If your big 5-0 is fast approaching, you’ll probably be taking stock and evaluating everything you’ve achieved so far and mentally creating a big birthday bucket list of the things you want to give a go before you turn fifty.

But seriously, who wants to be climbing mountains or throwing themselves out of a plane? Not me!

Motherhood, a career and taking care of the other half can be stressful enough at times, so why would you want to mark a landmark birthday with anything other than total bliss? With this in mind, we’ve created our own big birthday bucket list of things to try before your 50 – without a bungee rope in sight!

Sail away with the girls on a hired yacht!

It really is time to push the boat out, pardon the pun!!

A girls’ break isn’t just for these 20-something thrill seekers, there are so many options for those of us ‘ahem’ more mature ladies whose idea of hell is swimming with sharks or something equally as heart-attack inducing. 5-star luxury and being waited on is my idea of a big birthday bucket list must-have so gather your girls and make yourself a priority for once.

What would be more VIP than hiring a yacht for the day complete with catering so you and your girls can pop a few corks celebrity style?

So grab your special bikini, stunning sarong and of course a champagne flute ready for your special day.

This is no pipe-dream, as our Majorca & Portugal destinations offer this very experience! Find out more here view the following links Lavish Memories at Tivoli Marina  in Portugal and  Celebrate with views at  Nakar Hotel in Majorca 

Try something new – How’s paddle boarding in a natural lagoon or a salt spa sound? 

Big birthday bucket lists are all about doing something that you’ve never tried before, but it doesn’t mean that you need to risk life and limb and bump up those travel insurance premiums!

Paddleboarding isn’t just great fun, it’s also a full body work out wrapped up as an activity all the girls’ will enjoy. Reconnect with nature whilst you improve your balance in this amazingly beneficial low impact activity and feel the stress melt away.

Plus, it’s pretty hilarious when someone falls in! Find out where you and your girls can give this a try here.

Or if that seems like a bit more exercise than you were hoping for then kick back and detox with a wonderful salt spa experience and get rid of those prosecco toxins while you catch up with the girls.

Click here to check out the amazing destinations in Portugal, Majorca or Cyprus where you can find these amazing experiences, or view our recommended escapes  Undisturbed Party at Praia Verde in Portugal   & Celebrate with views at Tivoli Tivoli Carvoeiro

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Yoga & mindfulness on a beach 

You really don’t have to be a size 8, wheatgrass drinking vegan to try your hand at yoga – I can testify to that! But trying your hand at a beginners yoga class with your girlie group is a brilliant addition to any big birthday bucket list.

I don’t need to bang on about the health benefits of yoga, but it does leave you feeling seriously good after just one session. Pair this up with a stunning beach sunrise in Portugal and it’s more of an experience than an exercise class. The beautiful Praia Verde offers this & so much more, take a peek here.

If you really wanted to do some work on your wellbeing before fifty rolls around, then take a look at some of our women’s only wellness retreats where you can indulge in the odd glass of Chardonnay without feeling guilty and there’s no such thing as a 6 am start with some screaming “Sergeant Major” yelling at you for not being able to do a sit-up!  Heath & Wellness Escape at Hotel Palácio Estoril, Portugal 

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Your own beach party or dining with a view

If you’re the kind of girl that’s the first on the dance floor and loves lively atmospheres, then what could be better than your very own beach party! Dance ’til the sun goes down with your soul sisters and enjoy an evening of celebrity treatment and amazing cocktails at an exclusive beach club. A must for any bucket list!

If you’d prefer something a little more intimate for your list, then private dining with a spectacular view is the way to go. Private dining experiences are truly amazing, you get the whole room to yourselves so no jostling for the waiters’ attention and you can tailor the menu to suit your individual tastes in advance. Plus book for a sunset sitting and soak up those beautiful views.

View our recommended escapes – Lavish Memories at Tivoli Marina in Portugal    &  Celebrate with View at Hotel Nakar in Majorca 

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Rooftop cocktails’ under the stars  Portugal, Majorca & Cyprus 

If you’re a bit outdoorsy or just love the warm weather abroad, then rooftop terrace cocktails should be way up there on your bucket list. Take in the sensational ocean views as the sun begins to set and enjoy a few of your favourite cocktails with your closet friends.

And if rustic cuisine is your thing, then fire pit dining for your girl’s group is great fun. Eating locally sourced, authentic food under the stars in Portugal, Majorca or Cyprus is a marvellous experience, just don’t forget to ask for some marshmallows to complete the evening! view our recommended escapes – City Stay at Nakar in Majorca Ultimate Relaxation at Tivoil Carvoeiro in Portugal, &  Lavish Memories at Almyra in Cyprus 

Rooftop cocktails' under the stars

For more big birthday bucket list inspiration or for more information on the activities listed above, get in touch with our team of activity and destination experts today!

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