Not all hen parties are created equal. While brides some prefer the gentile sophistication of an afternoon tea, others opt for a raucous weekend exploring a European city. But for brides-to-be who want an unforgettable weekend full of sun, sea and spa indulgence, Delphina’s Valle dell’Erica Thalasso & Spa on Sardinia’s northern coast ticks all the boxes.
Delphina has eight four and five-star resorts in the Gallura region of the Italian island, offering winter-weary brides and hens an escape to the sunny shores of the Mediterranean. Designed in the style of a rustic Sardinian ranch and edged with clear turquoise waters and secluded coves (made for hen-only beach parties), Valle dell’Erica’s commitment to the environment means there are no unsightly high rises on the resort; everything is designed to harmonise with the unspoiled natural beauty surrounding it.
With five restaurants offering fresh regional fare (typically fish and cured meats) as well as international classics, there’s plenty of choice for brides and their hens at Valle dell’Erica. The hotel shares eateries with sister resort, Hotel La Licciola located on the other side of the grounds, allowing guests to savour the culinary delights of both venues.
After a day spent topping up vitamin D levels by the pool, party into the evening at one of the five bars on-site, sipping your way through the extensive cocktail menu. Valle dell’Erica hosts nightly entertainment with everything from karaoke to live acoustic music on the schedule.
Experts in the ageless art of Thalassotherapy, brides and hens can pamper themselves with soothing treatments that harness the rejuvenating secrets of the sea. The spa includes outdoor pools, a Turkish bath and a sauna, while treatments such as body wraps and slimming sea mud treatments are perfect for firming up ahead of the Big Day.
Styled with traditional furnishings and elegant palettes of cream, beige and terracotta, Valle dell’Erica’s 136 rooms are light, airy and ultra spacious, mixing customary Sardinian décor with state-of-the-art tech, such as satellite TV and air conditioning. All rooms are at ground level with views of the glittering coastline and the La Maddalena Archipelago and Southern Corsica in the distance.