Sometimes we just want to get away and carve out some relaxation time for ourselves. A spa resort vacation is an amazing way to do it. Prior to taking this well-deserved hiatus and booking deals on last minute flights to exotic destinations, you should take the time to do a bit of planning, and we’re going to tell you how.
Set the Date Early
More often than not, the early bird gets the worm. While a few spas accept walk-ins, most places will require you to make an appointment ahead of time. Some spas stay open year-round while others are seasonal. Booking your spa vacation as early as possible will reduce stress and ensure that you can enjoy your time of relaxation without any hiccups. After all, the last thing you want to stress about is a spa vacation! This strategy also gives you something to be excited about in your future. If you prefer to be surrounded by your own gender to create a more relaxing and pleasant environment, it’s also worth mentioning that a few spas block off certain weeks to cater to only men, and other weeks are strictly reserved for women. Additionally, the earlier you make the reservations for your spa vacation, the better chance you have of scoring a discount or potentially taking advantage of a limited-time special offer.
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Prepare Yourself Before Going
We know it sounds contradictory because spas are all about pampering and unwinding, but it’s important to take heed of any “pre-spa” instructions they may offer prior to your appointment. If this is your first time experiencing a spa treatment, be sure to review the establishment’s website and ask tons of questions so that you are best prepared for your special getaway. Always get in touch with your doctor, and go over the list of your medications and allergies (if you have any) before the day comes so that you can avoid a potential medical emergency or bad reaction to certain products. Reputable spas will help you figure out what treatment is best for you. Speaking of avoiding things, we would suggest staying away from food and drinks that make you bloated or gassy; however, staying hydrated with fluids is always a great idea.
Meditate Before, During, and After Your Spa Experience
Visualize what “me” time means to you, and bring it to life. For some, it might mean dimming the lights and lighting a couple of their favorite candles — using clean candles that are free of toxic chemicals is the best option, otherwise you might end up with a headache. Whip out your music playlist and put on a few soothing songs to get you in the right frame of mind. Stretch your body into perpetual relaxation with some yoga positions. Leave your makeup in the drawer and throw some comfy clothes on. If essential oils are your jam, drop some into your favorite oil diffuser. Keep your mind clear while you’re at the spa. Soak in the air at their saunas or take a dip in their hot tubs. Take a nap after your spa day is over and indulge yourself with some chocolate. Some places will provide you with music and aromatherapy during your sessions to keep you relaxed even longer.
Consider the Location
Hotels and resorts with spas can give you the ultimate pampering experience from start to finish. Think room service, fluffy hotel robes, and gigantic king-sized beds with soft sheets. Everything would be at your fingertips, quite literally. Research the local offerings if you’re going international, such as the famous Blue Lagoon in Iceland or beer spas in Prague. Aspire to have a truly unique experience that’d never come close to anything you normally experience back home. Don’t cross your hometown off the list just yet either; staycations can be equally amazing. The bonus to this option is that there won’t be any jet lag to worry about!
Create Your Budget
This takes us back to choosing a location and establishing a time frame for your spa vacation. Before making any decisions, set aside a budget and be sure to plan for travel, lodging, food, spa services, souvenirs, money for tipping, and whatever else you think you may need. Some spa treatments and services have add-ons, which is something else to keep in mind. Look into spa package deals to make your money stretch even further. This option is usually more affordable than scheduling everything individually. If you’re okay with not experiencing every bell and whistle available, choose one service that you feel like you would really enjoy and stick around afterwards to take advantage of some of the free amenities. Utilize your social media platforms to scope out places and influencers that share insider discounts with their followers, especially on Instagram. One of the most highly sought after places for a spa vacation is Bali, Indonesia. $20 USD can easily give you a fully loaded day of luxurious spa activities, and the views are absolutely stunning.
Lastly & Most Importantly, Enjoy Your Vacation
Self-care is incredibly important. We hope our suggestions will help you plan your spa vacation, and you’ll come back completely rejuvenated and ready to take on the world. Now all you need are some deals on last minute flights, and you’re good to go!
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