If to live in this style is to be eccentric, it must be confessed that there is something good in eccentricity. – Jules Verne referring to Phileas’ carefree lifestyle
Phileas ventured out around the world the same day he accepted his wager. No such luck for me. Though my course is set, I need to choose what spas to visit and how long I can stay at each, without moving at such a breakneck pace that I won’t be able to enjoy the offerings. To boot, I have that pesky 80 day deadline! Whew. Overwhelmed doesn’t even begin to describe my state of mind.
Normally, when folks ask me about organizing a spa vacation I ask about their goals.
Do they want to relax and just be pampered?
Tend to an affliction?
Or just hide out?
My vision is to put together sort of a Global Spa All-Star Team. Not just the glitziest and ritziest, but spas that really reflect their culture with accommodations, design and indigenous treatments. . .
This trip isn’t going to just be one massage and facial after another (although that sounds tempting at the moment!) I want the full global gamut of spaahing, mind-blowing spa concepts that embody the spa lifestyle experience offering fitness and mind broadening classes and adventures. Not too much to ask right? Nah.
Finding the Perfect Spas
Finding spas is easy for me, since I’m in the industry, but for your own trips go to the library and look at Travel & Leisure’s Best of back issues (Since the winners change year to year it’s good to see which ones are consistent). You can see the current list on www.travelandleisure.com
Peruse the latest spa directory books too. Survey friends and acquaintances. Online sites like www.spafinder.com and www.experienceispa.com are run by industry professionals who can help you find the best place for you and/or you family and your budget. Or you can contact a travel agency specializing in spa travel such as www.spatime.com
Book at least six months ahead (I know practice what I preach) so not to be disappointed. Many of the top spas fill up fast and so do their treatments. When reserving your room, ask for class and treatment schedules and map out your visit. Many spas have concierges or personal spa guides that will help you plan your stay in advance, take advantage of this.
Now back to our story. My timeframe means I should be able to stop at 22 spas for 2 – 3 days at each, staying longer at those that offer a more comprehensive menu. So which spas made the team? You’ll have to tune in to find out. Same Bat Time, same Bat Channel! I’d love to know your guesses though.
See you at the Spa, Candy
Coming Soon, “I’ve Got a Golden Ticket” Around the World on Wings