Spas are designed to give every guest an indulgent and luxurious experience, and you can help them deliver on that promise by following a few simple rules of spa etiquette. Whether you’re getting a massage for the first time or are a seasoned spa veteran, adhering to these basic protocols will help you have a relaxing, rejuvenating and rewarding session. Advance Bookings and Cancellations Most spas recommend advance booking to ensure that your desired treatment is available. Similarly, spas typically require advance notice of cancellation — 24 hours is the norm — to avoid a charge on your credit card. Arrival When it comes to spas, showing up early is a good thing. Consult with your spa of choice for their recommendation, and plan to arrive before your scheduled appointment so you can speak with your therapist beforehand about any conditions he or she may need to be aware of. Then, slip into a relaxed frame of mind in a steam room, bath or shower. Tipping Some spas will add a service charge to your bill. If this is not included, a 15 to 20 percent tip is customary and well appreciated. No Phone Service Most spas will request that you turn off your cell phone to avoid interruptions and help maintain a tranquil ambience. Better yet, leave your phone in the hotel room and focus on getting pampered. Nudity Perhaps the single-most misunderstood aspect of the spa experience is the issue of what to wear — or rather, what not to wear — when you prepare for your treatment. Many guests prefer to disrobe completely during a massage, whilst others choose to wear a swimsuit or underwear. Some spas also provide disposable undergarments. In any case, you should not be too concerned, as most spas maintain the highest standards of decorum so that you feel comfortable at all times. Other Guests Spas strive to create and maintain an environment of peace and tranquillity. Help them by respecting other guests’ right to privacy.
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