Destination I Do
Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Destination Bachelorette Party: Swanky Scottsdale!

Words by Courtney Kellar
Words by Courtney Cox
Photos courtesy of W Scottsdale & Go Figure Studio

I’m slated to be in a girlfriend’s wedding next January and so I’ve begun to think about the bachelorette party. Since she is “so over Vegas,” I want a fun, mini-destination alternative. If you’re partaking in a destination wedding and the bride doesn’t have the time or finances for a big destination bachelorette party, take advantage of what your own state has to offer. Living in a suburb of Phoenix, I did just that and explored what the city of Scottsdale had for a group of girls on the go!

My host - the W Scottsdale. This trendy, boutique-style hotel has the perfect location right in the middle of old-town Scottsdale. It’s perfect for a girl’s getaway with a “night in New York” feel, an uber fab pool area and a chic lobby bar to boot. Comfortable seating nooks make the large "living room" lobby the place to see and be seen. Throw live music into the mix and there’s no need to leave if you don’t want to. If you and your girls can swing it, rent one of their “Extreme Wow Suites” for a quick dose of color and style. With modern-luxe furnishings, spacious living spaces and your own large patio overlooking the pool, the party will come to you.

This hotel strays from the “cookie cutter” mold and promises a unique getaway feel, without having to board a plane. The “earth, wind and fire” design concept lends itself well to the desert with water features, stone detailing and smooth lighting. For a true treat, plan for the group to spend an afternoon in the hotel’s Bliss Spa. There isn’t a large relaxing area for the group, but I had one of the best facials I’ve ever had – right in my own backyard, so to speak. The trendy trick here is that each and every treatment is catered to your own specific needs, there are no pre-planned treatments with designated steps and products. Your therapist will diagnose your needs and create a treatment plan based on their findings.

If by chance you and your bridesmaids decide you want an afternoon out and about, why not get the blood pumping and swing over to the brand new Go Figure Studio. This barre fitness studio is one of the first of its kind in Scottsdale and implements the Figure Method to help with posture, flexibility and long lean muscles. Wanting to get lean and mean for your wedding dress? The instructors here can tailor-make a workout which will tone and tighten all the right places for the perfect W-day bod. You will definitely feel the burn during your class, but leave feeling longer, leaner and more confident.

If you’re a destination wedding bride yourself, or are in a destination wedding, don’t think a trip to Vegas is the only option for a fun weekend away. If it’s a better fit, explore what’s in your area to make a mini-bachelorette weekend you and your girlfriends can experience again and again. For more information on the W Scottsdale or to explore their wedding services, visit To learn more about Go Figure Studio or to schedule your first class, visit

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