Spa breaks and hen parties have become synonymous in recent years, either as ‘mother-in-law-appropriate’ version of the *real* hen do, or as a much-needed break from the stresses of planning a wedding.
Spa hotels have been quick to catch on to the trend, offering year-round ‘hen party’ packages stuffed with treats such as pink champagne, room upgrades and themed treatments. However, for a truly memorable hen party, take a look at our top five spas and give your hen the send-off she deserves.
- Location: Loch Lomond
Cameron House is small but perfectly formed. The luxury hotel looks like a little castle overlooking the tranquil banks of Loch Lomond in one of the most peaceful parts of Scotland.
The Carrick Spa features a series of thermal pools and hydrotherapy treatments, where the chicks can soak and relax while waiting for their next treatment. Braver souls can try out the icy waters of the loch itself although it is probably best enjoyed from the window seat at the hotel’s lounge, while your party works its way through the hotel’s impressive list of whiskies and wines.
As part of the prestigious QHotels group, Cameron House can afford to offer some great value spa deals and exclusive offers, so keep an eye out for these and enjoy a five star break without the matching price tag!
+ Best for: traditional hens.
- Location: Jersey
For an extra special hen party, surprise your hen with a weekend mini break on an island paradise that just so happens to be in the UK. No need for passports or Euros – just hop on a flight (or a yacht, it you’re feeling fancy) and you could be chilling out in the luxurious surroundings of the Spa Sirène within the hour.
The spa features a Swedish sauna, a salt steam room, experience showers and an aromatherapy steam room, and a long list of high end treatments will help you get down to some serious pampering.
The Royal Yacht resort is centrally located in St Helier, making it the perfect place from which to explore the island of Jersey with its excellent restaurants, sophisticated bars and stunning beaches.
Even the most demanding bridezilla couldn’t fail to be impressed.
+ Best for: jet-setting hens
- Location: Pembrokeshire
Set in the stunning natural scenery of the Bluestone National Park, this is the ultimate getaway for nature lovers and adventure-seekers. The resort is surrounded on all sides by the rolling Pembrokeshire countryside and the sandy Welsh coastline, which is best viewed from a high wire rigged between trees.
Bluestone is famous for its adventure centre, its waterpark and its obstacle courses, and the Well Spa is the perfect place to relax and recover after an active day in the great outdoors.
Book a fun activity for your group, then relax with a massage and a glass of bubbly in the evening, for a hen do that will be truly memorable.
+ Best for: adventurous hens
- Location: Soho, London
Agua Spa is regularly voted London’s most luxurious spa, and with good reason. It is decked out entirely in white, with parquet flooring, marble surfaces and luxurious fabrics covering every square inch of the place.
Situated in the uber-exclusive Sanderson Hotel, this spa is luxury personified. Treat your hen to an Eve Lom Signature Facial or a hot stone massage, while the rest of the party explores the lush surroundings. Expectant mothers should call ahead to book the exclusive Agua Mother Nature Massage – well, who says you can’t enjoy yourself when you aren’t drinking?
When night falls, guide your hen party upstairs to the hotel’s iconic Purple Bar, where you can clink to your hen’s new life and settle in for a bit of celebrity spotting.
+ Best for: glamorous hens
- Location: West Midlands
Now is the time to head to The Belfry. Its spa has just undergone a million-pound makeover, making it the perfect place to treat discerning brides-to-be. With 11 treatment rooms, there’s room for the entire hen party to book their own facial or massage, while the beauty studio features four manicure stations and two ‘pedicure thrones’.
Best of all, the resort boasts its own on-site nightclub and lounge – BelAir – where you can whip out the L-plates and show off the results of a hard day at the spa.
The Belfry is located just outside of Birmingham where there are plenty more nightclubs and bars to sample, if BelAir is a bit quiet. Oh, and there’s a helicopter pad on the grounds in case you tire of English nightlife and want to whisk your hen away to somewhere more exotic.
+ Best for: party-loving hens