Day spas are a place you go for the day to get massages, facials, and body treatments, like sea salt scrubs and mud wraps. They’re called day spas because, unlike destination spas or resort spas, you don’t spend the night.
Day spas come in a huge range of styles and personalities, from small village day spas with two treatment rooms to 35,000-square-foot extravaganzas with hydrotherapy tubs, Vichy showers, and an elaborate spa menu.
The cost of going to a Day spa can vary wildly, depending on the location, quality of the environment, and the various treatments provided by the staff. Finding a spa that fits your budget is simply a matter of calling to confirm the cost before making a reservation.
Many day spas combine both a hair salon and spa. It usually started out as a successful salon and added spa services. This can be a wonderful combination because you can get spa services that leave you relaxed, then get your hair washed and blow dried.
But it's important the two operations are completely separate. Salons are inherently noisy and bustling. Spas have to be very quiet so you can completely relax. So it might be worth a visit to the spa to make sure it's the real thing. Some hair salons call themselves day spas when all they have is one massage room off the salon.
Spend a Day at a Resort Spa
Another possibility is going to a resort spa for the day, especially in big spa cities like Scottsdale and Phoenix, Arizona. They welcome locals on a day spa basis. The prices for treatments at a resort are usually higher, but you can use all the lavish amenities like a steam room or sauna, or hang out by the pool for the day after your treatment. A few hours at a fancy resort spa is a great thing to do with girlfriends.
Alternative Day Spas
For something a bit different than the standard Day spa, you might want to try a Korean spa. These offer many of the same amenities and treatments, but can include the option of Korean body scrubs, elaborate saunas, giant swimming pools, and hot tubs, rest areas, and often a full restaurant. Most Korean spas are found in major cities like New York, San Francisco, and Los Angeles, but their popularity is growing rapidly across the United States.
Day Spa Requirements
Here is what a day spa should offer:
- A quiet, peaceful atmosphere
- Robes and slippers (some small spas have no locker rooms and have you change in the room)
- A full menu of massage, facials, and body treatments
- Professional massage therapists and estheticians
- Private treatment rooms with fresh linens
- Professional spa products
- A relaxation room with tea
- A scrupulously clean facility
- In large spas: Secure lockers, steam room, and sauna
What You Should Know
- Not all day spas give manicures and pedicures.
- Medical spas perform treatments like laser resurfacing, photo facials, and Botox alongside traditional spa services.
- Very small day spas won't have steam, sauna, and Jacuzzis. Think about whether that's important for your spa experience.