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Dreaming of a destination for your 2017 hen party? That’s just our average day at The Hen Planner HQ! With the world at your feet, it can be hard to settle on the perfect location. So we’ve put together some of the hottest spots at home and across the globe to get those inspirational juices flowing. Grab yourself a glass of vino and check out these AMAZING girlie getaways.
Why? This Spanish hot spot will capture your heart and make it fall in love with sangria – be warned!
What to do? For a real treat, a trip to the Arabian Baths is a must. The spa is located in the El Born Market, where wells used to provide the city with water. The baths are situated in the vaults of the venue. It’s the perfect place to relax in ultra-luxe surroundings. But if that sounds too chilled out for your bride-to-be, hit the beach for a non-stop party atmosphere and great choice of bars and clubs. For something special, treat the hen to a tipple in the Eclipse bar in the W Hotel. Right on the beachfront, the bar is perched on the 26th floor and has breathtaking views and the best cocktails to boot.
Where to stay? Yurbban Trafalgar Hotel is super stylish with quirky decor and a cool rooftop terrace and pool. And, oh, did we forget to mention Wine O’Clock?! A FREE wine tasting hour that runs nightly!
Why? Did you catch a glimpse of the Welsh team during this summer’s Euros? No explanation needed girlies apart from, maybe, one word – hotties!
What to do? Grab some outdoorsy action courtesy of Welsh Games This is a totally unique activity that will have you rolling around in the grass with laughter. Your day out will include nine hilarious Welsh-themed games. From Sheep Shenanigans to the Rugby Run, we’re talking a whole lot of inflatable fun. The package includes photos of the day and a prize for the winner to treasure forever. The activity is based just 30 minutes from Cardiff City centre, so you will be back in the thick of that gorgeous accent in no time for a night on the tiles.
Where to stay? Cardiff Bay self-catering lodge can fit up to 20 of you lovelies in for the ultimate sleepover!
Why? We actually can’t cope with how amazing this hen party in beautiful Morocco would be.
What to do When you see where we’ve chosen for you to stay below, you won’t want to move an inch (or go home for that matter). Think gourmet dinners and cocktails in truly exotic surroundings. But if you do venture outside, how about a camel ride or sand-dune buggying, a private group belly dancing lesson or even henna tattooing. Marrakech has amazing night-life with more than enough cocktail bars and clubs to keep you dancing ’till dawn.
Where to stay The DAR Jaguar in Marrakech has just launched its ‘Sex and the City’ exclusive weekends. This boutique hotel, right in the heart of Marrakech, is out of this world. To have exclusive use of the entire hotel, prices start from as little as £65 a head based on 10 guests sharing five luxury rooms. More guests can be accommodated in a neighbouring riad.
Why? Belfast in Northern Ireland is a really cool, young and fun city, and boy do they know how to party.
What to do? @craftybelfast have a brilliant package called Pinups and Prosecco that is right up our street. Get your hair styled for a glam vintage shoot and then stop traffic as you head off for a night of fun with your squad. Add in cocktails and Prosecco and you’ve got the perfect ingredients for a hen to remember.
Where to stay? Check out the Malmaison Hotel right across the road from Victoria Square shopping centre for gorgeous accommodation in the heart of the city.
Why? For a once-in-a-lifetime experience of the most random hotels, jaw-dropping attractions and glitzy strip. But remember, what happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas!
What to do? Simply take it all in! Play dress up at Rent the Runway, where you can hire something special for your big night out. Dine out, place a crazy bet and dance the night (and day) away. It’s the city that never sleeps after all.
Where to stay? When we saw that The Cosmopolitan was showing Clueless by the pool next week, we knew it was the ONLY choice for our amazing hen planners. It’s the ultimate in Las Vegas luxury.
Why? It has just been crowned the 2020 European Capital of Culture, so now is the perfect time to experience Galway, on the west coast of Ireland, at its best.
What to do? Spend a chilled out afternoon eating ALL the cake in one of the city’s hidden gems. The Serendipity Suite in Cupán Tae is located right at Galway’s Spanish Arch. The super friendly staff will greet your party on arrival with champagne at the ready and serve up an afternoon tea to die for. The private room accommodates parties of up to 30, so there’s loads of space for groups of all sizes. See here for bookings.
Where to stay? Check into The House Hotel nearby, a really cool and girly boutique hotel that is a few short high-heeled steps from all the best pubs in the city – you will be right in the heart of the action.
Why? Newquay in Cornwall, England, is a seaside town, totally laid back and charming to the max.
What to do? Catch your first Cornish wave of course! Learn to master the coolest sport on earth with your own surf coach, thick warm wetsuits and surf boards designed to make surfing look easy. The lessons are suitable for all abilities and you won’t ever have to go out of your depth. A great inclusive activity, this is the perfect way to wake up your hens before a fun-filled night ahead. We’ve got the perfect package for just £22.50 per person.
Where to stay? The Escape Surf Lodge is a budget friendly hostel two minutes from the town centre. With its retro late bar and in-house Thai restaurant, it’s the perfect base for an action-packed weekend.
By Kate White