Destination Spa Guide
Even if you’ve just driven up the hill for a quick weekend away from Denver, there’s something about visiting a spa on vacation that seems especially indulgent. We scouted out a range of high-country spas—you know, for some extra encouragement to schedule that appointment you were already dreaming about. Plus, we revisit some tried-and-true urban favorites, scope out spas with a twist, and give you the 411 on spa etiquette. Go ahead. Get pampered. You deserve it.
Spas are meant to vanquish your day-to-day stress, but appointments can be intimidating for newbies: You’re not sure what’s expected, what’s appropriate, or if you might be a walking spa faux pas. Here, a rundown on guest etiquette from spa director Tarah Howard and owner Gail Ridings of Evergreen’s TallGrass Aveda Spa & Salon. TallGrass Aveda Spa & Salon, 997 Upper Bear Creek Road, Evergreen, 303-670-4444, tallgrassspa.com
DO: Show up at least 30 minutes early to fill out any intake forms, tour the facilities,
and take advantage of any spa amenities (sauna, whirlpool, steam room) before
DO: Share all health information with your provider, including medications you are on, even if they’re minor. Leaving out any medications can alter your experience.
DON'T: Schedule anything directly after your appointment. You don’t want to be rushed and preoccupied, as that will take away from the serenity of your visit.
DO: Communicate during your service. This is your time and yours only, and the provider is there to make sure you get what you need, no matter how different it might be from the norm. But your therapist isn’t a mind reader. For example, if you want only featherlight pressure during your massage or if hot hand towels aren’t your favorite, speak up. You won’t offend anyone.
DON'T: Be intimidated if this is your first spa experience. Service providers are trained to put you at ease. For example: If you feel comfortable removing everything including underwear, that’s OK. If you feel comfortable keeping your undergarments in place, that’s OK, too. Simply disrobe to your comfort level without worrying whether it’s right or wrong.
DON'T: Bring your child or infant to a spa service. It sounds crazy, but you’d be surprised how many people think this is appropriate. Even well-behaved children can disrupt the spa experience for other guests.