With the small hen party still de rigour, these alternative hen ideas might be the best solution for your special day out with friends

1/ Spa Day At The Exclusive Eden One

Eden One is Dublin’s finest and newest health club, day spa and private member’s club located at Number One Ballsbridge. The gorgeous luxury destination Day Spa situated here is called Eden Elements and is the ideal location for a relaxing hen day.

The Full Body Day Spa Experience (€290) encompasses a selection of treatments under one package, including a Natura Bissé Diamond Cocoon Facial Experience (60 minutes), a Natura Bissé Diamond Rose Body Ritual (90 minutes), Complimentary lunch in the Members Lounge and the use of the exquisite Eden Elements Spa facilities here. This package lasts two and a half hours in total, perfect for a day of relaxation. This spa package is ideal for mature brides hoping to chill out before their big day, and this is the place to see and be seen in Dublin 4.

To Book:  www.edenone.ie

2/ The Date In The Diary Package At The Shelbourne

Dublin’s most loved hotel, The Shelbourne, has announced a gorgeous spa package-the “Date in the Diary Duo” package at The Salon at The Shelbourne. A little focused on glamour, a little extra polish, and a little time for yourself in Dublin’s favourite 5-star hotel, this beauty package includes a makeup application, a blow-dry and a glass of Champagne for €85 per person – you’ll be fizzing with excitement and ready for a night out with “Team Hen” after! The Salon at The Shelbourne is a luxurious and timeless sanctuary created for those who wish to escape, unwind, relax, and indulge in an exclusive environment dedicated to beauty, reflecting the sparkling surrounds of Dublin’s favourite five-star hotel. The Salon is open seven days a week.

To Book: Call +353 1 663 4690 or go to  www.shelbournespa.ie.

3/ The Spa At Portmarnock, Dublin

For a truly luxurious day why not book a full-body pamper session in one of Ireland's most luxurious hotel's, Portmarnock Hotel and Golf Links in Dublin! Take the weekend with your girls and book a night in one of the hotels luxurious family suites for that ultimate sleepover feel. Take a trip to their stunning spa and have every inch of your body waxed, polished, massaged and scrubbed; leaving you and your besties feeling completely renewed and intensely glamourous! The spa offers exquisite packages from their Papmernoon Half Day Spa to their Ultimate Face and Body Experience; not only that but their highly trained staff offers incredibly facials using top of the range Elemis products, incredibly biotech facial treatments and full nail and waxing treatment options! Finish your day with a delicious meal in one of their high-class restaurants and a drink in their award-winning bar. The Spa is open seven days a week.

To Book: Call +353 (0)1 8666564 or go to www.portmarnock.com/spa.html

4/ A Candle Making Workshop At The Handmade Soap Company

This might be the most wholesome but fun day out for brides-to-be; Ireland’s most loved natural beauty brand, “The Handmade Soap Company”, has announced a workshop showing attendees how to make some of the brand’s signature products. In an intimate setting (a limit of 6 people), you will create 100% natural products such as candles, bath bombs and soaps that you can make from scratch and then take home with you. This is the perfect team bonding experience! The company’s founder Donagh Quigley will show you the step-by-step way to create these divine smelling products in an informal, fun setting. The workshops cost €50 per person and will run for 1 hour and 30 minutes in The Handmade Soap Company’s gorgeous new Wicklow Street store in Dublin 2.

To Book:  www.thehandmadesoapcompany.ie


- Avila