The Last Hurrah

Many bachelors and bachelorettes journey to Las Vegas to kiss single-hood goodbye in style

By: Ryan Slattery

Ah, Las Vegas. From gaming and shows to dining and partying, one often needs a vacation after returning from a vacation here. We are all far too familiar these days with the much used “What happens in Vegas & ” phrase, and with more bachelors and bachelorettes deciding to bid adieu to single life with a last fling in the desert, we’re here with a guide for throwing the ultimate send-off for your client’s soon-to-be-married friend.


The Palms Fantasy Tower
The Palms Fantasy Tower
is a bachelor-ready pad.
The Crib
First things first, you need a place to stay, and the hotels that shift toward the younger party public are the Hard Rock Hotel and Palms Casino Resort, although now the newly renovated Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino is elbowing its way on the scene. If possible, book early, and contact the resort in advance to ask for group rates or specials as many properties up and down the Strip offer bachelor or bachelorette rates.

Clients looking to throw caution and cash to the wind may find a spacious luxury suite to their liking. The Palms Fantasy Tower, for example, has a Kingpin Suite with an in-room bowling alley, its Hardwood Suite comes with its own basketball court and several other top-of-the-tower suites feature infinity pools that hang off the building. Of course, those seeking a more low-key, less “Animal House”-type affair will find solace and comfort in THEhotel, a Venetian suite or at the elegant Bellagio or Wynn.


THEhotel VIP suite
THEhotel’s VIP suite offers a more
low-key setting for pre-wedding weekends.
How to Spend the Day
Blackjack and baccarat aside, there are plenty of things to do during the daylight hours. Resort pool parties have turned up the heat, transforming lazy lounging into a sizzling scene more reminiscent of a nightclub only with a lot less clothing.

The ladies may want to indulge with a glass of champagne and a bridal treatment at the Aquae Sulis Spa at the JW Marriott, or pay a visit to Canyon Ranch SpaClub at the Venetian for some serious pampering. Spas such as Aquae Sulis also cater treatments specifically to men and the Red Rock Adventure Spa offers horseback riding, rock climbing or rafting trips for outdoorsy types. Las Vegas also has over 30 championship golf courses.

Clients with an adventurous spirit may want to explore the Valley of Fire, Red Rock National Conservation Area, Lake Mead or Mount Charleston where ample hiking, biking, watersports and rock-climbing opportunities abound, or they can book a trip with operators such as the Grand Canyon Tour Company for an aerial view of the canyon or to buzz the Strip at night when the neon glows bright.


Moon Nightclub
Moon Nightclub at the Palms Casino
Resort welcomes those looking
for a night on the town.
Clients have many options when it comes to nightlife. In fact, it can be so overwhelming that many leave it up to experts, such as Vegas VIP, who specialize in package deals and will plan every aspect of a bachelor and bachelorette party or golf outing even providing limo transportation.

A third party, such as Vegas Passport, can help clients avoid the long wait at popular nightclubs, whisking them beyond the velvet rope and onto the dance floor. Most VIP companies book bachelor packages and arrange all the details of a client’s trip. For those navigating the city on their own it’s always best to avoid the cab line and rent a limo or “party bus” to keep the group intact and the party rolling along.

The dining options are seemingly endless, but N9NE Steakhouse at the Palms has a bachelor menu ($179 per person) for groups of 12 or more that includes all-access VIP passes to the resort’s coolest clubs: Playboy, Moon, Rain and Ghostbar. Other popular nightclubs include LAX, Jet, Tryst, Prive and Tao where “Grey’s Anatomy” star Kate Walsh held part of her bachelorette festivities.

But what’s a bachelor/bachelorette party without a little risque fun? For the guys that may mean a trip to a gentlemen’s club such as Sapphire’s, Scores or Olympic Garden, while the ladies always have Chippendales and Thunder Down Under.

Don’t forget about some of the Strip’s larger production shows. Cirque du Soleil now has five shows in town and for Beatles fans “Love” is a must see, while “Phantom: The Las Vegas Spectacular” and Monte Python’s “Spamalot” bring a taste of Broadway.

With a little planning, the big party can be a memorable experience before that walk down the aisle.




Grand Canyon Tour Company

Vegas Passport

Vegas VIP