Reporting back from an amazing Scottsdale bachelorette weekend! It was such a dream trip celebrating one of my longtime best friends, Shannon!
We are most certainly not experts on Scottsdale, but I thought I’d share some details from our trip in case you’re planning to visit!
This was hands down the best bachelorette party I’ve ever been on. There were 4 of us on the trip (we all went to the University of Florida!) and the weekend was the perfect blend of fun activities, relaxation, and good food.
Where We Stayed
We were between a few places and ultimately decided to stay at Sanctuary Camelback Mountain, a luxury spa resort surrounded by the most breathtaking desert views. The rooms were spacious and gorgeous, the service was top-notch, and the location was perfect for easily getting around town (the resort offers a car service that was able to take us anywhere within 5 miles which was helpful). It’s a quieter resort and a great relaxing destination for a Scottsdale bachelorette, wedding, couples trip, or a girls’ weekend (we saw quite a few bachelorette parties while we were there and a wedding).
*Room note: From what I could tell, the higher room numbers are further up the mountain. We were on the 700 block, closer to the top of the resort and our suite view was incredible.
There are a TON of amazing restaurants in Scottsdale. I think we had a list of about 30 recommendations! Here are a few of the restaurants we ate at…
- Elements: This restaurant offers American cuisine and is on property at the Sanctuary so we ate there on our first night to keep things easy, and we also ate brunch here too. The food, drinks, and service were all excellent. If you have a small enough party, I would recommend requesting a booth overlooking the mountains and booking your dining time at sunset!
- Nobu: I think I’ve only said this a few times in my life, but this was one of the best meals I’ve ever had. Shannon is a sushi connoisseur so we all relied on her to decode the menu and order for us and every single item was unbelievably good. We ordered SO many things, but a few favorites wWagyuhe wagyu new style, lobster tacos, salmon toro, house special roll, and the baked snow crab hand roll. Also highly recommend their espresso martini and sake!!
- Diego Pops: We grabbed tacos and margaritas here one day for lunch and it was not only delicious but the restaurant was also so fun, playful, and vibrant inside! If you eat here, you gotta start with their Brussels sprout nachos (one of the dishes they are most known for)!
- Farm & Craft Kitchen: This was my second favorite meal of the trip because the craft cocktails and the vibe were perfection. This restaurant offers SO many healthy options and focuses on wellness with an amazing gluten-free/organic/hormone-free menu. The cocktails reminded me of a juice bar (lots of fresh fruit juices — but with booze). If you’re looking for a Scottsdale bachelorette restaurant with a fun and trendy vibe, this is it!
- Hike: We hiked Camelback Mountain since the trailhead was right off the resort property and oh my goodness it was HARD. We did the Echo Trail which is rated extremely difficult (for even the physically fit). Most of the trail is a straight climb obstacle course. We lost one friend at a quarter of a mile in, and the rest of us taped out at the half-mile marker. The views are awesome, but you gotta work hard for them.
- Infinity Pool: We spent one afternoon at the resort pool which was so quiet and relaxing — and the mountain backdrop was stunning. The food and cocktails were really good too.
- The Sanctuary Spa: We all loved our spa treatments at the resort, but did not spend much time in the spa outside of our massages. There is a “quiet room,” a small jacuzzi, and a steam room, but it’s worth noting that this is not the kind of spa you can spend the day at. There aren’t any food or beverage options or places to lounge (outside of the treatment waiting room).
- BS West Elements Show: Unanimously, we all agreed that this drag show was hands down one of the most fun parts of the trip. We had a table right next to the stage and it was an absolute blast. Note: If you’re celebrating a birthday or bachelorette, be prepared to be recognized and pulled on stage. And don’t forget to bring your dollar bills to tip.
- Karaoke Room: On our last night we reserved a private karaoke room at Geisha A Go Go where we sang our hearts out.
- Shopping: There are lots of places to shop in Scottsdale but we had a very specific agenda and headed straight to the Vuori store where we were all so excited to stock up on some cute athletic apparel.
It was truly the best weekend!
And last but not least, I highly recommend these really fun (and very practical and useful) Rally Bags for your next girls trip!