Finding The Right Spa


Types of Spas

Spavelous Spa Explorer assist 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 spas primary purpose is to provide comprehensive medical and wellness care in an environment that integrates spa services, as well as traditional, complimentary 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 microdermabrasions, 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 Spa

Mineral 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

. Eco Spa

Eco 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 Spa

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

Mobile Spa

Mobile 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 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. Finding The Right SpaTypes of Spas for youWhat Do You Want in a Spa? The Spa Budget FactorThe Seven Steps To Select a Spa When in Doubt … Check The Spa Out