Las Vegas may be known for its debauchery, glitz and entertainment but throw in luxurious hotel rooms, world-class spas, posh nightclubs, designer boutiques and restaurants helmed by celebrity chefs and it becomes the perfect one-stop shop to throw not just bachelor but bachelorette parties as well. Whether brides- and grooms-to-be and their entourages want to get wild or keep it mellow, Las Vegas delivers with a non-stop menu of enjoyable and thrilling options.
While the tradition of the Las Vegas bachelor party runs deep, ladies have more recently discovered that this is the perfect playground on which to kiss their single days goodbye. Additionally, the era of men descending on Vegas for a night of gambling and a stop at a gentlemen’s club (while the girls eat dainty tea sandwiches and play how-well-do-you-know-the-groom games) is Passe. “The standard bachelor party is a thing of the past.” Said JC Reed, Director of Concierge/Chef Concierge at Bellagio. “People want event weekends. They’ll fly in to catch a fight, play rounds of golf on an exclusive course or have dinner at celebrity chef’s restaurant when the chef is in town.”
If you are looking to have a truly memorable bachelor or bachelorette party, you’ll find an abundance of options in Las Vegas and bevy of hosts willing to accommodate your every whim. Here are just a few ideas: Since the bride and the groom will have eternity together, most couples want to go their separate ways for their last hurrah. Gents can check in early at New York-New York and then be whisked away by limousine to the award winning, Tom Fazio-designed Shadow Creek golf course for 18 leisurely holes.
After a day on the links, the men will be ready for Pure Management Group’s Party Package at Luxor, which includes dinner at Company, serving American cuisine inspired by western techniques and Asian ingredients, followed by a visit to hotspot LAX and the exclusive Noir Bar hidden within. “LAX is a great place for everyone, but the best part for guys is that there are so many beautiful women that come through our doors every night,” said Shane Hennessy-York, a host for Pure Management Group’s VIP Services. “There also are many different VIP table options that you won’t find in other clubs.” For instance, groups can choose to be in the middle of the action with a spot on the dance floor or opt for privacy in an ultra loft on the second floor overlooking the scene.. If they are looking for the ultimate in exclusivity, they can slip inside the reservations-only Noir Bar, where bartenders create personalized cocktails.
Since Las Vegas is all about nightlife and a array of clubs await, no one has to worry about running into their soon-to-be-better half. Heat up the dance floor at Ivan Kane’s Forty Deuce at Mandalay Bay, which comes alive when the burlesque dancers take the stage, get wild at the high energy Studio 54 at MGM Grand, party like a rock at ROK Vegas or be mesmerized by the beauties at Coyote Ugly, both at New York-New York. Men may also have a tough time deciding whether to say ooh-la-la to the sensual dancers at MGM Grand’s Crazy Horse Paris or experience Fantasy, a seductive adult dance revue at Luxor. While the boys are being boys, ladies can check in at THEhotel at Mandalay Bay and then head to Via Bellagio for a bit of retail therapy. And since no detail should be overlooked, a personal shopper can help choose everything from the perfect pair of oversized Chanel sunglasses to the most stunning Hermes handbag.
Even with someone else doing the work, shopping can be exhausting and there’s no better place to recharge than Salon and Spa Bellagio. And what better way to do it than in a group. Here the ladies can indulge in a custom-designed Pamper Party, which allows them to choose from any service on the menu and offers a food and beverage option. As an extra, turn the spa’s Meditation Room into a private lounge for up to eight. A bride can treat her maid-of-honor (or vice versa) with the salon’s Girlfriends Polynesian Package, which is designed for two and includes a lavish manicure and pedicure in a private suite and a scrumptious spa lunch from Jean Philippe Patisserie.
After a bite of primping, It’s time for the ladies to show off that buff and shine during a night on The Strip. But first they can check out the buff bods on Australia’s hottest hunks at Excalibur’s Thunder from Down Under, the only male variety show to make Forbes Traveler’s “10 Sexiest Revues in Las Vegas” list. They can also choose to leave the details to The Light Group, whose tantalizing Bachelorette and Girls’ Night-Out Packages promise the “Ultimate 3-D Bachelorette Experience” with. “JET is our favorite spot for a bachelorette party,” said Light Group’s Bachelorette Director Jeanette Ivy, who has handled groups of three to 30.. “It’s upscale but it gives them more of a let-loose environment: the ladies can roam in three different rooms to hear the different types of music. We set them up with the best table and we also offer them bottle specials.”
The next morning ladies can hit House of Blue’s famous Gospel Brunch at Mandalay Bay for an all-you-can-eat Southern-style buffet extravaganza and soul-stirring live entertainment before they head back to The Mirage for the last of the Light Group package. Here they relax atop a luxurious daybed at Bare, the adult pool with an intimate setting and tropical theme. Toss your inhibitions… and your top if you please.
But don’t forget about what makes this city specials. Wind up the weekend with the must-have Vegas experience: gaming. Play a few hands of blackjack, roll the dice at a craps table, pick the winner at the race and sports book or ante of the new automated PokerPro tables at Excalibur. Whatever your pleasure for your bachelor party. You’ll find it in Las Vegas. “You name it,” said Hennessey-York, “we can do it…we’ll find someone who can.”