Barbie-themed travel and experiences are nothing new. Beginning in 2013, Royal Caribbean offered what it called the "Barbie Premium Experience," complete with a stateroom inspired by the doll, a mermaid dance class, and a fashion show. That same year, the Barbie Café opened in Taipei. (It recently closed, but we think it’s only a matter of time before another restaurant based on the iconic doll opens somewhere.)
Here are three Barbie experiences worth traveling for right now.
Barbie Room at Hilton Panama (Panama City, Panama)
Barbie-maker Mattel® teamed up with Hilton Panama to create this ultra-pink room for the doll’s fans. Guests are welcomed to the hotel with an oversized Barbie and escorted to the bubble gum-colored room, where they’ll find Barbie dolls, toys, movies, games, special amenities, and more. There are even costumes, a changing room, and in-room runway for staging your own fashion show. Through August 15 -- the last day the room will be available -- you can enjoy a Barbie beauty package at the spa or indulge in a Barbie-themed menu at the restaurant.
Hot Pink Suite at Palms Casino Resort (Las Vegas, NV)
Jonathan Adler -- designer and visionary of the life-sized Malibu Barbie Dream House -- also designed the 2,350-square-foot Hot Pink Suite at Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas. Dubbed “the ultimate bachelorette pad,” this grown-up suite features custom art, a sunburst mirror made from 65 Barbie dolls, stunning furnishings, and everything you’d expect to find in Barbie’s Dream House. The room comes with one king bed, two optional queens in a connecting room, a living room, a master bedroom, and 3.5 bathrooms.
Barbie Expo (Montreal, Canada)
You won’t find the collectible dolls that populate conventions or start bidding wars on eBay at Barbie Expo. The 1,000 Barbies (plus one Ken) that are part of Montreal shopping mall Les Cours Mont-Royal’s permanent exhibit are unique and one-of-a-kind.
Many wear the styles of world-renowned designers such as Vera Wang, Christian Dior, Donna Karan, or Ralph Lauren. Others replicate entertainment personalities, including Marilyn Monroe, Cher, and Farrah Fawcett. You'll also find characters from popular movies and television shows such as Legally Blonde, The Twilight Saga, and The Hunger Games. There’s even a Barbie that honors Kate Middleton.
Admission is free, although donations go to the Make-A-Wish Foundation.