How to Plan the Ultimate Bachelorette Party in Miami

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Planning a destination bachelorette party is an exciting task, but with so many incredible places to choose from, how do you know which one is right for the bride-to-be? If she wants to unwind at luxury hotels with relaxing spas and cabanas by day then hit the town by night, Miami, Florida, is the place to go. While it's hailed by some as the Vegas of the eastern United States, it's actually so much more than just a party destination. Sure, you can look forward to clubs, cocktails, and dancing galore (if that's your thing, of course) but the city also features some of the country's most stunning beaches, incredible restaurants, marvelous hotels, and world-class shopping.

Miami's beach towns, from Bal Harbour to South Beach to Key Biscayne, showcase distinct aspects of the region and its hotels follow suit. Whether you're in search of a private rooftop pool with panoramic views of the city, the best all-inclusive spa, beachfront locales, or a place with jaw-dropping décor, this expansive city has an accommodation every bride-to-be will love. When you're not relaxing at your hotel, you'll be exploring the luxury shopping scene, chartering a yacht, or checking out one of Miami's many museums.

Beyond world-class hotels and fun activities, the city also features many dining options, and we've included some highlights on our list. From a century-old institution with the city's best stone crab to a modern Asian-fusion restaurant with fire dancers, exploring the metropolis through food will never be boring.

The overall luxe vibe of Miami will leave the bride-to-be (and her entire group) feeling pampered and rejuvenated, while still giving them options for a few fun nights out. Ahead, our recommendations for where to stay, eat, and explore in Miami for an unforgettable bachelorette party.

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Where to Stay: The Setai Miami Beach

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Located in the heart of South Beach, this ocean-front hotel offers world-class service from the start of your stay until checkout. (You're greeted with a delicious honey ginger iced tea.) The tranquil property is made up of two buildings: a restored 1936 landmark Art Deco building and a stunning Ocean Suites tower with floor to ceilings windows giving you picture-perfect views of the water. The moment you step foot into The Setai you'll feel a worlds away from Miami's nearby bustling nightlife scene thanks to the modern, minimalist design. The celebrity hotspot has three infinity pools—each one heated to a different temperature—where you can lounge in peace with one of the hotel's signature coconut cocktails in hand.

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Where to Stay: The Miami Beach EDITION

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You'll feel the energy of Miami's hip crowd during your stay at this luxurious hotel, which boasts ocean views, marble architecture, gold accents, and beautiful greenery studded throughout. By day, plan to unwind by one of the property's two pools, on the pristine stretch of beach, or at the aptly named Sandbox—a cozy spot located near both where your group can lounge in hammocks, sip cocktails, or catch an outdoor movie. Once evening falls, visit the Lobby Bar for Champagne cocktails before heading out on the town.

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Where to Stay: Faena

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From the moment you walk into Faena, you know you're in for a glamorous experience. In addition to its stellar service, the luxe hotel is known for its over-the-top details featuring bold Art Deco interiors, vibrant murals, and of course, Damien Hirst's iconic wooly mammoth sculpture (trust us, there is no shortage of photo ops for you and your crew). By day, lounge by the pool under the signature red-and-white striped umbrellas, sip refreshing cocktails on the beach, or relax with a restorative treatment at the Tierra Santa Healing House. By night, dine at the property's Pao or Los Fuegos before heading to the Faena Theater, where you'll experience TRYST, an immersive cabaret performance featuring live music, seductive cirque nouveau, and stunning aerialist choreography.

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Where to Stay: The Ritz-Carlton Bal Harbour

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If you want glitz and glamour without being too close to the hustle and bustle of Miami proper, consider a stay at this Bal Harbour hotel (which also offers a South Beach location for city-goers). The boutique property features ocean views, stellar service, and the natural tones and textures will make you and your group feel totally relaxed during your stay.

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Where to Stay: Four Seasons Surfside

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Once a legendary members-only club, this historic building has welcomed in a host of renowned celebrities, including Frank Sinatra and Elizabeth Taylor. Although it's been beautifully restored and transformed into luxury accommodations since its heyday, the original structure is the heart of the hotel. Take a ride in the hotel's Mercedes-Benz SUV for a day of boutique shopping and renowned eats, then relax with your friends in a personal cabana outfitted with tropical rattan furniture and terrazzo floors.

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Where to Stay: 1 Hotel South Beach

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Unparalleled views of Miami's waters and the showstopping downtown skyline are guaranteed to set the tone for your getaway. Feel like royalty by booking the penthouse suite, where your group will be greeted with a serene 3,500-square-foot space complete with its own private balcony. During the day visit, be sure to the rooftop pool, which features panoramic views of the Atlantic Ocean. A stay at this ultra-modern hotel will be like entering your own personal oasis.

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What to Do: Go to the Miami Design District

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Immerse yourself in this creative neighborhood where world-class architecture flourishes and photo-worthy spots abound. The sheer number of designer stores is enough to keep your crew occupied all day, but don't forget to check out the district's other amenities. With art at every corner your eyes will be captivated by the offerings of museums, galleries, cutting edge public art, and beyond. You'll also want to save time for food—a dining destination at its core, the district offers restaurants where world renowned chefs have set up shop.

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What to Do: Shop at the Bal Harbour Shops

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The perfect place to pick up a last-minute outfit or a special piece of jewelry for your upcoming wedding, this legendary outdoor mall offers retail therapy galore. The luxury shopping options are endless, and with storefronts for Balenciaga, Chanel, Versace, and beyond, you and your group will surely find keepsakes worth investing in.

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What to Do: Explore Superblue

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Before a night on the town with cocktails and dancing, spend the day exploring Miami's new museum. You'll be able to commemorate your trip with a photo-op thanks to this incredible immersive art experience, which features such exhibits as a winding mirrored labyrinth and a room filled with clouds made of soap bubbles (it's art you can literally walk through). You'll be dazzled by this one-of-a-kind art display.

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What to Do: Relax at the Spa

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Valmont at The Setai features enchanting views of the ocean and pool, so you can enjoy Miami's ambience while you get pampered. With a menu of different massages, facials, and body treatments, you'll leave the spa feeling rejuvenated and relaxed. If you want the full experience, opt for the signature treatment complete with body exfoliation and a specialized facial that will give you a head-to-toe glow.

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What to Do: Rent a Boat

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Explore Miami's crystal blue waters in style by renting a boat or yacht for the day from Miami Yachting Company, which can accommodate groups of up to 13 people. When you book, be sure to check out the additional offerings, like snorkel gear, jet skis, and a pink flamingo float perfect for a bachelorette photo-op. Complete the experience by getting an on-board meal catered—the company offers shrimp cocktail, sandwich platters, fruit trays, and more.

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Where to Eat: Jaya at The Setai

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One of the city's most rave-reviewed restaurants, Jaya is the perfect place to dine if your group wants dinner and a show—the fire dancers are not to be missed! The Asian-fusion dining concept incorporates various traditional culinary techniques while boasting a modern ambience. You can dine inside or enjoy your meal al fresco in the courtyard featuring a retractable rooftop with stunning sky views. Menu highlights include tuna tacos, truffle dumplings, and Chilean sea bass.

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Where to Eat: Joe's Stone Crab

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Join the ranks of high society that have dined at this Miami institution, which has been up and running since 1913. Joe's Stone Crab is one of the most famous restaurants in Miami, and for good reason, too: Not only does the hotspot have incredible food, but it's been a go-to in the local community for more than a century. When your group dines here, order, you guessed it, stone crabs for the table.

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Where to Eat: Matador Room

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The brainchild of culinary icon Jean George, the Matador Room is a dining experience your bachelorette party festivities wouldn't be complete without. The seasonal menu features small plate dishes inspired by Caribbean, Spanish, and Latin and South American cuisines. Its chic interior is reminiscent of the iconic supper clubs of the 1940s and 1950s that took place in the space (where Frank Sinatra himself used to dine).

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Where to Eat: Mandolin Aegean Bistro

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Although it's located in Miami, you and your group will be instantly transported to the Greek Islands when you dine at Mandolin Aegean Bistro. The charming locale is situated in a restored 1940s home with an unbeatable garden and outdoor patio space. Start by ordering a Greek sampler which comes with tzatziki, olive, tirokafteri, and garden vegetables, then share a few plates like the manti dumplings, mussels, and fried calamari. Be sure to book a table in advance as seats fill up quickly.

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Where to Eat: Forte dei Marmi

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If you and your crew are fans of Italian fare, then a trip to Forte dei Marmi is a must. Located on the Southern tip of Miami Beach, this thoughtfully designed restaurant conjures up the appeal of Italian beach aesthetic. Its menu features organic produce, farm-raised prime meats, and wild-caught seafood, but the pastas are the real star of the show. Favorites include truffle cacio e pepe and spaghettone gragnano followed by the Instagram-worthy pistachio gelato for dessert.

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Where to Eat: Makoto

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Ideal for both lunch and dinner, Makoto is located in Bal Harbour shops so you can head there after a day of shopping. The concept is helmed by one of Miami's most accomplished chefs, Okuwu, who is considered a master of Edomae-style sushi (a technique that involves treating fish with some sort of cooking or curing element before serving it). Sushi lovers will rejoice over the variety of options available, including sea urchin and cured mackerel, but there are options for non-sushi fans as well, like roasted branzino and prime fillet.

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