Sometimes a girl just needs a break from it all. And, what better way to recharge your batteries than with a few of your closest girlfriends? Whether you are celebrating an engagement with a bachelorette party, or celebrating a divorce with a group of other "survivors," Las Vegas offers a unique destination for women. If you're looking for a weekend of peace, relaxation and some bonding therapy with the gals, or if you want to live it up and party like never before, Las Vegas offers a wide variety of unique options for the perfect girls getaway. Being a girl has never been this much fun!
Your adventure begins the moment you step off the plane. Grab your bags and gather your friends as you head to your resort in style. This weekend is all about you, so forget the long cab line and opt for a limo instead. Limos are available at the airport, but try reserving one through your hotel first. If your group feels more adventurous, rent a luxury convertible and take a cruise down the famous Las Vegas Strip before you arrive at your hotel.
Choosing a resort can seem overwhelming in a city with so many options. Be sure to account for the size of your party, your budget and your ultimate goal. If your weekend involves nothing but pampering and splurging, you'll discover serenity at a resort such as Encore, The Palazzo, The Four Seasons Las Vegas or Vdara Resort & Spa. Or, choose a different route and stay at a boutique-style hotel such as THEhotel at Mandalay Bay or West Wing at MGM Grand. With their contemporary design and modern décor, these rooms offer a more nontraditional Las Vegas experience. If trendy and offbeat is more to your liking, try the Cabana Suites at El Cortez, or opt for the Flamingo Las Vegas in a Flamingo Go Room, complete with signature flamingo pink décor, white vinyl headboards, posh carpet and cutting-edge digital accessories.
After exploring your hotel, book your day at the spa. Bellagio guests can enjoy a special package called For the Ladies, which features a 50-minute aromatherapy massage, a 25-minute Vichy shower body exfoliation, and a 25-minute relaxing, all-natural hydrotherapy bath. Or, host a pampering party at Bellagio or at Cristophe Salon at MGM Grand where you and your gals can enjoy private-room manicures, pedicures or other services, all while sipping champagne and indulging in catered cuisine. Qua Baths and Spa at Caesars Palace features dark wood décor and relaxing waterfalls. Introducing the concept of "social spa-ing," Qua offers communal areas such as the Laconium Room (providing ultra-heat therapy), the Arctic Ice Room (complete with snow falling from above), and a tearoom staffed by a sommelier skilled at pairing teas with treatments offered. The spa also features wet rooms with Vichy showers, a Crystal Body Art room and much more.
Nightlife beckons with myriad options, from ultra lounges and piano bars to hot nightclubs and after-hours venues. Start your night Downtown at Beauty Bar featuring the original martini manicure happy hour. This 1950s-style beauty shop and cocktail lounge offers specialty cocktails such as the Platinum Blonde or the Red Head, live music and, of course, traditional beauty services. While you're Downtown, check out other popular spots like the famous New York City bar, Hogs & Heifers Saloon and Gold Diggers nightclub at Golden Nugget.
Do some stargazing at one of Las Vegas' trendiest nightclubs, such as Vanity Nightclub at Hard Rock Hotel, LAX at Luxor, TAO Nightclub at The Venetian, Moon Nightclub at Palms and PURE Nightclub at Caesars Palace, where you are sure to spot a celebrity or two.
A girls getaway isn't complete without some eye candy. Spend an evening at Chippendales, The Show at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino and ogle handsome male performers as they take the stage to combine music, dance moves and sensual theatrics in this exciting revue. Have a weakness for an Australian accent? Then don't miss Thunder From Down Under, an intimate male revue at Excalibur Hotel & Casino, featuring high-energy performances from Australia's hottest hunks.
If male revues are too much for your heart to take, you'll enjoy a plethora of theatrical productions of a different nature. Take in a Broadway performance such as Rock of Ages at The Venetian. Be captivated by Le Rêve - The Dream at Wynn Las Vegas or Cirque du Soleil's O at Bellagio. Laugh out loud to the comic wittiness of Rita Rudner at The Venetian as she explains the hilarious differences between men and women.
After a crazy night out, spend your days recovering poolside as you soak up the rays of the hot Las Vegas sun. Work on your tan, take a dip in the pristine pool and relax at one of the resorts' gorgeous pool complexes. After all, you're on vacation! If you want to see and be seen, consider staying at The Palms or Hard Rock Hotel & Casino where you'll encounter plenty of poolside action.
When the sun gets too hot, pack up your pool gear and go shopping instead. Las Vegas is every woman's dream when it comes to shopping. Here, you can find top designer names like Chanel, Dolce & Gabbana, Coach, Louis Vuitton and Manolo Blahnik. If you're a deal seeker, you can find many of these same brand names at Las Vegas Premium Outlets, offering more than 120 stores at a savings of 25 to 65 percent every day. Visit Fashion Show and take in the latest styles and trends at live fashion shows daily on the mall's catwalk. Visit resort malls such as Crystals at CityCenter, The Forum Shops at Caesars or The Shoppes at The Palazzo and get lost in a collection of stores that will send your spirits soaring.
Recharge your batteries with a well-deserved chocolate break. The Jean Philippe Pâtisserie at Bellagio and JP Patisserie at ARIA Resort & Casino are home to an amazing selection of chocolates, freshly made crepes and delectable pastries, as well as the world's largest chocolate fountain. Chocolate lovers will also find paradise at Payard Pâtisserie & Bistro inside Caesars Palace and Ethel's Chocolate Lounge at Fashion Show.
As your adventure comes to an end, choose one of several fine dining restaurants, such as Mon Ami Gabi at Paris Las Vegas or Bouchon at The Venetian, for a final farewell dinner. Order champagne and toast to all of the joys of being a woman. Las Vegas is sure to be one destination you and the girls won't soon forget.