The bridal party ditches hens’ night rituals
Like an excited school kid I pack my bag and prepare for a girls’ weekend away - something that hasn’t happened in a long time. Back when I was a lot yonger, groups of us would find any excuse to get away together. Midnight walks on the beach, long sentimental chats, dancing with broomsticks - don’t ask why, but hey, it was a lot of fun.
This time however, it’s a different type of weekend away - one of the pampering variety. We plan to experience a spa from the perspective of a bride and her bridal party.
My small group of friends will re-create the blissful gathering of friends and family, an opportunity for all to bond and build a fun relationship before the big occasion.
By spending time this way before wedding, the bride and her priorities for the wedding ceremony will be known to friends and family well in advance.
While the hens’ party usually provides this bonding time, it tends to involve a bit of drinking and games that turn a little nutty - which is why I want to explore something a little different. I’m looking for an environment that relaxes, helps us unwind and perhaps brings about a different level of relationship building.
On arrival at The Lost Spring - which has an almost Jurassic Park feeling about it - we are greeted by the spa attendants who give us soft robes to slip into and cocktails to sip. We soak in one of several hot pools while being served delicious food and drinks from the menu. Then we embark on our Hen’s Heaven Spa Package. Massage, foot scrub and a manicure and pedicure. Now this is bliss.
Even though most of our “bridal party” hasn’t met before, and despite our different ages and backgrounds, our conversation is deep and intimate. The spa environment and the complete relaxation we are experiencing from the treatments inspires talk about our deepest selves. Along with pampering and cocktails, the spa seems almost like a “getting to know yourself better” experience.
We emerge uttterly relaxed into the stone age-like setting of the hot pools. It was still light when we went into the spa, but now we’re embraced by the dark of the night.
The Lost Spring is now more Jurassic Park than ever. Every hot pool is like its own little cave. The jungle of plants and rocks is suddenly transformed and becomes dramatic - like a movie set for our own spa experience.
The experiment is a success. Our “bridal party” has spent an afternoon and evening with nothing but bliss on the agenda and found it the best way to build new understandings with each other - and even with ourselves. - Rowena Bahl Visit thelostspring.co.nz