Peter James begins “ Dead Simple”, his classic ‘novela negra’, with a character that is buried alive by his friends as revenge for the disastrous stag celebrations he had organised for them. Nobody wants to end up like him! The sensible answer is that when you organise a stag, remember that the next one could be yours!
In general, a stag do is made up of between eight and twelve friends aged between 28 and 32 and who know each other inside out. The best way to get off on the right foot when organising the event is to ask: Who are we? And then, what do we want to do? And where would suit us best?
For those who prefer to arrive at their wedding intact, we opt for Mapuche territory, in the south of Chile.
1. At sunset, peaceful Budapest becomes the perfect destination for those who know how to have a good time. Start the evening at one of the many “ruinpubs”, recycled abandoned buildings where each has a different atmosphere, different DJs, lots of art installations and eclectic interior design. The most popular is Szimpla Kert and the most authentic establishment is that of Instant. But the real party is at Cinetrip and its Magic Baths: traditional spas that have been converted into nightclubs with DJs, lasers and little self-control when you’re in the water!
2. For those who prefer to arrive at their wedding intact, we opt for Mapuche territory, in the south of Chile. Its volcano and Villarrica Lake offer lots of opportunities for boat rides, fishing, sharing in the stories of the natives and other outdoor recreational activities. It’s advisable to book a whole day at the Termas Geométricas hot springs , a set of walkways and thermal pools set in the jungle, somewhere between that of Jurassic Park and the zen of a Japanese forest.
3. One option for super fans of the series “Game of Thrones” is to explore the forests and streams of Westero. It’s located in the north of Northern Ireland, where all the scenes that happen in Winterfell, House Stark, are recorded, which in real life is Castle Ward. Here you can dress up as a lord or a soldier, practise archery, eat with your hands and go on bike rides through the forests whilst your guide points out the places where famous scenes were shot.
4. Another classic idea for a stag, made popular by the film ‘Sideways’, is a celebration among the vineyards. A more refined alternative to traditional wine routes is to visit Cognac, in the west of France. The houses that produce cognac organise visits, like Otard located in Chateau de Cognac, where you and your friends can follow in the footsteps of royalty. In order to expereince the full luxury stag trip, we suggest you drive 100 kilometres towards the Atlantic to stay on the photogenic Isle of Rhé, full of chic cottages, seafood, artisan products and donkeys that look like stuffed toys when you upload them to Instagram.
5. It’s almost impossible to avoid the wicked influence of Sin City on this trip. Before ‘The Hangover’, the city was already a mecca for party-lovers like Sinatra and his Rat Pack. Nowadays you can book tours of the film, go up Stratosphere Tower, have a nightclub brunch party at LAVO or visit the Mob Museum. We all know that “what happens in Las Vegas stays in Las Vegas”… especially if you can’t remember it the next day!