Fantastic places to spend your Hen party
I know, I know it’s genreally the job of the chief bridesmaid to plan the hen night, as we call bachelorette parties in the UK, but it’s travel so I can’t help myself!
I’ve checked out some of the most fabulous places for a hen do, some relaxing and some active. Some reasonably priced for everyone and some sensationally out of my meagre budget, but hey a girl can dream!
First stop the bright lights of London! Something to suit everyone’s budget in England’s glorious capital city. With trains hourly from most main stations and the best deals available 12 weeks in advance London is accessible to all.
Accommodation ranging from cosy little B&B’s and budget hotel chains through to the rather more spectacular Waldorf Hotel or push the boat out and hire a luxurious apartment right in the centre of all the fun.
You won’t be stuck for things to do either with activities ranging from browsing the shops on Oxford and Regent street, or taking in an afternoon tea at the Ritz Hotel or maybe a pampering spa at the blissful and sophisticated May Fair Hotel Spa.
For the more adventurous why not try an exhilarating blast down the river thames taking in the sights as never before on the 740hp turbo boosted Thames Rib Experience offering packages from a 20 minute high speed blast to and from the Tower of London to the 75 minute Thames barrier experience. If extreme thrills ( I’d say risks) are more your style then climbing the o2 could be right up your street. Participants in the 90 minute climb latch on to the walkway and enjoy spectacular 360 degree views of the city.
For that unique nightlife experience why not try the silent disco at the Shard. On top of the world at the open air skyjack on Level 72 guests can dance the night away overlooking the glorious city. DJ’s play pop, rock and party classics for you and your friends to dance to, all while wearing headphone of course, built in laughs and silliness guaranteed.
For those with a little extra in the budget Budapest could be a surprisingly good choice for a hen weekend. Just over 2 and a half hours away, there are many flights to Budapest from most regional airports and with flights from £16.99 one way with Ryanair from London Stanstead, this is a cheap treat not to be missed.
Budapest offers the usual range of cheaper hotels and serviced apartments along with some spectacular offerings such as the luxury Four Seasons Gresham Palace or the out of this world Ritz-Carlton Hotel which unfortunately has a price tag to match.
Known as the city of Spa’s it will come as no surprise that Budapest’s finest offerings both by day and by night centre around its iconic thermal baths. Focusing on the day time a full day fast track ticket with a private cabin at the iconic Szechenyi spa baths will set you back around £17 a person and you can add on a 20 minute healing massage for around £25.
For the more energetic Budapest offers a Prosecco bike tour, where you and up to 13 of your friends can peddle away the calories, taking in the beautiful scenery and architecture while drinking up to 10 litres of Prosecco between you. Thankfully this comes with a guide who navigates the bike around the city, you just have to provide the pedal power.
Budapest has some unique places to dance away the night time hours, from the converted former carpark with a festival vibe known as Racskert to the 8 bar rave club Instant which stays open until 6am every single day. Known as ruin bars Budapest is the capital of quirky places to party. If you missed out on the spa and spent your day seeing the sights, head back to Szechenyi spa bath open for bath party nights from 1030 pm until 3am and featuring triphop and funk style music along with a colourful laser beam show.
For a mix of relaxing beaches and legendary clubs with all the top DJ’s Ibiza is where its at.With its sunny climate less than 3 hours away from the UK and flights with Easyjet from London Luton starting at 26.99 one way Ibiza has to be up there with THE hen party hotspots.
Ibiza is packed with places to stay, some cool and glamorous and some barely more than somewhere to lay your spinning head after a big night out. One of the best value among places you’d risk undressing is the 2 star Hotel Galfi close to the beach and the town centre. If you’re looking for something more upmarket, how about the Las mimosas hotel and spa set back in the residential area about 10 minutes walk from the perfect sandy beaches.
Many will be content to soak up the rays on the glorious sandy beaches or laze around the pool tanning your weary body in preparation for another big night partying until the sunrise in the world class clubs. For those seeking total relaxation approximately 10 miles away in Ibiza town is the spa of the Ibiza Gran Hotel offering a wide range of spa treatments including the popular after party detox facials in a tranquil and relaxing setting.
Those still up to seeking adventure will be spoilt for choice with activities such as Ocean Mania Water Park , a giant inflatable adventure you have to swim out to in the sea. Other exhilarating offerings include scuba diving, jet skiing, parasailing and the rather mental looking cliff diving.
You’ll be spoilt for choice for nightlife in San Antonio, from the laid back Ibiza Rocks bar on S’Arenal beach to the way too cool for me Pacha Club where you can party well past the sun rise. Other options more off the wall options include The Zoo Project where the dress code is strictly animalistic, or try a life is a circus night at La Belle which describes itself as a “before” club and is located near to the main club strip.
If you have a little more time and a bit more cash Las Vegas makes an exciting location for a Hen Party, although you’re looking at more of a week than a weekend but hey, the longer the better, right? Return flights from London with British Airways in October from London Heathrow cost around 370 a person.
There’s only one place to stay in the bright light city and that’s the Las Vegas Strip of course, featuring magnificent luxurious hotels, there’s plenty of scope for flashing the cash in the city of sin but there are a couple of cheaper strip hotels worth a look. The circus themed Circus Circus hotel at the far end of the strip being one of the cheapies worthy of consideration. A more mid priced offering being the once pirate themed but now height of cool Treasure Island or TI Hotel with beds so comfy you won’t want to leave. At the top end of the budget are the newer offerings like Cosmopolitan hotel offering bang up to date luxurious accommodation sure to satisfy even the most picky pleasure seeker.
Even sticking to the strip Las Vegas has plenty to keep the bridal party occupied all day, from simply soaking up the sun in the hotel pool, visiting the Shark reef aquarium at the Mandalay Bay Hotel, riding a gondola at the aptly named Venetian hotel or enjoying any number of fantastic spa days at virtually every hotel on the strip there’s relaxation to be had on every corner.
If you’re seeking thrills and wanting to stick to the strip why not try the thrill rides and Skyjump on top of the Stratosphere Hotel, the latter being a crazy open air leap from 829 feet speeding towards the landing pod at 40 miles per hours. Further afield is the Grand Canyon, iconic in its own right of course, and offering many different activities but for a truly hair raising trip of girly bonding, try a rafting trip in the canyon bottom.
Vegas is the original casino town and no night out in Nevada’s crowning jewel is complete without a few games of blackjack or several spins of the roulette wheel. If you’re new to gambling try the slot machines or brush up on your gaming rules here at the beginners guide to casino’s. If clubbing is more your style then try Voodoo’s roof top nightclub at the Rio hotel and drink and dance the night away 51 stories high above Vegas’s bright lights. Don’t miss a trip to nearby Fremont street and witness a light show to beat all others, and the brave can try a zip line the length of the iconic light strip.