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Aqua Sana Longford Forest has officially opened its doors, promising an unforgettable spa experience. Set amongst 400 acres of serene woodland within the Center Parcs Longford Forest resort, Aqua Sana offers a unique concept that blends the forest environment into the spa experience.

From the Scandinavian-inspired Nordic Forest to the tranquillity of the Hot Springs, there is something for everyone at Aqua Sana, from spa novices to seasoned spa goers. Spa lovers can now book their choice of day or overnight spa packages at the stunning Aqua Sana Spa.

Set in the heart of the country, Aqua Sana is Ireland’s newest and largest stand-alone spa measuring more than 2,500 square metres, including 14 treatment rooms where spa therapists deliver Elemis and VOYA treatments. Overnight guests can relax and unwind in beautifully appointed Lakeside Apartments.

The spa offers 21 hot, cold, sensory and meditative experiences across four unique zones – Nordic Forest, Hot Springs, Volcanic Forest and Treetop Nesting. Experiences range from the soothing dry heat of the Nordic Sauna, with breath-taking views of the pine forest to the Forest Rain Walk which harnesses the benefits of meridian acupressure.

Fans of warming experiences will relish the relaxing qualities of Volcanic Steam, where an amber glow replicates the inside of a volcano, and the tropical temperatures in the Forest Glade, with a cooling mist to replicate the rainforest. The forest environment is even more apparent with the Hot Springs Garden, where large outdoor hot tubs allow you to soak under the stars as you breathe in the fresh forest air.

The Forest Garden, unique to Aqua Sana Longford Forest, surrounds you with greenery as you lie back and watch the clouds through a skylight in the ceiling.

Spa visitors are also offered complimentary sleep sessions with Aqua Sana sleep experts guiding guests to awaken the mind, allowing clear, meaningful and mindful thoughts as well as providing sleep advice in the sleep-inducing relaxation area.

The sleep session begins with a skincare taster using natural products from renowned product houses, Elemis or VOYA, and the session concludes with a relaxation ritual that sees guests completely unwind and make time for mindfulness.

Kay Pennington, Aqua Sana Group Manager, said: “Aqua Sana is a unique spa experience, bringing together the proven benefits of forest bathing with dedicated and outstanding customer service. Not only is it the country’s biggest spa, it also offers spa experiences which tap into current spa trends, such as forest bathing, while also offering traditional spa experiences, such as saunas and hot tubs, albeit with a forest twist. We’re confident that our guests will leave feeling rested, revitalised and restored.”

Both day and overnight spa breaks at Aqua Sana Longford Forest are available to book from today with packages starting from €55. To find out more about Aqua Sana and book your spa day or break, visit www.aquasana.ie

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Anyone getting ready to get married knows that picking where to go on the hen party is important.

It needs to be cheap, have a selection of bars and restaurants, good weather and a party buzz.

Can you guess where the top destinations are?

Mecca Bingo ranked them and the first is…the gorgeous city of Prague. 

1. Prague

The Czech capital is good for nights out and cheap food, with the average price of a meal around a fiver. 

It has an enormous 620 bars and clubs, making it an excellent night out. 

You could have a spa weekend and choose from one of Prague’s 161 establishments.

2. Barcelona 

The Spanish city is good for sunny weather, relaxing spas a there is also a beach nearby.

With 531 bars and clubs, and the average price of a bottle of wine is just five quid, so it’s also a great night out.

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3. London

It is chock-a-block with bars, clubs, and restaurants as well as many spas.

However, meals, taxis, and bottles of wine could really chip into your bank balance. 

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4. Madrid

This city is good for bars, clubs, and cheap taxi fares.

The city boasts 613 bars with cab prices starting at just three Euro and a good choice for sun-worshipping hens too.

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5. Budapest

This Hungarian city is great for cheap food and alcohol, with the average cost of a bottle of wine just five quid and main meals around the same.

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6. Sofia

This Bulgarian city is home to outrageously cheap taxis and eating out is affordable also.

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7. Berlin

The German city is good for cheap booze and nights out.

Berlin has 515 clubs – what more could you want?

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Planning a hen party may seem like a fantastic idea at the time but it can soon become a complete and utter nightmare. You spend hours scouring the Internet for decorations that are that little bit classier than your typical penis straws and pink feather boas, but alas they're everywhere you look.

Until now, thanks to Aldi, planning your bestie or sister's hen-do just got a hell of a lot easier (and affordable).

An amazing range of party supplies for hen parties, baby showers and summer fiestas, are on sale in 137 stores nationwide from Sunday, May 26.

From tableware to décor, the range has all you need to make sure your party is really memorable!

Make it a Hen Party to remember with some stunning decorations. Choose from Fancy Hen Party props, sashes and balloons. As well as some banners and bunting! With decorations ranging from a mere €0.99 to €12.99, you’ll plan a celebration to remember for a fraction of the price.

 

 
 

We'll be flocking to Aldi to stock up on all these decorations when they arrive in store on May 26.

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Penneys is our one-stop shop when it comes o essentials like tights, coats and bobby pins, but shopping for bridal-themed accessories wouldn't be the first thing that would cross our minds. 

However, Penneys latest bridal collection is an essentials checklist for brides and bridesmaids heading abroad for the Hen Party. Whether you're off to Vegas, Marbella or Ibiza, you're officially covered. 

To a 'Bride' embroidered sunhat to 'Bride Squad' swimsuits, prepare to be decked out for an oh-so affordable price. 

 Swimsuits €6.00, Flip Flops €2.00

PJ sets €5.00

Novelty Slippers €5.00, Mug €5.00

Bride Hat €5.00 Bride Straw Bag €12.00

Bridesmaid Flowerband €5.00, Glasses €3.00, Braidemaid Purse €3.00, Hen Party Essentials €3.00

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The countdown to the royal wedding is officially underway and we can’t help but sulk over the fact that we still haven’t received an invitation yet, but there’s still time, right?

The rumour mill is full of whispers about Meghan’s wedding dress designer and Prince William’s role in the wedding, and now details about the former Suits star’s hen-party have been shared.

According to US Weekly, the future bride is planning on celebrating in a very calm way.

Forget about the fluorescent pink feather boas and plastic tiaras, Meghan is straying away from the stereotypical hen-do traditions, “Meghan will be having a party but won’t be calling it her ‘bachelorette.”

The 36-year-old is hoping to host a relaxed pre-wedding party with her dearest friends.

“Think low-key, think somewhere out of London, good food and drink, a little music. It won’t be wild,” the magazine reported.

The guest list is set to feature both male and female friends, including her best friends Lindsay Jill Roth, Jessica Mulroney and Markus Anderson.

During her latest official visit, the actress told one royal superfan that Wales was a potential spot for her celebration.

Anne Daley was lucky enough to talk to Meghan when she visited Cardiff earlier this week, alongside her fiance Prince Harry.

"I asked her if she would like to come on a hen night around the nightspots of Cardiff, and she said she'd love to,” she joked.

Who knows where Meghan will host her ‘hen-party’, but one thing we know is that it’ll be one classy affair.

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Matt LeBlanc appeared on the Graham Norton Show last night to talk about the upcoming series of Top Gear, which will air this Sunday.

And with Graham being from Ireland, of course he had to ask about the infamous hen party that Matt allegedly crashed.

The host started off by asking about the former Friends star's time “back in my neck of the woods, Southern Ireland, West Cork, Kerry," and then showed the gas hen do picture on the big screen.

"Was she just taking a selfie and you literally just drove by?" Graham questioned.

To which Matt replied, "She was with her girlfriend and they were on their way to her hen do, and we were driving up the road and we were at a red light, I think in Dingle, they came over and just took a selfie."

Brilliant. However, Graham did mention that Matt looked particularly happy in the snap.

"She had a very short skirt on," Matt laughed.

Oh, Matt. You chancer.

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Matt le Blanc is currently in Kerry filming Top Gear with Chris Evans and even though Chris wanted to keep a low profile this weekend, Matt had something else in mind.

He popped up in an epic selfie yesterday and gate-crashed an Irish woman's hen party – and let's be honest, we're jealous.

According to the Irish Mirror,  Sarah Jayne Murphy was celebrating her hen party in Kenmare when Matt drove up in a car behind her and posed for a selfie.

One of the Sarah's hens, Lisa Marie Keane, posted the picture to Twitter, saying: “Thanks for making our hen’s day!!! #kenmare #topgear”

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It's barely been two months since Michelle Keegan had her own hen party in Dubai, but the actress got the chance to recreate some of the memories last weekend when she headed to a friend's hen at an equally exciting destination.

The former Coronation Street actress managed to find last-minute flights to Marbella to help her close friend Elizabeth Marsland celebrate her upcoming nuptials, and by the looks of it she had an incredible few days. Earlier this week we were treated to a few snaps of Michelle rocking a gorgeous nude bikini poolside in Marbs, and today she posted some more behind-the-scenes photos for her fans, dishing all the goss on her "epic" weekend.

"I thought I was going to be working all last weekend but it turned out that I wasn’t so I managed to find flights and join the group" she wrote on her Hello! online blog. "There were 25 of us in total and we had the BEST time. We really did…. The weather was glorious at around 30’s every day."

Kicking off the festivities with a meal on the outdoor terrace at Marbella's exclusive Tibu club on their first evening, the gang had a chilled out night checking out "a few of the cool bars round the marina."

Michelle also gave details on where to buy THAT nude bikini, which is from UK label Bikini Reef.

"I own a lot of their bikinis, just because I love how unique and girlie they are… I wore one of their kaftans on my hen in Dubai and they customised it to say ‘bride to be’ on the back! It went down a treat," she added.

"All the hens wore black ones too so we all looked very ‘hen like’ when we were poolside."

But the highlight of last weekend for the new Mrs. Wright? A Beyoncé dance class at a studio in the area, where all 25 of the girls learnt some seriously sexy moves to Single Ladies. "Such a good idea and it was absolutely hilarious," Michelle wrote.

"Everyone had SO much fun, and it’s now an added bonus we all can pull out our fabulous Beyoncé moves on nights out… if anyone reading this is planning a hen party I would heartily recommend this or similar as an activity for everyone to get involved in."

Sounds like a pretty amazing weekend all in all.

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1. Marbella, Spain
Soak up the sun during the day and hit the strips at night – perfection! And remember, “no carbs before marbs”!

2. Las Vegas, US
The ultimate hen party weekend, jet off to the casinos and have a hen to remember – or forget. You know what they say, “what happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas”!

3. Prague, Czech Republic
Great sights and cheap beer but most important of all, the clubs open till 5am!

4. Languedoc, south France
If a mental hen party with the standard penis straws, limos and L plates isn’t your thing then grab your friends and head to the south of France for a wine tasting tour.

5. Newcastle, UK
You’ve seen Geordie Shore – now go experience it!

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