Best Bachelorette Party Spots
It's not every day that you have carte blanche to celebrate the final days of your single life with your best girls by your side. So whether you're a first-time bride-to-be or getting ready to embark on your second (or third or fourth) foray into the realm of married people, never underestimate the ritualistic importance of the bachelorette bash.
While they vary in decadence and debauchery, bachelorette rites play out in countries around the world. A "hens' night" in England or Australia usually involves copious drinking, an obligatory pub crawl and inane party games, much like the American version. In Morocco, women gather at the bride-to-be's home to sip sugary mint tea, eat sweets and stencil their hands and feet with intricate henna designs. And in France, the name for a bachelorette party -- enterrement de vie de jeune fille -- translates to "funeral of the life of the young girl." But rest assured that wherever and however you plan to celebrate, there's nothing morose about ushering out one phase of life and welcoming another when a fabulous fete with your favorite friends is on the agenda.
With so many destinations to paint red, the only difficulty comes in deciding where to head. Here are a few ideas for where to gather the girls.
New York, New YorkThe quintessential American bachelorette party destination, the Big Apple offers every obligatory diversion for guaranteeing a good time with your best ladies -- world-class shopping, spas, nightlife, restaurants (and, yes, male revues, too). For a "Sex in the City"-style soiree, check into the super stylish Gansevoort Meatpacking NYC, where the heated rooftop pool is open year-round and you're just a few Manolo Blahnik-clad steps from some of the city's edgiest nightlife and shopping. Truth be told, however, you won't need to leave the hotel to have a high time. The hotel's exhale mind body spa offers a hot spot for facials, pedicures and massages, complete with steam rooms and hydro pools and the hotel's new American eatery, The Chester, offers a vibrant bar scene. After dark, head up to Plunge Rooftop Bar + Lounge for cocktails and people-watching as you take in the breathtaking 360-degree views of Manhattan and the Hudson River.
South Beach, Miami, FloridaOn any given weekend night, you'll see gaggles of newly bronzed ladies sauntering down Collins Avenue and Ocean Drive to celebrate those precious pre-lifetime-commitment moments in one of America's most legendary locales for letting loose. Bachelorette gatherings in South Beach offer all the essential shopping (hit Lincoln Road for big brands as well as funky vintage finds), partying and nightlife elements -- with the added appeal of beach time mixed in. Many hotels offer packages for bachelorette groups. The Catalina Hotel & Beach Club -- a super hip and surprisingly affordable art deco hotel on Collins Avenue -- touts a "Style the Last Mile" bachelorette package, whereby special room rates include manis, pedis and group massages for your entourage, VIP club passes and nightly martini rounds during the hotel's happy hour. Be sure to book your flights back home as late as possible on Sunday so you can have a last hurrah at the oceanfront club Nikki Beach, where SoBe's no-rest-for-the-wicked set dance with their toes in the sand from midday till long past midnight.
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