The Best Destinations for a Spa Bachelorette Party
Social media might lead you to believe you should go crazy at your bachelorette party, but the reality is you don't. If the bride-to-be's ultimate bachelorette party getaway involves wellness and rejuvenating with her besties, here's an even better idea: head to the spa.
Across the US, several standout cities are well-known for offering excellent spa facilities, catering to crowds that prefer a relaxing getaway over a raucous event. These same towns (from Sedona to New York) offer well-recommended services from manicures and pedicures to swimming pools and hot tubs. Face masks, saunas, spa services and overall wellness-oriented packages are largely present in these regions. If a sounds perfect for your wedding party, keep reading to identify your getaway destination. Plus, we offer up tips for when you and your best friends get there, including where to dine, drink and unwind.
Scottsdale has been on the radar of many bridal parties as of late because it has something for everyone. The city has stellar resorts, more than 800 restaurants, outdoor activities, nightlife, shopping and golf. Most importantly for your girls' getaway, Scottsdale has over 50 luxury resort and day spas.
Stay at the expansive Scottsdale Plaza Resort, where you can directly access the Salon & Day Spa. The spa offers massages, body treatments, facials and salon services; has four treatment rooms, two infrared saunas, a relaxation lounge and locker rooms; and carries a vegan, organic skincare line. At the acclaimed Fairmont Scottsdale Princess, brides-to-be, bridesmaids and besties can enjoy vistas of the Sonoran Desert and throw a "spa'rty" in the Well & Being Spa. Here's what your spa day includes: entrance to spa facilities, an adults-only rooftop pool, a heated grotto, a Swiss shower, fitness classes, a sauna, an aromatherapy room, complimentary spa lunches (plus champagne and cake) and more. Plus, if your group has five or more people, you'll be provided with a personal spa concierge.
Palm Springs, California
Surrounded by four mountain ranges and home to nine cities, Greater Palms Springs particularly calls itself a "resort oasis." The city is one, especially for those looking to immerse themselves in the spa and wellness scene. With a new spa concept launching this summer that includes nine outdoor treatment rooms, communal clay mud baths, teak soaking tubs and mineral water pools, Two Bunch Palms is a relaxing resort retreat in nature that should be on your radar. Additional lodging and pampering options include the Renaissance Esmeralda Resort & Spa, Miracle Springs Resort & Spa and the Ritz-Carlton Spa, Rancho Mirage. For a day spa experience, visit Desert Serenity Float, where you can float (of course), get a massage or facial, or sit in an infrared sauna. Greater Palm Springs also boasts over 1,000 miles of stunning trails for your group to hike in order to really take in your surroundings.
Philly isn't the initial city to come to mind for bachelorette party ideas. But if you're planning a spa bachelorette party in preparation for a wedding day, you should think again. With several top-tier day spas and hotel spas, the birthplace of America is a strong contender for the title of best spa bachelorette party destination. High-end Rescue Spa offers tons of services: facial treatments and add-ons, high tech treatments, massages, body treatments, waxing, laser hair removal, mani-pedis, makeup services, brow and lash services, hair services and more.
For a one-of-a-kind spa experience, venture over to the highest hotel in America and the tallest building in the City of Brotherly Love: The Four Seasons Philadelphia. In addition to receiving spa treatments, you can hang poolside next to a soaring indoor infinity pool or utilize the fitness center. If you'd rather head underground, book services at the Underground Luxury Spa in The Logan Hotel. Another luxurious option is The Rittenhouse Spa & Club, which offers personalized bachelorette party packages. When you're not rejuvenating in the spa, enjoy Philadelphia's bustling restaurant scene, as well its nightlife and historic landmarks.
New York, New York
Yes, a New York City bachelorette party will thrust you into the hustle and bustle. But when you're not being energized by the city that never sleeps, you can decompress inside some of the Big Apple's best spas. Like Philadelphia, New York has a Rescue Spa in Flatiron, the same neighborhood that is now home to The Well. You can stop in for massages, facials by Biologique Recherche and even wellness coaching from Goop's resident expert, Dr. Frank Lipman. There's also the Allure Day Spa & Hair Design, where bachelorette parties are able to choose between eight packages. In Tribeca, AIRE Ancient Baths offers a spa experience that involves thermal baths set at different temperatures. Soho's popular Haven Spa NYC will plan an event to your specifications, while nearby Noho is home to wellness center ORA.
If a full-service spa resort is more suitable for your getaway, you can't go wrong with the Four Seasons Hotel New York Downtown, which has massages, skincare, nail care, meditation and fitness. While there, the bride-to-be may want to stop by the nearby Glo Spa NY for different types of luxury facial treatments. Between spa visits, there's much to do in New York City aside from long days of pampering. Catch a Broadway show, host a boozy brunch, visit Central Park, dine at a celebrity hotspot like Catch NYC, or explore the city on your own volition.
Austin has all you could ever need for a superb bachelorette party, including some of the nation's best spa facilities. At Carter Creek Winery Resort & Spa, your group gets the best of both worlds—access to amazing spa services and an on-site winery. There's also the luxurious all-inclusive Lake Austin Spa Resort, which Conde Nast Traveler named the number one spa resort in North America.
In the rolling hills of Texas, the LakeHouse Spa offers custom group packages for groups ranging from six to up to 30. Services include massages, facials, water treatments and Eastern-influenced treatments. Overlooking Lake Travis, Miraval Austin Wellness Resort & Spa is another acclaimed resort boasting "wellness with a Texas twist." Miraval's Life in Balance Spa has over 60 spa services, and the resort itself also hosts more than 50 daily wellness activities. Once fully pampered and refreshed, the group will want to take advantage of everything else offered during an Austin bachelorette party, such as wineries, breweries, bars, restaurants and outdoor activities.
Sedona's "geological wonderland" may be on your bucket list. The stunning locale makes for an amazing bachelorette weekend, especially when the goal of your getaway is to retreat into nature. When you're in Sedona, you are exposed to 400-plus miles of hiking trails and absolutely breathtaking vistas near Grand Canyon National Park. It's easy to get in touch with your spiritual side here, and your besties can do so via Sedona's one-of-a-kind spa offering.
Spa resorts in Sedona include the Hilton Sedona Resort and the Enchantment Resort. The Hilton's Eforea Spa boasts spa treatments, physical therapy, nail services, seven private treatment rooms, a heated outdoor lap pool, thermal elements, exercise classes and more. The Enchantment Resort offers spa suites, a yoga and movement studio and other facilities. For 2022 brides, renowned Sedona destination spa Mii Amo is under renovation. However, it will reopen in the spring.
There's the spa and then, there's the beer spa. Gather your best friends and head to Denver. The Mile High City's Beer Spa offers brew-inspired spa services (seriously) and locally sourced craft beverages. Spa services include beer bath hydrotherapy, infrared saunas and zero gravity massage chairs. What's more, you can book the entire space exclusively for your group, and the spa can arrange catering, live music, silent discos and more for large groups.
If a more traditional spa experience is what you're looking for in Denver, the city has many great options. The Salon and Spa at the Brown Palace, the Ritz-Carlton Spa, Denver, the Four Seasons Hotel Denver Spa and Glosshouz Day Spa are just a few options. Round out your Denver bachelorette party with an activity that suits your group, like a trip to Rocky Mountain National Park, a private pedal tour around the city, or dinner at one of Denver's best restaurants (such as Guard and Grace).