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Spa Introduction
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TYPES OF SPAS
The Destination Spa The day spa offers spa treatments, such as massages, facials and body treatments, on a day-use basis. Most offer manicures and pedicures as well. Many hair salons have added day spas, which allow you to combine spa and beauty services in one day. Facilities will vary at day spas, but most have treatment rooms, meditation or waiting room, and a locker room with showers. A "wet room" is a tiled room with special shower facilities for more elaborate body treatments. Hydrotherapy tubs are not that common at day spas, but desirable.

The Destination Spa offers a complete spa experience in an overnight setting (most require a two or three-night minimum stay.) Its sole purpose is to provide mind and body fitness, healthy eating, spa treatments and relaxation.There is a great range in terms of size, style and luxury, but the facilities should be more elaborate and extensive than the average days spa. Ideally it will have hydrotherapy tubs, wet rooms, steam baths, saunas and some unusual treatments.

Expect a wide selection of exercise and stress reduction classes, as well as outdoor activities. It should have gyms for working out, swimming pools, tennis courts, and sometimes Pilates studios. Classes and lectures are part of the programming. Healthy spa cuisine is generally included in the price. While some treatments are included, you will probably want additional services. Some destination spas allow non-guests to book services on a day use basis. Others are limited to guests.

The Resort Spa is a facility that is just one of the many guest amenities at the resort, not the sole or primary attraction. This can be a good choice when one person loves spas and the other loves golf. Check your package: treatments and exercise classes may not be included. Meals are almost certainly a la carte. While there will be some spa cuisine, you can wash down your steak with a bottle of wine. (Some destination spas forbid alcohol.)

The Club Spa is attached to a fitness club, and the Hotel Spa is generally a luxury facility attached to an upscale urban hotel.

The Medi Spa has been popping up in large cities. It offers treatments that require a doctor's supervision, such as laser resurfacing and Botox injections, in addition to traditional spa services.

WHAT DOES A SPA DO ?
Massage Treatment Massage, Facial And Body Treatment Basics, even the tiniest day spa can offer a dizzying number of services. Should you get the aromatherapy or the purifying facial? A salt scrub or a mud wrap? Paraffin or algae for your body wrap? The most popular service and the best place to start is massage, the manual manipulation of the body's muscles. Massage has been around for thousands of years and has a number of health benefits. It improves blood circulation. It prevents and treats muscle pain and spasm. It reduces tension and anxiety, calms the nervous system and promotes a sense of relaxation and well being.

Massage therapy can be effective with pain management, but many healthy people get massage regularly because it helps them maintain physical, mental and emotional well being. The second most popular service is the European facial, which involves skin analysis, deep cleansing, massage, "extractions" (removal of blackheads and whiteheads), toning, and moisturizing.

Body treatments are essentially facials for the whole body. The most popular body treatment is a salt glow or body scrub, an exfoliating treatment where the therapist rubs off the outermost layer of dead skin cells. This will leave your skin feeling velvety soft.The body scrub is often combined with a detoxifying or hydrating treatment. Products like mud, algae, or seaweed are detoxifying because they stimulate your blood circulation and lymphatic system. This aids your body's own ability to carry away waste products. Rich cream or oil softens and condition the skin , so it's a hydrating treatment.

Most spas offer manicures and pedicures, and spa/salons offer hair cutting and styling services. The most important thing you can do to maximize your enjoyment is arrive at least 15 minutes before your treatment is scheduled to begin. That way you can check in, change into your robe, and start to relax. If the spa has facilities like a sauna, steam bath, or hot tub, arrive even earlier.

HOW MUCH WILL IT COST ?
Prices will vary depending on where you live and the spa's luxury factor. A smaller day spa outside a major city will have lower prices: a fifty minute Swedish massage for $75; a European facial for $65; a half-hour body scrub for $40. Prices at a more luxurious spa in a bigger city might be $95 for the massage; $90 for the facial; and $60 for the half-hour scrub. Manicures range between $20 and $35; pedicures between $45 and $65.

Aerobic Classes Destination spas can vary a great deal in the luxuries and amenities they offer, so there is a wide price range. Prices begin at around $200 per person, per night (double occupancy), including meals and some treatments, for more rustic destination spas, usually with a two-night minimum. A top-of-the-line spa like Ananda Spa Resort has a three-night minimum and can run $600 per person, per night (double occupancy) including meals and some treatments. And once you get there, you'll probably want more services and treatments than come with your allowance.

Always check to see what's included. Meals? Treatments? Tax? Service fees? And some resort spas even charge extra for yoga or aerobic classes You can save by traveling off-season, planning your stay during the week rather than on weekends, and looking for special bring-a-friend programs. You can also make the most of your time by arriving early in the morning on your first day and leaving late your last day.

SAVING ON YOUR SPA HOLIDAYS
How do you make sure you're getting the best price on a spa vacation? First, make sure you understand what kind of spa you're visiting, and what's included. A destination spa can be expensive, with prices ranging from $150 to $600 a day per person. But that includes all your meals, most classes and activities, and may even include some spa treatments like massage or facials. Always check to see if tax and service fees are included. They can add a hefty 25%. And you're likely to want more treatments, so budget that in.

A spa resort, on the other hand, might have an alluring room rate of $150 a night, a great golf course and six swimming pools. But you'll be paying for all your meals and treatments. They won't offer as many exercise classes. And you may have to pay $10 or $15 for every yoga class you want to take - or even to have access to the gym and steam room.

Here are some money-saving tips:
  • Stay during the week for the lowest rates. Destination spas usually have a three-night minimum. A Thursday night arrival will cost more than a Sunday night arrival.
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  • Travel off-season. In the Northern part of India , rates are higher in the winter, lower in the summer. It's the reverse in the Southern part of India and Goa.
  • If there is a particular spa you want to experience, get in touch with us. We will let you know about any special savings programs.
  • Look at destination spas that are known for good value, like the Ananda in Rishikesh, Amar Vilas Agra, Pousada Tauma Goa etc. . They are rustic, but offer a healthy holiday at an affordable price.
  • Some spas are copying the airlines with "frequent spa-er" programs. Ananda Spa Resort in Rishikesh, Amar Vilas Agra, Golden Palms Bangalore etc offer these facilities.