Spa Life E-Magazine Issue 2 Vol. 15 Summer Gourmet 2015 - Page 9

Inquire about free amenities.

Does the spa offer a hot tub, sauna, or lounging by the pool? If so, they can make your visit even more exciting and stretch it out to a half or full day – even if you have one or two treatments. Order a lunch, snack, or a glass of wine. Make sure you’re not inconvenienced and left hungry – many spas offer snacks. Ask if they provide food, but bring your own just in case.

Be respectful of those around you.

Spas are normally quiet – much like a library – unless you have exclusively booked it for a company or private party. The lounge seating can sometimes be tight and interaction with your fellow spa goers is inevitable. Keep the volume of your voice at an appropriate level and lower the volume on your electronic devices so you don’t disturb or distract the person next to you.

Bring your own food.

Don’t depend on the spa to offer food for sale. Many don’t offer more than a bit of fruit, nuts, pretzels and flavoured water. Bring some snacks from home or buy something on the way to hold you over. Stay hydrated with plenty of water. Steer clear of packing pungent foods that contain garlic and onions.

Allow the ones in a hurry to go first.

There is always someone running late or holding the check-in line up. Rather than get in a huff, be patient; remember you are at a spa. If you need to sit down and wait, do so and let the spa concierge know you will wait over on the sofa and not to forget about you.

Hold your tongue.

If you have a complaint about a treatment, staff or fellow spa guest, don't take matters into your own hands. Just simply and calmly ask to speak to the manager or owner and be pleasant and state your concern.

Cell phones be prepared.

We are all guilty of being addicted to our phones, and heaven forbid we miss a call. Just remember; if you need your cell put it on vibrate only and hope it doesn't disturb anyone. But honestly, just leave it in your locker and enjoy your spa experience.