With the honor fast approaching of moi to arrange besties Hen Party i’ve suddenly entered a whole new world of ‘How to Hen’. Rewind 8 years to my own hen, a spa pampering day full of mini luxury treats (including a fish pedi), a champagne bar and full on makeover style photo shoot before a few cheeky cocktails and a nightclub boogie.
Like countless maids of honor before me I have been researching whats hot, whats not and current hen trends, to ensure my bestie has the best time. I can honestly say its been overwhelming. The hen party it seems has morphed into the hen weekend, not only that but gone are the days of celebrating the last night of singleness with a few drinks and dancing around your handbags until the wee small hours at your local night hot spot.
With almost limitless options available, catering for all budgets and tastes has never been easier and so a rise in the hen mini break has appeared. Trips to the Mediterranean for the sun seekers, rock climbing and skiing for the adrenaline junkies and of course the luxury spa breaks and wellness breaks – think yoga retreats, for the more laid back.
I was fortunate enough to experience such a break in Iceland. A geo thermal paradise that boosts not only stunning scenery and natural wonders but one of the most amazing spa experiences I have ever had. Coupled with the options of activities like whale watching, glacier walking, lava tunnelling and of course the chance to experience the Northern Lights, whats not to love! It’s no wonder it’s called the land of fire and ice.
We spent 3 wonderful days exploring Iceland’s natural scenery – sturdy walking boots are a must in the winter months. Our first day was spent taking in the location before a late afternoon spa. If you’ve seen any pics of the Blue Lagoon I can honestly say it’s way way better. Totally surreal experience being in minus temps before sliding into warm milky water. The spa offer a free mud bar experience – their own recipe silica mud mask – made my skin so wonderfully soft. If you’ve upgraded to the premium package you also get an additional mud mask – all at the scan of your wristband
Also included in all packages is a complimentary drink – again to head to the swim up bar and scan you wristband (additional drinks are scanned on your wristband and payable at the end of your visit)
Then just relax…… Float away any stresses.
our second day was spent on the famous Golden Circle tour encompassing Ireland three main tourist attractions and natural wonders – Thingvellar National Park is a wonder seeing the gorge created by the American and Asia tectonic plate shift, Geysir a hot pool that erupts approx every 5 minutes into the air and Gulfoss a truly spectacular 30meter drop waterfall. Plus these are locations where some scenes of the hit HBO series Game of Thrones was filmed.
Our last day was spent soaking up the culture and sights in Reykjavik before heading to the airport.
Iceland is readily accessible with flights for nearly all UK airports and a wide range of accommodation from AirBnBs and apartments rentals to 5* hotels and so getting their I found to be reasonably priced. Be warned, Iceland is one of the worlds most expensive countries – however costs can be reduced by shopping at the local supermarkets and researching eateries via Tripadvisor.
If we were to go again – hire a car as transfers are expensive and the main attractions are all free of charge to enter (Geysir, Thingvellar National Park and Gullfoss)- this will reduce the cost of the trips which we spent alot on! Most things in Reykjavik are easily reached via walking and its easy to navigate around (google map App). Plus we had the best ever fish and chips down at the harbour.
For things like the Blue lagoon be sure to book your tickets well in advance – they operate on a timed entry system. We had a late afternoon slot and it was perfect – sipping wine in the lagoon watching the most amazing sunset over the volcanoes.
Here’s more pics to swoon over:
So whatever your planning remember it can really be anything and anywhere!