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A hen party has become a rite of passage, a final fling of freedom with your squad in tow as you celebrate the impending nuptials. But if L-plates, sparkly tiaras and penis straws fill you with horror, these classy hen party ideas will leave you feeling spoilt and wedding-ready, rather than just red-faced…
Nothing says classy hen more than a weekend escape to the countryside. Think muddy wellies, pub lunches and plenty of good wine. The key to a successful country hen weekend is, of course, the pad you rent. For the ultimate treat book yours through Unique Home Stays, who have a selection of luxury properties from Cornwall to Herefordshire that happily accept hen groups. Go all out and ask them help you book a private chef and some pampering treatments too.
Hedonism has reached a new high with social media making everyone a food critic. So for a foodie hen filled with sun, sangria and a spot of culture, hit up Seville. Its southern location almost guarantees sunshine while cobbled alleys and trendy tapas bars make the perfect food crawl terrain. Stay in the Moorish Palacio de Villapanes and dine at the stylish El Pintón. Spend a morning recovering your appetite in the cavernous Roman baths at Aire de Sevilla.
A bride-to-be’s need for some restorative R&R after the stress of wedding planning often gets overlooked in the perceived need for some riotous fun. Give in to the pampering and book in for a spa day at Lime Wood Hotel in the New Forest. Their “girls getaway” package includes a massage, mani or pedi and lunch as well as a day chilling out at the spa. Stay overnight, or if you fancy something a bit more casual head down the road to The Pig where comfy beds and roaring fires await.
Luxury Euro Weekend
If champagne and shopping are your bride’s mainstays then hop on the Eurostar to Paris for the most luxurious hen weekend. Stay at Mama Shelter in the classy Saint Germaine district, with its hip roof terrace and naughty, tongue-in-cheek vibe. Snap your way along a river cruise down the Seine, brunch in an 18th-century mansion surrounded by classical artworks at the Musee Jacquemart-Andre before heading to one of Paris’ secret speakeasy bars such as Candelaria or Lavomatic (entered through a launderette) where any single hens can try their luck with chic locals.
The Ultimate Sleepover
Every girl remembers teenage sleepovers: midnight snacks, scary movies and endless gossip. The Zetter Townhouse has updated the concept making for the ultimate luxury hen retreat. Grab your closest chums (six people maximum) and book yourselves in for a night in their grand suite where you can get stuck into massages, movies, face masks, cocktails with a hearty breakfast in the morning. Mandatory pillow fights are also an excellent way to blow off pre-wedding steam.
If your bride is the outdoorsy type then why not try glamping? For a luxury glamping hen weekend, check out Wild Luxury’s selection of Norfolk camps. Their luxury tents come in the form of VIP safari tents with real beds (no roll mats here) complete with duvets and fluffy pillows. Hardly slumming it, you’ll get to connect with nature, toast marshmallows over a log fire and explore the great outdoors for a wholesome weekend which you’ll actually remember.
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