Wedding Planning Series: HEN PARTY PART TWO: Afternoon Tea & Spa

Part two of hen party, I am proud to say was organised by Moi and well its alittle unoriginal.

With the unveiling of the new spa at Hatherley Manor what better way to check out the new spa. And well no spa day is complete without an Afternoon Tea either is it?!

We opted to have the afternoon tea first, booked into the restaurant at the main house we had a sumptuous tea of sandwiches, scones and yummy mini cheesecakes and torte slices. Accompanied with hot, fresh tea & coffee and of course the obligatory glass of prosecco!

The only slight downside being they weren’t 100% ready for us at the agreed time and a last minute addition of one person seemed to cause some confusion for the staff. However once ‘underway’ it was lovely.

After an hour of filling our tummies with yummy food we had over to the Spa, it’s a short walk from the main house round the side of the house to the new spa complex at the rear. Although it would be nice for an internal pathway which I’m sure is in the pipeline as the spa is so new (only open a month when we went!)

The hens had booked a variety of treatments from luxury nail manicures & pedicures through to the full body massage and exfoliation treatment.

I had booked the back, neck & shoulder massage – all the late nights creating wedding cakes meant I had some serious tension that needed sorting. My therapist was absolutely lovely, and whilst I’m an old hand at spa days, she explained everything that was going to happen, asked my preferences on the hardness of massage and temperature and checked the music was acceptable for my treatment.

A blissful 40 minutes was being spent kneaded back into shape and I felt so relaxed – I think I nearly nodded off!

After my treatment i was shown into the relaxation den – a gently lit room, soft music, with a number of single and double beds to literally just relax on  – have a glass of water, read a magazine and just ‘be’ it was wonderful.

The spa hosts a number of fabulous features, from a pool with adorning hot tub to sauna, terrarium, steam room and my fav – the experience shower! Choose from 3 wonderful setting including polar mist and tropical storm  – a variety of different water temps/flows/hardness and of course some pretty cool colour changing effects too.

Here’s what some of the hens had to say about their Hatherley Manor Spa experience:

A-little unprepared for us for the afternoon tea, but the Spa was all ready and expecting us – even the gowns were laid out ready! The spa was great and one of the better ones i’ve been to in terms of facilities.

My massage treatment was fab – would recommend going there

The spa was really nice

Loved the spa it was amazing, great range of facilities, my massage was one of the best I’ve had. Would definitely go again

Of course you must check out the spa for yourself but for now, here’s some pics:

Happy planning

Sophie & Sarah

xx

Disclaimer

Hatherley Manor kindly gifted us the spa sessions, all treatments and the afternoon tea was paid for by the hens. All options are my own and those of the hens.

Wedding Planning Series – HEN PARTY PART ONE!

The Hen Party – this proved a tricky event to arrange and being completely honest there were a few sleepless nights worrying about arranging something that would be memorable and worthy for my bestie.

Now I’m sure the bride to be wont mind me sharing, and I’ve mentioned it before, but she is pretty laid back and well, this was a little problematic from a decisions point of view.

Well what to do…. i went through ALOT of lists of options – I mean the variety of things you can do for a hen weekend is vast. Now it was really easy to come up with ideas but differences in ability and with some travelling to attend we were constrained by budget and date. The date was the main factor and this was only agreed on 4 weeks prior to the hen so it meant alot of options were no longer viable.

After much thought, and i cannot take credit for Part One of the hen as it was the brides choice. Sarah has always wanted to do GoApe… who’d of thought it! Always up for adventure i couldn’t wait to be ‘swinging from the trees’

We decided upon the Adult course at Mallards Pike in the Forest of Dean, booking was easy through the website and it was the mother of he bride who engineered a great deal for us, thank you Jane.

Plenty of parking, an onside cafe and toilets it has all the facilities and being in the heart of the forest of dean and next to Mallards Pike lake it was beautiful setting.

Following our safety equipment put on and talk, we tried out the practice course under the watchful eye of the instructors and then headed on to cover 5 of the different courses that they have available – including zip wires, tarzan nights, and courses spilt into normal and difficult paths. Each course getting progressing harder and higher.

As none of us had attempted goApe before it was nice that would experience something all together, but it wasn’t for a hens so we had to have a Part Two!

A thoroughly fab afternoon was had and in terms of something different this hen idea hit all the spots, even a few achy muscles the next day – perhaps a great way for some pre-wedding body tonning! If your looking for activities that are alittle more adventurous or physical for your hens then this was perfect. On completion of the course you get a certificate (who doesn’t love a certificate!) and this gives you 15% of your next booking….. why not use it on the Segway tours that also operate from the lake through goApe? We ran out of time but it’s definitely on the list of hints to try 😉

Here’s some pictures of our day:

Happy planning

Sophie & Sarah

xx