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Bachelorette Party Ideas in Cape Town
Get some suggestions to suit any bride-to-be and budget
So your bestie is getting hitched and you’ve been tasked with the duty/challenge of throwing the mother of all bachelorette parties, or maybe you’re the one who got him to put a ring on it and now you want to plan your own last hurrah with the girls before you’re officially tied down. Either way, the hen night can be a monster of an organisational task capable of taming even the fiercest bridezilla – thinking of ideas and activities that don’t necessarily include straws inspired by the male anatomy, finding the right venue/theme and planning a fiesta that fits the bride-to-be’s personality can be tough work.
To make life a little easier, we’ve come to the rescue with a host of options to suit all kinds of budgets and bachelorettes, from the wild child to the classy Cathy. So, collect your bright pink feather boas and tacky tiaras (or not) and take a gander at our girl’s guide to the best bash a Cape Town bride can ask for.
BACHELORETTE PARTY IDEAS
Book a browse party at The Bedroom
Worried that tying the knot may put a blunder on your sex life? Keep things fresh with a visit to The Bedroom with your ladies. Not only does the sensual hotspot offer exclusive, locally made lingerie ranging from sizes from extra small to extra-extra-extra-large, sex toys, sensual accessories, candles, and oils and erotic literature, but the establishment is also available for private bookings. Enjoy wine, champagne or soft drinks on arrival while you browse the store and enjoy the pretty pink ambience, guided tour and demonstration of items on display. This experience is guaranteed to have all the girls giggling, and is the ideal way to start your ladies night out. There is a minimum requirement of 8 ladies per a party, with optional extras including belly, pole and lap dancing, and the bachelorette party can be customized according to your preference.
A pamper party at Yemaya Spa
Planning a wedding can be stressful stuff (and sometimes so can dealing with the bride), and a day of pampering and beauty treatments may be just the ticket to restoring harmony and good feelings all around. Gather the gang for a super girly day of hot stone massages, invigorating exfoliations and refreshing facials at Yemaya Spa in Sea Point, which offers an impressive selection of experiences within its tranquil walls that will have your party looking and feeling pretty in no time. Not to mention, it’s definitely a case of the more the merrier with the beauty oasis offering a 10% discount for groups of 10 or more. Finish with off with a new nail colour or a freshly done hairdo and then find a place nearby where you can toast to the almost-wed lady of the day with bubbles and something delicious or, alternatively, bring along your own favourite foods and drinks to enjoy.
Shop 14 | The Point Shopping Centre | Regent Road | Sea Point | +27 (0) 21 439 2266
Honour yourself and a group of girlfriends at Désir Intimate Collection
New to luxury lingerie, adult toys, and novelty gifts? Looking for a safe and relaxingly tasteful venue for you and your girlfriends to explore intimate products away from prying eyes, seedy red velvet curtains, and scary looking products? Désir is the perfect venue and adult shop for introducing your girlfriends to pure luxury and sophistication. Simply book the Désir space (R450 for one hour) for private and exclusive access to our showroom and we’ll do the rest. Bubbly on ice on arrival and a dedicated client concierge to answer all your questions, Désir will be sure to start your bachelorette evening off with a bang in the most elegant way possible. With a beautifully packaged gift for the bride to be (compliments of Désir!), and 10% off all products bought from the showroom, we’ll be sure to help you and your friends redefine the concept of owning and purchasing adult toys. Based in the amazingly gorgeous Camps Bay, start your evening at Désir and end it off with a visit to the vibey Camps Bay strip. To see what’s on offer visit www.desir.co.za to view our wide array of luxury intimate products. Be sure to check out this Cape Town hotspot.
13 Totnes Avenue | Camps Bay| +27 (0) 860 994 160
Champagne, cocktails and sushi at Grand Africa Café & Beach
If the bride-to-be is a sand and sea kind of girl, you won’t go wrong with a party at Granger Bay’s recently renovated Grand Africa Café & Beach. Resting right on the sand of a private beach, this venue is a wildly popular choice for bachelorettes on account of the idyllic setting and the endless possibilities for a good time – you could laze on daybeds in the exclusive VIP area, perch on café-style chairs on the shoreline, book a long table next to the main bar inside the vintage warehouse or settle in near the piano at the gin bar. The dreamy restaurant serves French Champagne by the glass and is one of the few spots in Cape Town that stocks Pierre Jourdan wine popsicles. Otherwise, ladies can also sip on cocktails – try the Pomegranate Lemonade or Strawberry and Basil Margarita – and snack on wood-fired pizza, seafood or fresh sushi while the sun sets over the Atlantic. If you’re a large group, it’s preferable to bus in or use Uber as parking is limited.
Granger Bay Road | Granger Bay | Cape Town | +27 (0)21 425 0551
Bachelorette bar crawl starting at Beefcakes
The Cape Town headquarters for the standard wild night of hen party debauchery has to be Beefcakes, the De Waterkant burger joint that serves up beautiful boys alongside an over-the-top good time. Maybe it’s the pink fantasy décor, the chiselled abs of the waiters or the devilishly delightful cocktails, but it seems like the gay bar is more of a haven for girlies looking to safely ogle good-looking dudes and get a little wild. After you’ve been serenaded by one of the divas in drag that regularly take the stage at Beefcakes and had your fill of the famous burgers, take the party to the streets and visit more of the De Waterkant’s camp watering holes, or prepare to tee off for a round of pub golf down the bar-laden Long Street.
40 Somerset Road | Green Point | +27 (0) 21 425 9019
Mavericks Revue Bar
Establishments such as Mavericks Revue Bar are ordinarily called ‘gentlemen’s bars’ but women have been breaking down gender-based barriers for decades; why not this one? Treat the ladies, and bride-to-be, to a night of flirtatious fun and risqué business. Mavericks, an institution of sorts, opened its doors in 1990 to provocative patrons looking to enjoy mature entertainment amoung beautiful company, sipping on delectable drinks. For your final showdown, before you walk down the aisle, pre-book a table at the revue bar. If you’re worried your posse is packed with a bunch of blushing Betty’s then you can opt for a more private affair. The Library is a swanky cigar bar meets speakeasy style area separate from the main bar; the perfect contrast for your debaucherous antics. Otherwise you can reserve the Xtravaganza Private Lounge; a boudoir-esque setting that is perfect for large groups. The space features personal bar service, a full audio system, stage with lighting and the option to have two professional dancers provide the entertainment for the evening. So if you really want to celebrate singledom, and your trading it for the white picket fence ‘til death do you (and your spouse) part, then this is the perfect place for an exciting and unconventional evening.
68 Barrack Street | City Centre | Cape Town | +27 (0)21 461 9988
Tea by the Sea at The Twelve Apostles Hotel
For the luxury-loving lady, nothing could make for a better send-off than a decadent five-star high tea at one of the most exquisite hotels in Cape Town. Sitting on the lower slopes of Table Mountain with the Atlantic Ocean sparkling to infinity before it, the Twelve Apostles serves an indulgent tea by the sea spread in true London style and even offers up the sun-soaked Conservatory for larger groups keen to enjoy and celebrate in private. Picture a tea stand with dainty finger sandwiches, delicate pastries and freshly baked scones, and a table of your closest girlfriends dressed in their Sunday best toasting to your upcoming nuptials – it’s just the fitting fairy-tale beginning for the bride who has always had princess fantasies.
Victoria Road | Camps Bay | +27 (0) 21 437 9029
Cooking classes at Leopard’s Leap Family Vineyards
This is an excellent option for both the wife-to-be that could use a little help in the kitchen and the Martha Stewart-type who wants to fine-tune her techniques. It also doesn’t hurt that the experience takes place at a venue that literally has barrels of wine handy. Hosted at Leopard’s Leap estate in the culinary capital of Franschhoek, the up-to-22-person cooking classes are led by in-house chef Pieter de Jager or, if you’d like, a celebrity guest chef of your choice. It’s R650p/p for a two-hour lesson and members of the hen party will get to prepare a recipe at their own work station – complete with stove and utensils – under the guidance of the maestro, who will clue up the clueless with tricks, tips and techniques. Afterwards, the ladies celebrate their success by sitting down to a lunch or dinner of the meal they learned to cook paired with a Leopard’s Leap wine. Of course, you might as well take advantage of your surroundings and make it a day of wine tasting (by the way, the laidback, youthful winery has wine cocktails on the go from Friday to Sunday).
Main Road | Franschhoek Valley | +27 (0) 21 876 8002
Fight for freedom with HintHunt
Worried the bride-to-be might become a bridezilla if put in a stressful situation? Why not test her cool in this exhilarating, high stakes live action ender's game? HintHunt is a hen-do activity that is completely different, totally awesome and good, clean, honest competitive fun. Imagine a game that challenges you to uncover hidden objects, decode riddles and crack clues in order to secure your freedom in just 60 minutes. Groups of three to five or six people (depending on the game you opt for) are locked inside a room where they have to work together to break free before their time runs out (there are a number of games and rooms to choose from so you can have up to six teams competing against each other). It makes for an exciting, brain-bending afternoon and a party quite unlike any other. So if you want to break the ice with the third cousin on your mom's side, that she made you promise to include in the bridal party; there is no better way to get the girls working together and thinking in unison than this fun-filled excursion. What’s more, HintHunt boasts a well-stocked bar as well as a comfortable seating area, so you can grab a couple drinks after the game to decompress and get your heart rate back to normal before moving onto the next hen bash to-do.
The Old Biscuit Mill | 373-375 Albert Road | Woodstock | +27 (0)21 448 9864
Wine tour with Wine Flies
If you’re on the hunt for a bachelorette party that features tons of fun, a little bit of learning and barrels of laughter, let the Wine Flies team take you on an off-centre wine tasting journey into Cape Town’s surrounding vineyards. Wine Flies, a boutique tour company that takes the pretentiousness out of grape culture and instead makes an expedition into the Cape Winelands a jovial, light-hearted affair. The scheduled day tour of wine tasting includes stops at five unique family-owned farms in two regions, where you get to sip, swirl and savour reds and whites and pair them with delicious nibbles, like cheese, chocolate, biltong and a traditional boerebraai (farmer’s barbecue). The wine lords are excellent entertainers, and after a day of sampling with Wine Flies, there’ll be nothing but good spirits and great memories all round. The scheduled tour costs R700p/p, but please enquire about a personalised itinerary. There’s a group special for CapeTownMagazine readers for 10 or more people (ask about it when booking).
+27 (0) 21 462 8011 | email@example.com
A pole dancing Party with The Pole Project
Marriage doesn’t have to mean the end of your vixen days, and one way for the bride-to-be and her bachelorettes to unleash their inner minxes is with a sexy pole dancing session with The Pole Project. The aerial arts establishment hosts parties either at its studio in Cape Town’s CBD or in the privacy of an individual’s home where talented instructors will guide the ladies through a few hot moves, even hotter poses and a mini routine bound to get even the most timid of the group spinning, twisting and twirling like a pro. It’s both a fun, frisky time and a confidence booster sure to make even the not-so-limber feel like a young, hot Demi Moore in Striptease, and you can take it up a few notches by dressing up in your nicest naughty gear to totally look and feel the part. The Pole Project parties cost between R150p/p per hour for small groups (up to three people) and R1800 for two hours for groups of six or more people.
117 Roeland Street | Cape Town | +27 (0) 21 461 0215
CAPE TOWN BACHELORETTE TRANSPORT IDEAS
MLT Shuttle and Chauffer Services
Getting around – especially once those sneaky pink drinks start flowing – is always an issue and no-one should ever be titled ‘Designated Dave’ at any hen-bash. So to make things a little easier (and to help you tick one more thing off your never-ending-bachelorette-to-do-list), here is the ideal solution to all your transport needs: MLT Car Hire and Tours. Providing customers with professional, reliable and convenient bespoke shuttle and chauffer services, you and your girls will be transported to wherever your heart desires all night long. With a wide range of modern vehicles to choose from – from economy two-doors and luxury sedans to seven to 14 seater people carriers – whatever you need (seriously, whatever you need), MLT will strive to provide it.
Duncan Road | Waterfront Port | Foreshore | +27 (0) 21 551 7365 | firstname.lastname@example.org | www.mltcorp.co.za
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