The Complete Palm Springs Bachelorette Party Guide
If you've spent any time on Instagram, you've seen plenty of influencers share their love of Palm Springs in colorful posts around the desert town—and for good reason. A Palms Springs bachelorette party is the ultimate destination for your girls' getaway, with year-round warm weather (though, maybe skip summer, when the desert heat can be brutal), spas that will make even the most stressed bride calm down, and a Vegas-like club scene to pack in the party time. We've rounded up the best Palm Springs bachelorette party ideas, places to stay, restaurants and activities so you can organize an amazing weekend itinerary.
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Palm Springs Bachelorette Party Ideas and Themes
Theme your bachelorette around what the bride loves to do most, be it relax by a pool, pamper herself at a spa and shopping, or eating and drinking her way through a new city. Whatever them you choose, be sure to check out The Knot Shop to outfit the bride squad in party-centric gear and swag.
For Poolside Fun
Palm Springs was built for poolside lounging, so be sure to pack the picture-perfect inflatable pool floats. Whether you're renting a house or staying at a hotel, a pool is a must in the desert heat. And many of the hotels offer daytime pool parties to make the most of the time in the sun.
For a little R&R
If nothing else, Palm Springs is known as a retreat for wellness and relaxation. There are plenty of spas to choose from for a day or weekend full of luxury. And on the off chance the bride wants to take a break from the massage table, there is another form of pampering: shopping in the El Paseo Shopping District, better known as "The Rodeo Drive of the Desert."
For the Doers
If your bride isn't one to sit by a pool or in the salon chair, don't worry, there is plenty to do in Palm Springs outside of relaxation. That includes a sip and paint day at Pinot's Palette, a biking pub crawl, a wine tour through nearby Temecula, and the famous Palm Springs Aerial Tramway to the top of San Jacinto Peak overlooking the Coachella Valley.
Palm Spring Bachelorette Party Itinerary and Activities
If you can't choose one way to focus your bachelorette party in Palm Springs, get in a little of everything with the ultimate three-day itinerary.
Morning: Check in to your hotel or house for the weekend and get those floats inflated. As your guests arrive, make yourselves comfortable the morning poolside.
Afternoon: Get your hiking gear on and head to On the Mark to gather what you need for a picnic lunch. You're taking lunch on the fly—literally—on a trip up the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway. There's no better way to take in the Coachella Valley than the views on the tram (it rotates as you rise) and from the top of San Jacinto Peak. At the top, unpack your lunch and enjoy the incredible vistas below. But don't forget to capture the moment: Book a photographer through Flytographer to take professional pictures of your lady gang with incredible scenery for background.
Evening: Happy hour is at Bootlegger Tiki, a classic Palm Springs spot with tiki-inspired cocktails (try your luck by sharing a punch bowl). Then it's off to dinner at Sandfish Sushi and Whiskey, to dine on handcrafted rolls and—you guessed it—whiskey cocktails. Spend the night bar hopping and dancing along Arenas Road, a popular, gay-friendly strip that includes popular nightclubs like Streetbar.
Morning: Grab brunch at Lulu California Bistro in downtown Palm Springs where options include a French Scramble with Boursin Cheese and French crepes. If you have time to spare, head to El Paseo Shopping District for some shopping.
Afternoon: Head over to a quintessential Palm Springs spot: The Saguaro. Here, you and your crew can rent a poolside cabana and take part in the poolside parties with boozy drinks and food delivered straight to your lounge area.
Evening: Head to The Tropicale for dinner. The neon-lit restaurant has retro vibes mixed with a tropical feel and menu options that range from Hawaiian-Style Ahi Poke to Thai ginger shrimp pizza to Southern Fried Chicken. You can stay put at the restaurant for a night of dancing at the Copa nightclub. Or head over to RetroRoom for some good ol' fashioned karaoke.
Afternoon: After a late brunch at Norma's in the Parker at Palm Springs, it's time for a little R&R. Try the Wine Down Massage (a 50-minute massage with a wine flight) at Spa La Quinta and then enjoy one of the resort's 53 hot tubs.
Evening: Get ready early tonight, because you're starting with a happy hour cycle tour. Booked through Social Cycle, you'll pedal your way through downtown Palm Springs and stop at a collection of top-rated bars. After burning off those calories, you'll be ready for dinner at 4 Saints where you'll share small plates like wild mushroom pappardelle and firecracker tuna paired with creative cocktails. Then end the night—and your weekend— at High Bar, where you'll find a laid-back environment, a rooftop pool, and cocktails.
Palm Springs Bachelorette Scavenger Hunt
Looking to make your itinerary even more fun? Turn your activities into a game with a Palm Springs scavenger hunt. Distribute a list of activities with points awarded for each completed task and ask participants to provide proof with pictures. Download an editable template to customize the list and include local attractions and sights. Don't forget to give the winner a prize such as a souvenir or t-shirt.
Places to Stay in Palm Springs for a Bachelorette Party
With a cool 1920s Hollywood vibe, Palm Springs has several retro-chic hotels to choose from. Visit TripAdvisor to find reviews and the hotel that fits your needs. If you'd rather stay together, consider booking a house rental for the weekend.
Best Hotels in Palm Springs for a Bachelorette Party
Avalon Hotel and Bungalows: Book a two-bedroom bungalow with Hollywood Regency-inspired furnishings and an occupancy of 6 at the Avalon Hotel and Bungalows nestled on four acres in the heart of old downtown Palm Springs.
Ace Hotel Palm Springs: Stay at the Ace Hotel Palm Springs for a quintessential desert experience, luxury rooms, and top-notch amenities.
The Saguaro: Book rooms at The Saguaro (you've probably seen the colorful hotel front on plenty of bloggers' Instagrams) for great rooms and the epic pool experience.
The Palm Springs Hotel: For a budget-friendly but equally luxe option, check out The Palm Springs Hotel.
Pro tip: The Knot has partnered with Hotel Planner to help you secure the best group hotel rate and get free hotel advice from an expert travel planner.
Palm Springs Bachelorette House Rentals
There are plenty of housing options for a Palm Springs bachelorette party, so check out the best vacation rental sites like Vrbo and Airbnb. Pro tip: If you're looking to supplement your vacation rental stay with some hotel amenities such as a swimming pool or a fitness facility, you can secure Scottsdale hotel day passes on ResortPass.
Palm Springs Oasis (Downtown): This four-bedroom, two-bathroom accommodation can sleep up to eight guests. It's equipped with a brand-new saltwater pool, a free-standing spa and gorgeous views of the surrounding mountain ranges. It's just a few minutes from downtown, making it a convenient spot for your bachelorette party. It averages around $600 per night.
Designer Villa (Downtown): If you're hosting a massive bachelorette gathering, this 11-bedroom, nine-bathroom villa can sleep up to 30 guests. With a heated pool, hot tub and plenty of outdoor space, you'll have everything you need for around $2,600 per night.
The 'Santorini House' (South Palm Springs): For a luxe bachelorette party accommodation, this semi-Cycladic-style home features panoramic views of Palm Springs. With four bedrooms and three bathrooms, this VRBO can sleep up to eight guests for around $1,250 per night. It's within walking distance of attractions like the Moorten Botanical Garden and the Indian Canyons Golf Resort and just a 12-minute drive away from the Palm Springs International Airport.
Renovated 12-Bedroom Rental (Tahquitz River Estates): This lavish 12-bedroom Palm Springs VRBO can accommodate bachelorette gatherings of up to 16 guests. With two pools, breathtaking views and plenty of outdoor areas to lounge around in, you'll have everything you need to enjoy your celebratory getaway. It averages around $2,600 a night.
Private Casita (Desert Park Estates): For groups of 8 or fewer, book this private casita with panoramic views of the San Jacinto mountains. This funky midcentury-style custom home offers a picturesque outdoor space with a pool, bocce ball court and BBQ. While there's lots to explore nearby, it's a 10-minute drive from downtown and a 15-minute drive from the Palm Springs aerial tram.
Palm Springs Bachelorette Party Nightlife
Palm Springs is a great place to indulge in good food and plenty of cocktails. Throughout the city, there's a wide variety of seafood restaurants and bars to enjoy during your bachelorette party trip.
Best Palm Springs Bachelorette Restaurants
Farm: Farm has plenty of outdoor seating and serves some lighter items. Guests can savor flavorful crêpes or protein-packed dishes like Spicy Ahi Tuna Tartare with rice, creamy avocado, scallions, unagi sauce, and crispy wontons.
Spencer's Restaurant: Spencer's is a great spot to enjoy fairly elevated menu items, with a relaxing ambiance, and even piano playing on occasion. They have great dishes like Chinese-style Kung Pao Calamari and Lobster Potstickers (fried or steamed) with cilantro, soy sauce, sriracha, scallions, and chili aioli.
King's Highway: Kings Highway is a great spot for brunch. Grab a plate full of eggs and waffles, or something substantial for lunch and dinner like their Fish and Chips or Striped Bass with shrimp, rice, crab, andouille sausage, pickled fresno chiles, parsley, garlic, beans, and poblano crema.
Best Palm Springs Bachelorette Party Bars
Toucans Tiki Lounge: Toucans Tiki Lounge is a fun gay bar with amazing drag queen shows and performances. It's a great place to grab a drink, dance, and watch a show with your bachelorette party.
Truss & Twine: Truss and Twine has plenty of incredible craft cocktails for you and your bachelorette party to enjoy. The bar is known for creating cocktails that honor the history of the spirits in the country. There are also some bar bites if you and your bachelorette party need a little something to eat before heading to the next place.
El Jefe: In the Saguaro Hotel is El Jefe, a Mexican restaurant with authentic cuisine and cocktails. Their elevated margaritas are incredible, ditching the over-the-counter sugary, premade mixes and opting for fresh bright flavors like jalapeño and celery.
Expert Palm Springs Travel Tips
If you're flying to Palm Springs, California from LA multiple airlines can get you there like American, Alaskan, United, Southwest, and more that can get you there quickly. The same goes for New York. Plan to visit late winter, or early spring for temperatures that aren't overwhelming. The best way to get around Palm Springs is definitely by car. It's too spaced out to plan on walking or taking Uber everywhere, it would get expensive.