You're only a bachelorette once, so however—and wherever—you choose to spend it should be one for the books.
For the bride looking for a Naughty Girl’s Getaway...
Where to stay: For the bride looking for a Naughty Girl’s Getaway, grab your girls and head to Hedonism II, Negril, Jamaica’s famous all-inclusive, adults-only, clothing-optional resort. A $50 gift-shop voucher will let you 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.”
What to do: Indulge in a therapeutic mud bath at the Blue Hole Mineral Spring in Brighton District for some much-needed R&R. Then, take a stroll along Bourbon Beach for live reggae performances. Explore Negril's nightlife through the One Love Bus Bar Crawl along One Love Drive. It comes highly recommended.
Where to eat: Try the jerk chicken at 3 Dives Restaurant and Bar, indulge in a lobster dinner at Presley's Bar and Grill, and take a sip of Jamaica's Red Strip brew. Visit Roots Cafe on Wednesday nights to dine on Caribbean food while being serenaded by a live band.
Turn in the spa robe and replace it with snowshoes for a weekend of chilly outdoor adventures
Where to stay: Picturesque Manchester is for the group who prefers wintry fun. Turn in the spa robe and replace it with snowshoes for a weekend of chilly outdoor adventures 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.
What to do: Looking to après-ski (or après-snowshoe, shop, or even a sleigh ride)? Hit the slopes at Bromley or Stratton, two award-winning ski resorts located near the hotel. Back at the hotel, arrange a bonfire and gather the ladies for a round of s'mores and hot chocolate.
Where to eat: Stop by the Copper Grouse for a hot toddy and a meal that incorporates all the best ingredients Vermont has to offer. For dinner, reserve a table at Raven's Den Steakhouse and Taproom. The restaurant offers wine on tap that your crew is sure to love!
or brides who want a luxurious bachelorette weekend
Where to stay: For an all-around resort, try Chileno Bay Resort & Residences. Get pampered at the resort's Auberge Spa and dine at Comal overlooking the Sea of Cortés.
What to do: Sites like the Arch and both Lovers' and Divorce beaches are always popular. For a more artsy trip, visit San Jose del Cabo’s Gallery District and join an art walk. Sailing, snorkeling, scuba diving, whale watching, surfing, and swimming with whale sharks (from September to April) are the recommended water activities.
Where to eat: Dedicate (most) meals to Mexican fare! Head to esteemed taco joint La Lupita Taco & Mezcal for classic tacos, Pitahayas for Mexican fusion, or Edith's for a more intimate Baja dinner. Of course, you have to taste-test mezcal!
Head to The Cape at the Thompson Hotel for an Instagrammable, rooftop bar experience with your ladies or Acre to enjoy mezcal mixes in a relaxed setting.
New York is for the city girls at heart.
Where to stay: Pod 39 is the perfect place for a budget-friendly bachelorette party in NYC. The ultimate adult playground, it has Salvation Taco, a ground-floor taqueria, an appropriately named “Playroom,” fully equipped with board games and ping-pong tables, and a rooftop lounge with panoramic city views.
What to do: If you're into theater, get the girls together for a show on- or Off- Broadway. Art connoisseurs can go gallery-hopping in the afternoon at Chelsea, or visit The Metropolitan Museum of Art and the renovated Museum of Modern Art. At night, catch a burlesque show at Slipper Room, watch stand up comedy at New York Comedy Club, or listen to slam poetry at the Nuyorican Poets Cafe.
Where to eat: Head east with the ladies for dinner at Momofuku Ssäm Bar by chef David Chang. Spend the night dancing at The Delancey, a rooftop bar. You can also make fun memories with your crew at any of New York's more creative speakeasies.
For the group who wants a European excursion, London is the perfect destination.
Where to stay: The Distillery, located on the renowned Portobello Road, 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.
What to do: Theater lovers can see performances at Shakespeare's Globe or London's West End. Book a private Canal Party Cruise (avail of the Hen Party package!) for sightseeing with drinks along Regent's Canal. Celebrate over dinner while watching cabaret, jazz, and burlesque performances at Proud Cabaret City, a retro, prohibition-esque bar.
Where to eat: Have breakfast with a view at skyline restaurant Duck & Waffle or keep the drinks flowing over brunch at Bad Egg with unlimited bloody marys. Spend an afternoon feeling fancy in floral frocks at traditional high tea at The Ritz.
For groups who want the best underwater experience. Only 50 miles off the coast of Florida
Where to stay: 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 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.
What to do: Do an island bar crawl by bike or golf cart. Charter a catamaran for the day to snorkel the S.S. Sapona shipwreck or to swim with hammerhead sharks in the clearest water in the Bahamas. If that sounds too extreme, a 20-minute boat ride can take you to Honeymoon Cay where you can swim with manta rays instead.
Where to eat: Order the island's famous conch salad at the unassuming Stuart's Conch Stand or the lobster salad at Joe's Conch Shack and wash it down with Bahama Mamas. Sip cocktails at Luna Beach, a beachside farm-to-table spot, and enjoy the fire dancers and bonfires at its famous full moon parties.
For nature-loving explorers who want to give back to the environment.
Where to stay: Nestled between the Pacific Ocean and 1,100 acres of tropical rainforest in Costa Rica, Los Sueños Marriott Ocean & Golf Resort is ideal for an adventurous bachelorette weekend with a variety of activities, from zip-lining to horseback riding and canopy tours. You can even help preserve the rainforest through the property's Reforest the Rainforest initiative. Talk about partying with a cause!
What to do: On-site, guests can partake in complimentary salsa lessons, taste local flavors with tortilla and gallo-pinto classes, and indulge in the signature Sibo Spa & Retreat, five dining venues and a network of pools and swim-up bars.
Where to eat: Visit the family-owned El Pelicano for scrumptious seafood. A beachfront favorite is La Puesta del Sol. Hacienda Kitchen, located at the Los Sueños property, boasts of traditional Costa Rican flavors
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Authors: Aly Walansky and Alyssa Lapid
"A good bachelorette party destination should offer plenty of sunshine and a variety of activities for the group to enjoy," says Jennifer Avey, VP of Marketing at Celebration Travel.
Your bachelorette party is about bonding with your favorite people as much as it is about celebrating the change in your relationship status, so destinations with multiple merits—a relaxing ambiance, scenic views, amazing food, and a bustling nightlife—are key for everyone to have a good time.