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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