Destination Hen-Do – No Passport Required!
When it comes to your hen party, you want it to be three things: memorable, fun and accessible to all. With purse strings tighter than ever before, we’re looking to our own fair shores to deliver us the perfect destinations, activities and nightlife. And do you know what? Ireland has it in spades! There’s no need for a plane ticket out of here anymore, as staying at home is the new going away.
We caught up with new website on the block, HenorStag.com, which offers a plethora of activities and destinations, to see where they’d recommend. For the hen who….
… Likes a touch of adventure.
Corralea Activity Centre, Belcoo, County Fermanagh.
Set in 16 acres of natural forest on the shores of Lough Macnean, Corralea Activity Centre is the ideal place to escape from the rest of the world and enjoy a mad hen weekend with the girls. Parties can choose from a wide range of activities to suit their taste, ability and level of fitness. Depending on your choices, you can partake in up to four activities in one day, although some activities, like windsurfing or caving, will take a whole day when transport and instruction is taken into account. Water based activities include canoeing, water trampolines, surfing and wet caving. If you’d rather keep your feet on dry ground, on-land activities include archery, climbing, dry caving and mountain biking. For more information visit www.activityireland.com.
… Likes to be pampered.
Prepare to pamper your hearts out at the luxurious Lavender Health Spa, situated only 12 miles from the party town of Omagh, County Tyrone. Each hen can embark on her own personal journey, enjoying some of the most advanced holistic treatments around followed by a deep relaxation session. Fluffy dressing gowns and slippers await, as you lay back in the relaxation loungers or step outside to enjoy luxuriating in the hot tub with bubbling champagne. Yes ladies, this premier health spa not only features a hot tub, but an indoor hydrotherapy pool surrounded by dramatic neon lighting and calming views overlooking the most beautiful valleys in Northern Ireland. For more information visit www.lavenderhealthspa.com.
… Wants to slip away for a night of relaxed fun.
Hen parties wanting to let their hair down will love what Northern Ireland’s Roe Park Resort in Limavady has to offer. This gorgeous four star resort has a staggering 188 guest rooms, two restaurants, two extremely tempting bars (with fab cocktails), Elemis spa on site and to tee it all off, an 18 hole golf course. For more information visit www.roeparkresort.com.
… Is looking for presidential style and luxury.
Home to an impressive array of world leaders during the 2013 G8 summit, and awarded ‘Best Hotel’ and ‘Golf Resort of The Year,’ you can rest assured that you will be enjoying only the finest service at the five star Lough Erne Resort in Enniskillen, County Fermanagh . From authentic spa treatments, to world class golfing and tempting dining experiences, your hen party may find it hard to leave this popular resort. Request the Loughside Lodge accommodation, as the two and three bedroom lodges are ideal for groups with their shared lounge area and fitted kitchenettes. Bring swim wear for the pool and walking shoes to enjoy the Collop Walk. For more information visit www.lougherneresort.com.
… Likes classy cocktails in boutique surroundings.
For your perfect night, fly the nest and head to Malmaison Hotel, Belfast. You’ll find everything you need under one roof – divine dining, super slinky interiors and daring cocktails. The Malmaison also offers hens ‘The Manolo’ – a fun and fully interactive cocktail making class. For £36pp the experience includes a glass of bubbly and nibbles on arrival, three hand picked alcohol based cocktails, fully interactive master-class and hot ‘Mal Munchies’ buffet. For more information visit www.malmaison.com.
… Likes to party.
At the centre of the bustling city of Newry and overlooking the famous Newry Canal, you lucky hens will find Bellini’s. With a beautifully decorated bar, restaurant and function suite, your hen party will enter a world of modern luxury with a traditional twist. Bellini’s Live Lounge is the main attraction here with, you guessed it, live music every weekend. A resident DJ follows each night which means you can keep the party going into the small hours. Great value drinks promotions are available on a Friday and Sunday night, while their ‘three cocktails for £12’ deal runs all day, every day. For more information and special offers visit www.bellinisnewry.com.
… Wants to Party till dawn.
Head to the Velvet Room Nightclub, Sligo to party in style, elegance and sophistication. With an impressive exterior looming over the Garavogue rover and the lusciously designed interior, the Velvet Room continues to amaze and impress its customers. The award winning club boasts four bars, two dance floors and impressive customer service with a capacity of 1500 people- the perfect destination for a mad night out! The club offers a range of hen packages, starting from the basic package, which includes reserved tables and a special little gift for the bride to be. For more information visit www.velvetroom.ie.
Have you found your ideal hen party? Leave us a comment and let us know where you’re heading!
With thanks to www.henorstag.com for their help with this article. Any of the above, or a combination of the above activities can be booked through them.