For the promise of a hen night to remember, look no more – simply head to Provence! All the ingredients are here for an ideal programme bathed in a southern mood… With your list of girlfriends and budget in hand, all you have to do is choose your fave idea and get ready to amaze the future bride!
Let your imagination fly: the art of DIY
First stop in Forcalquier where you’ll discover the wonderful world of plant therapy thanks to an aromatherapy workshop at the Artemisia Museum. Once you’ve mastered the benefits of plants, it’s time to move on to Couleur Garance in the Luberon, where plants grown for their dyes flourish in the remarkable garden of Lauris. You can enjoy an introductory course to plant dyes used for textiles and painting and even indulge in a botany lesson. Wellness is at the top of everyone’s list these days and Algovital near Mont Ventoux shows you how to make your own cosmetics. Wind up your stay in style with a visit to Nanyne near Avignon, reputed for her made-to-measure wedding dresses co-created with the bride! An official “Artisan d’Art”, Nanyne is a master of the art of lace… Opt for a bustier, plunging neckline or backless model to wow the groom-to-be!
Provence really is a dream destination for a cocooning-style hen night. Offer the bride-to-be a luxurious massage far from the hustle and bustle of daily life at Spa La Coquillade, nestling among the vines in the heart of the Luberon. Les Bains de Lola in Sanary-sur-Mer takes the pampering one step further… This temple of wellbeing leads you on a voyage bathed in scents of the Orient. Definitely different but just as relaxing, the new Sushi-Spa in Carpentras doubles the pleasure with a concept combining everyone’s favourite things! Last but not least, Avignon Tourisme hosts a fabulous girls’ day out featuring a yoga morning, brunch and guided tour of the town. Raise your Mojito glasses and cheers!
She’s a foodie!
Taste the best of Provence
Eating in Provence is an art! Take part in a mouth-watering chocolate workshop at the famous Maison Puyricard. You can even savour your work of art in the tea room if it doesn’t topple over… Next, it’s time to head to Maussane-les-Alpilles to test out your cordon bleu talents at the Jean Martin workshop. Chef Yvan unveils his tips and tricks for wooing your loved one from starter to dessert: a delicious, creative and fabulously friendly experience. Kitchens are great places for adventures too and Les Aventurières du Goût is the proof of the pudding! Set at the foot of Mont Ventoux, their fun “Balade & Cuisine” (walk and cooking) workshop teaches you how to prepare a tasty and eco-friendly menu using fresh plants.
She loves a challenge!
Take up the gauntlet on land or sea!
Climb aboard, open the roof, choose your itinerary and head off to criss-cross the landscapes of the Ventoux, Luberon and Alpilles at a leisurely pace courtesy of 2CV en Provence! Prolong the road trip with an open-top sightseeing bus courtesy of Visite Avignon by Lieutaud to discover the town’s gems of art and history, with your hair to the wind… If competitive sports are her thing, don’t miss Hollywood Paintball in Saint-Cannat. There’s only one winner, so get ready to shake off your friends in the 10-acre grounds! Alternatively, Escape Game in Time in Six-Fours-les-Plages challenges you to a treasure hunt in a haunted manor or abandoned submarine… And of course, you can’t visit Provence without a trip to the Mediterranean coast: Localanque takes you on a fabulous boat trip from the Vieux-Port (Old Port) of Marseille to the “Calanques” fjords in the company of professional skippers. Lap up the sunshine, perfect your tan before the big day and why not take the plunge with Les Trésors de Freya – a real-life mermaid who will lead you and your fellow sea goddesses on a dive into the depths…
She’s got a nose for it!
Breathe in the finest bouquets and admire dazzling robes…
Slip into your trainers and prime your tastebuds for a wine tour with American oenologist and Rhône Valley buff Kelly McAuliffe. An expert in the valley’s wines for the last 25 years, Kelly promises memorable encounters with local growers and tip-top tasting sessions. In Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Danièle Raulet, expert sommeliere and member of the association “Femmes Vignes Rhône”, hosts fascinating olfactory workshops. If you’re looking for an even more novel experience, the Rhonéa wine cooperative hosts horseback (or 4x4) vineyard tours in the Dentelles de Montmirail area. Last but not least, the TerraVentoux cellar at the heart of the future Mont-Ventoux regional nature reserve is the guardian of historic wine-growing expertise in virgin landscapes. You can explore their 1,480-acre estate on an e-bike – the “5 terroirs” itinerary is a must-do.