The weekend of May 4th, 5th & 6th saw the first of the “Despedidas de Soltera” of the season. A group of girls from Banyeres de Mariola – a small inland town in Alicante province – had booked the house for the weekend and were due to arrive on the Friday evening.
At about 7.00pm the first of the girls arrived, shortly followed by the rest, making a very full house indeed! The schedule for the first evening was to have a meal together and settle in to their surroundings. They were delighted with the house and its facilities, and had a great time into the small hours of Saturday morning with a party upstairs on the dining terrace.
Saturday morning was a fairly quiet time, with the girls gradually appearing around the pool and in the gardens up until lunchtime. They made lunch on the barbecue and enjoyed sitting out in the sunshine, although only a few were brave enough to venture in to the pool for a swim. The weather was good, but the water was still a little on the cool side! After lunch and a time of relaxation, they had organised a bicycle trip in conjunction with some of the bars down at Playa de Gandía – the idea is to go from bar to bar along a pre-defined route, sampling the different beers along the way that the various bars have on offer!
Whilst the girls were out on this “excursion”, the main surprise of the weekend was being organised at the villa – a singer (complete with backing group) was setting himself up for an evening’s entertainment around the pool. The bride had apparently said that she did not want a big lively party down at the clubs, so her friends had thought it would be a great idea to hire a singer for the evening to perform many of the bride’s favourite songs. When the girls arrived back from their cycle ride around the bars, the group was all ready to go, and fortunately the bride had not realised what was afoot – it was a huge and very pleasant surprise for her!
Their luck with the weather held, the singer was able to perform in the open air right up until midnight, and the girls had a fabulous time dancing to their favourite songs on the terraces in the garden. It had been a possibility that they would then go down to the clubs at the playa, but they decided they were having such a good time here that they would carry on with the party in the house, rather than disrupt things with a taxi ride down to the beach. They partied on until the small hours of Sunday morning and certainly did not feel they had missed out on anything by not venturing further afield.
Sunday morning and early afternoon were spent waking up very slowly and rather quietly around the pool and in the gardens in the warm sunshine – a sharp contrast to the razzle of the previous night! However, they made the most of the lovely weather during Sunday afternoon, and after a lunch on the terrace they took in the last of the sunshine, before setting off back home around 7.00pm. They all agreed they had had a great time, even though in the end they did not take advantage of the famous club scene that Playa de Gandía is so renowned for. The most important thing of course is that they – and especially the bride – had a time to remember, and we are pleased to say that they all seemed to have enjoyed themselves thoroughly. A good time was had by all!