Marriage is one of the life events that can turn a woman’s life around.
The commitment to spend the rest of your life with the one you love is both exciting and daunting, but it also signals an end to a lot of the things that you used to enjoy. This is why, prior to the wedding, a lot of brides-to-be make sure to spend as much time as they can with their gal pals.
If you are a soon-to-be bride and you want a last hurrah with your girlfriends (who will also be your bridesmaids), one of the activities to consider is a pre-wedding getaway. Gift yourselves with a travel adventure because the various experiences travel presents can actually reinforce your friendship.
This is crucial because, despite the big change, it’s nice to have the assurance that certain friendship dynamics will not be affected.
To make planning for a pre-wedding getaway easier for you and your best girlfriends, provided below are five fantastic travel destinations you should consider:
1. Bali, Indonesia
One of the great things about choosing Bali for a pre-wedding getaway with girlfriends is the large selection of accommodation options that are quite affordable. On top of that, a lot of experiences in Bali are easy on the budget.
You can rent a car to explore the island for cheap, or get motorcycle rides to the beach. Also, there are relaxing beach bars all over. There’s great music and you can enjoy cocktails and “mocktails” every afternoon with your entourage.
2. Hong Kong, China
Any place that offers great shopping is perfect for a getaway with the girls. Hong Kong is one of top shopping destinations in the world. It has big malls that carry all the designer brands, Michelin restaurants (including the cheapest one in the world – Tim Ho Wan), and a shopping street called the Ladies’ Market.
Hong Kong is also a very convenient place to visit. It has an efficient rail system, and taxis are everywhere. Women won’t have trouble going around even in the wee hours of the morning.
3. Dubai, UAE
The City of Gold holds abundant possibilities for pre-wedding fun. There are so many tours that you can join, including desert adventures that you probably can only experience once in your lifetime. You and the gals will get a kick out of hot air balloon, camel, and 4x4 rides across the desert.
Also, when it comes to luxurious accommodations, you can choose from world-class hotels with beachfront suites to swanky Airbnb homes.
If you and your party would choose to stay at a hotel in Dubai, you can take advantage of their special group packages that include access to special amenities, experiences, and services.
4. Phuket, Thailand
This is another tropical paradise perfect for the ladies. You and your gal pals can get a tan and have several bridal showers throughout your stay.
Phuket has great food, sceneries, and beach resorts often offer group spa packages. Getting spa treatments before your big day can do so much in improving the way you look and feel. Also, Phuket has amazing cosmetic centres and treatments here are more affordable than in most other parts of the world.
5. Sainte Anne Island, Seychelles
This is the perfect pre-wedding getaway destination if you want to deck out for yourself and your entourage. You can actually get an entire small island (for 10,000 euros) for your group and enjoy first-class amenities and services. A Seychelles luxury resort offers all sorts of activities to make your stay enjoyable.
It is important to mention as well that this island paradise is super safe and, if you are looking for colourful souvenirs for your wedding, the local bead jewellery stores are definitely worth checking out.
After the wedding, your priorities will change drastically and spending time with your favourite girls will be quite a rare treat.
So, use a part of the period of time leading to your wedding for a blasting good time and relish your few remaining days of “singlehood” with your bridesmaids.
Thomas Grundner is the Vice President of Sales and Marketing for JA Resorts & Hotels. He has more than 20 years of expertise in the hospitality and leisure industry – across international markets including Germany, Egypt and Spain. Grundner oversees all sales, marketing and revenue efforts as the company continues to build on its key growth and development strategies and further cultivates its unique blend of "Heartfelt Hospitality" and "Casual Luxury."