Friday, 3 February 2017

5 Factors That Make The Ultimate Spa Experience




Not gonna lie, it has been a tough week and I'm currently sat in bed writing this post thinking about how much I want a spa day. Recently I've been having some amazing days when I feel like I'm on top of a cloud, and then some really bad days when I just want to curl up in bed and not move. I wanted to book myself a little spa break for the afternoon very soon as a little pick me up treat. I don't do it often, but it has become something I like looking into and doing on the semi-regular basis, every few months, to give myself a pat on the back for handling life no matter what.

Now, some experiences have been wonderful and some have been frustratingly bad when it comes to spas, and as it's still within the beauty sector, I wanted to share those experiences and tell you how I look for a good spot. There is no better place for massages and real relaxation than Thailand. That's all. No matter how many spas I visit here, nothing beats what I experienced in Asia, they're the absolute kings and queens for me. When I go to get a massage or a facial I like to be relaxed, feel like I'm getting a break from the outside world and like it's all about me. It is 'me time' after all. Here are 5 essentials that make me return to a spa: 

1 - Location 
Yeah, we all want to be on a deserted island but we can't, that's true. However, I would expect the building or the floor to be well quiet or isolating enough that you don't hear any of that noise like cars, people shouting, techno music and what not. It seems pretty logical, right? Well, last year I went to this spa where you could hear literally everything going on outside. Granted it was on the lower ground floor and the windows were open, but I just couldn't relax. I was almost more focused on what was going on on the street rather than focusing on a lovely facial.

2 - Mood 
Dimmed light, the right music, the right smell, candles  - it all makes a difference. Maybe I'm just being really picky but the experience is totally ruined if I don't feel like I'm in an actual spa. I could be slapping on a face mask at home and calling it a day but I pay for experience as a whole.

3 - Hygiene 
Yeah, the most basic of all requests but I won't even mention how many times I went to a spa where I found dirty towels waiting for me. This is probably my biggest no-no, but come on, surely that's not too much to ask for? Changing towels after each customer, especially when they're wet or humid. It literally makes my skin crawl when I think about it.

4 - Right Beauty Salon Supplies 
I'm always weary of those online deals that I find on a variety of sites, as most of the time those were the salons/ spas with the worst equipment or brands in them. From skin reactions to literally having broken equipment not working, I have seen it all. Nowadays I would rather pay a little more and get treated well, than go to some very cheap place and experiencing the worst possible service provided due to lack of supplies and people not giving a damn. 

5 - Knowledge 
Last but certainly not least. Look up reviews for everything and anything. Do these people know what they're doing? What are the customers saying? If you're already allowing yourself the luxury of a massage, then maybe do a little more research on the place you wish to book into as anyone these days can classify themselves as a professional. This is something I didn't do before and it's such a silly mistake! 

Do you treat yourself to spa days often? Have you had any exceptionally good (or really bad) experiences? 


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35 comments

  1. I totally agree! Each of these things play a major part in whether or not a spa is perfect or not!

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  2. I totally agree that the mood makes the experience. Sometimes I find if they are playing weird music it really puts me off- I spend ages criticising the music in my head and not relaxing!

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  3. I have to admit my friends and I tend to book into a spa about once every three months for a pamper and a catch up x

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  4. I like to have spa days but don't get them as often as I'd like. I've booked me and my mum in for a facial and massage for mothers' day and I can't wait x

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  5. I agree with all the factors you have listed, if you are paying your hard earned money for a spa day, you want the experience to be completely relaxing and rejuvenating.

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  6. Great factors included I went through a stage of liking going in my early teens - facials, massages and manicures. Now it's all stuff you can do at home! x

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  7. i actually really could do with a nice spa relaation , im exhausted and would love a quiet serene room x

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  8. I couldn't agree with this more! I always try to make it a point to have a spa visit when I go on trips. Once you've experienced a bad one, you really know the difference details can make!

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  9. Hygiene is soooooo important when booking a spa day. I'm actually off to one on Tuesday for my Mum's 60th, I can't wait x

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  10. I had a spa day last year in Bath with my friend. We really enjoyed the rooftop pool too. I'd really like to try the Lush Spa x

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  11. I've never been to a spa! Definitely need to rectify that so hopefully your tips will help me pick a good one :) The idea of dirty towels makes me gag, blerghh!

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  12. All of these are so important! I love it whn you cna set the proper mood for a spa day, even if it's at home!

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  13. I've never had a spa day, with treatments. I've been saying for about 12 months i'm going to book one but haven't got round to it. Hopefully i can use these tips when I do book one

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  14. I've never had a spa day, I always say I'd like to but never get around to doing it! All of these points would definitely be what i would be looking for too. If you are spending your money you want it to be perfect.

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  15. I haven't been to a spa for so long. I'll have to way to go to one after my pregnancy.

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  16. I've never been to a spa in the Uk- only abroad at a Turkish bath and that was wonderful. I would love to go to a spa but no idea where to start!

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  17. I always look up reviews for things! such good tips :)

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  18. Fantastic post, I'd really love to visit a spa sometime soon!

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  19. You are absolutely right I would expect my spa experience to be special and would have high expectations of the treatments and facilities.

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  20. I agree with all your posts. Doing research is key before forking out for a spa day. And 'yes' everything has to be perfect, otherwise the experience is ruined.
    I am in Bali now and you can get cheap beauty treatments and massage in here. Sadly, it's hard to get that me time with two kids.
    The only massage I managed to have was an exceptionally strong deep tissue one. It really helped with my back pain.

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  21. Absolutely spot on! I love a good spa break and really enjoy being pampered. It is important to research the spa though as I have had some "not so good" experiences! x

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  22. I have never had a spa day or spa break, I keep looking at them, and it is something I do want to do x

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  23. I love a good spa day. It relaxes me so much.

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  24. I have never been on a spa day - however I have had a few massages and facials and I do think this is definitely something I would apply to those too x

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  25. I don't go to a spa very often but I do I definitely look for those 5 things.

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  26. I have never had a spa day before but I will be looking out for those 5 things if I ever go

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  27. I'm totally overdue a spa day. These are great tips.

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  28. I would love to be able to do this more often, I think it was 2 years ago I last had a spa day!

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  29. I agree, a spa needs to be a lot more than just the treatment.

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  30. I agree with everything, especially the mood and location. It makes such a big difference!

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  31. I went to the Bannatyne spa recently and had a chocolate massage, it was amazing! I feel like I've been missing out and should have gotten myself to a spa years ago, I'll definitely be treating myself more often

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  32. Love the way you presenting the idea. spa almost necessary for women.

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  33. I'm actually going to a spa this weekend with my friend and I am so looking forward to it, I really hope its as relaxing as it should be x

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  34. I love a good spa! Hygiene is so important as well as the right atmosphere and well trained staff

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