Taking a trip to a day spa with your significant other or a few of your girl friends can be extremely relaxing and enjoyable. Especially if you have kids, a spa is a great mini vacation from the chaos of your life. You can either spend the entire weekend at a spa, an entire day, or even just a few hours as spas offer many different services to fit your time and budget.
Some of the amenities that spas offer include mud baths, body scrubs, full body massage, and facials along with haircuts, highlights, and waxing. The atmosphere at a spa is typically relaxing, slow-paced and enjoyable. Friendly staff will make you feel comfortable and special while pampering you from head to toe.
Cost of Spa
There are many different types of spas such as day spas, resorts, and luxury hotels spas. Day spas will typically be more affordable as you will not spend as much time there and they are usually run on a smaller scale. Depending on the type of pampering you will receive also has a lot to do with the money you will spend. Some spas just charge by the hours and that can range from $80 up to $180 per hour.
The higher end spas which you can spend either a day or an entire weekend at will range between $200 and $300. Some hotel spas will offer a free one hour massage or something of the sort when you book a room for the weekend. In terms of the individual treatments, the pricing will range as follows:
- A simple facial can run around $100 give or take a bit but when you add on extras such as masks, serums, or eye treatments the cost can go up as high as $150.
- A one hour full body massage can start as little as $50 and go up as high as $125 depending on the location of the spa. Spas in larger cities such as Los Angeles and New York City will be almost 40% more expensive than the average spa.
- Manicures at a spa versus a regular nail salon start around $35 but could go as high as $80 while pedicures usually cost around $50. When at a spa, extra should be included with these services such as paraffin dips and scrubs.
- Spa packages are a great option when attending a spa as you can receive multiple different services and save a bit of money. There are packages that include a one hour massage and a facial which will cost between $150 and $230.
Depending on the state you live in, the spa may charge tax on top of the base prices. This could add up to an extra 10% to your bill. Besides just the extra fees, if you decide to stay the weekend and book a room, the hotel will at least double the price of your relaxation vacation. Even more, just like any time a service is provided to you, tips are expected. If you just received the best manicure of your life, a 20% tip will be expected by the massage therapist.
How Can I Save Money
Do it yourself spa days are always a fun thing to do with your girlfriends and it will save so much money. You will only need to spend minimal costs to purchase the supplies you need. It may not be as relaxing but you will have just as much fun spending the day with your friends and pampering each other.
If you plan to attend a luxury spa and also booking a room at the hotel, don’t forget to ask about bundle packages that will give you free treatments at the spa or at least some sort of discount. This is a great way to save substantially.