Depending on the type of Spa you are visiting, the experience may vary slightly, however, for the most part, there are some basic stages that are somewhat universal. The Chart below provides you with the ability to understand each part of the experience, the different spaces and activities it may include and how you can maximize your visit.
|Experience & Space||Experience and Tips to Maximize Your Experience|
|Make an Appointment||All spas require a reservation or appointment. If you are staying at a resort, hotel or destination spa, you can make this appointment while you are at the property or ahead of your stay. However, if you are going to a spa that does not have overnight accommodations, call ahead to book your appointment.Tips:
|Check-In||Just like at a hotel, there is a check-in process at a spa. Even at Destination Spas, Resorts and Hotels where you check in for your stay, you will most likely have to check-in for your treatments.Note: Some spas are now booking time instead of treatments. If you do this, this is when you can have a consultation with a therapist or consultant to discuss options and schedule treatments.Tips: Tipping: Although unlikely, if payment is requested at this point during your visit, request to leave the tip at checkout. That way, you can be sure that your tip reflects the quality of the experience.|
Tips: Clean off: Depending on the time of day and the type of treatment you are getting, take a shower before, especially if you are getting a massage. Showering rinses off any sweat and oils, preparing your body and skin for the treatment. It is also respectful to your therapist.
|Treatment / Service||Each treatment, therapy and service has different experiences and processes. (Refer to the Treatments section for more detail). That said, most treatments will include the following:
Tips: Provide feedback: If for any reason you are unsatisfied with your treatment or the facility, vocalize your concerns to the manager. They need to know what guests experience and whether or not the spa is meeting guest expectations.
Inside the Women’s and Men’s Spa
Depending on the type of spa and its size, what lies inside the women’s and men’s spas (also known as locker rooms) can vary. Some are very elaborate and others are very basic. However, below is a list of the various amenities that one might see and experience once inside:
Locker and Grooming Areas:
- Toilets /Vanities / Sinks /Changing Rooms /Showers /Lockers
- Beverage stations with Water, Coffee, Tea and Juice
- Healthy snack stations (nuts, fruit)
- Dry Grooming Area (Often supplied with grooming tools:
- Hairdryers, Hair products
- Razors, Shaving Cream, After Shave
- Makeup Remover
- Sanitary Napkins/Tampons
Many spas have wet areas in the women’s and men’s spas, which give you an opportunity to relax and administer ‘do-it-yourself’ treatments. These may include:
- Steam and/or Sauna Rooms
- Jacuzzis, Cold Plunges, Water Circuits, Experience Showers, Hot Springs, Mud Baths
- Meditation and Relaxation Lounges
- Aromatherapy Bar
Many resort and hotel spas allow you to use these facilities for no additional charge if you are getting a treatment. However, if you are interested in using the facilities, but do not want a treatment, you will most likely have to pay a fee for the day. Destination Spas are different in that when you check into the property, these amenities and others are generally include.