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Hen Do Destinations
So the time has arrived, your planning a hen do! Your excited, nervous and overwhelmed all at the same time, you have a group of girls all relying to you to create the best hen weekend in history, one that will be remembered forever, one where you will become the party organising legend of your team. But where do you start, where do you go, whats everyones budget, how is this going to work, the questions are endless and the possibility of mistakes are huge, remember you get one crack at this, one chance to come up with a weekend to end all weekends and if you dont, well, lets not even think about that! So the first thing to remember, dont panic, we have your back, we have been creating incredible hen parties for over 10 years and in Portugal we have every destination you could imagine from five star breaks in the most exciting cities to budget weekends on the beach and everything else in between. Whatever your looking for we have it covered, so lets get started.
Is Portugal really the best hen destination for us?
To give you a quick hen weekend lowdown on Portugal and what it can offer, remember, Portugal has consistantley been voted one of Europes best hen destinations and for the last five years and at least one destination has not been out of the top three, Loney Planet has Lisbon at number two and thats out of the whole of Europe. Regardless of the style of hen do your looking for Portugal can offer everything and all only a two to three hour flight time from all UK airports, with prices that will make your bank manager very happy, dont believe us, check out easyjets latest deals to Faro.
Your biggest priority, if we know you well, is organisation, planning and a bit more planning, just in case. Our hen team are all girls who know exactly where your coming from, they have planned hen weekends for every type of group you can imagine. Thery have the knowledge and understanding make put your ideas into a reality, whether its a simple destination choice right down to what kind of decoration theme you would like on your table for your champagne breakfast. So hopefully now we have convinced you lets get started with some of that hen planning and research.
Portugals top hen destinations
Although there are hundreds of shapes your hen weekend can take and even more different types of activities you can add to it. The two, first big questions we are going to ask are style and location. Are you feeling a beach holiday in the sun or a city break, once you have decided, we can move onto location and finally what activities you might want to add.
Hen weekends on the beach
Surprisingly its not just the Algarve that offers beach holidays in Portugal, during the summer months, west of Lisbon, the Portuguese riviera, centred around Cascais and Estoril is a perfect location for a hen weekend for those who are looking for something more traditionally Portuguese with easy access to Lisbon nightlife. You wont find any crazy wild party nights, more relaxing dinners and cocktails with the girls, lazy days by the beach and pool, time to talk, time to connect, time to be a little sophisticated and spend a elegant weekend in that dress you have always dreamed of wearing, maybe a night at the famous Estoril casino. I think you get our drift its classy, really classy!
However the more popular choice is to travel around two hundred miles south to the Algarve where you will find the party towns of Albufeira and its slightly older and more civilised sister, Vilamoura. Now this is where the party people come to play, Albufeira boasts miles of sandy beaches and clear blue swimming pools to lounge by during the day and top up that tan, for the more adventurous amongst you there are tons of water sports and boat trips you can add to keep your team busy, Albufeira is also home to the strip where the hardcore party people spend their nights so if its madness and mayhem your looking for this is your destination. Vilamoura, the more upper class location, is Europe's largest sports marina, it has its huge beaches too, as well as some very exclusive beach bars and clubs. With all the glamour and sophistication marina life can bring Vilamoura will not disappoint, the bars are cool and trendy (and open till silly oclock) the whole atmosphere is perfect for a decedant hen weekend in style, whichever one of these destinations you chose it will be an unforgetable beach hen do.
Hen weekends in the city
So your not beach babes, hours spent laying in the same place with sand literally everywhere! your looking for more culture, more class, something a bit more grown up, dont worry, again we have you covered with Europes most exciting new city hen destinations of Lisbon and Porto and all their surrounding areas. Lisbon needs no introduction, it has climbed the hen weekend charts rapidly in the last five years it offers an exclusive location that has an aura about it setting it apart from other cities, its mysterious and lets face it, saying to your friends and colleagues "I'm flying to Lisbon this weekend" gives you an edge, it makes you cool. Lisbon has incredible shops, museums, art galleries, coffee shops, cafes, bars and restaurants and its split into two distinct areas, old and new. The new part of Lisbon is in the East, closest to the airport and the huge Vasco de Gama Bridge it runs from the Sea Heros promenade garden (Jardim do Passeio dos Heróis do Mar), through Parque das Nacoes down to Cabo Ruivo, but its collectivley known as Expo, new hotels, the meo arena (Lisbon's home to concerts and shows) and shopping centres. Its also the business district so has a feel of the city, modern office blocks with bars and restaurants nestled in between.
The old town is something completely different running further South West follwing the Tagus river you enter the suburbs of Alfama and the bigger Bairro Alto that includes the hip and trendy area of Chiado then following the curve of the river it runs west all the way to Belem. Hipsters and the uber-cool are found all along this section of the city, amazing restaurants and bars, indoor markets, theatres and the more creative art quarter known as LX Factory (this is a must visit). Whichever area you chose the nightlife is incredible, the club scene is legendary and Lisbon has also become famous for its rooftop bars that provide a birds eye view of the city from some of the most spectacular surroundings you will find
Now Porto is a different, its an artistic, laid back city with a cool vibe. Its the new kid on the block, everyone has drunk a glass of Port but not many have experienced the city where it comes from. You may not think this is a place for a hen weekend but let us tell you, it most definitley is. Stunning scenery awaits, it looks nothing like the city you had pictured, it looks more like Denmark or even Amsterdam, the hotels are incredible whether you chose the two michelin star Yeatman Spa and wine hotel or an air bnb they will all surprise you. Its a hip city that has undergone miassive regeneration, sushi bars, waterfront cafes and cocktails, exclusive restaurants, boutique bars and hotels that regularly appear across pintrest, instagram and facebook with raving five star reviews.
We have tried to pick out a list of the favorite hen do activities that our girls have been booking for groups to give you that last bit of inspiration should you still need it, they are not in any particular order.
Cocktail Making classes
One of the most popular activities for hen do's in any of our destinations and available in them all are our famous cocktail workshops, we can switch things up by making them themed with Gin, Rum, Vodka, Whiskey or Prosecco based cocktails, they all hit the spot and can be accompanied by one of our butlers in the buff to make it a night never to forget.
Butlers and strippers
Is there a hen do where there isnt a man with at least some of his clothes removed, if there is they are rare. Our team can organise ripped men to arrive at any location (as long as the management agree), to perform anything from a no holds barred full themed show to a simple butler service pouring your drinks, either way its gonna be good!
Boat Parties and Boat Trips
Portugal is a nation that has literally made its name from the sea, if its boat trips or parties you want this is the pace to be. The fanous Portugal Rocks Boat Party sails every Saturday throughout the season, plus the hugely popular BBQ cruise departs all across the weekend for most of the year, both perfect for hen do's.
Breakfast, lunch and dinner
One thing is for sure while your away you will be in need of sustinance, we can offer a huge range of foody temptations from champagne breakfasts and brunches, hen meals with our private chef's, private bbq's, luxury beachfront dining or just a plain and simple meal in a restaurant where all the girls can get together and celebrate your big day.
Spa days and Beauty treatments
Another absolute favorite for our hens is to be pampered for the day at one of our luxury spa's, massages, facials, mani's, pedi's, jacuzzi's, stream rooms, hydrotherapy and even chocolate therapy (yes you did read that right). Get your team together in some of Portugals most exclusive spa's and health clubs and make sure you finish your hen do in style.