Get pampered

Written by    Last updated: June 6, 2006

You want to look good on your big day, so how about a day of collective pampering?

A little spoiling makes for a super‐successful hen party…

Spa heaven

Spend a day (or better yet, a whole weekend) being pampered in a spa ‐‐ have a good natter in the steam room, relax around the pool, try out some facials, massages and manicures, and show off the new glowing you in the evening. This is a good one budget‐wise, too, as different members of your group can spend as much or little on treatments as they want. Many hotels also offer discounts on group bookings.

All made up

You want to look good on your big day, so how about a day of collective pampering? Block‐book several top stylists at a top hairdresser. Follow up with beauty makeovers in a department store and splash out on a few new makeup treats.

‘Ommmm…’

Feeling those last‐minute nerves? Try chilling out in a yoga retreat and cleanse your mind and body, so you’ll be completely relaxed come the big day. It’s also a well‐kept secret that yoga is good for rejuvenating your sexual energy…

Glamour girls

Spend a day being fabulously made over and then document your transformation with a glamorous photo shoot. A makeover day can be brilliant fun for a group, including hair‐styling, a mini facial, hand massage manicure, with a 18x13cm photo to take away as proof of your glam new look.

Chaud for chocolat?

If chocolate is your idea of paradise, you’ll be in seventh heaven in Brussels, a town that takes its chocs as seriously as France takes its take wine. Arrange a tour around a chocolate factory and see how the real stuff is made before consuming as much of it as you can in one weekend. Don’t miss the Museum Temple of Chocolate Cote D’Or in Brussels at Brusselsesteenweg 450, 1500 or reserve a tour of Le Chocolatier Manon chocolate factory.

Meals on wheels

Why go out for a posh meal when you could order a top international chef to come and cook a meal at your place? You can relax in your own home, be thoroughly spoiled with a gourmet meal, and will have the chance to watch the master at work to pick a few tips.

Something steamy

The ultimate spa city is Budapest, which is crammed with good value and historical old spas. The 18th century Gellert baths are world‐famous, and as well as soaking, steaming and swimming you can pay for a big Hungarian (male or female) to give you a traditional massage.

Home spa

If your budget won’t stretch to a spa visit, you could arrange for a qualified masseur or beautician to come to your home. During the treatments the rest of the group can enjoy yoga and relaxation videos or chill out under the influence of mellow music and aromatherapy candles or incense.

Psychic fayre

Organise a mystic weekend that includes lessons in feng shui, psychic readings and palm readings for you and your buddies. Don’t worry about anything inauspicious cropping up about the marriage date, location or even your choice of partner ‐‐ it rarely does!

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