A new trend that has come about in recent years is to have two separate hens, one with the family and one with friends.
For the bridesmaids this can be a bit of an added stress, but in fairness it does make sense to keep those classy aunts as far away from willy straws and penis piñatas as possible.
Here are some great spots in Ireland where you can kick back, relax and have some quality time with the fam before the big day.
1. Dunboyne Castle
A hotel that is easy to get to, luxurious and has some decedent food, Dunboyne Castle ticks all of our boxes. It's also home to the Seoid spa which offers a wide range of fab treatments to shake all those stresses away.
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2. Lyrath Estate
Comfortable, luxurious beds and delicious food. Lyrath Estate is absolutely stunning and is sure to be a quiet, relaxing break away from reality.
Their afternoon tea is a must for any group of ladies looking to have a nibble and a natter.
Staying at a place like this is an unforgettable experience and it is sure to impress those hard-to-impress relatives. The Powerscourt is all about elegance and the rooms have everything from rainforest showers to bathroom televisions.
Powerscourt proves exactly why Wicklow is called The Garden Of Ireland, it's surrounded by incredible gardens and waterfalls. So if your family is the outdoorsy type this is the place for you.
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Take advantage of the lazy days before the partying begins again - endulge yourself with a beautiful pamper in our Spa and a relax in our serenity room - providing that perfect excuse for a long overdue catch up with friends over the holiday time #creatememories #christmasholidays
4. Kilronan Castle
Kilronan Castle in Co. Roscommon feels like stepping into a fairytale. The eclectic interior of the castle is almost just as stunning as the beautiful gardens that surround it. Not to mention they have an amazing spa offering a wide range of treatments.
Time to get that facial you've been craving for weeks.
5. Farnham Estate
Farnham Estate is the perfect spot to put up the feet and have a full day to pamper oneself. It boasts 1,300 acres of land (including an 18-hole golf course), with over two hours of lakeside walks and forest trails.
For those who want to have a dip, there is an outdoor infinity pool which overlooks the green hills of Cavan.
6. Sheen Falls Lodge
Sheen Falls Lodge in Co. Kerry is one of the prettiest settings you could ever imagine for a hotel. Overlooking the picturesque Sheen Falls and set on the Wild Atlantic Way, this is this destination proves why Ireland is the most beautiful country in the world.
With spa and afternoon tea options it's the perfect retreat for a family hen and will make you feel like ladies of leisure.
7. Solis Lough Eske Castle
Solis Lough Eske Castle in Donegal is a beautifully restored old castle that dates back to the 1400s but has all the modern luxuries you expect from an esteemed five-star spot.
Situated in the castle garden is the refreshing, peaceful setting of the Solis Spa. It includes a shimmering pool, a relaxation room, hot spring bath and steam rooms, with expert treatments available.
You'll feel like royalty kicking your feet up here.