Gone are the days when hen nights meant a few drinks in your local pub with a funny costume- these days soon to be brides want to be sent off in style! Weekend city breaks and sun-soaked beach escapes provide the perfect backdrop for a hen celebration. Whether you want to enjoy the glitz and glamour of great bars and night life, enjoy an indulgent spa session or party by the pool, many destinations offer tailor-made packages so that you can pick and plan the perfect hen night with ease.
But where to go…? Depending on the hen, there are a variety of destinations to suit all needs and demands. From city sightseeing in style to beach breaks in the sun, here’s a pick of the best:
Known for its friendly atmosphere and lively bar scene, Dublin is the perfect place to celebrate a girly knees-up. By day, enjoy an open-top bus tour where you can see all the sights such as Dublin Castle or the Ha’Penny Bridge. For a shopping, head to O’Connell Street, and be sure to browse in Clery’s, Dublin’s most famous department store. The store offers a comprehensive spa treatments service, so you and the girls can enjoy an indulgent post-lunch pedicure or facial ready for the night ahead. Later, try one of the city’s famous bar crawls and take in the fun atmosphere of traditional Irish pubs, where you can sip Guinness and enjoy a sing-a-long. A typical choice for locals and tourists alike is the Temple Bar, as it gives a true taste of Dublin. Or, if you prefer modern bars with swish sofas serving creative cocktails, there are many dotted around the city centre that are perfect for a girly celebration.
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Enjoying its recent revival as a holiday hotspot, the Spanish resort has long been a favourite of brides-to-be and hen groups. Great weather, a friendly atmosphere and fun night life make Benidorm the ideal place to party! Lounge by the pool or on the fantastic beaches to top up your tan, before heading out to explore the thriving night life. You could spend a day at one of the theme parks, or even visit some of the locations where the Benidorm TV show was filmed! Loved for its tacky vibe, home-from-home feel and fun bar scene, Benidorm is the ideal choice for hen nights. However, there’s plenty more to see and do away from the typical pubs and clubs, such as visiting Benidorm's Old Town.
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Featured recently on TV show TOWIE, “Marbs” has fast become a popular destination for girls’ holiday breaks. With perfect weather, lively bars and fantastic shopping, Marbella is a hen party paradise. Known for its exclusive clubs and stylish bars, Marbella has an upmarket, glamourous vibe. Explore the Golden Mile, the land that stretches between Puerto Banus and Marbella is famed for its luxury properties and designer boutiques. Or if you prefer, you can relax on the beach with a nice cocktail in hand and enjoy the beautiful sunshine of the Spanish coast. Relaxed by day and lively by night, Marbella has something for all hen party tastes.
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Widely regarded as the party capital of Spain, Ibiza is the ideal destination for hen parties looking for the best clubs and bars hosting themed events, and is famed for its thriving party scene. With hotels specifically catering for hen parties and tailor-made club events, Ibiza is perfect for those looking for non-stop partying by night and great weather and beaches by day. Home to some of the largest and most famous clubs, Ibiza Rocks and Pacha are well-established on the Ibiza club scene. Plenty of new venues are opening in the upcoming months, so it’s the perfect time to take advantage of Ibiza’s. Around-the-clock clubbing and perfect weather make Ibiza a dream destination for hen holidays.
By Aine Callaghan - Marketing Intern at icelolly.com