Make your bachelorette weekend what you want it to be!
When considering a bachelorette weekend in Las Vegas, most women have images of wild partying all night long. However, this well-renowned party town knows how to celebrate in many styles. From low-key to over-the-top, here’s how you can spend your last days as a single woman.
From start to finish, this bachelorette weekend is high on fun, but low on drama. Plan a spa day with the girls at one of the many luxury spa and salons in town, such as Rio Salon & Spa. I had the opportunity to visit with my fellow journalists and experience the spa via its “Pretty, Pampered & Privileged” package, which I highly recommend for celebrating with your girlfriends. This package includes round-trip limo transportation from your hotel, a champagne toast upon arrival, a 50-minute massage, an organic or Microderma peel facial, a manicure and signature pedicure, use of the private Palazzo Suite pool, a swag bag of spa products, and lunch with wine or champagne in the Palazzo Suites Dining Room. Our time was a bit limited, but I did enjoy the manicure, pedicure and a massage as well as lunch in the suite. This is definitely the way to get pampered with your girlfriends!
Once you complete your spa time, head to one of the city’s shopping meccas – Fashion Show, Miracle Mile Shops, Forum Shops at Caesars – to enjoy one of your favorite pastimes. As day turns to night, have dinner at a quiet, upscale restaurant like Picasso at Bellagio or Andrea’s at Wynn Las Vegas. I had the opportunity to dine at both of these restaurants, and you cannot go wrong with either one. At Picasso, I enjoyed a lovely lobster and potato entrée that just melted in my mouth.
After dinner, we took in a performance of “O”, one of eight Cirque du Soleil shows in town, and wrapped up the night with a quiet drink at Hyde in Bellagio. It was a wonderful evening of entertainment without all the hustle and bustle that usually accompanies a night out in Las Vegas.
Kick your single days into the past with a burst of adrenaline! We had the chance to ride The Big Apple Coaster at New York New York, which is an amazing way to see Las Vegas, especially at night. The roller coaster sits atop the hotel and casino, so you literally are up in the air. If you love the thrills and chills of amusement parks, also check out the Adventuredome Theme Park. Up the ante with indoor skydiving, or go on the Stratosphere Tower Thrill Rides.
You also can take in the area scenery with a tour of the Grand Canyon or Hoover Dam. Finish the weekend with an aerial tour of the famous Strip of Las Vegas. We took an evening flight with Sky Combat Ace to check out the view; unfortunately, it was raining so we had to forego a flight in the open–cockpit Waco YMF-5C, but it was still an enjoyable flight.
Of course, for those who want to keep things traditional, you can challenge lady luck in the casinos or work on your tan at one of the city’s ultimate pools like the Encore Beach Club, Liquid or Hard Rock – Nirvana. Then, start your night out with a high-energy dinner at STK at The Cosmopolitan, which I truly enjoyed. The restaurant featured a DJ playing some of my ’80’s favorites (yes, I’m old,) and the food was great, too. We enjoyed a pear and endive salad with candied walnuts, blue cheese and arugula; New York steak; and sides dishes of mac & cheese, Parmesan truffle fries and creamed spinach.
Although we didn’t go, those looking for a traditional bachelorette experience should take in an evening of eye candy at the Chippendales show at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino. Afterward, you can dance the rest of the night away at Marquee nightclub at The Cosmopolitan. Although this club wasn’t my style (as I said, I’m old), given how crowded it was, it definitely appeals to many people. If you decide to go, I recommend making reservations and booking a table in one of the club spaces. There are several bachelorette packages available, so you’re sure to find one that suits your budget and style.
As you can see, no matter what type of bachelorette weekend you have in Las Vegas, you can bet you’ll have memories to last a lifetime!
Disclosure: Karon visited Las Vegas as a guest of the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority.