In 2011 we wrote about spas as the world's first social network for the lovely folks over at Ape to Gentleman. Historically, spas have been a place of social interaction, and a place to meet, talk, gossip, do business and even find a partner. Many modern-day spas focus on hushed tranquility and quiet contemplation. However, there's a growing trend in social spa-ing that's set to really take hold in 2012.
The ever-popular Harrogate Turkish Baths and Health Spa is a good example of the growing popularity of sharing your spa experience with others in truly traditional style.
Other large spas like like Aqua Sana at Center Parcs and Sanctuary Spa Covent Garden are also perfect examples of how spas can be enjoyed as social spaces. At these spas, you won't find cramped saunas and two tiny treatment rooms. You will find plenty of spacious wet and thermal facilities, enough treatment rooms to cater for large numbers of guests, and a café or lounge where you can have a chat without worrying about disturbing the silence. All of this, plus a whole host of luxurious treatments to choose from.
When you put the social back into spa, you'll find that all the luxuriating and relaxing suddenly takes on a different element. As you steam, swim, plunge and lounge you can spend time with friends, chat with loved ones or even make new acquaintances. As time is so often of the essence in our busy lives, combining spa-ing and socialising is surely a match made in heaven?!
3rd April 2014
Minimalist lines; organic products; facial massage; tranquillity; interesting people-watching.
Discarded towels on loungers; steam rooms that aren't steamy; mobile phones.
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