Tips for Having the Perfect Spa Day
After such a challenging year and with the craziness of the holiday season upon us, now is a great time to take a breather and enjoy a relaxing spa day where you can get some R&R before the year ends.
Enjoying the spa doesn’t take too much effort, but there are some steps you can take to maximize your experience and ensure you finish the day feeling as light as air and as smiley as possible.
1 Choose the Right Location
The first critical step is finding the right place to enjoy your spa day. Choose somewhere you can afford that you know it does wonderful treatments, has excellent, clean facilities, and offers the types of services you’re after. Finding somewhere with pretty and scenic views, etc., helps relax, too.
Plus, locate a place known for its exemplary service. There’s no point booking in for a raft of pampering activities if your day will be dampened by therapists or other employees or contractors who seem like they’d rather be somewhere else. Ask family members, friends, colleagues, etc., to get suggestions on spa facilities they highly recommend. Also, check out reviews online, such as social media sites and forums.
2 Select the Perfect Companion(s) for the Day
Next, think carefully about who you want to join you for your spa day. It’s fun to have one or more friends or close family members there to enjoy things with you and chat about the experience later on, but you need to be sure you select well.
Pick one or more people to invite who you know you get along well with, are cheerful and easy-going, you feel comfortable with (especially if you’ll be in changing rooms or steam rooms in your birthday suit), and who you know aren’t likely to cancel at the last minute.
3 Book Well in Advance
Another tip to consider is when you book. Remember that all the most popular places tend to book out well before dates, especially during weekends or holidays. Plus, the best therapists and facilities get snapped up quickly. Ring up or go online to lock in dates as soon as possible, so you’re able to get the days, times, and personnel you prefer.
When you book, always ask about the terms and conditions, though. Some places are flexible regarding cancellations, and others aren’t. If you’re booking many months in advance, it’s helpful to be able to cancel reasonably at the last minute if you need to, since unexpected work, personal, or health issues can crop up at times.
4 Be on Time and Clear Your Schedule
To get the most out of your spa appointments, be on time. You don’t want to miss part of the treatment because you ran late. Allow plenty of time to get to the venue and park, find your way to the right spot, etc., especially if you’ve never been to the location before. Being on time is respectful to the therapists, too, and will help ensure they give their best during your session(s).
It’s also necessary to properly clear your schedule so you’re not distracted by potential work issues or checking messages to ensure your kids are okay, etc. when you’re trying to relax. So plan everything as much as you can so that once you’re at the spa, you can switch off not just your phone but your mind, too.
5 Pack a Suitable Bathing Suit
Many spa days include saunas, jacuzzis, steam showers, pools, and other water-based spots. This means you need to pack an appropriate bathing suit to wear while you’re there. While you can generally get away with any swimwear provided it protects your modesty and the spa rules, it does pay to choose a product that can stand chlorine and other chemicals.
You also want to choose a bathing suit that will stand up to movement okay if you’re going to do some laps in a pool or otherwise be reasonably active while at the spa. Plus, if you plan to get a spray or other fake tan applied while at the spa, it’s best to avoid wearing white or other light-colored swimwear that the tan could rub off on.
If you haven’t upgraded your swimwear for years and it’s looking a bit see-through, loose, threadbare, and so on, you might like to buy something new for your outing, too. Whether you’re looking for a one-piece or two-piece to wear on your R&R day, look online, and you’ll find plenty of appealing bathing suits for women to choose from.
Some other spa day tips include staying hydrated, not overeating before you arrive, and thinking strategically about the order of services you enjoy. For example, a spa day can be expensive, and you may only do it once or twice per year. As such, plan out your time carefully and give yourself the best chance of obtaining maximum value from your time spent at the venue.