We asked, and you gals answered with lots of your real-life recommendations from your destination hens! This week we’re covering Marbella. From the feedback, Marbella is THE hot-spot for a glam hen party where the main theme of the weekend is PARTY!
The nearest airport is Malaga and Aer Lingus, British Airways, Easyjet and Ryanair all offer regular flights all year round. Malaga is less than an hour away from the airport, but transfers are reasonable, especially if you organise them in advance. Book a private bus to collect the gang from the airport and start the holiday with minimum stress and maximum style.
Marbella is one of the more pricey hen party destinations but if you’re looking for a hen party where your activities will include lounging around the pool, pool parties, people watching, a boat trip and some super glam evening fun, Marbella is for you. Read on for our recommended Marbella Hen Party Ideas!
1. Stylish Vibes
Marbella is famous for it’s glamorous night-life and lots of our brides said it was a Marbs must to visit the luxury marina area Puerto Banus. There are plenty of glam bars to sip on a cold cocktail or too while watching the yachts in the harbour, and enjoying the jet set vibes. Puerto Banus is also home to the main shopping area so a good spot for some window shopping in the likes of Louis Vuitton and Cartier, or a quick browse in the local faves Zara, Mango and Oysho.
2. Where to stay
Well luckily there are plenty of options from hotels and apartments to Love Island style villas. Hen Planner fans rated their accommodation in El Oceano Beach Hotel. which is between Marbella and nearby Mijas but has great views, and a swim up bar on site. Another recommendation was the Skol apartments, which are located right on the beach-front in Marbella! The park plaza suites apartments which are near the Puerto Banus area and come with outdoor terraces were also mentioned.
Looking for a restaurant recommendation? We received thumbs up for Olivia’s La Cala – We thought the name sounded familiar and it turns out this spot is owned by Elliot Wright of Towie fame, and is a favourite with the GC herself. It also has a beachfront terrace, and live music and parties throughout the week, and we checked and it definitely serves carbs! For more traditional Spanish fare, such as tapas and pinxtos, the old town of Marbella is the place to head.
For night time drinks our gals recommended booking a table in the Bijou outdoor bar and terrace area or kicking off a night on the tiles in the Astral cocktail bar at the entrance to the Marina, which is shaped like a Pirate ship, so you definitely won’t miss it.
5. Boat Party
Why not join the jet-set on your private boat. This was a highlight for lots of hens, with lots of options for private coastline cruises setting off from Puerto Banus, and lots of different packages available: from bellinis served by butlers in the buff to sunset set-offs, or options where you can bring your own food, drinks and playlist on board for the journey. Check out: Marbella Boat Charter, Marbella Boat Parties, My Marbella Weekender.
6. Beach Club
Our brides loved the beach clubs in Marbella, the best places to combine the sunshine and the party atmosphere in the same area. And to get the bride suited up in her bride tribe cossie! These clubs have djs, table service and sun bed rental available, and themed parties and events throughout the summer season. We received recommendations for the Amare Beach Club – and it’s rooftop bar
Belvue Rooftop Bar for Marbella Views and also La Sala by the Sea . Most of the beach clubs transform into night clubs during the summer season, so if your bride to be would prefer to get glammed up for a night out, they’re still an option. For hen appropriate activities, check out the events at Nikki Beach or the Ocean Beach club champagne parties. Nikki Beach has an annual white party – which is great practice for the bride-to-be.
Thanks to all the Henplanner followers for the great feedback. We LOVE receiving your tips. Don’t forget to leave room in the carry-on for all your hen party essentials – hen party games and our gorgeous hen party accessories.