Las Vegas has long been associated with bachelor/bachelorette weekends and girls trips galore, but for pre-bridal celebrations, BAZAAR girls are after something a little less fist-pumping and club hopping and a little more chic and easy–without skipping the terrific nightlife, ever-flowing cocktails and relaxing spa days. Here, our top 10 picks for the best in bachelorette weekends, from the Riviera Maya to the Greek islands.
If it’s a quick (domestic) trip you’re after, head down to Miami Beach for sun, sand and great nights out. This city is practically begging for you to spend the day on the beach or at the pool, followed by shopping in Brickell or on Lincoln Road and cap the day off with dinner at an award-winning restaurant, cocktails at one of many chic new bars and dancing all night long. For all the sophisticated, culture-filled riffs on the reasons you thought Vegas was the place to let loose, this is the ultimate girls trip destination.
Where to Stay: Faena Miami Beach offers everything you’d want and need for a girls getaway: Baz Luhrmann and Catherine Martin-decorated suites and amenities, a stunning spa, an Instagram-worthy pool scene, beach access, two terrific restaurants (open fire-focused Los Fuegos by acclaimed chef Francis Mallmann and Asian fusion with a twist at Pao by Paul Qui), and a lively night scene at their two bars, The Living Room and late-night speakeasy, The Saxony.
For the bride that isn’t simply looking for sunbathing and tropical drinks, Marrakech should be on your short list. With stunning architecture, vibrant culture, off-the-beaten path shopping and cuisine, as well as some of the world’s most breathtaking spas, this destination offers you and your girls the chance to share in an otherworldly travel experience—while also enjoying the high-brow service, poolside lounging and nightlife you’re after for a soon-to-be-bridal bash.
Where to Stay: It’s a toss up– both La Mamounia and Royal Mansour are properties to see and stay at while you’re vacationing in Marrakech, and each is breathtaking, rejuvenating and super-luxe in its own way. You won’t regret a stay in either, so be sure to plan a visit to whichever one you do not plan to spend nights in.
Bermuda is a tiny island, but it gives visitors the best of both worlds: you can have a relaxing, quiet vacation spending your time on the beach or a more lively adventure, jumping into caves and exploring. It has a lot to offer: stunning views, some of the most beautiful sandy beaches, crystal clear waters, candy-colored houses and more. Bermuda always delivers on bright colors, perfect temperatures and has some of the best natural wonders on Earth; and on top of it all, it’s incredibly close to the States.
Where to Stay: Rosewood Tuckers Point has one of the best beaches on the island. According to Bermudian Shiona Turini, the sand here is like pink powder. "They also have an incredible spa pool with pretty umbrellas that make for the ultimate lazy day poolside. The service and rooms are definitely unmatched on the island. It won’t be long before you think of this place as your home away from home and never, ever want to leave!"
While cities like Paris or San Sebastian feel too romantic for a girls getaway, the Greek islands are the happy medium between honeymoon and bachelorette hotspot. Spend your days on the water, enjoying some of the world’s freshest seafood garnished with freshly-grown lemon juice and local olive oil. Then, hit up a fun nightlife scene or spend evenings having drinks under the stars.
Where to Stay: Mykonos is a hub for quaint and polished boutique hotels–each complete with their own stunning pool overlooking the water. For chic polish with an authentic twist, try Lyo on Super Paradise Beach (the name alone says it all) which houses one of the best Japanese restaurants on the island. For a more laid-back vibe, Waves on Korfos Beach sits right above some of Greece’s best kite-surfing waters, and the rooms are simple and quintessentially Mediterranean, furnished with all white walls and linens and easy, wooden fixtures and furniture.
Your go-to spot for Coachella should also be at the top of your list for one of your life’s biggest and best parties. The desert heat makes it easy to spend the day in your bikini surrounded by modern architecture and a vibe that hearkens back to the sexy Sinatra days.
Where to Stay: The Parker Palm Springs. While this town is chock full of some of the best hotels on the west coast, this is the hotel that delivers you good design, fantastic food, a phenomenal pool and overall good vibes. You may want to head to some of your favorite spots from your festival days–like The Colony Palms, The Avalon, The Ace Hotel or L’Horizon.
Crystal-clear waters, swimming coves, white sand beaches, endless guacamole and margaritas sounds like the ultimate bachelorette party to us—and stunning landscapes and historic ruins in the area offer a little something extra for those looking to add a cultural component to their beach getaway.
Where to Stay: Hotel Esencia is an ultra-luxe yet laid-back option that pairs chic décor with fantastic food and an amazing beachfront. And, if it’s a real dose of R&R you’re after, spend an afternoon in the spa and health club that uses fresh rainwater from the on-site cenote.
For those looking to get away in the winter before a summer walk down the aisle, hitting the slopes may be far more fun than finding a crowded beach. Vail is both cozy and visually stunning, and offers some of the most luxurious ski resorts in the country. Rather than spending the day in swimsuits, hit the slopes in the morning and plan relaxing spa treatments in the afternoon. At night, enjoy some of the resorts’ best restaurants and sip cocktails by the fire.
Where to Stay: The ultimate in aprés ski, The Four Seasons Resort and Residences in Vail, are snow-capped luxury at its best, offering the brand’s standard qualities of service and dining surrounded by some of the country’s best skiing and most stunning landscapes.
This part of Long Island’s South Fork is packed with majestic white sand beaches, plenty of hiking trails, cozy seaside inns and high society hot spots–making this a popular getaway for New Yorkers and beach lovers alike. This is the place to hit for a swanky social beach day–with the feeling of (almost) being in Positano.
Where to Stay: Gurney’s Resort and Seawater Spa. The hotel itself is also a great option for beachfront living and spending the night—provided you’re the type of group who wants to see and be seen. Hero Beach Club is the new kid on the block, expertly-designed with decor imported from Bali and linens provided by Hill House Home—this hotel is for the more laid-back bride who appreciates beautiful aesthetics.
For groups that aren’t looking to sit by a beach, Vancouver offers equal parts city and great outdoors vibes. Start the morning with a hike, enjoy a spa treatment in the afternoon and hit some of the city’s best restaurants by night. The food scene here is not to be missed—so be sure to carve out ample time to explore the many food markets and cuisines at your fingertips in this metropolis.
Where to Stay: Fairmont has an array of amazing properties across Canada, and the Fairmont Waterfront promises fantastic service and amazing views.
Head here for the beaches, the shellfish and the easy, laid-back vibes. And if you have time between bridal shower toasts, make time to explore the town’s iconic mansions; they are jaw-droppingly gorgeous and each have their own, unique character. Aside from a quaint scene and a killer coastal walk, dubbed the Cliff Walk, this nautical New England town offers killer sunsets and strong bloody marys and martinis to sip as you soak it in.
Where to Stay: Castle Hill Inn and The Ocean House, which both offer guests top-notch service with nautical vibes and boast spectacular dining options. For those who love Montauk but are looking to try something new, Gurney’s recently debuted its Rhode Island branch, featuring new guestrooms and four new food and beverage options, including Scarpetta and The Pineapple Club.