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
is a bachelor-ready pad.
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.
How to Spend the Day
THEhotel’s VIP suite offers a more
low-key setting for pre-wedding weekends.
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
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.