Vacations are meant to be enjoyable and relaxing. Unfortunately, that’s not always the case especially when museum browsing causes low back pain and aching feet. And for vacation shoppers, carrying tote bags, heavy purses, and backpacks can cause shoulders to throb and necks to stiffen. Part of every travel itinerary should include at least one spa visit.
Checking Out Day Spas
While arranging your trip, check online for day spas located in the cities you’ll be visiting. In larger cities such as New York, it’s better to review spas in a specific region such as Soho or midtown. Many day spas staff according to scheduled bookings, so it’s best to reserve your spa treatment ahead of time.
Comparing spas online can also give you a good idea of price ranges for spa services in the area. Hotel spas are usually an excellent choice but it’s always good to review spas at other hotels besides the one you’re staying in. Make your day spa visit a true adventure.
Trying Something New
Whether you’re a regular spa-goer or a novice, visiting a spa while on vacation can make your trip a certain success. Because signature treatments often rely on local organic ingredients or ethnic customs, day spas encountered during travel offer an opportunity to try new therapies. For instance, if you haven’t tried them before, vacations are a perfect time to try Ayurvedic or Chakra-based therapies.
Spa services in different cities also take the climate and local weather into account. Spa lounges provide an opportunity to try healthy seasonal favorite fruit drinks and local produce.
Travel delays and finding one’s way around in a new city can be stressful. Plan your spa visit for the second day of your trip after you have time to learn your way around.
It’s a good idea to arrive at least 30 minutes early for your spa visit, allowing ample time to shower and change. Spas with hot tubs or fitness centers allow clients with scheduled services use of these facilities. Spa visits late in the day are particularly enjoyable. Refreshed and rejuvenated, spa enthusiasts are more likely to order a healthy dinner and enjoy a good night’s sleep.
Today, day spas can be found in nearly every city. In spa towns, it’s not unusual for guests to spend 4 or more hours relaxing in the spa’s mineral springs. Many day spas boast of having several different mineral springs, all with different mineral content and specific properties.
In some areas surrounded by rural regions such as the Ojo Caliente Spa outside Santa Fe, luxury day spas may be an hour away but well worth the extra miles.