Let's have it right, ladies – no hen weekend in Spain would be complete without a day at a sumptuous spa. Over the coming weeks I'm going to take a look at some of the best spas in Catalonia, the Canaries and beyond. This week, it's all about the authentic Arabian baths in Madrid.
After months of wedding planning, the bride will be, shall we say, a little stressed! There's only so much table planning and advice from well-meaning relatives a girl can take without blowing her top. That's why a spa hen weekend is always a winner, it's a chance to kick back, relax and rejuvenate with all your favourite people.
Arabian Baths in Madrid
One word: wow! When it comes to spa days for hen parties, the Arabian baths in Madrid is most definitely top of the pile. Forget your average hotel spa, this is the grand dame. The girls will be well impressed by its luxury, style, décor and first class facilities.
In addition to being a brilliant spa, the Arabian baths is also one of the city's top attractions. You'll be able to say you got a little culture on your Madrid hen do. A city break in Madrid usually involves a fair bit of walking around in sizzling temperatures. Include the baths in your sightseeing plans and escape the hustle and bustle for bit.
This is an urban spa with original features set within a 300 year-old well and run according to ancient Turkish traditions. The spa has recently been restored and is located in the heart of Madrid, so you won't have to mess about with trains, buses or taxis on your hen do.
The spa facilities are amazing! There are three different rooms to explore: the tepidarium (lukewarm water), the caldarium (hot water) and the frigidarium (cold water). The idea is to alternate between the three, cleansing pores and kick-starting the circulation. A spa day here works wonders if you've indulged in one too many cocktails on your hen do!
*A 90-minute session at the Arabian baths in Madrid includes: use of the Turkish steam room, a short massage and access to the tea room.