Need the perfect vacay for your hen weekend? Mr & Mrs Smith helps us out!
Bachelorette parties don’t have to involve ill-advised nights out, bad-taste headgear or embarrassing party games involving naughtily shaped pasta – stylish brides deserve a stylish send-off. The bedroom experts at Mr & Mrs Smith have picked five hotels worth gathering the girls for, whether you’re after beach life, London luxury, South American socialising or unabashed glamour.
Anantara Rasananda, Koh Phangan, Thailand
Best for: Beach girls
So, you could join the throngs of dreadlocked revellers knocking back buckets and dancing by fires at the Full Moon parties, 30 minutes away on Haad Rin Beach. Or, you could lie by Anantara Rasanda’s peaceful pool, order green-mango smash cocktails and consider exactly which spa treatment to indulge in next. (The Journey of Siam, perhaps, which includes a floral foot ritual, a Thai herbal steam, a white-coconut scrub and a traditional Thai massage.) Gather your gang for jumbo diver scallops wrapped in prosciutto, or cashew-and-chilli chicken served in a fresh pineapple, at Bistro @ the Beach. Learn Thai culinary secrets from the chefs at the onsite cookery school, or let the hotel’s brilliant staff take you jungle or elephant trekking, kayaking, diving and snorkelling; you can even charter a private boat for the day. If you’d rather remain horizontal and sip ice-cold champagne, we won’t judge.
Don’t miss The weekly cocktail parties at the poolside Lounge bar.
Room tip: Frazzled Bridezillas can unwind in an Ocean Garden Pool Suite (each one has a pool and a relaxation sala right on the beach).
Smith Extra: A bottle of wine to enjoy at the restaurant or in your room, plus a 10 per cent discount at the restaurant.
Luna2 Private Hotel, Bali, Indonesia
Best for: Party girls
Want to swim with Marilyn Monroe? At Luna2 you can: the screen goddess’ voluptuous likeness is glitteringly recreated in Bisazza mosaic tiles at the bottom of the sea-spying pool. You’ll be feeling like movie stars, too, thanks to this exclusive-hire villa’s staff of 24 dedicated pamperers, who will spoil you rotten with sunset canapés and in-house spa treatments. Nocturnal types will love Luna2’s Seminyak Beach setting, which puts some of Bali’s best bars and restaurants – Potato Head, Ku De Ta and more – on your doorstep. That’s not to say you need ever leave Luna2, though: British executive chef Errol Defoe does whizzy things in the hotel’s kitchen, including house-baked pastries, house-smoked salmon and zingy granitas. Want staff to organise a poolside party or bespoke dinner at the chef’s table? Just ask and smile nicely.
Don’t miss: A six-course degustation dinner dreamed up by your private chef
Room tip: Eye up Admire surfers from the Green Master Bedroom, which has a private pond-fringed terrace, killer beach views and a swish bathroom with a drenching Dornbracht rain shower and ocean-watching Philippe Starck tub.
Smith Extra: A cookery class with the chef.
The Clubhouse, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Best for: Uptown girls
Who wouldn’t want to belong (even temporarily) to a Buenos Aires members’ club? Stay at the adults-only Clubhouse in the fashionable Palermo district and you’ll get instant access to weekly shindigs held for the local glitterati. We’re talking pop-up dinners courtesy of big-name chefs, film screenings, rotating art exhibitions, weekly winter brunches and sizzling summer pool parties. The four-storey townhouse has four ravishing rooms (including two suites), decorated with vast beds, sharp black-tiled bathrooms and private terraces overlooking prime Buenos Aires real estate. There’s a pretty candy-striped bar by the pool; if you get peckish between glasses of Mendoza rosé, order from the menu of casual seasonal dishes – crispy sweetbreads, grilled provolone, smoky pork sliders, fig and sheep’s-cheese salad and so on – and enjoy your meal in the lounge or poolside.
Don’t miss: The Sunday pool parties, complete with a barbecue and DJ.
Room tip: The Master room, natch: its private terrace overlooks the garden and pool; the roll-top tub and double rainfall shower aren’t too shabby, either.
Smith Extra: A bottle of red wine in your room on arrival and a wooden ‘mate’ goblet.
Selman, Marrakech, Morocco
Best for: Glamour girls
Would you like to live* in a palace? Well of course you would. The only drawback to having a bachelorette party at Selman? The bride’s honeymoon might pale in comparison. That’s a risk worth taking, given the sprawling 1,200sq m Henri Chenot spa, palm-tree-flanked Olympic-size swimming pool and Arabian horse shows starring 16 purebred horses. This unabashedly opulent hotel definitely does not believe that less is more: distractions include three pools – one lined with Guatemalan marble, darling – and three bars, plus a dramatic banquet hall-style restaurant with purple drapes, gold fringing, glittering chandeliers and equally opulent dishes: lobster seems fitting.
Don’t miss: Mud wraps and massages in the spa, theatrically decorated with pierced-metal chandeliers, oxblood-and-aubergine Zellige tiles and Majorelle-blue doors.
Room tip: Opt for the 70sq m Atlas Suite and you can spy on the ponies prancing below you in the Andalusian Pavilion.
Smith Extra: A champagne cocktail and a guided tour of Selman’s stables.
*You will have to leave at some point
Europa House Apartments, London, United Kingdom
Best for: City girls
These sophisticated serviced apartments in mellow Maida Vale are decorated with milk-and-honey hues, fresh flowers and one-off design pieces by Tom Dixon and Mark Brazier-Jones, but we can’t help thinking that the best bit is outside: a three-acre, award-winning walled garden that shouts “perfect picnics”. (N.B. this place is far too well-mannered to shout anything.) Grab your picnic provisions from Raoul’s Gourmet Deli just down the road (don’t stint on bottles of bubbly). Each of Europa’s apartments comes with a fully equipped kitchen and a very elegant dining area – but since nobody’s there to judge, you could all just stay in your PJs, watch DVDs and ask the helpful concierge to order in perfect pizza. If you’re feeling more lively, the Tube is just a five-minute walk away; you can also stroll to Regent’s Canal, Regent’s Park, London Zoo or one of the local restaurants and bars – canal-side Mediterranean cuisine at the Waterway, or posh pub grub at the Warrington, perhaps.
Don’t miss: Delicious cakes and pastries from Baker & Spice, just down the road.
Room tip: On sunny days, you can’t beat the Three-Bedroom Penthouse Apartment, whose furnished roof terrace surveys London.
Smith Extra: A branded reversible canvas tote.