We’ve known for some time now that The Bachelorette Rachel Lindsay’s season will culminate in an engagement, and thanks to her pal Astrid Loch, we may even know the man she’ll be saying her vows to. But while Lindsay is “very much so in love” and has been going on secret dates with her fiancé, she was noticeably absent from a beachfront engagement bash being thrown in her honor this weekend.

While Bachelor alums Lochs, Raven Gates, Danielle Lombard, Jasmine Goode, Sarah Vendal, and Alexis Waters were living it up at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Punta Cana, guest of honor Lindsay was mysteriously nowhere to be found.

“Celebrating @therachlindsay engagement without @therachlindsay,” Waters posted on Instagram.

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According to US Weekly, rather than ditching her gals, the reality star was the unfortunate victim of a stroke of bad luck, missing her flight to paradise. Nooooo!!!!

Still, it didn’t stop the ladies from making the best of the situation and living their best lives: Here’s Lochs lounging in the pool…

… and Waters “trying to be cool” as she spills Champagne down her face…

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…and yes, that’s Jasmine Good getting cheeky with some “cake by the ocean.”

While there’s no word if the 32-year-old will be joining her pals in Punta Cana at a later time, Lochs did tell Entertainment Tonight that there are still two more parties to come, both in Dallas and Miami (hint, hint)!

Here’s to hoping her future travels go more smoothly!

Have you ever missed your own party? Tell us over @BritandCo.

(h/t Elite Daily; photos via Michael Kovac + Gustavo Caballero/Getty)