Calling all brides-to-be: this is why you need to throw a fashelorette

With wedding season in full swing (hi, Meghan!) we're determined to rebrand stereotypes of the bachelorette party. Just as weddings are diversifying, it’s time to close the chapter on the conventional, and celebrate being a chic bride-to-be in a unique way. Here’s how Grazia girls can host their ultimate pre-wedding hen – please note: remorse and clichés not included…
Calling all brides-to-be: this is why you need to throw a fashelorette

Agreed, it’s not the most original idea – but there’s nothing quite like entering a spa frazzled and overwhelmed by the prospect of wedding planning and emerging refreshed and serene. Bliss. Grazia recommends the One&Only Royal Mirage Spa. The Deeply Relaxing Bodycare with Hot Stones (110 minutes) soothes away stress while the rest of the girl gang relax in the Hamman. In the days of the Sultans, brides-to-be would pamper themselves for hours with close friends. Some things never change, eh?

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We love the idea of working out with friends, so why not incorporate this into your hen do? And, let’s be honest, every bride-to-be wants to look their best on their wedding day. Grazia loves Flywheel spin classes, held at Burj Views and Gold & Diamond Park. The session to motivating music lasts 45 or 60 minutes and includes tough climbs while working your arms with weighted bars. Basically, the challenge serves as an amazing escape from seating-plan stress. You can hire the whole room and they offer special discounts for bachelorette parties. Winning.

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Hit the high waters in style and rent out a massive yacht with your fellow females for a few hours. With Xclusive Yachts, you can enjoy a sophisticated bachelorette party with the finer details tailored to your choice. Plus, you’ll cruise through the picturesque Palm Jumeirah Island and absorb the striking skyline of Dubai. Comfort, style and luxury set against a beautiful backdrop. What more could you wish for?

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Your squad will be seriously impressed when you tell them you’re all going to be soaking up Sheikh Zayed Mosque’s stunning setting for the day. The architectural work of art in Abu Dhabi boasts 24-carat gilded chandeliers and over 1,000 columns. Plus, it’s one the world’s largest with a capacity for an astonishing 40,000 worshippers. Take Grazia’s advice and opt for the 5pm Sunset Tour. Get to the mosque around 4:30pm and for the most breathtaking photos before the visit gets underway. 

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A helicopter tour of the city of Dubai is a privilege few get to enjoy, and, put simply, it’s a truly unforgettable experience (unlike a karaoke session you wish you could forget). Taking off from Atlantis Hotel helipad, the Helicopter Tour company offers a long tour of 45 minutes with a capacity of six passengers. You take in sights including the Burj Al Arab, Burj Khalifa and The Dubai Mall. Even better, with the package (it’s Dhs9,925 per flight) you and your five friends are gifted a future, complementary desert safari trip and dinner. Your future husband will be insanely jealous.

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Host a giant pyjama party in one of Jumeirah Zabeel Saray’s Lagoon Royal Residences. The luxury villas are big enough for 10 adults and are clustered around a magnificent lagoon pool and set amid lush tropical gardens. Talk about paradise! Plus, you can enjoy privileged access to a private beachfront as well as numerous facilities offered by Jumeirah Zabeel Saray – including its state-of-the-art gym and fancy Talise Ottoman Spa. Thank us later.   

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Photos: Jason Lloyd-Evans and supplied