So they’ve finally popped the question, or perhaps you did! Either way, the hen weekend is one of the most important holidays of your life, and as such, you deserve nothing less than luxury. Whether you want a quiet weekend with your mum and best mate or a lavish break abroad with the ladies, gone are the days when only the stags could have fun! To help you plan your dream hen weekend, we’ve compiled a list of 5 very different, but equally dazzling, destinations.
From Guinness-soaked nights in Galway to madness and mayhem in Marbella, there are plenty of options open to you. Of course, we understand that with the cost of a wedding, you might be on a bit of a budget. That’s why booking private accommodation is the perfect solution for hen weekends: not only can you browse through a selection of large villas and apartments fit for however many friends you’re travelling with, but you’ll save money in the process by spreading the cost. You’ll also enjoy unrivalled privacy and space, not to mention those home-from-home comforts.
So why go through the hassle of finding a hotel? Let your hair down on your hen weekend by choosing a private property suited just to your taste.
Hen Weekend in Galway
Where better for wild women than glorious Galway? Known as the gateway to the west of Ireland, it’s a county of windswept, dramatic landscapes, and home to an ever-growing, vibrant city of the same name. Whether you and your friends are looking to drink pints of Guinness like the lads in an old-fashioned pub, or enjoy a fancy meal in one of the city’s many excellent restaurants, you’ll have a great time in Galway. There’s live music wherever you go, a number of nightclubs to choose from, and best of all - there’s plenty of ‘craic’! So forget Dublin: go for the Gaelic centre of Galway.
Hen weekend in Nice
It doesn’t matter whether you’re after sensational cuisine or spectacular beaches: there are many reasons Nice is an increasingly popular hen destination. Set along the magnificent shoreline, you and your friends can gaze out over the sea from your chic, central apartment. Of course, you’ll want to head out and enjoy the huge number of activities on offer: opt for a spa treatment or two, go shopping in the old quarter’s narrow streets, or even enjoy an excursion to the Roman ruins outside of the city. Come evening, Nice has all the cocktail bars a sophisticated bride-to-be could ask for!
Hen weekend in Warsaw
As the capital of Poland, Warsaw has no shortage of hen activities on offer. An eclectic city of skyscrapers and small, traditional buildings, it has something for every kind of hen party! Stroll around the old town and admire the historical sites, before stopping off for a classy lunch at one of the city’s finest restaurants; alternatively, book yourself in for a day of pampering at one of the city spas, before enjoying cocktails and clubbing in one of Warsaw’s quirky bars. This isn’t the destination for those seeking sun, sand and sea, but for lovers of art, culture and theatre, it’s a fantastic choice.
Hen Weekend in Marbella
Of course, if you’re looking to spend your last single days sunbathing with sangria in hand, then Marbella’s pretty hard to beat! It’s possibly one of the Costa del Sol’s most famous coastal resorts, what with the 16 miles of golden sand to stretch out upon! When you and your mates aren’t soaking up that sunshine, of course, you’ll find plenty to keep you occupied: go for a simple stroll and peruse the delightful array of little shops, or go in search of traditional tapas bars where you can while the hours away. If you do tire of the laid-back lifestyle, you can always learn to sail, or hike into the Siera Bermeja mountains!
Hen Weekend in Bath
For the ultimate British hen weekend, Bath’s an unbeatable spot. It’s not only regarded as one of Britain’s most beautiful cities, but it has been awarded UNESCO World Heritage status to boot. The jewel of the West Country, it’s got a huge range of things to see and do, but its main attraction is, as the name would suggest, the baths! Thermae Bath Spa is the original and only natural thermal spa in the United Kingdom, and it has a wide range of pampering treatments to try. In addition to spa treatments and steam rooms, it boasts an open-air, rooftop pool, offering spectacular views of the city.