Historically speaking, bachelor parties are the wild and crazy events that get all the attention. But actually the ladies have it far better. There’s no pressure to go absolutely nuts on a bachelorette weekend—though that’s always an option!—and far more opportunity to make it about whatever you and your girls are interested in. If you’re gals who like to be pampered you can make it all about the spa, or focus the trip around wellness activities or even music. Plan a bachelorette getaway that includes some of the best meals of your lives, or get out and explore a stunning corner of the great outdoors. Nashville, Austin and Los Cabos bachelorettes will always be epic, but here, six alternate destinations that have a lot to offer a bride and her best girls.
Mexico City, Mexico
Just a few hours’ flight from many major U.S. hubs, Mexico City is a dynamic destination that is best experienced and appreciated by a group of bold ladies. There’s shopping galore, not to mention stunning monuments, museums, galleries and cultural sites. The biggest draw, perhaps, is culinary. Dulce Patria is maybe the most perfect place for a bachelorette crew—helmed by an award-winning female chef, it’s like an explosion of pink and petals and beautiful plating. It’s at the boutiquey Las Alcobas Mexico City, with divine suites and a penthouse with personal steam rooms and jacuzzis. Several other luxury hotels are also ideal for the getaway, including the first new hotel in a decade, the Sofitel Mexico City Reforma with a pair of gastronomic destinations and three bars that include a cocktail mecca on the 38th floor with 180-degree views, and a two-level speakeasy. The St. Regis Mexico City offers Champagne for bridal parties hitting their Remède Spa on Thursdays, and Margarita Manicures as well.
Surprise! Scottsdale is heaven for bachelorettes. It’s actually now attracting more millennials than baby boomers, so you’ll be in good company as you indulge in an exciting mix of nightlife and hiking, spa and sun, food and booze (there’s even a five-stop Scottsdale Wine Trail). The W Scottsdale is the soul of the Entertainment District, with 80-plus lounges, bars and clubs within walking distance, so it’s a great place to base yourselves. The hotel’s new AWAY Spa is the best place to start, with a “spa after dark” party or blowouts, manis and pedis and detox treatments, though the WET Deck boasts pool parties, swimsuit pop-ups and fitness classes, too. Bachelorettes are well taken care of by staff happy to fill a bathtub with bottles of bubbly, for example, or deliver a “Drunken Donut” bar cart filled with spiked crullers. Brunch at Hash Kitchen—which features a build-your-own bloody mary bar and mimosa flights—is a great follow-up. For a chiller vibe, opt for the mod, wellness-oriented Mountain Shadows with its aerial yoga classes and guided photography hikes up Camelback Mountain, or the new Castle Hot Springs just outside the city. Known for its mineral-rich therapeutic springs and supreme spa treatments, this 34-room resort grows more than 150 types of fruits, veggies, herbs and flowers, and encourages digital detoxes, distracting girlfriends with the R&R and enticing culinary programs.
Los Angeles, California
Bachelorettes from across the country will find all the fun they need in the City of Angels, increasingly competing with New York City for world-class dining, hotels and galleries. Whatever you want—a studio tour, hike in Malibu or wine safari complete with giraffes—is possible. The SLS Hotel, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Beverly Hills, is a fun home base with its Instagrammable design, cabana-clad rooftop pool and proximity to bars and clubs such as celeb-packed The Nice Guy and Lisa Vanderpump’s Pump and TomTom. Westside, oceanview hot spots like Élephante and the rooftop of the new design-forward Proper Santa Monica are no-brainers for evenings out, sunset to late night, while Downtown is home to some of the coolest boutique hotels and venues of 2020—see newcomers like The Hoxton, Downtown LA, and Soho Warehouse, with a vibrant rooftop pool and full membership benefits for hotel guests.
San Juan, Puerto Rico
Puerto Rico’s post-Maria comeback is real. The island’s buzz is tangible, and the resorts and hotels are ready for bachelorettes (and bachelors, too!). The five-star Condado Vanderbilt has an actual Bachelorette Butler on hand to curate itineraries including tasty treats and bars such as La Factoría, Old San Juan walking tours, catamaran excursions to nearby islands, and spa treatments including the Caribbean’s only hammam ritual. For a party vibe there’s La Concha Resort with constant pool parties, cooking workshops, mixology sessions and wine yoga. Meanwhile, Serafina Beach Hotel offers a special Bachelor + Bachelorette Getaway package including Mediterranean cuisine, DJ-ed pool parties and Champagne in luxe cabanas. They also offer stunning helicopter tours, bioluminescent kayaking trips, and salsa dancing classes, so boredom is never an option.
New Orleans, Louisiana
As much booze might be involved, a weekend in The Big Easy with your besties is always going to include a serious dose of unforgettable excitement. There are beignets to eat at Cafe du Monde, jazz to listen to at many a bar and club—or even on the street—and even voodoo shops to check out on Bourbon Street. Fit your entire crew in a 1,500-plus-square-foot unit (they hold up to 16!) at Domio Baronne St, inside a historic Warehouse District building with game room, 24-hour concierge and rooftop pool. Walking distance to the French Quarter, it’s steps from trendy brunch spots and late-night boites. The Art Deco–styled Ace Hotel New Orleans, with amazing suites featuring two-level living areas and wet bars, also occupies that cool ‘hood. And there’s even a Four Seasons opening this year, for those whose idea of an ultimate bachelorette includes plenty of luxury amenities.
Don’t wait for your honeymoon to hit the West Indies—go with your ladies. After all, don’t all white dresses look better against a tan? Lush The Cove, Eleuthera has three-bedroom villas perfect for bachelorette groups, complete with a private butler, pool, full kitchen, outdoor shower and blue ocean panoramas. Fill your days paddleboarding, kayaking, snorkeling and lazing on hammocks with tropical cocktails in hand—or trying yoga and stretch sessions before happy hour and spa treatments. Ride bikes to check out Gregory Town’s artisan shops and cafes. The Island House is another resort with stunning beach access, dreamy spa and exotic restaurant alongside island design and easy access to attractions such as Primeval National Park, the swimming pigs and National Art Gallery of the Bahamas. At the opulent Rosewood Baha Mar, bachelorettes can do yoga by a flock of flamingos, dine with toes in sand or at a bright Airstream food truck, cliff jump, explore an underwater marine cavern, and meet stingrays and sea turtles.