FOR THE ADRENALINE JUNKIE
Feel the Rush
For the intrepid bride, there’s nothing quite like bonding over an adrenaline-inducing experience, so gather up your closest female confidantes and head to Cairns for non-stop thrills and spills. Known as the adventure capital of Australia, Cairns is most famous as the gateway to the Great Barrier Reef, where scuba diving and snorkelling is particularly sublime. You can also check out more off-beat options, such as helmet diving, where you can take an underwater walk along the reef.
Besides adventurous dives, there are many other exciting activities to fit into your itinerary, including panoramic helicopter flights over the Reef, jungle canopy surfing over the ancient Daintree Rainforest and white-water rafting down the Tully River, as well as the ultimate once-in-a-lifetime thrill — sky-diving. Talk about taking the plunge!
FOR THE LIFE OF THE PARTY
Party Like A Rockstar
If VIP tables and endless bottles of bubbly are par for the course, dial things up a notch by holding a private party for you and your closest female friends. The W Singapore at Sentosa Cove, with its artsy pop-rock vibe and lavishly decorated suites, is a great venue to host a rockstar-worthy bridal shower. The WOW suite, featuring a private plunge pool, open bar and a living room decorated with fur-lined chairs and hanging lamps, will set the mood for a night of fun and laughter. Come dressed to a theme (Austin Powers perhaps?) and hole up in the room with plenty of champagne and room service for a superstar-worthy send-off into wedded bliss.
FOR THE DOMESTIC GODDESS
Hostess with the Mostess
Martha Stewart-types, who take pleasure in entertaining guests with gourmet bites and fine wines, will certainly enjoy the opportunity to expand their culinary repertoire. Host a private bridal party at ToTT, which offers a wide variety of cooking classes in its state-of-the-art studio, filled with the latest professional kitchen appliances. The menu can be customised to fit the theme, ranging from delicious confectioneries and pastries, to hearty Asian and local fare, to fine-dining worthy dishes. To make the atmosphere more festive, feel free to add some decorative touches, such as fluffy paper pom-poms or bouquets of fresh flowers. Best of all, you’ll have a delicious feast to tuck into at the end of the cooking session — and the skills to replicate this in the comfort of your own home.
FOR THE BEAUTY QUEEN
Prep and Prime
Get ready for the big day with a relaxing and indulgent spa-ty at the award-winning La Source Spa — the day spa of choice for many of society’s crème de la crème. The cosy venue, which can be booked exclusively for groups of five or more, is thoughtfully designed with comfortable nooks for private tête-à-têtes in between beautifying sessions. Nosh on seasonal healthy snacks as you and your girlfriends catch up on the latest gossip and wedding updates.
The popular Red Carpet Facial brings an instantaneous glow even to the most fatigued complexion while the pampering full-body Aromatherapy Massage is a guaranteed way to soothe even the most stressed-out brides-to-be. Bridal parties are also welcome to enjoy the in-house jacuzzi and infrared sauna, before finishing with a stylish blowout to ensure you look and feel like a million bucks, both inside and out.
FOR THE SHOPAHOLIC
Lingering over Lingerie
The fashionista bride will always be immaculately dressed, but what lies beneath is equally important. One great way to have a shopaholic-friendly bridal shower is to throw a lingerie party, where guests can take turns to present the bride-to-be with a trousseau of delicate nothings to spice up her wedding night and honeymoon. Some perennial favourites to pick out sensual yet stylish underthings include La Perla and the Lingerie Shop.
But first, get in the right mood for the unveiling of these saucy underpinnings with a cocktail and food-pairing feast at Bin38, the private dining space of the award-winning Tippling Club, which is famed for its wickedly potent concoctions.
FOR THE LUXE JET-SETTER
The Road Less Travelled
For the sophisticated globetrotter, a retreat to an exclusive island resort is certainly an indulgent pre-wedding treat, especially in the company of your bridal entourage. Song Saa Private Island in Cambodia, located just 35 minutes by boat from Sihanoukville province, is a tropical paradise featuring luxurious, sustainably built private villas. True to the resort’s eco-friendly ethos, the island is also home to a lush rainforest and surrounded by emerald blue waters, the sight of which will calm the mind and soothe the soul.
Start the day with an invigorating sunrise yoga class, delight in unique al fresco dining experiences on the beach, or go kayaking and discover a secluded cove for unrivalled privacy. If you time your trip just right, you will even be able to enjoy a full moon cocktail reception, where you will get to experience the moonrise over cocktails, before proceeding for an out-of-this-world dinner featuring a menu inspired by the interplanetary bodies.