Spa weekends have become a stylish pastime for many women in the UK, particularly if they have a big event like a wedding coming up. Others will book in for a spa retreat simply to remove themselves from the stresses and strains of contemporary life and to allow their bodies to be pampered while they relax.
Whether you want to go alone or with a group of friends, make sure you choose a spa that offers all the treatments you’re interested in. The highest quality spas often come with their own accommodation, like Urban Retreat Apartments, so that the serenity of your weekend is unbroken.
It’s usually a good idea to book your treatments in advance, so you don’t miss out on your spa weekend. Some spas will offer complimentary treatments and use of the pool, steam room and sauna is usually free, so take advantage of these facilities.
It can be useful to have a look on all the facilities your spa offers online to make sure you know exactly what you want to do over the course of the weekend. Remember to bring any gift vouchers and confirmation letters with you.
What to Wear
Most spas will provide towelling robes for their guests, but you should bring swimwear and a pair of flip-flops. The most stylish spa-goers tend to opt for plain swimsuits in neutral colours, rather than sporty costumes or revealing bikinis. Some spas allow their guests to swim nude in the spirit of traditionalism, but check on this before you turn up.
Most massages will be undertaken nude with just a sheet covering the lower half of your body. There’s no need to be embarrassed, but if you do feel uncomfortable it’s okay to ask your masseuse if she will work round your bra.
Maintaining the Spa Atmosphere
To really get the most out of your spa experience, it’s a good idea to turn your mobile phone off. That way you won’t be bothered by messages from work or your partner. A spa retreat is your time, and you should remain undisturbed. In an emergency, your family can contact the spa reception desk.
The ambience of a spa should be serene and calming, so if you are planning to come with a large group, it’s best to keep your conversations quiet so as not to disturb other guests. All spas have their own rules on this sort of thing, so familiarize yourself with the etiquette required before you arrive.