Stag do’s, bachelor parties, call them what you want; it’s no myth these events traditionally involve some pretty unscrupulous activities. Stag do’s however, seem to be moving away from stereotypical nights of undressed women and alcohol absorption. Perhaps the groom may prefer a long weekend away, focused on relaxation and male bonding? Here are our top picks for classier, more luxurious stag do activities.
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Hire a private Island
Rent your own little paradise. Be whisked away to a private island off of Florida, Tahiti, Mozambique, Spain or the Bahamas. This will be the most amazing weekend to relax and party it up in true bachelor style. The waters around the island will be part of your playground; swim, sail and snorkel! Take out a boat and try your luck at fishing. For those who are looking for quiet relaxation, take a stroll around the island shores and enjoy the local wildlife. Sending your best mate into the shackles of marriage is worth a weekend in paradise, surely?
A Gentleman’s Game
If the groom is a golf lover, grab your buddies and head to the Muirfield Golf Course, near Edinburgh, Scotland, for a memorable weekend away. Home of The Honourable Company of Edinburgh Golfers, this Open Championship venue is one of the finest and most famous courses in the world. Indulge further with a luxurious two night stay in nearby Edinburgh. You can fine-tune your swing, and show off your skills with two rounds. The course, known as the home of the foursome, was designed by Tom Morris, and features a clockwise outer first nine holes and a counter-clockwise inner second nine.
Care to stage a stag with some of the finest luxuries: tequila and cigars? You’ll want to head to Puerto Rico. The El San Juan Hotel offers an ‘End of Man’ package which includes half a day of kite boarding, an exclusive cigar rolling lesson with a box of private-label cigars to take home, and a unique Tequila-tasting class with Puerto Rico’s only tequila sommelier. The groom’s party can also enjoy a personal casino host. See and be seen at the Opulent Blue Bar, adorned with one of the world’s largest oval chandeliers, and indulge in award-winning Latin cuisine.
007 in Monte Carlo
Monte Carlo is certainly an extraordinary stag do destination! Backdrop to Bond films and Iron Man 2, this port city is over-the-top extravagant, and the perfect place to spend a weekend living it up like a billionaire bachelor. For the thrill seeker, experience the Grand Prix course in style. Known for steep ascents, sharp descents and hairpin turns, step into a genuine Formula 1 Grand Prix car, with no revs or speed limit. Stay among the other F1 drivers, in a luxury 5-star hotel and do as they do: hit the tables at the Casino de Monte-Carlo! Be sure to book a private table.
With year round sunshine, Marbella is great for a sophisticated bachelor party, offering luxury spa retreats. At Marbella Club, every detail will be tailored to your needs. The spirit, sound and smell of the beautiful surroundings suggest complete relaxation. The groom and his boys will be treated to one of the best spas in Spain. With full access to saunas, steam rooms and a huge array of specialist pools and baths, you will leave feeling relaxed and replenished! This is the ultimate bit of R&R before your groom kicks off the big day.
If you would prefer a guys’ spa indulgence closer to home, or perhaps as a prelude to your weekend away, head to Alfred Dunhill, the experts in male pampering.
Which of these luxurious stag do activities is your favourite?
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