WHY YOU SHOULD CONSIDER MEXICO FOR A HEN DO
With miles of candy-white beaches, gorgeous all inclusive resorts and ancient Mayan ruins dotting the Caribbean Coast, it stands to reason that Gwyneth Paltrow chose Mexico as the location of her glamorous "bachelorette party" and supposed secret wedding venue - which wasted no time in giving us ultimate holiday goals over on her Instagram feed, of course. Fantastic weather, bustling cities reverberating with fun and glamour, plus opulent adult only beachfront resorts rank Mexico right at the top of hedonistic hen party destinations. The bold and the beautiful brides-to-be can relax at the country's stunning lagoons and beaches including Los Cabos and Puerto Vallarta, plan photoshoots around the historic pyramids of Chichen Itza and Tulum, and discover an eclectic underwater world with snorkeling and scuba diving activities.
If you want to celebrate your last days as a single lady in true Paltrow style (perhaps without the hefty price tag, though), we've rounded-up of hottest spots in Mexico to host the ultimate fling before the ring.
The Cancun Hotel Zone is situated on a 15 mile-long stretch of beach on the Yucatan Peninsula, in Quintana Roo, flanked by clear waters (washing over multi-coloured coral reefs), buslting boulevards, upscale shopping and nightlife. If you want to cure your hangover, the best way to do so is by spending the day at one of the gorgeous beaches, or get active with watersports activities such as windsurfing, parasailing or scuba diving - or better still, soak up the sights in style on a boat trip around the resort. If you want to party, Coco Bongo, The City or The Mandala Beach Club are some of the hottest spots in Cancun.
Want to feel 5-star fabuluous? Stay in Moon Palace Golf & Spa Resort and make the most of this all inclusive resort on the stunning Caribbean Coast.
CABO SAN LUCAS
This paradise town situated in Los Cabos, on the southern end of Mexico's Baja California Peninsula, is a growing resort for a luxury holiday. Nestled between twinkling ocean waters and rocky sandstone cliffs, Cabo San Lucas is renowned for its celeb sightings, spectacular scenery, exclusive beach resorts and of course, its popular party scene. Playa El Médano is the main beach, boasting a string of waterfront restaurants and bars to bask in, or if you want to soak up more of the resort, hop on a boat trip and tour the surrounding area - the whale watching excursions in particular are a top pick (unless you've booked onto the party boat, of course...). Indulge in the finest Mexican fare at world-class restaurants including cliffside Sunset Monalisa, before heading to nearby Cabo Wabo or El Squid Roe for some of the best nightlife around.
A 15-minute ferry ride away from the Gran Puerto in the Hotel Zone, is the stunning island of Isla Mujres. Fabulously scenic nature, pristine beaches and lovely reefs are what make this region a top pick with travellers. Dive in with your mermaids and snorkel in the crystalline waters, where you can discover the lighthouse reef and famous UNESCO-listed underwater musuem MUSA, or why not head to nearby Playa Norte where you can pick up some unique finds while shopping. If you fancy a laid-back evening, Isla Murjeres boasts some of Mexico's most beautiful sunsets - so pull up a chair in a cool cocktail bar and watch as the orange-red hues blanket the beach.
For blushing brides-to-be, it's only right that their last holiday is based in one of the biggest capital cities in the world. This enchanting location is one of the most popular tourist spots in the Americas, brimming with unique art, culture, gastronomy and an eclectic blend of traditional and contemporary vibes. The iconic Plaza Garibaldi is lined with restored colonial buildings and is a great site to potter around and sample delicious Mexican cuisine, particularly in the chic restaurants of Polanco and Condensa. El Moro Churerria is a must-visit for sweet-tooths, where you can stock up on sugar-coated deep fried churros to your heart's content, before heading to one of the quirky bars in Centro.
Want to explore more of the country's spectacular food scene? Our guide to the best Mexican food is your go-to bible for when it's burrito o'clock!
Huatuclo (pronounced "wah-tool-ko") may be one of Mexico's lesser-known beach destinations, but it has plenty to shout about. This paradise resort, located on the Pacific Coast of the state of Oaxaca, is made up of 9 bays and 36 beaches, making it a must-visit if your bride is a bit of a beach babe. Set amid beautiful surroundings with the Sierra Madre mountains as a backdrop, this resort is ideal for laid-back groups looking to swap the clubs for coastlines. Santa Cruz is one of the most popular beaches here, complete with a cruise ship port, swanky marina, shops and waterfront restaurants to indulge in when evening arrives. Beyond the beach, you can head to the small, authentic town of La Crucecita for a real taste of Mexico.
The eco-trendy resort of Tulum is best known for its unspoilt surroundings (particularly its UNESCO Mayan ruins lining the coast), gorgeous beaches and cenotes, jungle adventures and buzzing nightlife scene - perfect if you want to combine laid-back days with lively nights. Located on the Caribbean Coastline of the Yucatan Peninsula, Tulum is a haven if you want to get in touch with your spiritual side, be it paddleboarding in the transparent waters or becoming a yogi at one of the resort's many meditation studios - including Sanará Tulum and Yaan Wellness Energy Healing Spa.
If Mexico hasn't made your wish-list, don't worry - we've plenty more destinations waiting to be discovered if you want to have your hen do abroad!