The Caribbean is home to some of the best spa retreats and all-inclusive resorts in the world.
Having another person take care of your every need can make you feel completely at ease. Sharing this experience with your significant other at the spa can also make for some truly relaxing bonding time together.
A couple’s massage may be the most common way two people spend time together at a Caribbean spa, but there is much more to explore. There are so many types of spas that accommodate different needs.
The most popular types of spas, especially for first-timers, are hotel and resort spas. There are also day spas, which frequently offer services ranging from haircuts to fitness classes. Destination spas are similar to resort spas, except this type is often much larger and expands over a vast property.
If it’s your first time (or your partner’s first time) visiting a spa, it may seem a little intimidating. You may not know what is proper behavior or what massage etiquette is.
There will be a lot of services offered, and you might not know what you like yet. You and your significant other may be interested in difference services. You might not feel comfortable being naked around other people.
There’s plenty to cover for your first spa visit, but don’t worry. This time together is all about ultimate relaxation.
But, while you’re here, let’s unpack some of your questions and concerns about using a couple’s spa.
For your first time at a spa, there will be a lot to think about. Between debating on prices for services and knowing the ins and outs of each one, you’ll end up with quite a few questions.
First of all, don’t stress yourself out about etiquette.
One of the first things you should do is inform the greeter that this is your first spa visit. Some spas can offer a tour with a full explanation of each service before the two of you decide on what you would like to do. Don’t be afraid to ask questions right at the beginning—you won’t be able to once that mud mask is on your face.
Furthermore, make sure to arrive in comfortable clothing. If you and your partner intend to stay dressed during your visit, you’ll want to wear loose fitting clothing that is soft and allows airflow.
Your trip to the spa should be nothing less than relaxing, and you don’t want to be uncomfortable. Make sure both of your faces are clean and you’re not wearing any strong fragrances. These things will only inhibit your experience.
Most spas offer a wide range of services to accommodate all types of people.
Try to arrive to the spa with at least a general idea of what spa treatments and packages the both of you would like to do. You should also discuss beforehand if there is anything you two would like to do separately.
While spending time together at a spa is very important, it’s also very healthy in a relationship to take small amounts of time apart. While you’re getting a pedicure, your significant other may want to try acupuncture. Realize that this is acceptable and normal.
The most important thing is that both of you will leave the spa in a completely refreshed state. It is very common for any spa to offer a “couples package.” This will usually involve a long massage and some light food or drinks, but it doesn’t mean you’re attached at the hip.
A package will usually save you a little money, as well.
You may be surprised to see the prices of some services. While spas may seem expensive, remember that you are receiving a highly professional service. At the same time, don’t feel ashamed to ask if the spa has any additional packages or special deals.
If cost is a factor for your visit, massages and facial masks are very affordable and create a solid start for a stress-relieving experience.
When it comes to receiving massages and using saunas, the most common question asked is “will I have to be naked?” As a couple, this may not be as much of a concern for the two of you, but there is some general etiquette guidelines for undressing before a massage.
For massages, most spas will require you to change into robes or towels. It is common practice that only the area being massaged is exposed, so your bodies will be covered most of the time. The masseuse will inform you when they are entering the room, and they will instruct you on how to position your body on the massage table.
You may also request which gender you would feel most comfortable with as your masseuse. For some couples, the ones receiving the massages like to have someone of their same gender performing the massage. This decision is entirely up to you and your partner.
For saunas, there is often a requirement to shower and completely clean yourself before entering the room. Each spa will have its own set of rules, but many require that you either wear a towel or a swimsuit to avoid exposure.
Many saunas also have separate areas for men and women. Always make sure you’re fully aware of the spa’s protocol before entering the sauna.
Remember that your Caribbean couple’s spa experience is all about feeling closer to one another and relieving yourselves from any stress. If you’re nervous about what to do, are unsure about etiquette, or you still have questions, ask a spa employee.
Better yet, call beforehand and get some more information. The staff will be happy to settle all of your concerns.
Many spas will have a lot of services to choose from, so pick the ones that will help both you and your partner feel like your best selves. A spa visit, despite being a public place, is usually a very private experience, so don’t worry about what other guests might be doing.
No matter what type of spa you choose, the two of you are bound to have a fantastic time.