Miami or South Beach is a party town! People head to the beach and the mega clubs for spring break, birthday parties, and always Bachelorette or Bachelor parties. In the past two years, I’ve had the pleasure of visiting Miami 3 times for wedding and bachelorette festivities. The city has finally grown on me, and the art deco and gorgeous hotels are on my side. Here is a guide on How to Plan the Best Bachelorette Party in Miami and a few extra non- wild activities you must save some time for.
WHERE TO STAY:
The move here is to stay on the beach so you have access to a pool, lunch and beach chairs. My #1 pick is the luxurious 1 Hotel. It’s definitely on the higher end, but you’ll feel glamorous all weekend with: access to two pools, a rooftop bar, cabanas, a vegan restaurant, food/drink service on the beach, an outstanding gym, SOUL CYCLE, yoga on the beach, and a smoothie, food-to-go bar. Since we had a large group we booked two rooms in the 1 Hotel Homes +Residences which offers a private entrance on the other side of the street. We had 3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, a full kitchen to prepare meals and congregate, a balcony, and living room. P.S. Don’t miss the Skinny Piña at the pool.
The Fontainebleau has suites that fit 4 girls to a room and isn’t too pricy. The other upside is that LIV the nightclub that hosts DJ’s and rappers nightly is in here and Scarpetta, an amazing Italian restaurant from NYC that has the best bread basket in the city is in there (I guess you’re not looking for the best bread basket during your bach, but whatever.)
WHERE TO EAT:
Since these weekend parties can put a dent in your wallet, I recommend letting everyone do their own thing for breakfast and brunch since drinks and dinner can add up. Go for a morning walk, jog, ride on the boardwalk or hit the beach early. My favorite lunch spot is a mile walk south of the hotel: La Sandwicherie. Stroll up, grab a stool at the window, and order a juice, and a giant croissant sandwich. I love the SOBE Club which is turkey, brie, avocado and their special dressing which is like honey mustard. Also, the Nutella stuffed croissant with tropical fruit was unreal. Carb up, ladies! p.s. They are open from 8 a.m. – 5 a.m.
The Edition Hotel might as well be called the Fun House of Miami. You could literally stay there all day for a week and do everything your heart desires without getting bored. More on activities below. Anyway, I love Jean Georges restaurant The Matador Room here. The pool glows at night and makes for a quaint vibe as well. Order the Sweet Pea Guacamole with Tortillas (like they have at ABC Cocina), Wild Gulf Shrimp, Crunchy Calamari, Arroz Con Pollo with Crackling Skin.
PRIVATE CHEF IN
The benefit of having the bad ass apartment aka apartment at the 1 Hotel Residence is that you can have a private chef come in and cook a full dinner for the group. Deanna from The Cooking Collaborative was so helpful and easy to work with! She is a one woman show making delicate yet delicious dishes that suit your tastebuds and budget. She was in and out in around three hours and served us a gorgeous meal of: Tuna Tartare with Plantains, Sweet & Spicy Salad, Coconut Cauliflower Bites (which was my favorite and in a Sweet Orange Asian Sauce), Roasted Brussels Sprouts, and Bison Sliders. We had a family style meal, the hotel provided an extra table and chairs to fit everyone, and we stocked our fridge with champagne and rosé perfect for the evening.
DINNER + A SHOW:
After a couple nice dinners out or in, you deserve exposure to El Tucán. A wild show with fire, live music, wigs, tassels, and some sort of stripping. These dancers are incredible and keep your attention away from the food. Dinner reservations are at 7:30 p.m. or 10:30 p.m. in Brickell which is an Uber ride away from South Beach. $55 for the food includes guacamole and chips, and your choice of an appetizer, entree, and dessert. Go for the salmon entree as that ginger rice is good!
I lived next door to Kith in New York City, so when I found out there was a Kith TREATS down the road, I obviously had to sneak away from the party to get my fill. Creamy vanilla ice cream base mixed with your choice of cereal is the game here. I got snickers, rice krispies, and frosted flakes.
If you really want to step up the weekend game, order some customized, local cookie dough cups by MDOUGHW. This is one of my favorite desserts in the entire country and you can send Margo (the owner) photos to put on the outside of the wrapper to give it your own pizazz. I put a photo of the bride and groom on here, but the real treasure was inside the wrapper. Go for the Chocolate Chip stuffed Brownie and the Funfetti stuffed with Cookies and Cream. There is also gluten-free and dairy free options, y’all!
BASEMENT @ THE EDITION:
As I said, this gorgeous hotel is a playground and a place I never want to leave. Booze gives you courage and after that El Tucán show, I thought I was Tonya Harding and grabbed some ice skates a ticket to the skating rink downstairs for ($30 pp) downstairs and skated my dreams away past midnight. Some people choose to drink themselves silly in the dancing club down there, but apparently I had my eyes on the ice. It was a blast, and I highly recommend it for something different. Part of our crew set up shop at the bowling alley right there as well for neon, late night bowling, and then we recollected ourselves in the club a few feet farther dancing to some great music.
THE LIVING ROOM & THE FAENA:
The Faena has THE most gorgeous art deco entrance. With colorful and gold painted walls, tiled mosaic floors, and giant windows looking onto the backyard, this place is perfect for photos and feeling alive. Try to catch the view of the “Gone but not Forgotten” Damien Hirst piece. It’s a gold wooly mammoth skeleton display outside in the back. It’s glowing and almost floating it’s so beautiful. I went to a wedding out here, and I will forever be indebted to visiting this piece every time I set food in South Beach. It’s a site not to miss. Anyway, come to the hotel for The Living Room. It’s a fun and intimate lounge with optional table service and an amazing live band on Thursday nights. Dance the night away without being in an expensive club. We even rubbed elbows and exchanged dance moves with NYC artist, Bradley Theodore, known for his Karl Lagerfeld paintings.
For a megaclub situation with bottle service, ropes, famous DJ acts, and raging, head to LIV. It’s pretty easy to get in with a small group of girls, but for guarantee with a giant group, go for a table.
If you have even 30 extra minutes, stop by The Bass Contemporary Museum which is only two floors. Surrounded by lush landscape and the colorful Ugo Rond sculpture in the front yard, it’s a site not to miss. His exhibit upstairs called Good Evening Beautiful was full of dressed up mannequin clowns and bright colored walls. This really makes you jump out of your skin, but I can promise you’ve never seen anything like it. The museum is full of Mika Rottenberg experimental pieces and video and really pushes the envelope.
Art Basel is one of the biggest draws to Miami all year in December, and if you aren’t making it to this art fair, head to the urban graffiti walls called Wynwood Walls. There are a bunch of nearby galleries you sift through after spending sometime in the park. Also, check out Zak the Baker breads if you find your way up here, no excuses.