The Spa Spies™

The Spa Spies™

A Good Spa Guide Spa Spy™ is a committed, professional journalist at The Good Spa Guide who is passionate about all things spa. From Jacuzzis to the gym, massage to mud wraps, there is nothing they won't try to find the pinnacle of pampering perfection.

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Below is a list of our current Spa Spies, do any of them like the things you do?

Scottish Spy

Age: 50s

Skin Type: Normal - dry

Spa likes: Picturesque views; firm massages; friendly therapists who make you feel at ease; stylish interiors; attention to detail; outdoor hot tubs; infinity pools; fluffy robes and towels; a good selection of spa treatments

Spa dislikes: Any attempt to hard sell; inconsiderate therapists; areas in need of a clean; rowdy guests; cheap toiletries; restaurant menus that are overly healthy; cold swimming pools; no private changing areas; paper pants 

Spiritual Spy

Age 40-something

Skin type Combination

Spa likes Heated outdoor pools, yoga-based therapies, beautiful grounds to wander in, personalised treatments

Dislikes Crowded changing rooms, whale music, complicated booking systems, hen parties hogging the hot tub

Spirited Spy

Age 20s

Skin Type Dry/combination

Spa Likes Boutique boltholes with a good dose of opulence; island retreats; panoramic views; informative therapists; fluffy dressing gowns

Spa Dislikes Worn towels; wet floors; tired design; bad acoustics; unruly children

Seaside Spy

Age 30s

Skin Type Combination

Spa Likes Variety, luxury, great results

Spa Dislikes Over-chatty staff when it's clear you want to switch off and relax, unhygienic settings and equipment, poor results 

The Spa Spy

Age 38 (going on 23!)

Skin Type Normal/combination

Spa Likes Intuitive masseurs, inspired or outlandish treatments and design, posh products and celeb spotting

Spa Dislikes anyone po-faced (guests and therapists) or stupid, boring design and treatments

Find me on twitter @GoodSpaSpy

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Savant Spy

Age: 46 (and now reversing)

Skin Type Oily/sensitive

Spa Likes Clever, inspiring design, sublime views, a vast, clean and empty pool, solitary relaxation areas to read, write or commune with my muse

Spa Dislikes Small talk, discussions about spirituality or astrology, any products containing tea tree oil or aloe (sadly am allergic), busy pools where you can’t do laps

Summer Spy

Age: 30s

Skin Type: Oily/combination

Spa Likes: Warmth and sunshine; spas which take me away to another country; fruit infused waters; beach-worth pedicures; deep tissue massages

Spa Dislikes: High footfalls; treatments that over promise and under deliver; heavy lunches; loungers drapped in used towels

Supreme Spy

Age: 30s

Skin Type: Normal to dry

Spa Likes: Picturesque views, innovative body treatments, knowledgeable therapists, results driven skincare and small touches that surprise and delight.

Spa Dislikes: Areas in need of a deep clean, noisy guests that spoil a calm ambience, treatments that aren’t personalised and being cold

Serene Spy

Age: 30s

Skin Type: Normal to oily

Spa Likes: Heavy fluffy towels, beautifully designed (warm) pools, products that smell amazing and feel light on the skin, subtle lighting, places to snooze, healthy food, strong massage

Spa Dislikes: Showers that aren't spotless, unclear systems (for example: not knowing where to leave my towel at the end)

Scarlet Spy

Age: 24

Skin Type: Normal/dry

Spa Likes: Beautiful interiors, luxurious swimming pools, being pampered, long facials, quality food

Spa Dislikes: Noisy echoes, overlooking facilities, thin walls in treatment rooms, cramped spa layout

Super Spy

Age: Ageless (47)

Skin type: Dry and sensitive

Spa Likes: Length size pools; strong swan pipes; seriously deep tissue massages; beautiful views from outside thermal experiences

Spa Dislikes: Sniffing therapists; cold treatment rooms; hard sell on products

Single Spy

Age: Young at heart. Oh, alright then, 50s.

Skin type: As therapists like to say: "mature".

Spa likes: Warm floors when you put your bare feet upon them; heated treatment beds; soft towels; attention to detail, so that your treatment room looks and smells beautiful when you arrive in it.

Spa dislikes: Cold floors when you put your bare feet upon them; therapists who use your treatment time to write up a list of product "recommendations" that they hope you will purchase.

Shy Spy

Age: 37

Skin Type: Combintion

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 cubiles; being spoken to like a child; lukewarm pools

Suave Spy

Age: 30s

Skin Type: Sensitive

Spa Likes: Tepedariums (heated seats make my spa day); pools you can actually swim in; eucalyptus steams rooms; deep tissue massages

Spa Dislikes: Anything to do with ice or cold plunge pools; having to go outside mid-spa day; other people talking loudly; hot tubs with the bubbles on!

Student Spy

Age: 18

Skin Type: Combination

Spa Likes: Good food; friendly therpists; decent music to listen to during a treatment; therpists who understand that exams make you feel really stressed

Spa Dislikes: Robes that are too big for people who are only five foot tall; swimming pools with no room to swim; too much healthy food

Stylish Spy

Age 40-something

Skin Type Sensitive

Spa Likes Minimalist lines; organic products; facial massage; tranquillity; interesting people-watching 

Spa Dislikes Discarded towels on loungers; steam rooms that aren't steamy; mobile phones

Sybaritic Spy

Age: 50s

Skin Type: Dry

Spa Likes: Warm treatment beds; fragrant steam rooms; therapists who listen to what you say; unexpected treats such as back massages that start with hot towels on your feet

Spa Dislikes: Small towels; crowded changing rooms; black mould in the showers; therapists who sniff; anyone who doesn't take my lavender allergy seriously - until I'm actually sick on them!

Sassy Spy

Age: early 30s

Skin Type: Normal/combination skin

Spa Likes: Luxurious scented candles; hot massage oil; being warm; unusual treatments; fluffy towels; natural light; firm pressure

Spa Dislikes: Mould; slamming doors; being walked in on while treatment in progress; therapists with cigarette-laced breath

Stateside Spy

Age 40s

Skin Type Combination

Spa Likes Authenticity; happy staff; mineral waters

Spa Dislikes Treatments that are showy and lacking in substance; uncleanliness; poorly thought out spa aesthetics; badly trained therapists