01.07.2022

These are the best hen do destinations in the world to please every type of bride

Gather those closest to you and bring them to these 5* treehouses. With a world of untouched nature at your doorstep, a luxury spa and a personal chef, you and 11 of your friends could live in unparalleled indulgence. Come home feeling rested, relaxed and ready for your big day!

Best for: R&R

What to do:

When you’re not reaching peak relaxation at the spa, head to Highcliffe Beach for a crisp walk along the coast or book in for a cookery class at The Kitchen. Alternatively, if your girl gang are looking for a cultural day out, book in for a visit to Highcliffe Castle.

Where to eat:

For those who take meal times seriously, Chewton’s Glen’s dining room offers some of the most spectacular food and wine in the area. But if you’re simply looking to cure a hangover with a hearty roast and a bloody mary, book in for a leisurely lunch at The Wheatsheaf.

Best for: blustery beach walks and brunch

Best for: blustery beach walks and brunch

If you want a beach-side hen do but don’t fancy leaving the UK, Brighton has got to be your best bet. It has no-end of fabulous restaurants and breakfast spots, a beautiful beach and lots of bars. The countryside is on the city’s doorstep, too, if you fancy a wholesome walk.

We stumbled across this stunning AirBnb and fell in love immediately – largely because it’s kinda the house of our dreams. Seriously – check that interior design! It can be rented out from around £200 per night for 12 guests across three bedrooms. It even has a sunny private garden with a BBQ (or a living room with roaring log fire if you’re celebrating in the winter).

What to do:

Once you’ve walked along the beach and played in the pier’s arcade (nope, never too old), take a stroll around the independent boutiques in The Lanes and relax in the gardens of the Royal Pavilion. There are endless places for a night out when the sun goes down.

What to eat:

The Set at Artist Residence is a cool and quirky spot for dinner, nestled inside what is perhaps the best boutique hotel in the city. Curry Leaf Cafe is great for vegetarian Indian cuisine and Polpo (one of London’s greatest Italian chains which has now landed in Brighton) offers some of the best pizza and pasta around.

Best for: Securing that pre-wedding tan

Best for: Securing that pre-wedding tan

Though it may be more difficult to reach than other European destinations, Hvar boasts amazing weather, stunning views and a night life worth the journey. Take speed boats around the blue seas of the Croatian island, or head to the beach club to work on that pre-wedding glow.

What to do:

Sunbathe from dawn to desk on one of Hvar’s glistening beaches.

Where to eat:

There’s no shortage of breathtaking restaurants to take in Hvar’s unbeatable views. Head to Carpe Diem for a round of margaritas with the girls before taking your time over a lavish meal at Restaurant Gariful. Either way, you’re guaranteed a group of happy hens.

Best for: Foodies

Best for: Foodies

Lisbon is heaven for foodies – there are so many good places to eat. It’s also a beautiful city to wander around during the day, and the nightlife is great if you love to party. This block of apartments in central Lisbon has options for parties of up to 10. Every apartment is affordable and really stylish, so you can’t go wrong.

What to do:

The city is scattered with pay-as-you-go bikes and scooters which are a great way to get around. You and your girls will have a great time scooting along the seafront. You can also take a walk up to Castelo de S. Jorge for amazing views of the city and grab the *best* custard tarts you’ll ever eat at Pastéis de Belém. They’re insane.

Where to eat:

We’d say anywhere, to be honest, because Lisbon is the destination for lovers of food. There’s genuinely somewhere good to tuck into a delicious meal at every corner. But up there with the best? The Time Out Food Market is wonderful during the day (with everything from Thai and pizza to charcuterie boards, seafood and dessert stands under one roof), and Pharmacia is a lovely place for cocktails and tapas. They serve their cocktail menus in prescription boxes and rate each depending on how “fatal” they are, which is a cool touch.

Best for: A country escape

Best for: A country escape

What’s more wholesome than a weekend in the Cotswolds, really? Not much. Old Stocks Inn is located in Stow-on-the-Wold – the perfect base from which to explore the entire region. A double room here can be snapped up for £149 per night, and the breakfast is to die for. There’s also a great restaurant and bar on-site, and plenty of restaurants and shops to explore.

What to do:

Catch the local bus to Boughton-on-the-Water and hire bikes from one of the many bike-hire shops. You could cycle from there to The Slaughters for a pub lunch in less than an hour – The Slaughter’s Country Inn does great sandwiches and BBQs in the summer. Or how about heading to one of the many local spas for some pre-wedding pampering?

Where to eat:

Once you’ve made it back to Stow, have dinner at The Sheep on Sheep Street. The food is great and the interiors are even better. And don’t get us started on the cocktails. Happy hens are guaranteed.

Best for: A fun city break

Best for: A fun city break

Scotland’s capital is one of the most beautiful cities in Europe, built over hills which overlook the sea. You could go time and time again and find different things to do – from shopping to eating (a lot) and all of the culture. And walks. Don’t forget the stunning walks.

What to do:

Climb Arthur’s Seat or Carlton Hill in the morning before enjoying lunch at one of the city’s many delicious brunch spots. Wander down to Dean Village and along the river to Stockwell in the afternoon, or shop ’til you drop on Princes Street. There’s also the castle to check out, the Scottish National Portrait Gallery and Princes Street Gardens (which comes to life at Christmas, FYI).

Where to eat:

Try Ting Thai Caravan for the Thai feast of your life and The Bon Vivant for a Sunday roast to die for. The perfect hangover cure, if you ask us.

Perfect for: Pub crawls

Perfect for: Pub crawls

Dublin is the go-to hen party destination if you love a drink, not least because the Guinness Storehouse is the main tourist attraction in the city. This insane townhouse sits in the centre of the city and sleeps 11 people. It costs upwards of around £390 per night, which is a total bargain if you fill it to capacity.

What to do:

Take a tour around the Guinness Storehouse, stroll around Phoenix Park and inject a bit of welcome culture into your trip with a visit to the castle. At night, an evening spent in live music venue and pub, Temple Bar, is a must.

What to eat:

Go to Angelina’s if you love avocado. They do four different versions of brunch dish classic, avo on toast. Fade Street Social is great for tapas and Dublin Pizza Company serves fantastic (yep, you guessed it) pizza.

Best for: Cheap everything

Best for: Cheap everything

Budapest is a famously cheap city break destination, so it’s perfect if you have lots of different budgets to bear in mind. The Terrace Apartments at City Park have options for up to six people. They’re the perfect home-from-home – close to the city centre and with lovely terraces for drinks and dinner.

What to do:

Budapest has something for everyone, but the main attraction is the thermal baths. Széchenyi Thermal Bath is the most popular and is a great place to visit all year-round.

Where to eat:

Mazel Tov serves a moreish hybrid of Israeli-Mediterranean food and totally on-point cocktails while Cafe Kor is a popular all-day spot with impeccable service and traditional Hungarian dishes.

Best for: Love Island villa vibes

Best for: Love Island villa vibes

Valencia is Spain’s third largest city with thriving food, cultural and nightlife scenes. Basically, it’s perfect for a hen weekend. We’ve found a great Airbnb right on the beach with space for up to 16 guests, a private pool, BBQ and terrace area. The interior decor is seriously cool, too.

What to do:

If lazing around on the beach all day doesn’t sound like your jam, there’s plenty to explore in this beautiful city. There’s Mercardo Central, the Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias and the aquarium.

Where to eat:

Your best bet for food in Valencia is to simply stumble upon a local tapas restaurant and tuck in. The Central Market is great for lunch, and there are a whole array of seafood restaurants on the seafront which are well worth a visit.

Best for: Beaches and bars

Best for: Beaches and bars

Explore the stunning city of Barcelona, visit La Sagrada Familia, Park Guell and shop til you drop on La Rambla. Then, at night, head for a delicious dinner, followed by sangria and a club to dance the night away. The perfect combination of culture and clubbing! You can stay at Hotel El Call for as little as £46 per room per night. Bargain!

What to do:

From Barcelona’s world-famous food markets (make sure you visit La Boqueria), to the city’s impressive array of museums (The Gaudi is a must-see) and stunning stretch of beach, there’s no shortage of activities to get stuck into. The only difficult decision is deciding where to head first.

Where to eat:

Our top picks include late dinner at Lolita Taperia for a leisurely late dinner, Xiringuito Escriba for paella and rose on the beach and Hetta Cuisine for an elegant, flavorful evening. Prepare for some of the most mouth-watering tapas of your life. And the wine’s not too shabby either.

Best for: Countryside walks

Best for: Countryside walks

Ah, Oxfordshire. What a glorious county you are. This barn conversion is a fabulous place to escape to, with its high beams, seven beds, beautiful garden, games room and open-plan kitchen diner. If you want to go on countryside walks and cook up feast after feast, this is the hen party destination for you.

What to do:

Take a day trip into Oxford city centre, go for a long, boozy lunch and go punting down the river (boat steered by someone else post-Prosecco, obvs).

What to eat:

There are so many great food spots in Oxford. Turl Street Kitchen is great for cocktails and lunch and Victors is great for sharing food (and snapping all the Instagrams). There’s also a Sticks N’ Sushi which is newly opened on the roof of West Gate. Loved in London for its Japanese grub, it’s a great addition to Oxford’s food scene.

Best for: Beach clubs

Best for: Beach clubs

Marbella tops so many lists of “best hen do destinations”, and for good reason. There’s so much going on there, and flights from the UK to Malaga are super cheap. We’ve found a beautiful apartment block which houses suites for up to eight guests. They’re right on the beach with luxurious interiors and cost as little as £114 per night for a six-person apartment (based on dates in May). That’s just £19 each a night!

What to do:

Go to Ocean Beach Club, obviously. What trip to Marbella is complete without a day spent there? Ocean Beach is 9,000 square meters of pure luxury in the city’s trendy marina district of Puerto Banus. A huge saltwater pool is the venue’s centre piece, with day beds and bars scattered around the edge and beautiful views over the club and sea. From the delicious food to the fabulous views, unbeatable service and great music, there are so many reasons why it’s guaranteed to be the best day of your hen do.

Where to eat:

We’re obsessed with La Plage Casanis. It’s the latest in the Casanis chain of restaurants, this time set right on the beach and serving fine French-Belgian cuisine. The whole place boasts funky (very Instagrammable) décor and the customer service is second to none. Seriously – that wine glass will never be empty. The chicken paella and calamari are among their best dishes.

Best for: Day trips

Best for: Day trips

How fabulous is this cabin near to Bristol? It’s set in the middle of the countryside, has space for up to 17 guests (perfect if you have a larger party) and boasts a large heated swimming pool and hot tub in the back garden. Not yet sold? It goes for an average of £793 per night, which is only £46pp if you fill it out to maximum capacity.

What to do:

Bristol is just a stones-throw away from Bath, which makes for a lovely day trip. Visit the Roman baths and wander round the quaint, old streets.

What to eat:

The best thing about hiring a cottage like this one is that you don’t even have to get out of your PJs to have dinner. The cabin boasts a gorgeous open-plan kitchen with a massive dining table, so you can cook up a storm and party all night. Without stepping foot outside.

Best for: The best of both worlds

Best for: The best of both worlds

How gorgeous is this villa in Split? Villa Rosa has a pool house, a sauna, an outdoor kitchen, five double bedrooms and four bathrooms. You won’t ever want to leave.

What to do:

As well as eating and relaxing on the beach, you can visit the local markets, climb Split’s cathedral and laze about on the Marjan.

Where to eat:

Bokamorra is great for pizza and cocktails. You heard it here first.

Best for: Pre-wedding spa treatments

Best for: Pre-wedding spa treatments

We’re pretty proud of ourselves for hunting this one down. The Spa at Fowey Hall is currently offering a two night spa break with a 60-minute treatment and breakfast for £200 per person. You don’t get much better than that.

What to do:

Once you’ve enjoyed afternoon tea and zenned out in the spa, chilled in the hot tub and had your treatment, take a stroll along the beach pre-dinner and cocktails. It’s all about balance.

Where to eat:

At the hotel, of course! The food here is fab. If you fancy venturing out, we’ve heard good things about the tapas-style dishes at Pintxo. No reservation necessary.

Best for: nightlife

Best for: nightlife

El Hotel boasts a lively atmosphere all day, and is situated directly opposite Pacha, one of the most glamorous super clubs in Ibiza. This makes it ideal for those who plan on stumbling home from the dance floor in the early hours of the morning!

What to do:

For the full Ibiza experience, head to Nikki Beach for a rose-fuelled lunch followed by sundowners at Casa del Mar. The next day, swim off your hangover on a breathtaking day trip to Formentera the next day.

Where to eat:

Based behind the main square in Santa Gertrudis, Finca La Plaza is the perfect candle-lit hideout for those looking to unwind over a bottle of crisp white wine and fresh, zingy plates. For the all-out Ibiza experience, head to Cafe Mambo for world famous DJ’s and a shot (or seven) of tequila.

Best for: All the pink

Best for: All the pink

Eaton House, also known as the ‘Pink Palace’ is an outrageously pink residential house in the English countryside. With three bars, a hot tub and an indoor projector, there is no better place to celebrate with your closest friends. Book this magical home for you and your 16+ besties for a hen-do no one will be able to forget.

What to do:

Crack open the Prosecco, head to the hot-tub and toast the gorgeous bride-to-be.

Where to eat:

For the ultimate dining experience, head to Sheesh for melt-in-your-mouth Turkish cuisine, icey cold cocktails and a boogie. You might even bump into a famous face on the dance floor.

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