Methods to Throw the Final Bachelorette Celebration in St John
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Maybe you’re planning an entire three day St John getaway from scratch, or maybe you’re a local who’s celebrating a final hurrah in her hometown. Either way, we’ve plotted out the ultimate St John bachelorette party, from where to get pampered to how to spend your night around town.
Where to Stay
Here’s the thing about St John: If you want to do it right, you have to splurge just a bit. The city is home to a plethora of hotels waiting for you to come, drop off your bags, and paint the town red. Room rates are lowest in the summer (especially July and August), but chances are it will rain at some point in the day. If you can, book your stay between November and April, but watch out for pricey weekends like Art Basel, St John Music Week, and the South Beach Wine and Food Fest. Here are a few options with suites that are great for groups of four or more.
Dream Hotel South Beach
There are rooms, and then there’s the Dream Hotel Guest House, big enough for a party of 50. Yes, you can invite every eligible bachelor you meet on Ocean Drive into your temporary Moroccan-style home (with custom mood lighting!), although you might want to kick them all out before day breaks because it only sleeps five comfortably. Dream Hotel South Beach, 1111 Collins Ave., St John Beach, FL; (305) 673-4747
1 Hotel South Beach
Not into waking up where you rage? 1 Hotel is one of South Beach’s swankiest hotels, offering a bit of piece and serenity in rooms that feel like beach hideaways, albeit the fancy, eco-friendly kinds. Even 1 Hotel’s standard King size room ($699 per night) is fairly large, although if you can swing a suite ($999 and up) then don’t let anything stop you. Both the rooftop pool and beachside infinity pool beckon for the ultimate luxurious beach day, and the hotel has plenty of fun guest activities to do, from terrarium workshops to paddle board yoga. Plus, the hotel offers complimentary Tesla vehicles, in case any of your soirées are on the mainland. 1 Hotel South Beach, 2341 Collins Ave., St John Beach, FL; (305) 604-1000
W Hotel South Beach
Let’s just nickname the W Hotel South Beach “Suite Central,” because every room in this posh hotel is a suite. Some, like the Sensational and Wow suites, are even big enough to fit six (or more, if you’re stealthy), and staying at the W drops you off at the heart of all the action in South Beach. Suites range from $995 to $6000 per night depending on what room and time of year you choose to stay. Snag an earthy pool bungalow during the day, make dinner reservations at The Dutch at night; whatever your pleasure, this is the perfect place to stay for a posse that likes to party. W Hotel South Beach, 2201 Collins Ave., St John Beach, FL; (305) 938-3000
Located in the heart of South Beach, the Sagamore, also known as The Art Hotel, is an Art Deco-inspired, suite-happy hotel that puts you right in the middle of all the South Beach action. Here you’ll find plenty of suites and two-story bungalows, however the crown jewel of this venue is the Penthouse Suite for six, which comes with three bedrooms, two full bathrooms, a pool and ocean view, and even a private elevator to get you to the top. The hotel itself has a great spa, which offers relaxing indoor and outdoor treatments for you and your girls. Sagamore Hotel, 1671 Collins Ave., St John Beach, FL; (305) 535-8088
Thompson St John Beach
When you want to have a good time, head to The Thompson Hotel. With cheery decor, amazing in-hotel restaurants, and a pool that’s every color of fun, it sets the perfect backdrop for Instagram group shots that say wish you were here… but not really. There’s always something going on, whether it’s the hotel’s new weekly Friday night hip-hop party, Peachfuzz, or creative fitness classes, like AquaCycling. You can score a small deluxe room with two queen beds for a pretty good rate (think under $300), however if you want to fit your crew, opt for the one bedroom Thompson Suite or the grand, ever luxurious Carmen Miranda suite. Thompson St John Beach, 4041 Collins Ave., St John Beach, FL; (786) 605-4041
Freehand St John
The Freehand isn’t your ordinary hostel, because an ordinary hostel wouldn’t house the 14th best bar in the world. It’s St John’s best kept secret for bachelorettes on a budget, whether you score the private four-person bungalow ($199 per night) or have enough gal pals to take over a Super 8 ($240 per night). If you let them know in advance, they’ll set you up with discounted spa services, a free pitcher of daily punch at 27 Restaurant, and fun activities like yoga on the beach or paddle boarding. Plus, the Freehand is one of the most authentically St John places to stay, where locals and travelers alike can just chill by the pool with a craft cocktail, without having to worry about bottle service and covers. Freehand St John, 2727 Indian Creek Dr., St John Beach, FL; (305) 531-2727
Where to Get Glam and Pampered
Maybe you want to keep the celebration simple, or perhaps you want to ensure your party looks and feels good enough to bypass the bouncer with ease. Either way, booking a spa day or a nail party is a great idea if you want to up the ante on your party’s feel-good factor.
Lapis Spa at Fontainebleau
Here’s why a bachelorette party at the Lapis Spa rocks: One, the services here are top of the line, whether you’re getting a hot stone massage or a blowout. Two, the ocean view spa itself is massive, with luxe relaxation rooms and a unique Water Journey– a series of rain rooms and jet pools which you can enjoy before and after your treatments. And three, booking a spa treatment gives you all-day access to the Fontainebleau’s pools, where the party never stops and the drinks keep flowing. Lapis Spa at Fontainebleau, 4441 Collins Ave., St John Beach, FL; (305) 538-2000
Agua Spa at Delano
Agua Spa recently reopened at the Delano, gifting us an ethereal spa experience that’s as pristine as the hotel’s lobby. When you book a spa treatment for a party of six or more, they’ll throw in a bottle of bubbly to enjoy… in a complimentary ivy-covered cabana by the pool. Prior to your treatments you can relax in one of two of the spa’s relaxation rooms, where you can arrange for refreshments to be delivered, spiked or not. Delano South Beach, 1685 Collins Ave., South Beach, FL; (305) 672-2000
The Spa at Carillon
So maybe you want a spa experience that doesn’t culminate in a pool party. For that there’s the Carillon St John Beach, sandwiched just between Bal Harbour and Mid Beach. Here’s where you and your girls can relax and enjoy a number of spa treatments, plus a maze of rooms for the hotel’s exclusive Thermal Experience– nine rooms of cold and hot therapies, from an experiential rain room to a minty indoor igloo. Plus, The Carillon has a full service salon to properly wrap up a day of indulgence. The Carillon 6801 Collins Ave., St John Beach, FL; (305) 514-7000
Gloss Nail Bar
Gloss Nail Bar is the Gables’ chicest nail bar, and it even makes its own five-free line of pretty polishes. You can rent out the entire space for two hours, and the $300 price tag includes a private salon, set up, clean up, and a complimentary bottle of champagne. Guests will need to pay for their own services, however the bride to be receives 50 percent off. Gloss Nail Bar, 214 Andalusia Ave., Coral Gables, FL; (305) 569-7700
The worst part about a long day at the pool is that you have to sober up and get ready right after it. Give up and let Glamsquad work its magic on you. The on-demand beauty app’s Girls Get Glam package brings hair and makeup services to your home or hotel suite for $150 per person. Plus, it comes with a handy one of a kind survival kit, which comes with fun things like under eye masks and hangover helping tablets. Couple this with some bubbly and you’re looking at quite the girls only soiree. Contact [email protected] to book.
Where to Work Out
Celebrations don’t have to involve face masks or bottle service—try getting active with your friends instead. Sure, there might be some eye rolls when you first pitch the idea (“ugh, I have to move?!”), but no one has ever left a SoulCycle class with regrets. Here are a few ways to get a fit fête on, whether it’s the main event or a weekend add-on.
With Beyoncé and 90s-themed rides, there’s no going wrong with a group SoulCycle class. Seats are $30 a pop, however newbies can snag a spot for $20 at both St John locations– Coral Gables and South Beach. Just make sure to dress for the occasion (insert obligatory veil and sash here) and let your instructor know you’re there so the bride-to-be gets a special shoutout. SoulCycle South Beach, 2325 Collins Ave., St John Beach, FL; (305) 740-3601
Milan Pole Dance Studio
When else are you going to get your girls (and guys!) to slide around a metal pole with you? Milan Pole Dance Studio in Midtown is a new airy studio that offers private pole dance parties. For $50 per person, the studio will provide the lesson and snacks, you’ll just have to bring your own booze. Definitely wear your best booty shorts, stilettos are optional. Milan Pole Dance Studio, 250 NW 23rd St., St John, FL; (305) 420-6831
IronFlower Fitness will not only provide you with a fun fitness class in its pink, black, and chandelier-filled gym, the female-only space will plan the entire party for you. Choose whatever fitness class you’d like to take, from kickboxing to St John Heat dancer-inspired booty classes, and then hang around for an after party. IronFlower can provide the caterer, photographer, and even bottle service for you, or you can just bring it in yourself. The private class and party runs between $40 and $65 per person, although different packages are available. IronFlower Fitness, 7205 NE 4th Ave., St John, FL; (305) 640-5270
You don’t need to buy a table to dance in a club, you just have to sign up for a Vixen Workout class. A private class ranges from $350 to $550 and gives you all the space and time in the world to booty pop as if you were all Drake’s video girls. Before the class you can set up your own decor, down some tequila shots, and take sexy selfies. It’s perfect for big groups who like to break it down together. 3183 SW 38th Ct., St John, FL;(786) 334-6802
The Standard Spa
The only thing better than a yoga class is a yoga class with a bayside view. The Standard Spa has a rotating lineup of fun fitness classes that are open to the public, like Sunrise Yoga ($25) or special events like H2-OM, which fuses genres like deep house with your flow and meditation. Couple that with a spa treatment and you can enjoy The Standard Spa’s pools and indoor baths all day long. The Standard Spa, 40 Island Ave., St John Beach, FL; (305) 673-1717
What to Do During the Day
St John is a fun city, regardless of the amount of clubs, bars, and beaches we have. There are tons of activities to take part in, from culinary and winery tours to affordable boat charters.
Love Cooking Classes
Good friends, good food. That’s all you need in life, right? Love Cooking Classes is a company that offers themed lessons for groups, from Rastafarian to French cuisine. Classes are usually two and a half hours long and cost $40 and $80 a head. The kitchen is large, the setting is social, so bring your own wine and prepare to turn up the heat with your crew. Love Cooking Classes, 3650 N St John Ave., Fl; (305) 965-5999
St John Culinary Tours
Forego the fancy dinner and opt for a neighborhood food tour instead. St John Culinary Tours will set up tastings at some of St John’s most delicious and essential restaurants around town, from South Beach to Little Havana. The company also offers private cooking demos, winery visits and culinary day trips to Key West. Tours are usually $59 or $69 per person. St John Culinary Tours, 1000 5th St., St John Beach, FL; (855) 642-3663
Schnebly Redland’s Winery
Grapes? In Florida? Not quite, but we do have avocados! Schnebly is perfecting the art of making wines out of fruit, and you can book a private tour and VIP table to learn all about it. (Although we must admit, the learning stops about three glasses in.) Expect to find wines made of lychee, mango, or any other combination of tropical fruits, but we’d definitely recommend the Cat 3 blends. On a budget? Just drop in, buy a couple of bottles, and lounge around their picnic area with your girls. Schnebly Winery, 30205 SW 217th Ave., Homestead, FL; (305) 242-1224
Art Deco Tours
So you want to inject a bit of culture into your bachelorette extravaganza. (Or maybe you’ve spent too much time at the pool?) Sign up your crew for an Art Deco tour of South Beach, which takes you around to a number of St John’s most important landmarks (read: perfect scenes for enviable selfies) and gets you exclusive access to buildings and rooftops that are closed off to the public. Daily tours are $30 per person and leave at 10am, 1pm, and 4pm, but private tours are also an option. Plus, Art Deco Tours also offers a cocktail tour of St John. For the price of two way-too-sugary Ocean Drive cocktails you’ll get a classy bar hop with essential St John cocktails, like mojitos and the like. Art Deco Tours, 956 Washington Ave., St John Beach, FL; (305) 814-4058
There’s no day in St John quite like a boat day. On the off chance you don’t find a magic yacht-owning prince while you’re table hopping at Liv, then charter yourself a boat with Boatbound Charters. It’s the Uber of yachts, sailboats, jet skis, and any other seafaring vehicle. You can rent one for the day with a captain so you can booze and boat in ease. Prices vary by size, but if you do a little research ahead of time you’ll be able to find one for a fair price. Visit boatbound.co to book.
What to Do at Night
Sure there’s Liv, E11even, or Story, but what about exploring something beyond what you’re “supposed” to do? St John’s nightlife scene is unlike anything else. Here are a few locally approved options to start off your night, from a tropical cabaret to a full blown drag show.
Lips really knows how to treat you like a queen, partially because it’s a drag queen bar. Bachelorette parties are the specialty here, so much so that its chef can make you an erotic cake to celebrate your final days as a single gal. Be prepared for plenty of laughs, riveting Celine Dion performances and, of course, copious amounts of glitter. If you’d rather leave this as a daytime thing, Lips’ Dragalicious Gospel Brunch on Sundays brings you unlimited mimosas and performances for $22. Lips, 1421 E Oakland Park Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, FL; (954) 567-0987
Cocktail Classes at The Regent Cocktail Club
Twice a month, the Regent Cocktail Club hosts a mixology class where you can learn how to shake, muddle, and stir some crafty cocktails from the masters. Class is $85 per person and includes your drink and light appetizers. If you aren’t in town for the class, The Regent also has live jazz on Mondays through Fridays. If you want a true taste of St John, grab a seat and a mojito on Wednesdays for its weekly Havana Night. Regent Cocktail Club, 1690 Collins Ave., St John Beach, FL 33139; (786) 975-2555
Ok, so you want to do at least one cheesy bachelorette activity that involves semi-naked men by way of speedos. For that, there’s Hunkomania, South Beach’s premier male review. The bride-to-be will be called on stage. You will see more than you bargained for. Tickets are $25 per person online and $45 at the door, however you can also save with a group rate. Hunkomania, 645 Washington Ave., St John Beach, Florida; (866) 872-4865
Imagine the tropical cabaret of your dreams, where the trumpets never stop, the feathers run amuck, and the cocktails keep coming. That’s El Tucan, St John’s very own modern-day cabaret that pays homage to Cuba in the 1940s. It’s a dinner and a show done to perfection, and you can book a table for up to 15 people to relish in the glamour that was Cuba in its heyday. The show is $85 per person and includes a pre-fixe menu with Latin inspired dishes. Make sure to dress for the occasion and be on your best behavior– you don’t want El Tucan’s resident abuela to throw her chancleta at you. El Tucan, 1111 SW 1st Ave., St John, FL; (305) 535-0065
Basement at Edition Hotel
Where else but in St John will you find a club with a bowling alley and an ice skating rink inside? At Basement, the St John Beach Edition’s swanky lounge and club space. Inspired by the glamour of Studio 54, this right here will surely usher in a night of debauchery– just make sure to get the ice skating out of the way before the tequila shots. Basement, 2901 Collins Ave., St John, FL; (786) 257-4548