Monday, October 26, 2009

Things to Think About When Choosing a Spa Vacation

With the different kinds of spa vacations available and the differing programs they offer it's important to ask yourself a few things, and to make sure you answer those questions honestly. Why are you taking a spa vacation? Are you looking to relax, learn to eat healthy, exercise or get pampered?

Many spas cover all of those reasons, but you'll have better luck getting exactly what you want if you take a spa vacation at one whose programs cater specifically to one or a few of the needs you're looking to fulfill. For example, destination spas tend to work more towards helping guests learn to eat healthy and exercise right with a series of fitness and cooking classes while spas nestled in resorts, often called resort spas, cater more towards relaxing and being pampered.

What Kinds of Vacation Activities Are You Interested In?

If you're looking for more to do than just work towards a healthier sense of well-being a resort spa might be a better spa vacation for you. There are a number of destination spas that do offer on-site golfing or tennis, as well as near-by access to hiking, fishing, museums and other cultural activities as well, though. Before setting up a spa vacation, check the local area for other activities you might like if you don't think you'll be focusing solely on what your spa has to offer.

Will You Be Traveling With a Friend, A Spouse, or Alone?

spa vacationWhen traveling alone it can be easier to determine where to go, but a like-minded friend or spouse can help motivate you and keep you on the right track. If there is anyone joining you on your spa vacation that might not be interested in the activities a spa has to offer, it's recommended that you look into a resort spa where there is plenty of other things to do. That way you can get the relaxation you need without worrying as much about your traveling companion(s) being bored.

Would You Prefer a Scheduled Spa Vacation, or Would You Prefer To Set Your Own Schedule?

Destination spas often offer a set program of activities and classes specifically designed to improve health through diet, exercise and healthy thinking. If you're more the sort to rebel against scheduling and go do your own thing, you might prefer a resort spa where you have more freedom to come and go as you please without interrupting others. A benefit to a set schedule while on a spa vacation, however, is that it can help keep you on track and focused on what you came to the spa to accomplish in the first place.

What Type of Scenery Do You Prefer?

If you head to a destination spa out in the mountains but aren't fond of heights, cool breezes and thinner air then it's quite likely that you won't enjoy yourself as much as you would have if a spa vacation with an ocean setting had been chosen instead. Setting can be important to many people when it comes to relaxing, because if you can't relax with the scenery surrounding you then you're likely to either be unable to concentrate on that relaxing massage or fitness class, or get more irritated with the world in general. The more you like your location, the more chance that spa vacation has a chance to work its magic on you.

How Long of a Vacation Did You Plan to Take?

If you only have a day or two to wash away your stresses try looking into a resort spa, as shortest programs at destination spas tend to last a full week. Day Spa's offer a variety of professionally administered spa services to clients on a day-use basis. A day spa is a form of beauty salon for your entire body! So even if you only plan to take a "day away" there is a day spa that is right for you.

Destination spa's are resorts for personal care treatments. The primary purpose of destination spa's is guiding individual spa-goers to develop healthy habits. While a week or two at a dedicated destination spa might do more for you than a simple day-trip would it's still good to take what you can get when trying to deal with the stresses of our modern-day world. After all, even in our modern world this saying applies: "an ounce of prevention is still worth a pound of cure"!

By Darlene Berkel

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Darlene Berkel of writes about a variety of travel topics. We recommend to learn more about the challenges of traveling with kids.

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