Choosing a spa type

Spas are not all the same! At The Good Spa Guide, we put every spa into one of four categories:

Destination spa:

Offers the pure spa experience, where everyone wanders around in robes. The only reason to be there is to relax and unwind.

Day spa:

Somewhere you can go just for the day, with water facilities such as pools and steam rooms, and somewhere to relax between treatments.

Hotel spa:

Many hotel spas are open to non-residents, but you may find yourself sharing your spa space with hotel guests.

Treatment rooms:

These specialise in beauty, well-being and holistic treatments but you won’t find any pools or baths. There may be a sauna, but the heat facilities probably won’t be extensive.

So, decide what you want to get from your visit. If a swim is an important part of your spa day, you’ll be unhappy if there is no pool. If you’re going for fun and frolics with friends, a hushed spa retreat may not be for you.

The best way to make sure you get the spa experience you want is to search the directory and read the reviews on Good Spa Guide!

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    Shy Spy

  • Age 37
  • Skin type Combination

Spa Likes

"Instant results; jasmine and frangipani scents; hot steam rooms; a good selection of magazines; modernist decor."

Spa Dislikes

"Whale noises (on CD, not in the pool hopefully); hard massage beds; tiny toilet cubicles; being spoken to like a child; lukewarm pools."