How to Throw a Hen & Stag Weekend
The Algarve is one of the very best destinations for a memorable Hen or Stag weekend
The Algarve is well known as a top wedding destination, with a god range of local services such as photographers, bridal wear suppliers, top class caterers and more…. It’s also one of the very best destinations for a memorable Hen or Stag weekend. With several low-cost airlines flying into Faro airport from most major European cities – and flight times of three hours or under – getting here is easy. And once you’re here ….well, the sky’s the limit.
If you have been tasked with organising ‘the last hurrah’, you’re going to need some tips about the best hotels, clubs, days out and fun things to do in the Algarve. Getting in touch with local wedding planners such as Quinta do Lago’s wedding team is a good place to start. Their expertise can save you time and money and they can put together a programme that suits your budget and party plan, at one of the Algarve’s most exclusive resorts.
If you are looking for something more than the traditional boozy Hen and Stag parties, here are some suggestions for that last party as a singleton.
You can find beach party paradise in the Algarve. Want spectacular scenery, fine golden sands, chic and trendy beach clubs playing the latest sounds? You’ve got it. Enjoy daytime lounging and sundowner parties at some very impressive clubs. Try NoSoloAgua at Praia da Rocha, next to the marina, the iconic Caniço near Alvor. Alternatively, choose the laid-back vibe at BJ’s Oceanside, at the western edge of the Golden Triangle, or The Beach Bar in the heart of Vale do Lobo. For the whole package, you can’t beat Montys at Vale do Lobo, where you have dinner, DJs, live music and disco.
The standard of food available across the Algarve is consistently impressive, with a huge selection of great restaurants from gourmet and Michelin stars to fabulous steak-houses, sushi, typical Portuguese and table-side flambées.
For late night fun enjoy a warm welcome and some foot-stopping live music at O'Neills Irish Bar – one of the most popular venues on Vilamoura marina - or do a spot of bar-hopping along the strip in Albufeira.
Who doesn’t love some luxurious pampering? There are several top class spas in the Algarve that are more than happy to create a special pamper package for you. Beauty treatments, massage and healthy, holistic treatments to soothe, smooth and rejuvenate.
Macdonland Monchique close to Foia, the highest point in the Algarve, offers natural wellness with altitude, while the cliff top Boutique Hotel Vivenda Miranda in Lagos is the perfect place to escape for a memorable spa weekend.
The Almond Tree Wellness spa at the Crowne Plaza Vilamoura, Real Spa Thalasso at Grande Real Santa Eulalia near Albufeira and Real Marina spa at Olhão, next to the Ria Formosa, and the Vital Spa at Vila Vita Parc all provide exceptional experiences.
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Why not enjoy an off-road adventure on a Jeep Safari through the countryside? A bespoke programme can be created for your group with paintball, slide and rappel and other activities. Or let Alsafari Tours take you off the beaten track to where hidden waters flow and where you can taste a very potent licor, distilled from berries that grow wild in the Algarve’s countryside. Book a private Tuk Tuk tour and get picked up by Tuk Tuk at your hotel and whisked off for a fab tour of Albufeira's coast and countryside. Tony and his team are Albufeira locals and they know all the best places to eat and drink, and the best spots for scenic photos and amazing views.
Explore the stunning Ria Formosa in a glass bottomed boat, or take in the Algarve’s breath-taking coastal caves by kayak with Seacret Tours, party on board a stylish catamaran with Algar Experience, take a fabulous coastal cruise or fishing trip from Vilamoura with Cruzeiros da Oura, or opt for an exhilarating jet boat ride or fun Pirate BBQ Cruise with Dream Wave. There are a range of trips available at all marinas across the Algarve from Alvor and Praia da Rocha, Albufeira, Vilamoura and Olhão.
Find out who in your party is a Hot Shot at bowling, or get some fast action on four wheels at Hot Wheels Raceway. Test your mental agility at Mission Masters Escape Rooms, where team work puzzle-solving and strategic-thinking skills are your key to freedom! Adrenaline junkies can throw themselves out of an airplane. Try tandem sky diving for a real freedom rush, at Portimão Aerodrome.
And of course, the Algarve is golfer heaven. World class golf courses from east to west, and all the après golf activities you could want. Pestana offers a choice of excellent courses for all levels of ability. For a golfing experience with a different, try Adventure Golf Alvor – the dinosaurs make for some fantastically funny photo opportunities! Or, play a round in ancient Rome at Family Golf Park.
So what are you waiting for? Pop the question and enjoy a fab party weekend!
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