A destination spa is a place that is 100% geared towards health and fitness. It is not an experience you can find just anywhere; few places offer the facilities, services and amenities to quality. The good news is that Thailand is leading the pack in terms of world-class destination spas, indeed the luxury spa in Phuket business is booming!
Let us first clearly understand what a destination spa is because it can mean something different to industry professionals and laypeople alike. A destination spa provides a total “healthy living” immersion experience, with fitness classes, healthy food, inspiring lectures, medication classes and so forth. A destination spa also offers a very different kind of luxury level, with prices typically on the high-end of the spectrum, ranging from $250 to $1,000 a day.
The term “destination spa” first came about in the ‘90s, when specialist facilities wanted to distinguish themselves from resorts and clubs, like golf courses and beach clubs, which offered a spa service, but wellness was not their sole focus. In this way, destination spas have long been the pioneers of the wellness industry — special places where adults can go to relax, unwind, exercise, meditate, eat healthy, recharge and recuperate. These days, the term has dropped from widespread usage and has instead been replaced by “spa resort”, but in essence, they are the same thing. Let now look in a little more detail about what makes a destination spa different and what to look for when choosing one.
How to Choose a Destination Spa
How do you choose the right one for you? And how do you make sure that the destination spa you book is not just a glorified day-spa or holiday resort with in-house massage service? Mostly, you have to do your research and specifically search for a place that meets all your requirements, in terms of facilities, price, amenities and special programming.
For example, if you have a particular interest or goal in mind, such as losing weight, detoxing, learning how to meditate, revving-up your fitness routine or discovering the vegan lifestyle, make sure your chosen resort spa specialises in this.
Similarly, if you want to spend the majority of your vacation reading, hanging out with friends and getting the odd relaxing spa treatment, perhaps a full-on destination spa is not the right place for you. Think long and hard about what you want, this will help you narrow down your choices (and save a lot of money!).
If having your daily intake of calories, coffee, cakes and alcohol restricted is not your cup of tea, a detox resort is not the place for you. Likewise, if dining on a plant-based diet and getting up at 6:00 am every day for sun salutations does not float your boat, don’t go on a yoga retreat.
Also think about the location, size and services of the resort you’ll end up at. Do you want an intimate setting where it’s easy to meet and mingle or a larger place where you can blend in with the crowd and keep to yourself?
And how important is the education aspect of the getaway? Do you want to learn new things – yoga, Pilates, meditation, cooking, reiki, etc. – or just mix relaxation with some healthy living. If that is appealing to you, check to see how many lecturers they have, what qualifications they hold and whether or not the course/classes offered meet your needs.
And lastly, do you want to be in town, country, beach or mountains? Find out exactly where the luxury spa in Phuket you’re keen on is located and see if it meets with your expectations. If morning yoga on the beach, afternoon hikes and evening city tours are not your idea of a dream getaway, looks elsewhere.
We hope these tips have helped and that you’re now well on your way to booking your dream destination spa vacation.
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