Foodies know that the best time to try that new, swank (and usually unaffordable!) bistro everyone’s been talking about is during Restaurant Week, when deals are a-plenty and the dishes as delish as ever. Pretty good idea, right? Thankfully, this delightful notion has made its way from the dinner table to the massage table. That’s right – it’s Spa Week!
Spa Week has been around for a few years, popping up every spring and fall in select cities around the country. (Visit http://www.spaweek.com for a complete list of participating spas.) But navigating through the endless combinations of services, locations, and prices can be difficult and intimidating. For instance, is a $50 organic cucumber wrap a Spa Week steal or a Spa Week scam? Here are some ways to get the most out of Spa Week, after all, it should be relaxing!
1. Book early and book new! Most spas see a huge increase in business during Spa Week, so make reservations as soon as you decide on a service to avoid getting shut out of a deal. And don’t be deterred if the so-called trendy spas are filled by the time you call. This is the perfect opportunity to try a new place (and make everyone jealous when you score that coveted Saturday 10 a.m. massage appointment).
2. And speaking of new… Sure you’ve heard of an oxygen-infused facial or an olive oil foot treatment, but is it really for you? During Spa Week, the answer is yes! At $50 for most Spa Week services, this is the time to sample a more out-there treatment, without worrying about the huge investment. And who knows, it could become your new favorite! As always, make sure to ask whether a service is right for you, and don’t go entirely overboard with the new stuff. Four coconut microdermabrasions in one week is three too many.
3. Do a Cost Spa-nalysis. Before booking anything, check to see what the original, pre-Spa Week, price of the service is. While some spas offer truly amazing Spa Week deals, other discounts aren’t worth braving the crowds for. That paraffin pedicure may be $10 cheaper during Spa Week, but it’s not really worth it when you can’t get in until 9:30 p.m. on a Wednesday. Save your splurge for a bigger bargain; they’re out there. Also, when factoring the cost of a Spa Week outing, it’s etiquette to tip on the cost of the original service, not the Spa Week price.
4. Spa Day- Spa Week – Spa Year! Spa lovers, rejoice! The benefits of Spa Week can go way beyond an hour-long treatment at a rock bottom price. First, take advantage of everything a spa offers when you book a service, even during Spa Week. Just because you’re only getting a mani doesn’t mean you can’t spend a day luxuriating. Show up early and try the gym, the steam rooms, the Jacuzzi, whatever they offer! Also, spas know that getting an appointment for the service you want at a decent time is most challenging during Spa Week. To compensate, many spas allow guests to purchase gift certificates at Spa Week prices that can be used year-round. And who wouldn’t want that 60 minute massage for $50, to be cashed in at your convenience? (Spa Week gift certs are also a great present, especially if you want people to shower you with hugs and say things like “You shouldn’t have!”)
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