From whether you can take your dog with you, to what to wear during your spa treatment, there are no silly questions when it comes to going on a spa break. Here are the answers to our top 10 FAQs and common misconceptions. To ask anything else just contact us by following the link at the end of the article.
Arrival times vary from venue to venue, and you will be advised of a check-in time when you book. However, most spa days ask you to arrive any time from 10am, and you are free to use facilities all the way up until closing time. On overnight breaks, check-in is usually around 3pm and check-out is from 11am; however if you would like to use the facilities before or after those times, most venues will be happy to accommodate you. When it comes to treatments, we recommend that you arrive in the treatment area around 15 minutes early. That’s to fill in any consultation forms and make sure your treatment isn’t undermined by feeling stressed out about the time.
In your first trimester there are a lot of things that it is recommended you should avoid at a spa. These include the Jacuzzi, sauna and steam room (because of the heat), aromatherapy and anything that puts pressure on the stomach such as a massage that requires you to lie on your front. After the first 13 weeks however, you can branch out a bit. It is always a little dependent on the individual pregnancy however.
It is still recommended that you avoid over stimulating treatments like aromatherapy and deep tissue massages. Helpfully, many spas offer dedicated prenatal treatments and packages that are designed to be gentle and accommodating to you and your bump as your pregnancy progresses. For any special considerations consult your doctor before booking, and if in doubt, mention any concerns to your therapist. Otherwise, have fun!
Standard practice is that it is best to avoid spa breaks within three months of surgery or a severe illness. If you have recently been severely ill or had surgery it is best to check with your doctor before booking a spa break. However, it is particularly important to mention if you are currently having treatment for cancer or have had treatment within the past two years.
Spas are notoriously nervous about treating customers who have cancer. If you arrive on the day without telling them about it, the likelihood is that you will be refused treatment unless the spa therapists have had dedicated training. It is for this reason that Spabreaks.com pioneered Recovery Retreats, spa days and breaks which are specifically designed for anyone who is suffering from cancer, providing a safe and discreet experience. That said, the industry is changing in this respect and more and more spas are able to adapt treatments easily. For advice on where to visit speak to a member of the Spabreaks.com team.
While it may seem fussy to have these parameters in place, it is all designed to make sure that customers are safe. The industry has not always handled it well, but it is changing and many of us within it are working hard to make sure more therapists are properly trained to offer therapies to every body at any stage of wellness. For more information follow the link below. We also have a number of articles here on The Hot Tub to help you find the right spa experience for you.
Aside from checking whether the restaurant requires a dress code, a spa day is about being relaxed. So wear something comfortable, take a swimming costume (or two – one to swim in, and one to have your treatments in) and a pair of flip flops. Also, find out whether the spa provides robes, towels and slippers before you go!
During your treatment, feel free to arrive in your robe and swimming costume. Usually you will be asked to strip down to your knickers/pants/ the bottom half of your swimming costume. If your therapist does not advise you, if you are not comfortable or are unsure feel free to ask. This is your spa experience and it’s important you are happy.
Is it ok to interrupt a therapist mid-massage if you’re not enjoying the pressure, the temperature or the products? Yes, absolutely! A spa break is all about you. All spas would rather you spoke up sooner rather than later because that way they can do something about it!
Some venues will operate a policy of only allowing customers aged 18 years and over, and we will be able to advise you on this when booking. In terms of treatments, most places will offer teenagers under 16 years old basic treatments such as mini-manicures or pedicures. However, they do always have to be accompanied by an adult.
While some spas will not ask you to put your phone away, good spa etiquette is to leave it in your locker. Photos may be a wonderful part of a hen party or special getaway, but it is important to be mindful that the clicking, buzzing and ringing of a mobile phone can be extremely disruptive to other people using the facilities.
Even if it is not spa policy we would always advise you to restrict the use of your phone to the areas of the hotel outside the spa facilities. Or at least keep it on silent and tucked away if you need to keep it on you for any particular reason. It’s always a good thing to have a bit of a digital detox anyway!
This is venue dependent and as always we will be able to help you with this at the time of booking. Some hotels are happy to accommodate dogs in rooms and some public areas. However there may be a surcharge for them. Most spas will not permit pets in the actual spa area itself.
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