Gone are the days when a hen party consisted of flashing L-plates and a night at the disco; today's brides and bridal parties demand more, and why not? It's become the norm for couples to get married at an age when they're financially independent; therefore a bigger (albeit sometimes quieter) ‘do' is much more attainable for all.
Take a look at our alternative hen weekend ideas below.
These days, a typical celebration can last up to a week, with hen parties now becoming hen weekends, even hen holidays! There's no longer a need for the cliché stripper and all that entails, so with that in mind, we've put together some alternative hen weekend ideas…
Party Houses and Hotel Takeovers
For the ultimate pyjama party, hotel takeovers and party houses offer the chance to play ‘ladies of the manor' for a time, allowing access to the property and its facilities without any other guests present. A little like a grown-up slumber party, indulge yourselves in some time away with your nearest and dearest in style.
Most hotels and manor houses available to hire in a ‘takeover' are brimming with appealing amenities perfect for pampering and plenty of fun; these facilities can include spa treatments and treatment rooms, tennis courts, swimming pools and even vineyards, perfect for the ultimate relaxing hen weekend with the girls.
A hen weekend can be as much about reconnecting with dear friends as it is about celebrating one lady's impending nuptials; just take a moment to imagine yourselves knee-deep in mud on the sprawling estate of a stately home, or covered in flour in the characterful kitchen of a country pile…
An activity hen weekend offers the perfect opportunity to not only try something new (yes, there's actually a chance you might learn a new skill!) but bond with your girlfriends in some hilarious circumstances as you embark on a challenge or few. With the opportunity to try your hand at flamenco classes, cookery classes, hunting and more, you're sure to have a fun-fuelled time, and it's definitely an alternative hen weekend!
Hen Holidays in the Sun
Does the idea of working on your tan ahead of wedding celebrations appeal? Then a hen holiday in the sun might be the perfect answer! Get a gaggle of your closest friends together and book some time away in a large property available to hire at one of the many appealing destinations worldwide. Ensure you get all the rest and relaxation required ahead of your big day and spend some time not only enjoying great weather, but some fantastic facilities in the lap of luxury.
There's are plenty of properties to choose from to suit every kind of hen holiday; whether you want to make like the Sex and the City girls and jet off to a palatial pad in Morocco or spend some time poolside at a charming villa in Spain, it's sure to be a memorable break.
Spa and Wellness Breaks
There's nothing better than a spot of pampering with the girls, so why not book yourselves into a place that offers spa treatments and facilities. We've a wide range of large properties featuring all the luxuries you need to enjoy the most relaxing of girly breaks.
Perfect for a relaxing hen weekend, stay in a property that offers the very best in preening and pampering; from stately homes and characterful country piles to chateaux and castles, and with an array of appealing amenities including hot-tubs, saunas and treatment rooms, you'll be spoilt for choice.
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