The Bachelorette trip is a must-do for brides these days, but with so many incredible places to visit, it can be hard to decide where to go! We’ve come up with a few itineraries for some of the latest hot-spots to visit, with recommendations for where to stay, what to do, where to eat, and how to party!
Where to stay: The Reykjavik Konsulat Hotel by Hilton in Reykjavik is a stunning hotel with gorgeous suites, just a quick walk from the centre of the city, where you’ll find the Laugavegur – the main shopping street, and also where all of the bars and clubs are. The hotel also has a spa, restaurant and bar run by an award winning chef, and a gym.
The Reykjavik Marina Residence Junior Suites are located right between the bustling city and historic waterfront of Reykjavik. You can even upgrade to get personalized butler service, tailor-made turndown service, and fresh flowers, fruit, and perfume delivered to your room.
Where to eat: The famous Sægreifinn (Seabarin) restaurant bills itself as having the best lobster soup around (it’s actually Langoustine, a lobster cousin from the ocean, which has a more sweet and succulent taste), along with national dishes like puffin, shark, whale, and horse.
For groups looking to eat something a little more familiar, you have to check out Bæjarins Beztu Pylsur – a hot dog stand that has been written up in the New York Times among others, and is listed as the best hot dog in Europe (its name even translates to “the best hotdog in town”!)
What to do during the day: The Fissure of Silfra in the heart of Thingvellir National Park is an incredible excursion for people who live to swim and snorkel. The 1000 year old melted glacier water occupies the space between Europe and North America’s techtonic plates, and thanks to being filtered through lava fields the water has crystal clear visibility of up to 100m. Tours can be guided, and you don’t need to have any snorkeling experience to enjoy the stunning view.
For animal lovers, Vestmannaeyjar is the place to go. This cluster of 15 islands is home to largest puffin colony in the world, and these cute little birds – they look like a cross between a penguin and a parrot – have quickly become one of the star attractions of Iceland.
The Blue Lagoon spa in Reykjavik is a famous spot, great for the ‘gram, and especially popular now that the Kardashians have visited. The warm water is rich in minerals that will do wonders for your skin, and during your visit you can also get in-water massages, visit the face mask bar, take a trip to the sauna and steam room, and of course grab a few drinks at the swim-up bar. After your time in the water, visit the Lava Restaurant for some fine dining and Icelandic cuisine.
What to do at night: The nighlife in Reykjavik is all centered in one area – Austurstraeti – so bar hopping is the typical way to spend your nights in the city. Just remember there is a 25% tax on drinks there!
Austur and B5 are popular bars in the city. Austur features the Hamborgara Bullan – Iceland’s best hamburger joint – in the back, and B5 is one of the few places in Reykjavík with a dress code and VIP lounges.
Gaukurinn is a hugely popular dive bar, and home of Iceland’s Drag scene, which is always a blast for a bachelorette. They also host stand-up comedy nights, live bands, burlesque bingo, and even the Icelandic Beatboxing Championship.
Pablo Discobar is a stylish bar with funky décor, delicious cocktails, and is one of the best places to go for a night of dancing in the city
Old San Juan, Puerto Rico
Where to stay: The Dreamcatcher is a stunning boutique hotel, with bohemian décor – vintage chandeliers are paired with rustic wooden furniture, and every room has its own hammock. Stunning fountains, personal kitchens, and outdoor showers will make your stay here an absolutely memorable – and picture-worthy – one! The hotel even features twice daily yoga classes, in-room massages, salsa classes, and dinners with a private chef.
For a more luxury stay, the Condado Vanderbilt Hotel is the perfect choice, as its old-world opulence has been popular since the resort opened in 1919. Luggage porters will take your bags, butlers will see to your every need, and for your 21st century needs, the wi-fi is free. The Heritage and Tower guest rooms are perfect for a bridal party.
Where to eat: Al Fresco restaurant is a favourite for people who visit Old San Juan. They have a stunning rooftop bar with a dangerously strong and tasty sangria, and you have to try the butternut squash ravioli.
El Jibarito and Café Manolin are two must-try restaurants in San Juan, where you can get some of the best Puerto Rican food you’ve ever had – everything from tostones and mofongo (plantain dishes) to serenata de bacalao con viandas (codfish and root vegetables) and camarones al ajillo (shrimps in garlic sauce) or the chicken fricassee.
What to do during the day: San Juan is an island full of natural beauty. You can hike through El Yunque National Forest and end off with in its natural waterfalls, go zip lining through the Toro Verde Nature Park, and take a midnight dip or kayak in the bioluminescent pools, which will take your breath away.
If you need to do some shopping, take a quick cab ride over to New San Juan, and spend the day at the expansive Mall of America.
What to do at night: Jungle Bird and La Factoria are two bars owned by the same people, and each has an incredible vibe. Jungle Bird is a tiki bar offering a mix of Southeast Asian and Caribbean food, while La Factoria is a speakeasy, where each room has its own cocktail menu. They both turn into great spots for dancing in the evening too.
Where to stay: The Nizuc Resort & Spa in Punta Nizuc (just 15min from Cancun and the airport) is a stunning 29-acre property, with private pools, lush tropical gardens, and different types of rooms, ranging from Ocean Suites, to Private Villas, and Residence Suites for groups of 4 – the perfect place for your Bachelorette group to stay!
Where to Eat: The resort is home to six world-class restaurants so you’ll have plenty of incredible meals to try during your stay. The Ramona features a contemporary interpretation of traditional Mexican cuisine, while the Indochine restaurant blends Asian and Middle Eastern flavours and foods. For a Mediterranean themed meal of pasta and wood-oven pizzas, try the Terra Nostra restaurant, while La Punta Grill and Lounge will serve you some the best cuts of meat and delicious seafood you’ll ever try. Ni showcases a Peruvian menu, while the Café De La Playa will take you on a cuisinary world tour.
What to Do During the Day: The Nizuc has a jam-packed activities calendar, with paddleboard yoga in the morning, tennis clinics, and snorkeling for when you want some fitness in your trip. For unique experiences, groups can take part in Cigar Rolling, a sushi making class, fancy wine pairing dinner, and tequila tour, all while listening to live guitar and Cuban jazz musicians.
What to Do at Night: The great thing about Cancun is that there are so many places to go out to at night! One amazing way to party is to take part in the Cuncrawl – a 5 hour guided tour, taking you and your friends to three of the best nightclubs and bars in Cancun, with VIP entrance and reserved tables. They also offer specials on bachelorette supplies – veils, garters, and sashes, bunny ears, and special, phallic straws that are the perfect accessory for a wild night out!
Yacht Week in Croatia
Where to stay: We are absolutely obsessed with this concept – instead of finding an all-inclusive resort to visit, why not rent your own personal yacht with 9 of your friends, and travel all over Croatia? You get to choose your yacht (for 6 – 12 people), and stay onboard for 1 week with your own personal skipper (sea-guru and all around expert) and hostess (tour guide and personal chef).
Where to eat: In Vis, you’ll want to stop at the Karijola Pizzeria, a famous spot with local wines and delicious gourmet pizzas. In Hvar, make sure you stop by 50 Hvar, which features classic North American cuisine, and specialty foods, like fried local octopus burger, roasted eggplant salad, truffle fries and polenta fries made with house-made pesto yogurt. On board, you’ll be pampered enjoying the cooking of your professionally trained hostess chef.
What to do:
Day 1: You’ll start the week in the city of Trogir, where you’ll get to meet the other yacht groups over the course of a delicious dinner featuring local cuisine, and a night of partying
Day 2: You’ll sail to your first stop, the island of Vis, a picturesque island that is perfect to rent a scooter and drive around. A historic sunset dinner at Fort George will be followed by the Tropical Retro party
Day 3: Anchor at another stop on Vis, the port of Komiza, with the best gelato and boutique shops. The evening will culminate at Lunatic Beach Club, where you can dance your way right up to the water
Day 4: Travel over to Hvar, known as the “St. Tropez of Croatia”. In the seaside village of Milna you can rent a car, or have your skipper take you on an island hopping adventure
Day 5: Is all about relaxing, with free yoga classes, cave diving, and more island hopping in Hvar. The night ends with a themed toga party – Carpe Diem!
Day 6: What may be the most unique event of the week, all of the yachts travelling that week will link up, allowing all of the guests to have one big party together in the water
Day 7: End the week with an incredible and fun Regatta race, with winners based on sailing time, vibe on board, and costumes, and announced at the Regatta Party before heading home the next day
No matter where you go, spending time with your bridesmaids, best friends, and family means your Bachelorette trip will be one to remember!