As a current maid of honor struggling to put together the perfect weekend for my bride-to-be bestie, I get it. Mapping out an itinerary for a group of chicks is painstaking, especially when you’re unfamiliar with the destination. I recently spent a month out in the desert filming a movie (and staying through Coachella, obviously), so I naturally have been asked for my expertise on the best of Palm Springs quite frequently since. Next weekend, I’m headed to a bachelorette party in the desert and I couldn’t help but chime in with itinerary tweaks. I thought I’d just make my suggestions into a post since, to this day, my ‘Best bachelorette weekend in Cape Cod‘ tops my most read of all time posts!
|| WHERE TO STAY ||
Is your bride boujee? Stay at The Parker
Is she an influencer? Try out the Sands
Does she want to get down and dirty at a pool party? The new Arrival Hotel, the Saguaro, or the Riviera
Is she looking for a chill oasis? The L’Horizon
More hip? The Kimpton Rowan
Does she have some boho vibes and is looking mostly for a spa weekend? Two Bunch Palms
Is she definitely a straight up hippie? Then head to the Pioneer Motel in Joshua Tree
Is your bride relaxed & just looking to spend time with her best friends? Rent a house on airbnb (my personal choice!)
|| ITINERARY ||
Check into hotel/rental house, have champagne & snacks waiting, and play the panty game (brides love this – they get to leave with a bunch of new skivvies!) Both nights will follow a similar format – dinner, bar, post bar debauchery. Saturday during the day will be your pool party.
FRI & SAT NIGHT OPTIONS || MIX AND MATCH
-Dinner reservation @ Eight4Nine (all white and girly, pretty perfect for chicks). Then walk across the street to Bootleggers Tiki Bar for fun cocktails and a tropical vibe.
-Dinner reservations @ Workshop (long communal tables in a chic warehouse atmosphere) followed by drinks at Twigs & Twine across the street.
-Dinner @ 4 Saints (new restaurant on the Kimpton’s rooftop with gorgeous views) followed by tiki drinks and live music at the Tonga Hut.
-Dinner @ Pink Cabana (most perfectly curated photo op restaurant, maybe ever) followed by cocktails and dancing at The Nest.
-Eat on the cheap with dinner @ Casuelas (fun casual Mexican restaurant). Stay for margaritas and live music on their patio.
-Hire a chef or do a grocery run and whip up dinner at the rental house (taco bar or bbq is the easiest and least expensive option).
*End the nights with karaoke @ Retro Room, hit up the gay bars (like Trunks!), go dancing at The Nest, or stop by the Palm Springs casino Agua Caliente to throw some money in the penny slots and kick back a nightcap or two.
Getting your tan on is the most quintessential part of a Palm Springs Bachelorette party. If you’ve got a rental house, buy some basic bachelorette pool floats and float around drinking rosé. Otherwise, reserve a cabana or two at your hotel pool.
If you’re looking more for adventure, a group hike in Tahquitz Canyon is a lovely walk that leads to a waterfall. The Palm Springs Aerial Tram is a unique way to spend your Saturday as well. The views are breathtaking and there are tons of interesting walking paths atop the mountain. If you’re visiting in Spring or fall when the weather is more temperate, there are some cool guided bike tours you can take to see the best of the famous Palm Springs architecture. My favorite yoga classes in the desert are at Bikram Yoga Plus – they also offer soundbaths, reiki, and other spiritual activities. From museums to dune buggies to cooking classes activities are boundless if getting color poolside isn’t your brides thing. Here is an extended post with all my top tourist activities in the desert.
In the very unlikely event that you end up with bad weather, I suggest booking a spa day for your group at The Parker Spa or Two Bunch Palm.
PS. Need help writing your maid of honor speech? I’ve got you covered 😉
PPS. Still deciding where to plan your bachelorette? Here is my guide to the perfect bach in wine country!
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