You're getting married! Or maybe your best friend is. It's happening soon, which means it's time to plan a trip; a memorable "last fling before the ring" with your girls. Whether you're looking for some beachy time out, adventure in the big city, or a relaxing spa escape, we've rounded up our top destinations for a footloose getaway. With details on what to do and where to stay, this bachelorette party travel guide will get planning mode in full swing so you can have your dream vacation with your BFFs.
Are you looking for a European getaway, minus the jet lag and steep flight prices? Then why not take your girls to Montreal? The history, exquisite cuisine and French influences make this the perfect place to explore with friends.
What To Do: When travelling to Montreal sightseeing is a must. The beautiful European-inspired architecture is hard to ignore, with lots of history behind each building. Some must-sees during your tours are the Notre Dame Basilica, Mount Royal and the Olympic Stadium, which houses the Montreal Tower, the world's tallest inclined tower at 175 metres high. Just like on any European vacation, shopping is in order, and there is no better place to do so in Montreal than in the Underground City. Home to many great shopping malls, the Underground City also houses hotels, restaurants, galleries, rail stations, Metro stations, cinemas, nightclubs and even a library!
Looking for some group pampering after an exhausting night on the town? Hit up Bota Bota, one of the best places to unwind in the city. The spa is located on a boat on the St. Lawrence River in the Old Port, so you're guaranteed a special waterfront experience with city skyline views. You and your gal pals can chat in the outdoor pool, or have quiet time in the sauna and treatment rooms. When you're done with massages, facials, and mani-pedis, you can dine at the spa's restaurant and leave blissed out and full.
Nightlife: To kick off the festivities try dinner at one of Montreal’s trendy restaurants. We suggest Garde Manger, where cutie chef Chuck Hughes from Food Network’s Chuck’s Day Off runs the kitchen. If you’re looking for variety, Saint-Laurent Boulevard is the strip to check out, with heaps of fun restaurants and bars. Montreal also offers after-hours options if you want to party into the wee hours. Stereo and Circus are open after 3 am allowing you to continue your night as late as you like.
Where To Stay: W Montréal is a stylish luxury hotel located in the city's historic Banque du Canada building. Steps from picturesque Old Montreal, the hotel offers three on-site venues for you and your girls to celebrate in.
If you are looking for the perfect combination of sun, adventure and relaxation, Cabo is the perfect bachelorette destination for your party. With gorgeous beaches, crystalline waters, snorkeling, and amazing nightlife, you will find everything you need to leave the cares of everyday life (and wedding planning) behind.
What To Do: Cabo offers it all, from high-end yacht trips and spa experiences, to outdoor adventure tours and sightseeing. You and your girls can indulge in yoga on the beach, surf lessons, horseback riding, or jet-skiing -- days in Cabo are anything you want them to be. Do not miss the whale watching and tequila tasting tours and, obviously, the delicious Mexican cuisine.
Nightlife: As the sun slips into the horizon you will hear the sizzle of the nightlife in Cabo heating up. Visit the Cabo Wabo Cantina, which has hosted top celebrities and musicians from all over the world. Known as one of the topmost places to eat and party in Mexico, with live music and entertainment, and neon murals painted on every wall, it is the ultimate place to party. Another option is El Squid Roe, with three stories of pulsating energy, it's one of the most popular nightclubs in the area.
Where To Stay: For an amazing getaway with your girls we encourage you to explore the incomparable El Dorado Beach and Golf Club (where Justin Timberlake hosted his stag). A stunning exclusive, gated golf and beach club community, with over one mile of a gorgeous coastline along Mexico’s Baja Peninsula, this is the place you want to be. With luxurious spa and lifestyle amenities, and access to amazing eco tours and adventures, El Dorado offers everything you could want for your last hurrah as a single lady. Dining at El Dorado is an experience in itself, with skilled culinary staff creating authentic regional delights, as well as gourmet cuisine, all made with the freshest of ingredients. El Mercado market will cure any shopping bug, while El Discovery, the club’s 96-foot custom-designed yacht, will take your party to the next level.
Known for its amazing music, food and laidback vibe, New Orleans is a great destination for a bride who loves partying. In a city that never rests, there are plenty of activities that will keep your girlfriends busy.
What To Do: For a more casual celebration with the girls, your bachelorette group can make reservations at a restaurant like Antoine’s. This historic spot, considered America’s oldest restaurant, serves classic French-Creole dishes. Foodies can't miss the city’s famous dishes, including crawfish etouffee, jambalaya, and bread pudding. Music buffs should proceed directly to Frenchmen Street in the Faubourg Marigny, a historic area known for its great music scene.
Nightlife: No trip to New Orleans is complete until you get a taste of the city’s nightlife. If you’re looking for a lively spot to enjoy dinner and reminisce over your single days, head to Pat O'Brien’s. Spend the night with the girls singing your hearts out at the piano bar and snap some group photos in front of the unique flaming water fountain.
Where To Stay: For an upscale bachelorette experience stay at Hotel le Maris, a charming boutique hotel. Hotel le Maris is located in the heart of the city with a perfect view of the French Quarter.
The Bahamas is best known for its stellar beaches and tropical weather. From the white sands to the surrounding turquoise water, this is a perfect destination to celebrate a bride-to-be.
What To Do: Whether you’re an active bunch or you’re looking to just relax, the islands of The Bahamas are paradise. Kick back with poolside cocktails or surprise the bride-to-be with adventurous activities like kayaking, scuba diving or jet-skiing.
Nightlife: For a night of dancing head to Aura nightclub. With more than 9,000 square feet to party in, as well as and a glass dance floor surrounded by banquette seating you'll be reluctant to leave this amazing party spot.
Where To Stay: For the ultimate bachelorette experience Atlantis Paradise Island is the perfect place to stay. This resort offers luxurious suites and amazing restaurants guaranteed to mare your trip unforgettable. The resort also features a 9,000-square-foot ultra pool, the perfect place to begin your days in paradise.
A vacation in sunny Miami is the perfect last fling before the ring. With gorgeous beaches and an ultra-hot club scene, there is no better place to let loose with your girlfriends.
What To Do: Beyond the radiant sun, surf and sand lies rich history and culture. Get to know the city by exploring the famed South Beach Art Deco district or take a tour around the streets of Ocean Drive and view the city’s most gorgeous architecture. Another draw to Miami is the sizzling Latin culture. Try a local hotspot like Mango’s Tropical Café, for an "only in South Beach" experience. Order up your tropical libations and it will only be a matter of time before dancers in feathered headdresses and sequins are scaling the bar to perform.
Nightlife: South Beach is known for partying so brush up on your salsa-dancing skills and nightclub moves. Visit LIV, where you're bound to bump into celebrities or check out Do Not Sit On The Furniture. It has a more intimate underground ambience that's less about the VIPs and, as the name suggests, more about getting down to some awesome music. Basement is a club where you can also go bowling or ice skating to maximize the fun and giggles.
Where To Stay: If you've got a large group, consider staying at an Airbnb. Or see if your crew wants to splurge at the well-known and trendy luxury beachside hotel, SLS South Beach. The sushi at Omakase Suite is out of this world.
Best known for its vines, wines and spas, The Napa Valley is a great place to enjoy a couple of carefree days with your besties.
What To Do: A visit to The Napa Valley is all about sipping in style so why not book a limo and head out on a private tasting tour? When you're not indulging, take time to book a hot air balloon ride, bicycle trip, or treatments at one of the area's amazing spas.
Nightlife: Nights in Napa are refined. Make reservations at Chef Robert Curry's Auberge du Soleil for sensational Michelin star fine dining and sunset terrace views that are equally impressive. Next door, there's bistro-style food, if you're looking for something more casual for dinner. Chef Thomas Keller's The French Laundry has three Michelin stars and is housed in a historic stone farmhouse, but it closes at 6 pm. For entertainment unrelated to food and wine, check out Uptown Theatre Napa for top-notch music and comedy.
Where To Stay: The Napa Valley offers a wide selection of luxurious resorts. We're partial to Calistoga Ranch. This resort offers various activities and fine dining options including horseback riding and gliding. With heated swimming pools and sun decks, a private wine cave, and a private lake, this is the perfect location to relax and pamper yourselves.
There's no shortage of fun to be had in the Windy City, from shopping to ball games and everything in between.
What To Do: Shop ‘til you drop on the Magnificent Mile–a one-mile stretch on Chicago's Michigan Avenue brimming with retail stores, museums and also home to the historic Chicago Water Tower. If you’re interested in theatre, catch a Broadway show at one of five of the city's theatres. Arts and culture are alive in Millenium Park, so be sure to take a stroll to take in all the gorgeous architecture, landscape and design, located right in the heart of the city.
Nightlife: From dance clubs to swanky lounges, comedy stages to beer havens, you'll find it all in Chicago. The city boasts numerous bars that are leaders in the field of mixology. We recommend Shay, an upscale lounge offering dinner and dancing. The Aviary is another option that will not disappoint–with cocktails being poured by Charles Joly deemed “The World’s Best Bartender”. If a more laidback vibe is what you are craving Three Dots and a Dash, an authentic Tiki bar, is a great place to let loose.
Where To Stay: The Peninsula Chicago is a five-star hotel with impeccable service. Your girls will love the two-floor spa retreat, chauffeur service (featuring two bespoke MINI Cooper S Clubman vehicles that are offered as a complimentary amenity to suite guests), and three award-winning restaurants to pick from.
Nestled between the ski hills of Niagara Escarpment and the sandy shores of Georgian Bay, Collingwood is truly a four-season destination with everything you need for an all-girls escape.
What To Do: Collingwood boasts an exciting array of boutique shops, activities, and restaurants. Blue Mountain Village, at the foot of the slopes, is a lively hub where there is always something happening. Lounge beside a fire and enjoy buskers and concerts, or take a horse-drawn carriage ride to check out the shops and restaurants. No matter the season, a trip to Scandinave Spa is a must. This relaxing retreat is home to traditional Scandinavian baths including a Finnish sauna, eucalyptus steam room, thermal and Nordic waterfalls, hot baths and cold plunge pools.
Nightlife: In The Village, you're never more than a few steps away from an experience perfectly suited to your mood and desires. For a dining experience that won’t disappoint we suggest Tholos, which gives you a cultural experience, gorgeous decor, entertainment, and Mediterranean delicacies.
Where To Stay: With a selection of accommodations for every budget, Blue Mountain is the best spot to host your girls' getaway.
What To Do: While everyone raves about Vegas nightlife, there is more than enough excitement to be had during the day. Try zip-lining across the strip in Old Vegas or go for a ride on the world's tallest Ferris wheel, The High Roller (opt for "Happy Half Hour" if you'd like a bar cart in your pod during the 30-minute ride). For some low-key fun, take a cooking class or opt for a group spa day.
Nightlife: A great start to a bachelorette party in Las Vegas is to take in a show. Next, proceed to Tao Nightclub for a night you'll never forget. With more than 60,000 square feet, a rooftop patio overlooking the lights of Las Vegas, a pool club, VIP hideaways, and the best DJs from around the world, you will enjoy a nightlife experience unlike any you've had before.
Where To Stay: Whether you are looking for a relaxing getaway or a wild party, the Cosmopolitan puts you exactly where you want to be. With breathtaking views, in-house dining by world-renowned chefs and unrivaled nightlife, the Cosmopolitan offers amazing bachelorette services that will create an adventure that will have your friends talking for years. Hotel amenities include a beautiful spa, hair and beauty salon, great shopping, and three distinct pool experiences with some of the best views in Vegas.
New York is iconic, historic, and anything you want it to be. With the best in entertainment, the arts, shopping, festivals, architecture, and food, there’s never a dull moment in The Big Apple.
What To Do: There is so much to do and see in New York you will be overwhelmed with choices. Some must-dos for a girls-only stay include a tour via double-decker bus, where you can enjoy the sights and sounds of the city, and a relaxing visit to one of the famous New York spas and salons (Fifth Avenue and West Streets house dozens of the top-rated options). Seeing a Broadway production is definitely a must, as well as wandering gorgeous Times Square at night. There are always events going on at the big Manhattan landmarks so make sure to check out the Rockefeller Center and Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts.
Nightlife: When you are in the city that never sleeps you are bound to check out the amazing nightlife. There is no shortage of trendy bars and lounges to hit up wherever you are in New York. Beauty Bar offers martinis and manicures; if that doesn’t scream “bachelorette party” we're not sure what does. This is the perfect place to start your night. Elegance Nightclub is known as one of New York’s best dance clubs, combining the comfort and luxury of a lounge with the excitement and energy of a dance club. Lavo NY is another option, often hosting big acts, and offering five distinct areas each with their own mood. From rock and disco lovers to laid back lounge goers, Lavo offers something for every part of your night. Finally there is 230 Fifth, a hot new rooftop lounge with breathtaking views of the city.
Where To Stay: Located between the Empire State Building, Madison Square Park, and Times Square, Hotel Chandler is the perfect venue to host your stay in New York City. This boutique hotel offers an airy, elegant atmosphere, which contrasts nicely with the hip Flatiron District it sits in. Hotel Chandler stands as a quaint oasis in the middle of the hustle and bustle of Manhattan, leaving you only a walk away from the city’s best sights. The hotel offers exceptional concierge service, giving you access to a local’s insight on all the hot spots, as well as transportation services and easy access to Broadway tickets. A high-end fitness centre, chic cocktail and wine bar and divine restaurants are all offered within the hotel as well.
If you and your girls are looking for picturesque views, an energetic restaurant and nightlife scene, and endless opportunities for adventure, Vancouver is the perfect bachelorette party destination for you.
What To Do: In winter, the heart of downtown Vancouver is a mere 30 minutes from the ski slopes. In summer, sun seekers crowd its beaches and seaside promenades. No matter the season, there is no shortage of activities for the nature loving bridal party. Grouse Mountain is just minutes from downtown, and offers everything from skiing and mountain zip lining, to breakfast with bears! For a day filled with less adrenaline but just as much excitement, visit Granville Island, a dynamic island destination in the middle of the city where you will find everything from waterfront restaurants and theatres to unique shops and cafes. However, no girls weekend to Vancouver is complete without a visit to the tranquil Miraj Hammam Spa. From the moment you enter Miraj Hammam, you are transported into a beautiful Moroccan oasis, where you can indulge yourself in traditional Middle Eastern treatments, like the spa's slimming and contouring seaweed body masque, or luxurious argan oil face, scalp and hair massage. After your spa treatments you will be escorted to their peaceful Sultana Lounge, where you and your girls can relax in the moment and savour traditional sweet cake while sipping on warm Middle Eastern tea as you complete your mini getaway.
Nightlife: In Vancouver, you are never more than steps away from outstanding dining and entertainment. For the perfect kick-off to your girls' night, head to one of Vancouver's premier seafood restaurants, Blue Water Cafe in Yaletown. Chef Frank Pabst and his team offer diners some of the freshest, most deliciously prepared seafood in town, all in an elegant setting to make your squad feel fancy.
The late-night scene in Vancouver is a thriving mix of ultra-hip lounges, laid-back pubs and energetic live music venues. There's also plenty of fun in dance clubs and other late-night venues to keep night owls entertained. Start by checking out the area around Davie Street in the West End known as Davie Street Village. Afterwards, head over to Denman Street for more late-night fun and people-watching.
Where To Stay: The natural beauty of Vancouver, BC’s mountains and harbours can be seen from the luxury accommodations of the Four Seasons. Enjoy state-of-the-art fitness and spa facilities, as well as the exceptional cuisine, great wines, and innovative cocktails. The hotel’s prime location allows you and your girls to take full advantage of everything Vancouver has to offer, from mountaintop adrenaline, to waterfront shopping, the Four Seasons is in the midst of it all, making it the perfect venue for your bachelorette getaway.
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