It’s time to revolutionise the way we view the festive season and embrace the gentle art of gifting experiences to the ones we love.
Let’s face it, when it comes to Christmas, we all get way too much stuff. We open our gifts on Christmas morning, yes, it’s pretty, it’s sparkly, but more often than not the soap, shave gel or candle will sit in a cupboard or in a shelf and remain unopened and unused until next year rolls around.
“Would they enjoy a glass of champagne whilst doing this or are they more a green juice kind of person?”
Creating a bespoke spa package, or even buying one that is ready made provides a wonderful way for your mum, dad, husband or wife (or even son or daughter) to spend the day. It has health benefits, is calming and relaxing and the memories will last a lifetime. It definitely is the gift that keeps on giving. From the moment you present the voucher the excitement begins. Then there is the booking process, taking time off from work or setting aside a weekend or specific day is part of the joy and build-up. It all creates a sense of excitement and anticipation.
Naturally, the experience itself is special and very often Instagrammable for all to share and enjoy vicariously from home. What we often forget is the joy of sharing the experience, retelling the story the spa treatment, the lunch or the time relaxing by the pool. The gift has huge benefits beyond the actual treatment.
When booking a spa experience for a friend or relative, always keep in mind the person you are booking for. Are they adventurous, health conscious or do they like to relax whilst being pampered? Would they enjoy a glass of champagne whilst doing this or are they more a green juice kind of person?
“My mother in law loves to spa alone, and you can guess what is top of her wish list every year”
There are thousands of options when booking a spa experience, but I always look for ones that include full use of the facilities, a 50 minute spa treatment (at least or perhaps two 30 minute therapies, lunch or afternoon tea and a glass of fizz (or healthy juice depending on the guest). These are often excellent value and really allow the recipient to fully immerse themselves in the day.
There are many options to choose from and booking a twilight experience is often better value. These operate from around 5pm until closing time. But consider any travel arrangements, such as, will it be too late to travel home afterwards? A spa day for two is a lovely way for couples to have some time out, and a spa day shared is quite often more enjoyable and memorable than one spent alone. Having said that my mother in law loves to spa alone, and you can guess what is top of her wish list every year. I always include a facial and manicure and a glass of fizz with afternoon tea. She’s in heaven.
So, think about who you are buying for, and consider travel time too as you don’t want to burden your recipient with a long journey to and from the spa, unless you can upgrade them to an overnight stay (which always gains brownie points).
Package options really are the way forward and with some research and planning, you may even find one for yourself.
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