Going to a day spa can be very relaxing, but making a misstep and embarrassing yourself can quickly put an end to relaxation. To avoid this problem, all you need to do is to consider some tips to behave politely in such places. Some rules are common sense, while others may surprise some newbies.
When it comes to scheduling an appointment, you should know that the busiest times are usually on weekends and late afternoons, so if you want a really relaxing experience, consider going in the morning. If you have a gift certificate or coupon, please mention it when booking your appointment. Also, make sure you arrive on time, as even a few minutes’ delay can cause you to miss your appointment or delay others’ times. If you are going to be late and you know it, perhaps due to traffic, call the day spa so they can at least try to work with you.
If it is your first time in the spa, please inform the reception person. You will likely be able to get an informative tour, along with an overview of the rules and expectations. Most of all, you might get some useful tips and insights about the place if they know it’s new.
Most people who visit spas prefer to wear clothing that can be easily removed during the appointment. If your treatment doesn’t require you to be nude or even partially clothed, don’t worry about this tip. Consider whether you’ll need to bring a bathing suit for the pool, hot tub, or sauna if you plan to relax all day. Note that towels are often provided, but you can ask before you go.
Tipping is traditional at a typical day spa, usually 15 to 20 percent, depending on whether the employee went above and beyond to make you comfortable. You can usually leave the tip at the front desk. However, please check your invoice first to make sure it is not included.
Other rules are common sense and similar to what you would find in a doctor’s office. It is recommended that you keep young children at home, turn off cell phones or put them on silent mode, and keep your voice down when talking to others. Of course, there are exceptions to these rules, such as in emergencies, but following them is simply respectful of others.
These tips are designed to ensure that your day spa appointment is as relaxing as possible. It is recommended to leave distractions at home. You’ll get the most for your money by following these etiquette tips whenever possible.