“What goes on tour stays on tour”
Your girlfriend is getting hitched and you’ve been tasked with organising the hen – so where do you go? Girly getaways aside, if you’re keeping it local, sifting through Hong Kong’s endless options is quite a task. There are plenty of places to pick up phallic-shaped accessories and venues willing to host the bride, but if you’re on the hunt for an idea that incorporates more than the traditional, read on for a little inspo…
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In search of something more intimate? Hiring a private kitchen is not only, well, private, (meaning you can take your level of excitement up a notch), but enables you to tailor-make and theme your evening too. Sassy faves include Dining at Home, The White Loft, Pomegranate Kitchen and Umami Concepts (their hen package is worth shouting about), but don’t forget to have a look around and check out some of the other awesome options available in the city. Many restaurants and bars will also give you the option to book a private room or booth for the evening too!
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Experiences and Classes:
Experience Gifts – Treat the bride to an experience she’ll never forget! Spoilt and Klook offer a ton of deals that more often than not, will make the entire hen party happy. Wine tastings and cocktails making classes are a classic, but you could delve deeper and go deep sea fishing, take a pole dancing class or master the art of making your own perfume. Sky’s the limit, ladies!
Spa Day – A tug on the purse strings, but worth splashing the cash for a full day of pre-wedding pampering! Calm any pre-wedding nerves with a refreshing facial or indulgent spa treatment, or go the whole hog and delight in a bridal experience package or hotel spa stay. If you’re looking for an affordable option, Sparadise offer two packages that include a multitude of ah-mazing treatments, vouchers and the deal breaker, complimentary champagne!
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Tram Party – All aboard the iconic Hong Kong tram! Ride your way from one end of the Island to the other. Fuelled by beer and bubbly, naturally.
Luxury Junk Trips – Take your junk experience up a notch and opt for luxury! From 80ft motor yachts complete with inflatable slides and hot tubs to 5-star catering and private chefs, here’s our pick of the best. Sticking to budget? A good ol’ fashioned junk can’t be beaten either, start planning with our handy guide! FYI – the Aqua Luna II has just launched, offering unbeatable views of the harbour (wine in hand) for a truly unique Hong Kong experience!
Go Camping – Or go glamping! Spend a night under the stars and a make a day of trekking to one of these ideal camping spots. Bring the booze and plan a fun evening of embarrassing games and girl talk.
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Beach Barbecues – Hong Kong has no lack of beachside barbecue pits; take advantage and raid the supermarkets for crisps, dips and brews and head to a butchery (Bones & Blades has just opened in Sai Ying Pun) for sausages and steaks. Or alternatively call up a catering company and have them do the legwork for you (Invisible Kitchen have a great barbecue package) – they’ll even deliver! The barbecue pits and tents in Shek O are a firm favourite as they’re right on the beach and close to the water.
House of Siren – A playground for adults, this stylish and intimate space will work with you to plan a party that’s bound to go off with a bang. Hire a photographer to capture the evening and dress up in one of many ‘couture costumes’ as you drink in your favourite tipples in an ‘olde worlde’ atmosphere. Intrigued? Click here for more deets.
Book a Staycation – Make a weekend of it! Check the bridal party in to a suite and celebrate in style. Many of the hotels will give you the added option to fork out for the use of their spa and club facilities too, meaning free drinks and nibbles, perfect for pre-gaming.
Make the most of Macau – It might not be Vegas, but it’s close! Whisk the Mrs to Macau for the weekend and party like a rock star at one of the many hotels’ pool parties, snap up a suite for the night or force her hand in to conquering the ‘world’s tallest bungee jump.’
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Cook up a Storm – Have a foodie on your hands? Satisfy the bride’s sweet (or savoury) tooth with a private cooking class at The Mixing Bowl. Whip up some traditional Hong Kong treats like egg tarts and pineapple buns or make a couple of pizzas from scratch, paired with the perfect red.
Brunches and Bubbles:
Hong Kong loves a brunch, and bride-to-be is no exception! A foolproof booking bound to get the girls together for a memorable (for the most part) afternoon laden with bubbles and delish eats, don your hen with highly elaborate sash and start the day as you mean to go on. Keep it light on the purse with these brunches under $500 – you’ll need that cash for when you’re swallowing your
pride fifth jello shot of the evening!
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Who says that a hen has to be all about penis-shaped straws and flashing shot glasses? We can be classy! For the most part. Hong Kong hosts heaps of cute and quirky afternoon teas to choose from. Book in for a swanky afternoon at Café Grey Deluxe or a posh do at The Peninsula – tea, scones and champagne? Sounds perfect to us!
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Entertainment Companies – If you’re keen on a more errr… traditional style hen do, there are definitely a few companies happy to help you plan your night. Hong Kong Stag (don’t be deterred by the name!) offer a range of activities from champagne tours to a private strip show whereas TysonHK will put together a series of affordable and scandalous parties which include sex toy shows, sexy games and a stripper performance. Ask about their limo and yacht packages too for an extravagant affair!
Alternatively add a little Sass to your shindig and contact the boys at Valley Butlers to stick around to serve as a little eye candy or help you in the planning stages. Their exclusive nightclub package at CÉ LA VI is only $400 a head, including a table, $4,000 worth of drinks, your very own butler and cliché (yet imperative) hen accessories for the bride and her party.
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Pole dancing classes – A horrendously cheesy hen do idea, and we love it. Pole dancing classes are a serious laugh and there’s heaps of studios in Hong Kong that are happy to host! A simple Google search will suffice (just make sure safe search is turned on if you’re doing a little research in the office).
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