Gone are the days when all hen parties involved L plates, feather boas and a night on the town. Sophisticated spa days are becoming more and more popular as a hen party option, and it’s no mystery why.
What better place to relax, have a giggle with friends, enjoy a cheeky drink and pamper yourselves and the bride before the big day?
Hen spa days typically include one treatment per person – although, it ‘s common the the bride may indulge in several treatments, access to the spa facilities plus a meal. Hens can choose a spa day for a relaxing and pampering experience, or go all out and book a spa break with evening cocktails and stargazing in the jacuzzi.
Whether the bride or the maid of honour, Spafinder Wellness 365 has put together its top DOs and DON’Ts for organising a hen party spa day and ensuring it runs smoothly…
Bring the right number
An ideal hen party at the spa will consist of eight to twelve friends. Any more and things may get a little bit crowded.
Book group treatments
Most spas have facilities for couples massages, so the bride and the maid of honour can enjoy a treatment together. Many spas also offer manicure and pedicure stations, so several girls can get beautiful and bond at the same time.
Sadly, some spas are just too small to accommodate large groups, so a tiny boutique spa hotel might not be the best place for a hen party. If unsure, hens can ask the spa. The last thing the group wants is to be cramped and disappointed!
Turn your phone off
Brides should use this time to really bond with their besties and make new memories – those emails and texts can wait.
Have a plan
The hen party organisers should make sure all the details are planned, such as who is having treatments, who has paid and what time is dinner? It pays to plan in advance, especially when the group will want to relax as soon as they set foot in the spa.
Assume your spa trip has to be day time
While spa days are very popular hen party packages, many spas also offer evening hen parties. What could be better than relaxing in the spa, enjoying a lavish dinner and wine with friends and capping the night off with cocktails and gossip in the hot tub?
Involve the bride
This day is all about friendship, and it’s a nice gesture to have the guests chip in for the bride’s treatments. Don’t involve her in the planning of the spa day, and this is her time to forget about the stress of organising big events!
Book at the last minute
Because a hen party is likely to be a large group, some spas may be fully booked. Start planning the hen party as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.
Forget to ask for a discount
Large group bookings are often entitled to a small 10-15% discount so the organiser should be sure to double-check this when booking the party.
Get too rowdy
Chances are there will be other guests at the spa during the hen party. While the hens may find the embarrassing party games just hilarious, some guests may not share their sense of humour. If the spa offers a private area for larger groups, the group should book it and let their inner teenagers run wild.
Find your perfect spa day, for your hen party or just a relaxing fun break, with Spafinder Wellness 365.