Best laid plans…
Those worldly experts at i-escape.com, the online guide and bookings service to the world’s best secret hideaways, have put their collective heads together and come up with some hedonistic stag suggestions suitable for Wills, Harry and their princely pals. From a Cotswold crash pad complete with the obligatory country pursuits to laying down some tunes in Jamaica or Bond-style chilling in Rio – a far cry from boozing at Boujis…
Cotswolds: To the manor
Elkstones, near charming Chipping Campden, is a super-indulgent party pad worthy of the mother of all stag parties. The house comes with a concierge service that can organise just about anything from polo lessons or clay pigeon shooting to a first-class chef and sommelier; you could even throw in an after-dinner piano recital or old fashioned knees-up around the Halle & Voight baby grand piano. To keep out the prying eyes of the paparazzi the property is surrounded by five acres of gardens so even streaking will go unnoticed!
From £700 per night (sleeps ten), i-escape.com/elkstones
Los Angeles: Lights, camera, action!
If HRH’s were to hit Hollywood then Chateau Marmont would surely provide the perfect base. This fabulous Hollywood landmark has long been a haven for the glitterati; the Chateau is where movie stars and music legends come to party and sometimes disappear for months. The Princes can take a leaf from Led Zeppelin and tear up the halls on Harleys or sip Millionaire’s Cocktails with the Who’s Who of Hollywood, safe in the knowledge that their stag will be the stuff of legends.
From £258 per night, i-escape.com/chateaumarmont
Rio de Janeiro: Shaken, not stirred
For Bond-style chilling in Rio, the Ipanema Penthouse is the place to head – a funky three-bedroom penthouse pad with 1970s styling, a rooftop pool and its own music mixing den for late night parties. There are Italian marble floors, cowhide rugs and mood-lighting gadgetry, plus there’s a maid to do your laundry.
From £260 per night (sleeps seven), i-escape.com/ipanemapenthouse
Southwest France: Action-adventure escape
Swap a traditional castle for a super-sleek chateau. Chateau de la Couronne near Angoulême, Charente, France offers funky décor, 1960s and 1970s design classics, a surround-sound cinema, a billiard room, and a music studio with guitars, a keyboard, an electric drum kit and amps to play with. Plus there are many stag-worthy activities on offer nearby, including go-karting and kayaking (the owners can arrange both for you).
From £122 per room per night, room only, i-escape.com/chateaudelacouronne
Port Antonio, Jamaica: I wanna be a rock star!
The princely party can channel their inner rockstar at Geejam in Jamaica. This secluded hotel offers a recording studio and plenty of in-room gadgetry (home theatre, digital surround sound, multiple dimmers, hidden speakers, iTV, 10,000 songs and 170 movies – as one guest said, it’s “Robinson Crusoe goes to the Apple store”). Lay down a track with one of the ‘recording studio experiences’ available for guests, or hit the private beach where you can snorkel or paddle around in a glass-bottomed kayak.
From £340 per room per night, including breakfast, i-escape.com/geejam
Prague has long been a stag favourite but Aria Hotel offers something above and beyond the norm. All the rooms at this music-themed hotel are named after music legends like Johnny Cash, Elvis and Sinatra, and are packed full of whizzy touches – plasma TVs, iPod docks, computers and pre-loaded music databases with the sounds of that room’s particular artist. The hotel also has a huge music library, an entertainment room, a private screening space and even a resident ‘music director’ who can suggest new sounds to try, create tailored playlists and secure last-minute gig tickets.
From £169 per night, room only, i-escape.com/ariahotel
What to do next?
Read i-escape.com’s recent Men’s issue for more stag-suitable suggestions and ‘mancation’ ideas.
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