Planning a hens party getaway? We know a few places that will help you send her off in style.
Whether you’re planning a girl’s night out or a week-long holiday for her hens party, one thing’s for sure: it’s going to be a grand send-off.
Your first duty as appointed bridesmaid/maid of honour/official hens party planner (strike out whichever is inappropriate) is to decide on the venue. For city-based evenings filled with mischief and salaciousness, you’ll be looking at anything from drinks at the bar and stripper boats to luxurious spa days and food outings. For out-of-the-city getaways your choices are practically endless.
Check out these hot hens destinations if you don’t believe us and get ready to p-arty!
Top hens weekend destinations in Australia
1. Hunter Valley
The scene is set: you’re in a horse drawn carriage riding through verdant vineyards toward cellar doors where boutique wines, matched pristinely with cheese platters, await you and your girlfriends.
In the evening, you’ll retire to your cabin for a girl’s night in with spa and massage services aplenty.
In short: This one ticks all the luxurious hens party boxes. It’s also perfect for those seeking to keep the party low-key with a weekend getaway.
Our accommodation pick: Oaks Cypress Lakes. Offering villas ranging from one to four bedrooms, there's multiple pools on site and it's just around the corner from Hunter Valley Village's restaurants and pubs.
Hens activities in Hunter Valley
Head to the big city for all the highlights that have put it on the map. We’re talking the Opera House, the Harbour Bridge and Bondi Beach.
Be sure to book your ladies into one of the five-star hotels overlooking the Harbour and your hens party will pretty much take care of itself.
In short: Sydney’s quality beaches and endless city activities and attractions make it a mecca for parties and experiences that never stop.
Our accommodation pick: Hilton Sydney. Right in the heart of Sydney's CBD, the posh hotel is close to Sydney's main shopping areas and some of the city's best restaurants.
Hens activities in Sydney
Shopping, culture and alternative bars is what Melbourne has to offer, making it a playground for all types.
Book an apartment or five-star hotel in the city and explore the alleyways, shop the Queen Victoria Markets and uncover hidden bars in Chinatown.
In short: You’ve got a city escape that’s not overwhelming but brimming with day and night activities. Stay the weekend or make it a long trip. Both work a treat.
Our accommodation pick: Crown Towers. Located at the Crown Casino complex on Melbourne's Southbank, the luxe 5-star hotel offers easy access to the casino and the complex's numerous nightlife and dining options -- all just across the Yarra River from the CBD.
Hens activities in Melbourne
Awash with boutique cafes and a burgeoning music scene, Brisbane is that vastly untapped gem that’s easily accessible yet not overcrowded.
Slow down the pace and stray away from that “crazy hens night out” by exploring its suburbs and soaking up the atmosphere along the Brisbane River.
In short: Brisbane offers a city escape without that big city feel.
Our accommodation pick: TRYP Fortitude Valley. This boutique hotel in the Valley is decked out with colourful street art by some of Australia's best artists and boasts a fun rooftop bar that all guests can access. It's right in the heart of Brisbane's nightlife and restaurant district, Fortitude Valley.
Hens activities in Brisbane
5. Gold Coast
Chase the sun up north to the Gold Coast for relaxing days on the beach and wicked nights on the town.
Theme parks and nature activities abound and for those who are feeling lucky, a night out at Jupiter’s Casino shouldn’t go amiss.
In short: It’s party central at the Gold Coast and so long as you avoid schoolies, you’ll be right for one baller night (or nights) on the town.
Our accommodation pick: Q1 Resort & Spa. Australia's tallest building also happens to host a hotel with stellar views of the Gold Coast's beaches and coastline. The complex is also home to two lagoon swimming pools and the Q1 spa.
Hens activities in Gold Coast
Best cities for hens parties overseas
Warm all year round and rife with powder white beaches and crystal blue ocean, Phuket is the hens escape that will see her and her BFFs living the luxe life for a fraction of the price they would pay for an Australian beach getaway.
It’s also a choice escape pre-wedding as the hottest months in Phuket are April-May and September-October, AKA wedding season months.
In short: Take the trip to Thailand to live like a queen with the beach and surf at your beck and call.
Our accommodation pick: Anantara Mai Khao. What better send off into married life can you get than spending a few nights with your hens in a private villa by the beach.
Hens activities in Phuket
It’s no secret Australia has a love affair with Bali. The island is one of the hottest party destinations for Aussies as it’s both accessible and affordable.
Book a bungalow or villa with private butlers and waiters and make a beeline to your very own pool.
In short: Sun, surf, drinks and parties until the wee hours of the morning. Need we say more?
Our accommodation pick: W Retreat Seminyak. Right on the beach and near the infamous Potato Head Beach Club, the W Retreat offers every sort of accommodation from resort rooms to villas with private pools.
Hens activities in Bali
3. Las Vegas
Made that much more popular as a destination for hens and buck’s shenanigans by The Hangover series, Vegas is a melting pot of entertainment and debauchery.
Attend one of the many saucy shows, try your luck at the tables and talk your way into the sizzling hot clubs – anything goes, really. And don’t forget: what happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas.
In short: Party time.
Our accommodation pick: Palms Casino Resort. Reputed for it's exciting nightlife and pool area, the Palms sits just off the Strip in Las Vegas. There's also an on-site spa where you can get some much-needed pampering after a few nights in Sin City.
Hens activities in Las Vegas
4. Wine regions of New Zealand
The ideal destination for if want to spend a weekend with the girls but want to make the affair an international one is just a hop and skip over a ditch away.
New Zealand offers unparalleled landscapes and experiences. For a luxurious hens unwind, however, your go-to has got to be one of its many wine regions (e.g. Otago and Marlborough).
In short: Chill out on a trip away from Australia without sacrificing more than your weekend.
Our accommodation pick: Marlborough Vintners Hotel Heritage Boutique Collection. If you want to stay amongst the vines while in New Zealand, this place is it. It's just a few minutes' walk to the nearest vineyard and there are dozens to visit in the area.
Hens activities in New Zealand’s wine regions
The island city of Singapore is a contrast of cultures and times; witness old blending seamlessly with new as you explore old worldly temples one moment and brilliantly lit installations the next.
The city never sleeps and neither will your taste-buds as they savour all the culinary delights of South East Asia that this city has to offer. Prepare to fall in love.
In short: A sensory delight from the mouth-watering dishes to the colourful facades of the cityscape.
Our accommodation pick: Marina Bay Sands. What's quickly become one of the most iconic buildings in Singapore, the Marina Bay Sands sits above a huge shopping centre with dozens of designer brands, a casino, and is next to the Gardens by the Bay. It's also home to a rooftop infinity pool that features stellar views of Singapore.