A momentous occasion deserves to be marked by a truly memorable experience — and your last weekend away with your nearest and dearest friends before you tie the knot is certainly an event to be commemorated. What better way to say farewell to your days as a single woman than with a bachelorette getaway to the one destination where you’re an instant VIP: Las Vegas.
This destination is famous for a reason. It features sumptuous spas that will melt any trace of stress, A-list restaurants with menus crafted by master chefs and world-class shopping and live shows that cater to every taste. And to help you plan the ultimate girls’ getaway, here are some can’t-miss experiences to add to your itinerary.
Class up your accommodations
Once you touch down at the airport, kick off your visit in style with first class accommodation by taking a limo straight to your hotel. Some car companies, such as Presidential Limo, will even include a complimentary bottle of champagne and return service to the airport at the end of your trip — let the VIP treatment begin!
Of course, there are endless options when it comes to where to stay in Vegas. Whether you’re looking for separate rooms (for those who need their beauty sleep to be uninterrupted) or a suite to share with the whole party, you’re bound to have your needs met. For choices on the Strip, there are classics such as The Palazzo Resort Hotel & Casino, the Bellagio and Caesars Palace. Or, break with tradition and take your pick from some of the luxurious off-Strip options, like Palms Casino Resort, Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino or the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino. Just remember to tell the concierge that you’re a bachelorette party ahead of time. Many hotels will throw in little extras to make your stay special.
Wine and dine like queens
Once you’ve settled in to your gorgeous accommodations, you’ll need a truly special dinner to mark the first night of your stay. Reserve a table at L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon for an unforgettable meal prepared right before your eyes by France’s chef of the century. If you’re still not tired of treating yourself, head to Sage Late Night Lounge at ARIA Resort & Casino, where any of the mixologists can craft you an eye-catching cocktail, some of which even involve a blow torch.
On day two, once you’re in full vacation mode, stop by Border Grill for brunch with a Mexican twist. Tuck into a classic chilaquiles or chia blueberry power parfait, along with bottomless mimosas, micheladas and Bloody Marys.
Pamper all of your senses
No bachelorette getaway is complete without some R&R, so pamper the bridal party at the Spa Aquae at the JW Marriot. Once you’ve recharged with facials, massages and seaweed wraps, it’s time to shop ‘til you drop at Miracle Mile Shops, a literal mile of the best shoes, clothes, cosmetics and more.
For a more traditional (read: drier) experience in the entertainment capital of the world, be sure to grab tickets to BAZ, a mash-up of music and memorable moments from the best of Baz Luhrmann’s unforgettable love stories. Then grab a nightcap with a bit of old school charm at Frankie’s Tiki Room, where there’s just the right amount of kitsch mixed with the classic cocktails.
Explore the extraordinary
Before you leave Las Vegas, you need to see as much of it as you can, and what better to way to take it all in than from the air? Book a helicopter tour to get a bird’s-eye view of everything from the natural beauty of Red Rock Canyon to the neon glory of the Strip.
Once you’re back on solid ground, cool off by taking a dip at a fashionable day club like Marquee at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas. The beach party starts at 11 a.m. and goes as late as you’d like. Or, for a more sophisticated experience, head to the prestigious Aquatic Club at The Venetian where you can enjoy a boozy artisan ice pop while lounging in your art-adorned cabana.
Whether you and your squad prefer dancing the night away or spending the day sipping cocktails poolside, there’s so much more to this destination than simply casinos. Don’t miss the unique shows and fine dining experiences that are bound to make your bachelorette party one you and your friends will be talking about for years to come.
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