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What Should I Consider When Choosing a Spa Resort?

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Look for a resort that fits your relaxation needs.
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  • Last Modified Date: 28 July 2014
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Choosing a spa resort should involve thorough research and clarification of exactly what you're looking for, including your budget and choice of destination. The first thing to consider when choosing your spa vacation is what type of experience you want to have. If you prefer a specific type of massage or skin treatment, make sure the spa resort you choose offers the experience you desire. Most facilities have a website that lists their treatments. If you're unsure, always call and make sure you understand the different treatments that are available.

Consider price when choosing a spa resort. You don't have to spend thousands of dollars on spa treatments. There is a spa out there for every budget, from day spas to luxury spas to spa destination vacation resorts. Compare costs of several spas before narrowing down your choice. Look for spa coupons online or in newspapers.

Another important factor to consider when choosing a spa resort is where you want to enjoy your spa experience. You can stay close to home with a local spa or take a vacation and spend a week or more on a spa cruise or vacation resort. Traveling to your spa destination will certainly add to the cost, but it can also greatly add to the enjoyment and relaxation of your experience.

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Call a few of your top choices to find out more information about their services and ask if they have any special promotions. Many spas have off-seasons in which prices are significantly discounted. Be sure to keep in mind that you may be sacrificing quality and comfort by accepting these discounts. Research why prices are discounted to ensure an enjoyable spa experience.

Ask your friends and family if they have any recommendations for a good spa resort. Word of mouth remains one of the most effective and reliable marketing tools. If you can't get spa resort experience from someone you know, get it from anonymous strangers. You may be able to find customer reviews or ratings for some spas by searching online. This method may not be quite as reliable but can still be very helpful.

The Day Spa Association is another resource available for choosing a great resort spa. It offers accreditation for spas that meet a high standard of quality, safety, and professionalism. You may be able to find a fantastic yet unaccredited spa, but it's still a great and easily accessible jumping off point to begin your search.

Before booking your visit, find out if the spa you're researching offers a tour of the facility. This way, you can meet the staff face to face, get a feel for how the spa runs, and see the quality of the facility for yourself. A first-hand experience of the spa resort is the best way to make sure you will be happy with your purchase.

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