Weddings are a time to celebrate love and a future with your other half. But bachelorette parties are meant for celebrating with your besties as you mark the end of one chapter of life and start the next. This calls for a getaway that’s worthy of the momentous occasion – one that’s memorable and personalized to cater to your needs and interests.
After all, not every bride is the same so their bachelorette parties shouldn’t be cookie-cutter either.
A nature-loving bride whose perfect weekend outing is mountain biking in the great outdoors may want a different experience than a party-girl bride who prefers to focus on big nights out and daytime rest. Whichever type you are, there’s an ideal destination and hotel waiting for you and your squad. You just need to choose your bride persona and a getaway option that suits you best. And if you find that you’re a hybrid bride who can’t settle on one persona, that just means you have more choices for your dream bachelorette party.
Pick the bride type that best describes you and start planning your perfect bachelorette getaway:
Ideal Type of Destination: A peaceful destination that provides a breath of fresh air, far from the hustle and bustle of city life, with a variety of outdoor adventure options.
Try: Whistler, British Columbia, Canada
Imagine a bachelorette getaway that combines the best of the great outdoors with amazing food, nightlife, music and pampering. Look no further than Whistler, British Columbia. Bachelorette party participants can take advantage of this destination year-round because it has activities for every season. Try a group ski/snowboarding outing in winter or early spring. Or in warmer months, explore ziplining, mountain biking, canoeing and more. After a day on the mountain, the girls can refuel and reconnect at one of many tasty eateries and bars in Whistler Village.
Where to stay:
Hilton Whistler Resort & Spa is the perfect home base for bachelorettes looking for an outdoor adventure. The resort is nestled in the heart of Whistler Village and conveniently located at the foot of the Whistler and Blackcomb Mountains, giving brides-to-be and their besties easy access to activities, shopping and dining. Back at the hotel, groups will enjoy the hotel’s private tennis court and pool, as well as the award-winning Taman Sari Royal Heritage Spa.
The Park Vista – a DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel - Gatlinburg (Gatlinburg, Tennessee)
Hilton Niagara Falls/Fallsviews Hotel & Suites (Ontario, Canada)
Ideal Type of Destination: Any place in the world that’s warm with picturesque water and sand. Boats, jet skis and hammocks are a bonus.
Try: La Seyne-Sur-Mer, France
What’s better than spending a relaxing day lounging on the white, sandy beaches of Southern France? Seyne-Sur-Mer, France’s chief Mediterranean naval base, historically known as a shipbuilding town, is a great escape, perfect for bachelorette parties on the beach. You can also take a quick boat ride to the nearby island of Porquerolles and bike or hike your way through the trails of Port-Cros National Park, Europe’s first national marine park.
Where to stay:
Grand Hotel des Sablettes Plage, Curio Collection by Hilton is an ideal spot for brides-to-be looking to soak up some sun before the big day. The historic hotel is located right on the water, offering direct access to Les Sablettes private beach and panoramic views of the Mediterranean Sea, which is visible from sea-facing hotel room balconies. The calm, clear waters are perfect for going for a swim or doing watersports like scuba diving, kayaking, paddle boarding and light sailing. After enjoying the stunning golden sunsets of Southern France, bridal parties can head back to the hotel for invigorating facials and massages at the on-site Spa NUXE. Then, they can end the night with an excellent dining experience at Horizon, one of the hotel’s three restaurants with traditional French cuisine prepared by the on-property chef.
Hilton Seychelles Labriz Resort & Spa (Mahe, Seychelles)
DoubleTree by Hilton Resort & Spa Marjan Island (Ras Al Khaimah, U.A.E.)
Photo: Grand Hotel des Sablettes
Plage, Curio Collection by Hilton
Ideal Type of Destination: A faster-paced city where luxury and elegance are readily available and even the landmarks stand out in a crowd. Shoot for a historic hub that has drawn the likes of royalty.
Try: Chicago, Illinois
It would be fitting for brides-to-be who expect the best out of life to have their bachelorette soirees in the city named best in the U.S. Voted America’s best big city by Condé Nast Traveler’s 2018 Readers’ Choice Awards, Chicago is a reigning crowd-pleaser with no shortage of shine or action. Depending on when you visit there are a variety of activities to choose – from luxury shopping on the famed Magnificent Mile and touring world-class museums to lounging at North Avenue beach and taking a dip in Lake Michigan during summer. In the winter, ice skating and tours of snow-covered skyscrapers are an option, and top-notch cultural excursions and dining are available year-round.
Where to stay:
Want to recreate the glamour days of old Hollywood? Travel back in time with The Drake, a Hilton Hotel, Chicago’s iconic historic symbol of elegance since 1920. It’s perfect for brides looking to spend their bachelorette party being treated like royalty and exploring the storied history of luxury and class in downtown Chicago. And it’s situated at the beginning of the Magnificent Mile in the upscale Gold Coast neighborhood along the shoreline of Lake Michigan and steps away from some of the country’s best shopping. Once there, what better way to feel like a princess than to stay in a room named after one? Book the Princess Diana Suite, the same room that Princess Di stayed in during her Chicago visit in 1996, and then spend an afternoon like the royals with a proper tea that includes festive treats and a live harpist. If afternoon tea isn’t your style, enjoy a drink at Coq d’Or, a speakeasy style restaurant that opened the day after the end of prohibition in 1933.
Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills (Beverly Hills, California)
The London NYC (New York City, New York)
Ideal Type of Destination: A place that offers a solid variety of cutting-edge workout options is a must. Think state-of-the-art gym facilities, creative classes such as red rock yoga and no shortage of outdoor fitness adventures like biking, hiking and horseback riding. Nearby clean eating options only add to the experience.
Try: Sedona, Arizona
In case you missed it, Sedona was named the top wellness destination in the U.S. by TripAdvisor in 2018. With a number of resorts and spas specifically designed to help guests unwind and be fit, and a myriad of clean and creative dining options, it’s easy to see why fitness-inspired travelers flock to this Southwestern desert city. Whether you’re a hiker, biker, equestrian, outdoor enthusiast or lover of natural beauty, Sedona’s hundreds of amazing trails will be at your fingertips. The options truly are limitless in this playground for adventure and discovery.
Where to stay:
For fitness-obsessed brides, the phrase “no days off” even applies as the big day approaches. At Hilton Sedona Resort at Bell Rock going on vacation doesn’t have to mean vacating your workout routine. The resort offers a variety of fitness options, including the Warrior Pit, a red sand boot camp playground and the only resort cross-training fitness facility in the Southwest. There are also more than 30 weekly classes, such as the signature outdoor red rock yoga. Bachelorette groups can also enjoy two outdoor pools, three lighted tennis courts and an on-site 18-hole championship golf course. Nearby are more than 200 miles of hiking and mountain biking trails, and off-road activities like horseback riding, mountain jeep tours, hot air balloon rides and more. With exciting on-site fitness options and “adventure guides” who put a twist on the traditional hotel concierge, the hotel is the perfect escape for brides-to-be and their adventure-seeking bridal parties. Refuel after a day out with fresh, locally sourced dining options and a selection of wellness kombucha cocktails at the ShadowRock Tap + Table restaurant.
Hotel del Coronado, Curio Collection by Hilton (Coronado, California)
Hilton Anatole (Dallas, Texas)
Ideal Type of Destination: This bride will feel at home in a restorative place that not only offers a stellar spa with top-notch treatments to help melt away wedding-planning stress and tension, but also has unique art galleries and festivals to feed the cultural appetite. The slower the pace and more low-key, the better.
Try: Santa Fe, New Mexico
With a population of only about 80,000 people, Santa Fe’s small, intimate setting is the perfect escape for slowing down and enjoying the moment – instead of fighting elbow-to-elbow in one of America’s more populous cities. The city is known worldwide as a UNESCO Creative City and the nation’s third-largest art market, a mecca for artists, art collectors and other cultural venues including music, dance and the world-renowned Santa Fe Opera. With views of the Sangrede Cristo and Jemez Mountain ranges and the breathtaking high-desert scenery, Santa Fe is ideal for escaping reality for a world of natural beauty and slow-paced bachelorette party options.
Where to stay:
Hilton Santa Fe Buffalo Thunder, a resort-style retreat, is the perfect getaway for brides in search of a restorative, upscale spa experience to help relax the body and mind. The Wo’P’in Spa, which translates to “Health Mountain,” is a hidden sanctuary that combines indigenous Pueblo of Pojoaque healing traditions, aromatherapy and expertly trained therapists to pamper guests with a variety of body treatments. The 587-acre property offers a variety of bachelorette-party-perfect diversions, including six gourmet restaurants and a nightclub, the on-site award-winning, championship Towa Golf Club and a 61,000-square-foot casino featured in ABC’s the Bachelor. Stop by for some much-needed R&R leading up to the big day to help make you walk down the aisle tension-free.
Hilton Shillim Estate Retreat & Spa (Pune, India)
Miramonte Indian Wells Resort & Spa, Curio Collection by Hilton (Indian Wells, California)
Ideal Type of Destination: A place that offers the option of interacting with animals – not just observing them – will be the sweet spot for this bride. Think swimming with rays, whale or bird watching, or feeding giraffes (all in their natural habitats, of course).
Try: Rangali Island, Maldives
Comprised of 26 ring-shaped coral reefs and home of one of the most exclusive and spectacular collections of marine life, Rangali Island will get you close to the natural wildlife you love. This Indian Ocean island’s coral reefs not only support a high diversity of reef animals – including 250 species of corals and 1,200 reef and reef-associated fish species – it also houses a population of seabirds, manta rays, whale sharks and marine turtles, including five of the seven known turtle species in the world. Get a closer look at life under the sea with year-round snorkeling and scuba diving – some of the most famous in the world.
Where to stay:
Conrad Maldives Rangali Island is the perfect getaway for brides looking for extraordinary experiences with rare and diverse marine wildlife. The resort features a variety of out-of-this-world rooms, amenities and activities that are designed to make your experience just that, including two first-of-their-kind offerings. Stay at THE MURAKA Residence and experience what it really means to sleep with the fish. Or if you prefer to swim in the ocean but not stay in it, the resort also offers beach villas and overwater bungalows spread across two islands. It also features the world’s first undersea restaurant, Ithaa, where guests can dine 16-feet beneath the waves.
Another plus: An Over Water Spa with four thatched-roof treatment rooms including three with glass floors providing views of the colorful coral reef below. Swim, dine and sleep with the fish from the comfort of your own room. And don’t forget to consult with the resort’s Instagram Butler for the best tips and locations for taking memorable bachelorette photos!
Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort (Honolulu, Hawaii)
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Cariari San Jose – Costa Rica (San Jose, Costa Rica)
Ideal Type of Destination: As long as there is music, dancing, drinks and all of her favorite gal pals, it’s perfect. Bonus points if it’s located in one of the party capitals of the world.
Try: Las Vegas, Nevada
No bachelorette party guide is complete without the option of an exciting night out in Las Vegas. With an untold number of nightclubs and lounges, most open until 4 a.m., and a variety of pool and day party options, the party never has to end. And because even party girls need to take a break every now and again, consider exploring some of the strip’s other exciting attractions like a standup comedy show, live performances and concerts, luxury shopping and testing your luck at one of the more than 104 casinos. Then, stop by one of Vegas’ five-star restaurants to refuel with a culinary masterpiece prepared by world-renowned chefs.
Where to stay:
Whether you’re looking to shop, test your luck at the slots, or party on the Vegas strip, the Waldorf Astoria Las Vegas is your best bet. The hotel’s central location in the heart of the Las Vegas Strip is perfect for bridal parties looking to make the most of their stay in the Entertainment Capital of the World just a five-minute walk from popular concert venues, nightclubs and casinos. Spend the day exploring all the exciting attractions that Vegas has to offer, then cool off at one of the hotel’s three cabana-lined pools, followed by an appointment at the on-property salon to prepare for a night on the town.
Alexandra Barcelona Hotel, Curio Collection by Hilton (Barcelona, Spain)
Hilton Playa del Carmen, an All-Inclusive Adults Only Resort (Playa del Carmen, Mexico)
Bachelorette Bonus: Quick tips for brides on a budget
Now that you know what kind of bride you are, you need to consider what kind of bachelorette bank is at your and your squad’s disposal. After all, planning a wedding is no inexpensive feat, and the cost of the gown, venue and honeymoon can make it easy to go over budget – and that’s before even considering the bachelorette party. So, if you and your bridal party are on a budget, here are some tips and inspiration to have a memorable bachelorette experience that saves money:
- Book Direct on the Hilton Hotels website (you’ll get a price-match guarantee for peace of mind)
- Plan a Staycation in your hometown (“getaway” doesn’t have to mean “far away”)
- Instead of spending money on experiences outside the hotel, pick a Hilton all-inclusive resort
- Consider a more cost-effective property than a resort, like a Hilton Garden Inn or Hampton Inn
- Use Hilton Honors Points for a free room (Have none? Get a parent or other family to gift them)
- If you and your squad do have Hilton Honors Points, pool them to combine resources for free rooms
- Not a Hilton Honors member? Sign up for free and trigger a discount and cool perks through the Hilton Honors app. You can also earn loyalty points for free future stays and other exciting experiences on the Hilton Honors Experiences platform, such as:
- Clip, Climb and Explore Ras Al Khaimah (ideal for Nature Bride)
- Secret of the King & Queen Spa Experience (ideal for Glam Bride)
- Ski Adventure in the Swiss Mountains (ideal for Fit bride)
- Ski slopes closed on April 23, 2019 and will reopen in November 21, 2019
- Bath, Fragrance and Sleep Master (ideal for Chill Bride)
- Take a Camel Ride Through the Desert in Cairo (ideal for Animal-Lover Bride)
- Private Concert with Fitz and the Tantrums (ideal for Party Bride)