The Big Day is fast approaching, all the details have been meticulously planned and there’s only one thing left to do – go out and have fun! Yes, it’s hen’s party time – and whether you want to break out the feather boas and tiaras or hole up in a hotel room, go local or flee abroad, there are plenty of destinations that fit the bill for the bride to be. Here are some ideas.
Paint Your Town Red
Sydney Harbour is undeniably beautiful, and you can get your party started by climbing the Sydney Harbour Bridge for spectacular views. Available day, night, dawn or twilight, it’s an exhilarating experience and you can celebrate the climb (or calm your nerves) afterwards with a wine or two on board a sunset dinner cruise, to see the glittering lights of the harbour from the waterline as well.
If you’re lucky enough to live in Hobart, look no further than the 5-star Henry Jones Art Hotel, right on the waterfront. Hire out the Peacock Terrace, an 1823 building with Tasmania’s oldest spiral staircase – it has two bedrooms, a sitting room and kitchenette over two floors, the perfect spot for a pre-party cheese platter. You don’t even need to leave the hotel – head out (or is that in?) for an artful dinner at Peacock & Jones, which brims with fine Tasmanian produce; and finish up with a classic cocktail or three in the IXL Long Bar.
Make a Break for the Weekend
The Blue Mountains are the perfect spot for girls’ weekends away, sipping wine in front of cosy fires, or walking through a wilderness wonderland if you’re a sporty hen. Try High Tea at the Hydro Majestic, built in 1904 on a breathtaking escarpment at Medlow Bath; ogle the artworks at the Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum; or marvel at the magnificence of the Jenolan Caves. Who says hens have to be hedonistic?
If it’s glitz, glamour and good old-fashioned fun you want, look no further than the Gold Coast. Get your thrills at one of the Coast’s theme parks, be it Sea World, Dreamworld, Warner Bros. Movie World or Wet’n’Wild. When the sun goes down you can try your luck at The Star casino, then celebrate your winnings at Surfers Paradise hot spots Stingray (for retro vibes) and elsewhere Bar (for eclectic beats).
All right, so you’ve got the wherewithal to really go all out – why not spend up big in Vegas on your hen’s party (ahead of a quickie wedding perhaps?). Wild hens can check out the wildly popular male revue shows. More modest hens might like to race around the world – figuratively – on the Strip, finding the perfect photo opportunity in front of the Eiffel Tower (Paris Las Vegas), the Statue of Liberty (New York, New York), or on a gondola (The Venetian). Oh, and of course there are the gambling, buffets, bars ...
Psssst! Wednesday night is Ladies’ Night at many Singaporean gin joints, and hens can reach for the sky at one of the city’s many rooftop bars. 1-Altitude – the highest al fresco bar in the world, has a 360-degree view of the city, with stunning sunsets, top bands and DJs, plus amazing cocktails. Afraid of heights? You can’t go past the traditional Singapore Sling at Raffles hotel.