Finding The Right Spa

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Spas, Spas Everywhere… Which One Is Right For Me?

Finding the right spa is not easy. Since Spavelous’ inception, many members have asked us to help them find the right spa for them, and we are happy to personally services each and every member. With more than 16,000 spas in the United States alone, this may be a daunting task. However, with a few pointers, and a few measurable checkpoints, you will easily be able to find the right spa for you every time.

Whether you are choosing a spa for a one-time visit or a regular service, it is important to put some thought into it. You want to make sure that you are visiting a spa run on professional ethics with a qualified staff. A spa should also be clean, properly sanitized, comfortable, pleasant, and nice to be in. By thinking out your needs and doing research ahead of time, you can make choosing a spa a lot easier for yourself.

Start by thinking about what you want. Spas offer a wide range of services including massage, facials, manicures, pedicures, body treatments, haircuts, and other cosmetic treatments. If you need a one-time treatment, you probably know exactly what you want. If you are choosing a spa for a more long term relationship, you may want to consider all of the spa-type services that you like, so that you can do all of your business in one place.

While thinking about your needs as you are choosing a spa, you will probably fall into one of two categories. Either you will be choosing a local spa or an away spa. Local spas are spas that you will develop a long term relationship with. These spas you can visit prior to booking services and you may receive referrals from family and friends. Away spas are spas that are not in your local area, they are not convenient to visit on a regular basis and you are dependent upon other resources to provide you with insight about the spa.
The spas that you should consider in each category are:

Most Common Choices for Local Spas to go to:

Day Spas  |  Medical Spas  |  Club Spas (if you are a member)

You should also consider:

Hotel Spas  |  Resort Spas

Most Common Choices for Away Spas:

Destination Spas  |  Resort Spas  |  Hotel Spas  |  Cruise Ship Spas

You should also consider:

Day Spas

When I am traveling away from home, I generally do not consider medical spas, this is because many medical spa treatments require follow up visits or a series of treatments. On the other hand, when looking for a local spa experience, I generally do not consider Destination Spas as these generally require a stay or room booking to have spa services there. While I do consider the spa and spa facilities when I am choosing my vacation hotel or resort, I have discovered that some of the best spa services can be found at the day spas in my vacationing city. On the other hand, living in Scottsdale, Arizona, I love to go to the resorts for spa services because they feel like a mini-vacation without the expense of leaving home. Bottom line, leave yourself open to the total experience and do not limit your choices by spa type.

Spas, spas everywhere is designed to help you to have the tools to evaluate your needs and the spas that you may be considering.

Types of Spas

Finding The Right Spa

Spavelous Spa Explorer assists you to find a spa through the use of 4 main spa categories: Day Spa, Medical Spa, Resort Spa, and Destination Spa. However, you may find as many as eleven different spa categories. As more and more spas expand their services, you may see the lines blur even more between the different spa types. While there are many types of spas, each with their own pros and cons, when you are selecting a spa you do not need to limit yourself to only selecting day spas if you are going to a local spa and only choosing a resort spa when you are on a vacation. Almost all spas are open to the general public, with the exception of destination spas and club spas which may require a membership or room reservation. So do not limit yourself by spa type. You want to find the best spa for the services you desire, keeping, location, budget, treatments, availability, and amenities in mind.

Destination Spa

Destination Spa: A purpose-built spa offering accommodation, solely dedicated to offering a wide range of life-enhancing health and wellness spa experience for overnight guests. Destination spas are resorts, but the facilities are solely ’spa-focused’. The principal advantages of a destination spa are the wider range of specialist services and therapies, an environment conducive to getting the most from those therapies, and the very best ones will have outstanding staff with in-depth knowledge and experience. Many destination spas assist you with lifestyle transformation by providing a comprehensive program that includes spa services, physical fitness activities, wellness education, healthful cuisine, and special interest programming. Destination spas focus solely on spa treatments, so if you’re traveling with a partner or family who prefer to take part in other activities on their vacation, a Resort Spa will be a better choice.

Resort Spa

Resort Spa: A resort offers a wide range of onsite leisure activities, as well as a dedicated full-service spa facility. Resort spas have been raising their game significantly in recent years, and today provide an ever-increasing number of spa services and treatments. The increase in service offerings is also being matched with the installation of first-class facilities to deliver them. Resort spas may also include fitness facilities and other amenities.

Hotel Spa

Hotel Spas: A hotel differs from a resort, in that it does not offer a wide range of leisure activities. Within Hotel spas, there are three types of spa options that may be offered. Hotel with Full Spa – A hotel that also offers a dedicated full-service spa facility Hotel with Leisure Club Spa – A hotel with a leisure club facility in or adjacent to the hotel where selected spa treatments are offered. Hotel with Mobil In Room Spa – A hotel that offers massage services in your hotel suite.

Day Spa

Day Spa: A spa offering a variety of professional spa services to clients on a day-use basis. Services and amenities will vary by location. Day Spas usually offer massage treatments, body wraps, hand and foot treatments, facial treatments and aesthetic maintenance services.

Medical Spa

Medical Spa: A medical spa or med spa is a day spa that operates under the supervision of a licensed health care professional, such as a medical doctor. A medical spa’s primary purpose is to provide comprehensive medical and wellness care in an environment that integrates spa services, as well as traditional, complementary and/or alternative therapies and treatments. The facility operates within the scope of practice of its staff and state regulations, which can include both Aesthetic/Cosmetic and Prevention/Wellness procedures and services. Medical spas may offer additional treatments that can only be administered by licensed medical practitioners. Additional treatments offered depend upon the scope of practice of the licensed practitioner and may include: Laser and intense pulsed light procedures, Medical microdermabrasion, Photo-facials, Botox and Restylane injections, Medical peels and other medical aesthetic procedures.

Club Spa

Club Spa: A membership-based facility whose primary purpose may be fitness, a private community club, golf club or tennis club that also offers professional spa services.

Mineral SpaMineral Spa: A spa which offers an on-site source of natural mineral water, thermal or seawater used in hydrotherapy treatments. Mineral water helps in rebuilding worn-out muscles, expediting metabolism, and accelerating the healing process by improving blood circulation and detoxifying the body.

Salon Spa

Salons: A Salons primary business is as a Hair Salon, but they do offer some Day Spa services. They usually only have one or two treatment rooms and few amenities.

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Eco SpaEco Spa: Eco spas are environment-friendly green spas; they concentrate on using natural remedies and substances for treatments and therapies. Their amenities and recreation is wrapped around nature, and offer activities like horse riding, mountain climbing, and nature trails.

Cruise Ship SpaCruise Ship Spa: A spa located aboard a cruise ship that offers professional spa services such as massage, body treatments, and facials.

Mobile SpaMobile at Home Spa Services: These are not a spa. However, in some states, they may be required to be affiliated with a spa in order to provide mobile services. Mobile spas provide ‘in-home’ spa services. In a mobile spa, therapists come to your home with their necessary equipments and treat you in the comfort of your house. Mobile Spa is fast becoming a desired and convenient way to experience the benefits of spa treatment in the comfort of your home. You can even host spa parties at home with friends. Mobile spas are great for a bridal shower, baby shower, girl’s time-out, birthday party or indulge in a romantic spa for two. You should check your local town for licensing requirements and what services may be performed in your home. Unless you have the proper designated space for set up, this may not be a relaxing as a spa away escape. Of course, proper safety measures should be taken any time you bring someone into your home.

What Do You Want in a Spa?

Not all spas are built the same. The features, amenities, services and skill level of the service providers are different for each location. Before selecting a spa, take inventory on what you must have and what you would like to have so you can find the spa that best fits your wants and your needs. What is the major reason for your desire to go to a spa?

Here are the Top Ten Reasons for Visiting a Spa: Do any of them apply to you?

  • Stress Reduction: Relief Stress and feel relaxed
  • Pampering and self-indulgence
  • Feel better about myself
  • Redeem Gift Certificate
  • Improve mental health
  • Improve physical health
  • Improve appearance
  • Enjoy a special occasion
  • Regulate body weight
  • Prescribed by a medical doctor

What are your reasons and what is your specific spa experience for this spa getaway?

  • Decide between a quick treat, or a longer, leisurely treatment or stay.
  • Do you want to go to a local day spa for an affordable no-frills hour’s massage, then go about your day?
  • Do you want to spend a few hours relaxing, enjoying the facilities of a resort’s, steam room, fitness classes, and steamy aromatic showers?

What services do you desire? 

Are you going with others and how many people will want these services at the same time? This is critical to determine if the spa is large enough to accommodate you and the others in your party.

  • Massage
  • Facial
  • Nail Services
  • Body Treatments
  • Hydrotherapy
  • Holistic Services

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What amenities do you desire?

  • Changing Room
  • Lockers
  • Makeup Area with personal care items (hairdryers, brushes, deodorant, shavers, makeup pads, shampoo, conditioner, body wash, hairspray)
  • Showers to use before and after the service
  • Steam Room
  • Jacuzzi
  • Dry Sauna
  • FIR Sauna
  • Robe
  • Sandals
  • Relaxation room
  • Spa Meal
  • Swimming Pool
  • Fitness Equipment
  • Fitness Classes
  • Yoga
  • Mediation
  • Pilates
  • Wi-Fi ( are you a workaholic who has to get that business report done)
  • No Children
  • No Cell Phones allowed
  • Television
  • Reading Material (books, newspapers, Health & Fitness Magazines)
  • Complimentary Beverage Service, bottled water, coffee, tea, fresh fruit or snack items
  • Do you want co-ed lounge areas or Unisex only?
  • How important is body draping to you? Are you comfortable with just a towel, or do you prefer a sheet, blanket, and heated table?

 

The Spa Budget Factor

– How many hours of services do you desire? – How long do you want to relax at the spa? – How much do you want to spend?

Spa Budget

The cost of spa services will vary by location:

  • Day Spas are generally less expensive then Resort Spas because they offer fewer amenities.
  • Cities and States that are more tourists oriented tend to have higher prices. Tourist areas will have better prices and discounts when they are “off-season”

Average Price of Services in the USA

  • Nail Services:
    • Manicures Less Than $45
    • Pedicure Less Than $75
  • Waxing Less Than $50
  • Massage, Facials, and Basic Body Treatments: $75 – $125 for an hour. When comparing prices compare actual service time to cost. Many spas only do 50-minute services.
  • Specialty Treatments for Face or Body and, 90-minute Treatments: $100 – $200
  • Spa Packages: Be careful here. Packages use to be discounted 10 – 15% when grouped together. Now many spas are grouping them but not discounting them, so make sure these are the services you want. $200 – $500 for ½ day to Full Day packages. Usually, packages do not include 90 minutes or Specialty Treatments.

You will need to balance what your priorities are. Cost vs. features vs. quality of products used for the treatment. Regardless of what you pay, the actual service should still be exceptional and performed by a well trained professional in a clean sanitized environment that is conducive for relaxation.

Seven Steps To Select A Spa

Once you have a clear idea of what you want and how much you want to spend, it is now time to find the spa that is right for you:

Steps to select a spa

Step #1 Location & Climate:

Choose the city and state you desire to enjoy your spa services. Use the Spavelous Spa Explorer to find the spas in your desired area. Websites give a great insight into the quality of a spa. Nowadays, a website is essential for showcasing any business, and if a spa doesn’t take their website seriously, they may not take you seriously, either. Click on their website link to view the spa and get a feel for: What the spa looks like. You may want to be careful of spas that do not show the rooms or relaxation areas. There may be a reason for the absence of these. Often spas will use generic spa service pictures to create their ambiance, but these do not give you a feel for the ambiance of the spa and if you will feel comfortable there. The professional image of the spa.

  • Learn about the staff.
  • See if the location meets your needs (See Below for specific areas).
  • Locate their contact information, address, telephone number, email address, and owners information.
  • Customer service orientation.
  • See if they make it easy to contact the owner or manager with questions.
  • See how long they have been in business.
  • See if they are affiliated with any associations like ISPA, Day Spa, Better Business Bureau, and Chamber of Commerce. In addition, view their press pages to see how involved they are in the community.
  • Check out the spas reviews. To the best of our knowledge, they are unbiased and comprehensive; many people base their next spa booking on what other clients have to say.

Step #2 Spa Services:

Look at the general services that the spa offers to see if they have the types of services you desire. Eliminate the spas that do not have the generic types of services you desire.

Step #3 Spa Service Cost:

Make sure that the spa is within your budget.

Step #4 Spa Amenities:

Look at the amenities that the spa includes when you have a service. Make sure they offer all of the facilities that you will require, and that they are included with the number of services you will be enjoying. Eliminate the spas that do not have the amenities that you need. In addition, if you have a preferred spa product line, you should ascertain what products they use at this time.

Step #5 Spa Reviews and Recommendations:

In addition to reading the spa reviews on Spavelous, let your fingers do the walking on your keyboard and search the internet to read the reviews on the spa locations you are considering. Using a search engine, type in the name of the spa and the word reviews. You may also type in the name of the spa and the word worst spa experience. You may be surprised at what you find. Of course, if the spa is in your home town, you may get reviews and feedback from your friends and family.

Step #6 Spa Telephone Contact:

The first point of contact should be by telephone. The spa should have the telephone answered by the third ring during business hours and a PERSON must answer the telephone! Be cautious of spas that have an answering machine answer the telephone during business hours. This is the first impression that you will have of the spa besides their online website. If they do not personally answer the telephone and you get a recording stating that they are assisting other customers, a red flag should go up. This may indicate that the spa is short-staffed, that they do not place a value on building relationships with their guests. It may also indicate that they want to control contact with the client to times that are convenient to them and not at times that are convenient for you the guest. Remember, that when you are looking to book a service is when the spa should be the most attentive. If they drop the ball here it is a negative sign of things to come if you book with them. A spa that does not have time for you on the phone will not have time for you when you are there. It will not be a relaxing experience. When you call ask to speak with the manager. If the manager does not take your call or fails to return your call, it may be indicative of what you can expect if you need to speak with the manager later. Remember the best a manager will treat you is when you are a potential client. So if they do not want to take care of you before you come, they certainly will not be there for you if there is a problem with your spa booking, spa service or if you have a product concern later. What should you ask the manager? Ask for their recommendations for services, service providers; ask about the product lines or treatment procedures. Arrange a time when you may come and visit the spa. The important thing is to see how responsive they are.

Step #7 Spa Visit:

If you live close enough to the spa to visit, you will want to take the time to actually go to the spa for a tour. Visiting the spa is the best way to find out if it is clean and comfortable, with friendly staff. Look for staff members who answer your questions accurately and pleasantly, and decide whether or not you feel at home in the facility. For more specifics of what to look for and what to ask, read “When In Doubt Check the Spa Out”. If you are choosing a spa for the long term, you may want to consider asking about spa packages. Some spas offer package deals to clients where you can purchase a block of treatments at a discounted price, for example, 11 massages for the price of 10. Others offer sessions that may combine multiple spa services for a discounted price, such as a facial and manicure package. Others have referral programs, in which people who recommend the spa are rewarded for their loyalty with gift certificates or spa services.

When in Doubt… Check The Spa Out

… Signs of a good Spa Not all spas or spa services are equal. It is worth taking the time especially if you are looking for a local spa that you will use on a regular basis to ensure that each visit will be enjoyable, relaxing and meets all of your expectations when it comes to cleanliness, sanitation and staff education and training. The following guidelines are a quick checklist of key points that will ensure the perfect match for you.

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Licensed, Trained, and Continuing Education: When choosing a spa, verify that all spa technicians possess the minimum qualifications, and the spa has a quality staff. Spa technician must be certified and licensed. As a minimum, a spa technician is a licensed massage therapist, aesthetician, or cosmetologist. In addition, a spa technician earns an additional certification verifying his or her skills in delivering day to day spa services. A certified spa technician maintains proper state and national licensing and participates in continuing educational programs. A spa technician also has a complete knowledge of products used for and during spa treatments as well as those offered as retail. A good spa technician is skilled in all treatments offered on the spa’s menu of services and possesses an essential passion for optimal customer service. When scheduling a treatment at a spa, always verify the qualifications of the spa technician on staff. A well-educated spa technician can make a difference in your next spa visit. This is especially true when you are receiving specialty services. For example, there is a major difference between a foot massage and reflexology. If you are having a reflexology session, this individual should have a minimum of 500 hours in just reflexology and should be certified. A 16-hour course does not qualify someone as a reflexologist.

Friendliness and Courtesy: The minute you walk in, you should be greeted with a smile and made to feel comfortable. You should never experience any snootiness or snobbery from people working at the spa, nor should you ever feel intimidated. It is the job of a spa to make you feel relaxed – friendliness and courtesy is where this starts. During your initial visit, they should offer to give you a tour of the facility.

Ambiance and Music: A spa should have a relaxed and positive atmosphere. Staff should be polite, friendly and attentive. They should be professional at all times and focused on you and your spa experience. During the tour, they should introduce you to available spa employees. Listen to the music that is in the spa general areas and the treatment rooms and see that it is the ambiance you would enjoy during your treatments.

Spa Temperature: The temperature of the rooms should be set for the comfort of the spa guests, not the spa employees. If you get chilled easily, ask if they have rooms that have individual thermostats or heated treatment tables.

Signs of a good Spa

Cleanliness & Sanitation: You should expect a very high standard of cleanliness at a spa. Everything should be clean and sanitized. You should be able to see the equipment used for cleaning and sanitizing all of the implements used in your service. Some equipment should not be used twice so look for telltale signs.

Nails: As they give you a tour, you want to see the blue implement sanitizer at each nail technician station and cosmetologist station. After each pedicure, you should see them run a sanitizer through the pump equipment to ensure that no staph, fungus or infection can be spread from one guest to the next. The floor, sink, chairs, and tables should all be clean.

Massage: Massage rooms should have a hand sink or you should see the therapist wash their hands between each client. Sheets should be clean and new sheets, and towels should be used for each client. Between services, you should see the laundry being changed, and the face cradle sanitized. The massage lotion should be from a pump, if it is in a bowl, there should only be an adequate amount for one service and any remaining lotion should be discarded.

Body Treatments: The sheets should be cleaned and changed between clients. Products used should be proportioned for each client and not reused. Make sure that the therapists will remain in the room with you at all times during the procedure. Brushes should be sterilized

Facials: The rooms should have proper sterilization equipment for brushes and implements and a hand sink so the aesthetician can wash their hands between services. Observe the care and cleanliness of the equipment. The sheets and towels should be clean and changed between clients. Sticks for waxing should only be used one time and discarded.

Locker Rooms and Rest Rooms: The toilet, floors, and sinks should be clean. Showers should be washed out between clients Sandals should be provided. Sandals should be disposable or cleaned and sanitized between guests. It is alright to ask how they clean their sandals, robes, and sheets between guests. If they have a Jacuzzi, you should ask about the care, cleaning and chemicals used.

Lounge Area: Are the chairs comfortable; are they adequate to accommodate all of the guests? Is it clean, is the air quality good, is water and other beverages readily available? Is it conducive to relaxation? Signs of a good Spa

Nothing to Hide, all information provided upfront. Good information is a really important part of your spa experience. You should be able to start enjoying it before you even get there, to really get value for money. Collect any brochures on products, benefits of services and treatments. This will assist you in selecting the right services later. We think you should expect information about the spa and the treatments available to be forthcoming, meaningful and accurate. The information should be consistent between the telephone, brochures, on the Internet, and in person. Once you have booked, you should have your booking confirmed in writing ( they can e-mail you), which should also include information on terms and conditions, any cancellation fees, timings, details of how to get there, how long to get there ahead of your treatment and other facilities available or included in your treatment or package. You may also want to find out if they do a confirmation call the day before to remind you of your appointments. Some good spas also include “All you need to know” information at this point, telling you what you do and don’t need to bring and what to expect.

You can tell a good spa by how easy they make your trip when you’re there.

  • Are there good signs guiding you around?
  • If they have a suite of hydrotherapy pools, is there information about how to use it.
  • Is pertinent information about equipment posted on the wall near the equipment to explain the proper use?

A good spa should keep you informed of anything that is going on while you’re there. This includes, for example, telling you when the pool might be closed for cleaning, what time you can use the steam room until and whether the sauna is broken. They should let you know these things before you find them out yourself.

Communication It’s amazing the difference good communication makes at a spa, in terms of treatments, facilities and your whole visit.

  • Do you know where to wait for your services?
  • Does the therapist actually tell you about what’s going to happen during your treatment and why?
  • Does s/he check whether or not you are allergic to anything?
  • Do they tell you what oils they’re going to use, and is there any choice?
  • Do they ask you if you’re okay, and what you’re happy with during the treatment?
  • Keep in mind that communication is a two-way street, so if they don’t ask, make sure you tell them.

Standard of treatment Charging less for a treatment is not an excuse to give you a bad one. You should expect your therapist to know what she or he is doing and to do it well and professionally. They should be sensitive to your feelings and check that you are okay during the treatment. And they should tell you when it has finished, you shouldn’t have to gather it’s finished because they’re leaving the room!

Signs of a good Spa

Standard of facilities This doesn’t mean you should expect every spa to have Saunas, Steam Tents, Steam Room, Vishay Showers, and Hydrotherapy tubs, it means:

  • How good is what they actually have?
  • Are the pools clean?
  • Are they too small or too few for the number of people using them?
  • Are there enough toilets/changing rooms/towels?
  • Did you have to line up for the aroma room?
  • Are there tiles missing or paint peeling off walls, or mold?

When you’re at a spa, you should expect the standard of facility to live up to what the spa tells you, and what you have therefore been led to expect.

  • Is the hydrotherapy pool that looked so huge on the website actually more like a small garden water feature?
  • Does the Turkish hammam feel more like a public toilet?

You should expect the spa facilities to be finished, working, clean and appropriate for what they are used for.

Water, water everywhere and plenty to drink! This is essential as it is actually important to your health. If you’ve been in a sauna for half an hour and don’t have enough fluid, you could pass out. Water should be available throughout a spa, and you should be offered it throughout your visit, as well as actively advised to drink plenty of it. Almost everybody or heat treatment you have in a spa will get your lymphatic system going in some way and this will accelerate how quickly your body loses fluid. You are likely to find yourself needing to go to the toilet a lot more than usual; toxins come out in the water, so you’ll need to replace that water. Rule of thumb is that you should have an extra glass of water for each 15 to 30 minutes of treatment time. More if you are spending any time in a sauna, steam room or gym. Availability of water and advice to drink plenty of it are really good indicators of a good spa. The water should be filtered water, reverse osmosis or bottled water. Remember, if you’re thirsty, you’re already dehydrated.

Attention to detail In some expensive spas, you can expect single orchids on your towels or perhaps a welcome basket of fruit. As nice as these are, they are not the details we are referring to. It’s about the little things that make the difference to your visit: • Do you know where you’re going? • Do you have enough towels? • Are there magazines to read are they intact, current and well maintained? • Do the locker keys come with a wrist strap?

Value for money Whether you paid a lot or a little, do you feel you’re getting your money’s worth? You should. If you don’t, tell them. Be consistent, don’t tell the therapist how great they were, leave a 20% tip and then complain to the manager about the massage.

Products A good spa should let you know what products they will use, and why, prior to the actual service experience. However, you should not be expected to purchase anything. In the end, they may provide you with a list of those products along with a recommendation based on the issues they observed. A good Service provider will also tell you what follow up treatments or services they would recommend for next time and give you an idea of a time frame for that service especially if it builds on the service you just had.

Overall Facilities: Another consideration for choosing your spa is how many people you will be going with. If you are going by yourself, then it is easy to choose. However, if you are going with others you need to ensure that the facility can accommodate you and the services that you want. If four of you want pedicures, and they only have two pedicure chairs or two nail technicians, this spa may not work for you. Take note of how many people they can accommodate at the same time for each of the services.

Future Needs to Know to Jot your overall impressions down or take photos so you can keep the spas straight if you are visiting more than one spa in a day. Also, ask who the best service providers are for the various services. If they say that they are all good, ask who trains the staff members on the services or ask who has developed some of their signature services.

Final Thoughts

Whenever you are looking for a spa, you should keep in mind that the initial point of contact is indicative of the relationship you can expect. When people first meet, that should be the best impression. If the first impression is not positive, then you should stop in your tracks and move on to the next spa. Listen to your gut instinct when calling a spa. If they don’t have time for you before you get there, they will not have time for you in person.

Finding The Right Spa

Support spas that support you. The International Spa Association (ISPA) produced a list of the things that spa-goers want in a spa several years back. Did the spa you want to go to take action on that list or ignore it? Do they have robes in different sizes and colors or is it one size fits all? Is their spa menu larger then TGIF’s restaurant menu or have they trimmed down the spa menu eliminated all the flowery descriptions and truly customized the services for you? Are they making it convenient for you to pay when you want to so you do not have to stay in line and get stressed out after your service? Look for spa deal opportunities to try new things and new environments. Many spa retreats offer a series of treatments bundled in with the price of a room and meals, while others have an a la carte menu from which to choose. A spa vacation can be a great way to celebrate a major life event such as a promotion or wedding. A day spa, on the other hand, does not offer accommodation, although it may offer meals and other treats with spa sessions. Spa by yourself or with others. Spas are a great way to bring people together in a casual, positive, environment. Some spas welcome groups of people, and may even accommodate them with group rooms or discounts. Others are aimed at a more solitary crowd, and may not be as enjoyable for a group. In some cases, you may even be able to “buy out” a spa for several hours for a large group, such as a wedding party. Spas are a way of life. They have become as much a staple as a restaurant. Just as you will try different restaurants, you should explore and enjoy the different aspects of each spa and what they specialize in. Just as you wouldn’t go to a Chinese restaurant for Italian food, you don’t go to an American day spa for an Ayurvedic treatment. When you are new to spas, explore different treatments, and service providers, and different spas, the more you try the better you will be able to find the perfect place for you. Enjoy and let Spavelous Find a Spa in your area right here.