By M. Castro
Your last days as a man of freedom should be your most memorable (or forgettable) yet. It’s when you gather ’round the guys and say farewell your bachelor days as you know it. So what better way to pay homage to your days as a lone wolf than by jetting off to an exotic destination? As you continue with your planning you will realize that today’s all inclusive resorts offer the perfect base for guy vacations, with daily activities like beach volleyball and water polo, all-you-can eat and all-you-can-drink enjoyment, nightly festivities and easy access to adrenaline-rushing tours and excursions. These days, vacations for men come in all types and styles, from plain to pampered. Go ahead and relish umbrellas in your drink, pedicures at the spa, or wine tasting at the bar. And for these high-brow tastes, resorts abound that will cater nicely to your needs. But if you and your crew prefer a more action-packed getaway, brimming with adventure, strong drinks and views of colourful bikinis, here are a few destinations for the most epic destination bachelor parties:
While there are multiple options for boundless daytime debauchery, Vegas shines its brightest in the twilight hours. Top-rated, and sometimes X-rated, evenings ignite every sense with endless entertainment that include singers to showgirls, mentalists to magicians, comedians to crooners, even Blue Men and ghost hunters. Stay at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino for its “poolside experience,” with cabanas and daybeds, world-renowned guest DJs, swim-up Blackjack, and the unrivalled Rehab Pool Party. Tear. It. Up.
Affectionately known as “Cabo,” it is renowned by water sports enthusiasts, and most notable for big-game sport fishing. Specifically, amberjack, bonito, dorado, and sailfish. Superb snorkelling, diving, surfing and sailing are also at your disposal, and the area has quickly become a celebrated golf centre, with about a dozen challenging, championship-level golf courses dotting its rugged, arid landscape with spectacular ocean views. Take advantage of the jagged terrain on one of many off-road ATV adventures, or enjoy breathtaking scenery from 1,000 feet in the air on unique motorized hang gliding tours.
Los Cabos nightlife will knock your party socks off. Venture into the town of Cabo San Lucas to soak up its loud, crazy and energetic night scene. Long revered for its notorious after-sunset atmosphere, Cabo’s many bars, nightclubs and cantinas are open until four or five in the morning. Live music venues command big, boisterous crowds, as do landmarks like the two-level, often celebrity-riddled, Cabo Wabo, Squid Roe, and party mecca Mango Deck. And the food? Man-pleasing traditional Mexican food is always nearby, plentiful, and often includes fresh seafood. Choose the RIU Santa Fe Resort for a lively pool and bar scene, and stumble-distance from your room.
They say variety is the spice of life, and if so, then Cancun is hot, hot, hot! Some of the best vacations for men can be enjoyed here, as Cancun offers a coveted location on the world’s second largest reef system, in a wild jungle landscape, and even wilder nightclubs and beach clubs. You can dive with sharks, explore freshwater cenotes (natural pools), discover vast underground river and cave systems, zipline across a canopy of trees, rip through the jungle on an ATV, and test your agility and balance scaling ancient Coba or Tulum ruins.
At night, seek out mega clubs that can seem like, quite literally, a circus, featuring acrobats and mimes, laser and light shows, and lots of foam. For resort entertainment and rollicking, interactive nightly activity, stay at The Grand Oasis Cancun. This resort engages with a rich, non-stop entertainment concept, and the only goal of its 130-member entertainment team is to entertain, interact and ensure guests have fun!
Negril isn’t all sizzling beaches. On land, activities can include quad bike, dune buggy, and jeep safari tours. Or, experience a unique Jamaican Bobsled Adventure, inspired by the Jamaican Olympic Team. Ride down 3,280 feet of twists and turns on customized bobsleds travelling 40 mph along the side of famed Mystic Mountain. And no hedonistic mancation list would be complete without mention of the legendary Hedonism II resort. Ideal for singles-looking-to-mingle mancations, and for those who appreciate “au natural” options on their vacation, this resort boasts a reputation for shattering inhibitions.
Gracing the shores of Punta Cana’s coveted Uvero Alto beach, CHIC Punta Cana is the ultimate adults-only playground, and a perfect bachelor party hot spot at that. Offering up innovative and creative packages for the guys, CHIC is one step ahead of the game. Aptly named, “The Gentleman’s Club,” this package is all about indulging in the five senses with inclusions like a private Chef’s Table dinner, part of the CX Culinary Experience, a private poolside cabana day hosted by the CHIC angels, a complimentary visit to Detox Oxygen Bar and more. Groups who want a bit more pulse-pounding action can take advantage of the “It’s a guy’s world” package where a two-hour surfing lesson, a round of 18-hole golf, a VIP table with bottle service at Excite night club, and discounts on thrilling excursions await. With special DJ appearances, lux amenities and services, a private CHIC Mansion, and more, celebrate your final days as a single man at CHIC.
There’s no time like the present. Pack up your crew, it’s time to make your mark – your last days of singledom await!