette parties. When thinking about hot spots, Riviera Maya, Cancun, Cabo San Lucas, and Punta Cana all come to mind for 2017. These locales provide the lively nightlife that many ladies are looking for while also offering group excursions to get out and explore all that the destination has to offer during the day,” says Megan Velez of Destination Weddings Travel Group. “Depending on the bride and her friends’ preferences, the group can spend the day at the spa or hiking nearby trails, only to dance the night away just steps from their room. All-inclusive properties are an especially popular choice, as there’s nothing better than included drinks for a bachelorette party!”
So whether your ideal getaway is fun in the sun or action and adventure, there’s absolutely a vacation perfect for you and your friends.
Grab your girls and head to Hedonism II, Negril, Jamaica’s famous all-inclusive, adults-only, clothing-optional resort for a Naughty Girl’s Getaway. A $50 gift-shop voucher will get you ready to experience the forbidden at Hedo’s nightly sexy-themed parties. Think leather and lingerie. Groups with 10 rooms or more will receive a special welcome “surprise” that you’ll only get here at Hedonism.
For an artsy and cultural bachelorette escape, Minneapolis is an under-the-radar Midwestern gem known for its music and theater scene, great restaurants, breweries, and art galleries galore. The city’s iconic history evokes the roaring 1920s with a hustle and bustle that’s balanced out by national parks, lakes, and 200 miles of scenic bike trails. Located in the heart of the city’s vibrant downtown district, W Minneapolis–the Foshay echoes the glitz and glamour of the Great Gatsby era, occupying the iconic Foshay Tower, which was Minnesota’s first skyscraper. At this art-deco-inspired property, brides-to-be can bask in glittering skyline views from the wraparound outdoor observation deck, sip sky-high cocktails in speakeasy-style Prohibition Bar, mingle with celebs at award-winning Manny’s Steakhouse, and keep the party going all night long with electric pulsating beats at the Living Room.
Clearwater Beach, Florida
For ladies who want an amazing beach and are still looking to drink on a bachelorette-party getaway but want to drink in a classy way, consider Sandpearl Resort in Clearwater Beach, Florida, which overlooks beautiful Gulf of Mexico on one of the best beaches in the country. Your girls can enjoy luxe accommodations, a private, healthy happy hour (with a sampling of mini treatments at the spa, bites, and refreshing cocktails), and a four-course organic-cooking demo with the chef—complete with wine pairings—and check out the up-and-coming, trendy brewery scene along the St. Pete and Clearwater Craft Beer Trail with a VIP craft-beer-trail chauffeur service for up to 14 friends.
La Fortuna (Alajuela), Costa Rica
For a nontraditional bachelorette getaway, brides and their squad can head to Tabacon Thermal Resort & Spa, a tropical paradise spread across 900 acres of lush Costa Rican rain forest near the base of the Arenal Volcano. In addition to soaking in hot springs and waterfalls naturally heated by the volcano’s magma and indulging in spa treatments rendered in outdoor bungalows to the sounds of local wildlife, gal pals can bond over adrenaline-pumping adventure activities such as horseback riding, zip-lining, and hiking to the La Fortuna Waterfall.
Bachelorettes can turn in the spa robe and replace it with snowshoes for a weekend of outdoor adventures and activities set in the picturesque destination of Manchester, Vermont, at Taconic: a Kimpton Hotel. Nestled in the heart of the Green and Taconic mountain ranges, Kimpton Taconic features three standalone cottages ideal for keeping the ladies together. Hit the slopes at Bromley or Stratton, two award-winning ski resorts conveniently located near the hotel. Unwind after a long day of skiing and cozy up by the hotel’s lobby fireplace with Taconic’s custom amenities from local Manchester businesses, including an adult coloring book from the Southern Vermont Arts Center and staff “picks” from the Northshire Bookstore. Looking to après-ski (or après-snowshoe, shop, or even a sleigh ride)? Stop by the Copper Grouse for a hot toddy and a meal that incorporates all the best ingredients Vermont has to offer. End the night with your own hygge kit, equipped with Darn Tough Socks (guaranteed to last a lifetime), a candle by Icy Palmer, and hot chocolate from Silly Cow for the perfect night cap.
The Troubadour, a Joie de Vivre boutique hotel in New Orleans, is centrally located just steps away from the iconic French Quarter, historic Garden District, and Warehouse District. On the forefront of the CBD’s cultural renaissance, the Troubadour embodies the qualities of a city that is constantly reinventing itself, located in walking distance to revived local theaters, one-of-kind boutiques, and historical areas. The hotel’s eclectic rooftop bar Monkey Board (2,877 square feet) is the perfect space for celebratory occasions, offering panoramic views of New Orleans, shareable street-food-inspired bites made by local chef Philip Lopez, large-format birthday cakes (with sprinkles!), fun craft cocktails, and more.
Charleston, South Carolina
Charleston’s historic charm provides a relaxing yet sophisticated bachelorette destination. The Historic District is the heart of the city, with a variety of accommodation options, including the Spectator, French Quarter Inn, Andrew Pinckney Inn, and HarbourView Inn, all offering southern hospitality with an impressive variety of complimentary amenities, such as personal butlers, pillow menus, and artisanal in-room breakfasts. Spend a day at the majestic Magnolia Plantation (a great backdrop for photos with brides and their bridesmaids/friends), followed by a carriage tour of the city, before indulging in elevated southern cuisine at Husk, led by James Beard Award–winning chef Sean Brock, or leisurely perusing Street’s boutiques and antique shops and taking in a panoramic sunset aboard a Schooner Pride sailboat cruise.
Only 50 miles off the coast of Florida (a.k.a. a 20-minute flight or two-hour ferry ride), Bimini is the closest Caribbean island to the U.S. Bachelorette parties on this charming seven-mile island will feel a world away during a stay at Resorts World Bimini. The property is home to a brand-new luxury Hilton hotel with a rooftop infinity pool, the largest marina in the Bahamas (megayachts welcome), and VIP suites that open directly into a lagoon pool with a swim-up bar. Brides and their squad can opt for an island bar crawl by bike or golf cart—and wash down the island’s famous conch salad with Bahamian-brewed beers and Bahama Mamas. Don’t miss chartering a catamaran for the day to snorkel the S.S. Sapona shipwreck and, for the more daring bride, an opportunity to swim with hammerhead sharks in the clearest water in the Bahamas.
Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
Los Cabos, located at the tip of the Baja Peninsula, is one of the world’s most diverse tourism destinations. Made increasingly famous by celebrities who have flocked to the destination over the years (John Wayne, Bing Crosby, Desi Arnaz, George Clooney, Jennifer Aniston, Julia Roberts, and many more), the destination continues to serve as a hotbed for Hollywood A-listers and vacationers in search of sand, sun, and fun. Bachelorette parties have 350 days of pure sunshine, perfect for exploring all that Los Cabos has to offer—sailing, snorkeling, scuba diving, hiking, whale watching, and surfing—and famed sites like the Arch, Lover’s & Divorce Beach, San Jose del Cabo’s Gallery District, and more. Note: Jessie James Decker, Eric Decker, and Sydney Rae Bass are currently in Los Cabos for Sydney's destination wedding! Check out their Instagram.
Palos Verdes, California
Set along the Palos Verdes Peninsula in southern California, Terranea Resort’s 102-acre resort offers the ideal weekend spot for bachelorettes to unwind and enjoy luxurious amenities throughout the property. The resort team can even arrange group activities like "Painting by the Sea," kayaking tours, guided coastal hikes, and more. For bachelorette parties looking to get in shape before the wedding, there are several wellness packages. Programs include everything from therapeutic in-room massages, soothing baths, and pre-bedtime facial masks to personalized meditation, yoga, and a boot-camp program.
Jersey Shore, New Jersey
For a quick bachelorette getaway to the Jersey Shore, Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa is the perfect destination. Borgata is home to the new $14 million Premier Nightclub, the award-winning Spa Tocarre, 161,000 square feet of gaming space, and dining establishments from the likes of Bobby Flay and Wolfgang Puck, along with the signature Japanese restaurant, Izakaya. To elevate their trip even more, girls can use FlyBorgata, which charters jet flights to Atlantic City.
Pod 39 is the perfect place for a budget-friendly bachelorette party in New York City. You can host a sleepover with bunk beds, pillow fights, and late-night gossip. Located in the heart of Manhattan, Pod 39 is the ultimate adult playground, with ground-floor taqueria Salvation Taco; an appropriately named “Playroom,” fully equipped with traditional board games and ping-pong tables; and a rooftop lounge with panoramic views of the city. Pro tip: Take Friday off and start your trip early with Pod’s free walking tour of the Lower East Side and Chinatown with Streetwise.
The Distillery recently opened on renowned Portobello Road in London. It features three luxury hotel rooms, a restaurant, a bar, and a tasting room, all within a gin distillery. A first-of-its-kind immersive experience, the Distillery’s four floors of ginspiration pay homage to gin and its historic roots. Gin is gaining popularity among women (it’s the queen’s favorite drink, after all), and with everything from the buzzing atmosphere and tapas at GinTonica, the Distillery’s Spanish-inspired restaurant, to the hotel’s private bar and dining room (the Boardroom), girl groups can make the place their own. For those who also want to learn, the hotel is home to the Ginstitute, the famed London gin-making experience led by master distiller Jake Burger. Gals can leave with their own personally blended gin!
St. Thomas Parish, Nevis
Paradise Beach Resort in Nevis just launched its Nevis 2 Ways package. It offers activities of varying fitness levels for both uber-athletes and leisureletes. Whether it’s a catamaran sail to St. Kitts or a swim across the channel, there’s something for all levels of fitness at the resort. Limited to only seven generously sized villas (all have two to four bedrooms), it’s ideal for groups traveling together who seek health and wellness but may want different levels of adventure. The package includes freshly squeezed juices delivered to your villa each morning, beach massages, and private in-villa dinners to make your shared moments with your girls even more memorable.
Playa del Carmen, Mexico
Playacar Palace, in Playa del Carmen, Mexico, offers a luxurious all-inclusive experience with amazing pools, generous rooms, and Playa del Carmen’s best beach, just steps from the city’s major thoroughfare. The property also offers Alkimia, an intimate, total-immersion dining experience that stimulates the five senses over the course of a two-hour visceral dinner. This upscale dining event, created by chef Oscar Dominguez, truly raises the bar within the all-inclusive segment. Cutting-edge cooking techniques, delectable dishes, music, and art come together to create an experience unlike any you've likely had before.
Captiva Island, Florida
Brides-to-be looking for a more low-key bachelorette escape in the Sunshine State can forego popular locales like Miami and Fort Lauderdale and try the quieter shores of Fort Myers and Sanibel. Nestled along the shimmering waters of the Gulf of Mexico, this southwest Florida destination offers plenty of sun and sand for girlfriends in need of a little R&R before the big day. Brides and their squads can enjoy spacious accommodations at South Seas Island Resort or Tween Waters Inn Island Resort & Spa on Captiva Island.
Useppa Island, Florida
Spend the day combing Sanibel Island’s miles of white-sand beaches for shells, island hopping to the area’s barrier islands, such as Boca Grande or the private-island community of Useppa Island, with Captiva Cruises, or sipping on top hops and handcrafted spirits at the area’s newest craft breweries and distilleries.
Uco Valley, Argentina
The best-kept secret in Argentina’s Uco Valley, Casa de Uco is situated on a 790-acre estate and vineyard. With only 16 rooms, large bridal parties can rent out the entire property for an exclusive bachelorette weekend. Guests enjoy local cuisine while dining under the moon and stars, try a one-of-a-kind wine-parcel tasting through the vineyards with the sommelier and chef, learn the sector de fuego (fire pit) barbecue cooking technique, and design their own wine labels and brand via the Wine Barrel Program. Adventure seekers can go on moonlit horseback rides or biking or trekking excursions, try out white-water rafting and mountain biking in the Andes, or take archery classes. For relaxation, the resort features vinotherapy treatments at Uco Spa and private sunrise-yoga classes on the open veranda rooftop, which boasts panoramic views of the vineyards and becomes an open-air observatory for celestial sky watching at night.
Vieques, Puerto Rico
Brides and their ladies can escape to an undiscovered Caribbean destination eight miles off the coast of Puerto Rico on Vieques Island. W Retreat & Spa–Vieques Island boasts two on-site beaches (one is adults only), made-to-order treatments at AWAY Spa, and local cuisine at Sorcè Restaurant. Ladies can lounge by the bilevel infinity pool with custom cocktails to match their moods or find zen with monthly complimentary Glow in the Dark Yoga classes, complete with body paint and fluorescent black lights. Beyond beaches, guests can create their own adventure with island activities such as hiking, horseback riding, and guided nighttime tours of the Bioluminescent Bay.
Herradura, Costa Rica
Nestled between the Pacific Ocean and 1,100 acres of tropical rain forest in Costa Rica, Los Sueños Marriott Ocean & Golf Resort is ideal for an adventurous bachelorette weekend and embraces a variety of activities, from zip lining to horseback riding and canopy tours. On site, guests can partake in complimentary Spanish and salsa lessons, taste local flavors with tortilla and gallo-pinto classes, preserve the rain forest through the property’s Reforest the Rainforest initiative, and indulge in the signature Sibo Spa & Retreat, five dining venues and a network of pools and swim-up bars.