So you’re getting married and want to spend one last weekend with your best friends as a “single” woman? We’ve thought long and hard to bring you our best bachelorette getaway destinations, so that you have one less thing to think about. Instead of agonising over where to go, just pick one of these wonderful weekend retreats so that you can spend a couple of blissful days calming the pre-wedding jitters, bonding with friends and family, and making memories that will last a lifetime.
There’s nothing more relaxing than a sea view and a Jacuzzi and luckily, Paternoster has both of these in abundance. It’s a quiet weekend away where you can enjoy quality time, good wine, and catch ups. Setting it apart from many other seaside towns, Paternoster offers some slightly more upmarket bachelorette options if you so desire. Its home to Wolfgat as well as a Reuben’s restaurant and there’s no shortage of beautiful places to stay; from boutique hotels and BnB’s to seaside cottages. You’ve got to admit, there’s something distinctly bachelorette-y about sipping champagne in your Jacuzzi with a view of the West Coast’s rugged beaches, before going to a nice dinner with all the girls!
Sometimes, you don’t want a quiet weekend away from the city. If you’re looking for a bachelorette party straight out of the movies, Cape Town is definitely where you want to be. Pack your party dress and your favourite heels because the mother city offers everything you could want for a glitzy city escape; award-winning restaurants, incredible rooftop bars, master mixologists creating your cocktails, a huge variety of hotels, the ocean, and plenty of gorgeous nature spots for hiking, surfing, and cycling. If you want to splash out on something special, you could always do a helicopter flight around the city, escape to the Winelands for a day, or splurge on a night at one of Cape Town’s most exclusive bars or restaurants. And there’s no doubting that the availability of Uber makes the idea of partying the weekend away a whole lot easier in terms of logistics.
If log cabins, the great outdoors, and a weekend with your girls is your idea of a perfect bachelorette, then the Magaliesburg is an ideal retreat for Gauteng-based brides. It’s not party central but the Magaliesburg is peaceful and beautiful with very little to distract you from bonding with your favourite people.
You can go the rustic route with braais, wine, and cheese platters all weekend – perfect paired with a selection of your favourite rom-coms and a few hikes. Plus, it’s perfect for the animal-lovers as loads of places in the area are pet-friendly. Alternatively, why not spend an afternoon at one of the many spas in the area and unwind before the big day? Finish off with a craft beer or gin and a burger at the beautiful Black Horse Brewery and remember to take photos; the men will be green with envy at your down-to-earth bachelorette weekend.
The Midlands is the place to go for a bit of country charm and an English countryside feel. It’s an amazing spot for picnics, leisurely brunches, browsing markets and indulging in incredible coffee, hearty homemade food and winter evenings spent around the fire while rain spatters against the windowpanes. There’s plenty of beautiful places to see both on foot and by car, so for a bride who loves roadtrips, picturesque rolling hills and the charm of the country, a Midlands getaway is sure to knock her socks off. Visit a country-style manor, drive the Midlands Meander, photograph some beautifully manicured gardens, or do a tour of a horse stud during the day and sip on wine and delve into fresh produce every evening. It’s also a great setting for a traditional champagne brunch or a high tea.