The term spa hotels can be used to refer to two similar but different things. It may refer to a hotel which offers “spa” amenities. Or it may refer to a real total resort destination which centers itself around the idea of providing spa services.
We’ll look at both types of spa hotels throughout this article. Let’s start with the first kind (which is a lot cheaper). A hotel with a spa “attached”, so to speak, will not offer as much as a resort. Nevertheless, it will probably have massage services, mud baths, herbal wraps, and salt scrubs. It will at least have some of these services, if not all of them. All of this information should be available in any promotional material which the hotel has put out. Don’t think that this is a raw deal: you may just find that you have to pay for the individual services which you use. This is a great way to go when you don’t want to really go all out with a spa. Instead of “all you can eat” you are essentially getting “buffet” style selection. In the process the average visitor will end up saving a lot of money.
Now on the other end of the spectrum we have spa hotels that are full-on resort destinations. These offer literally all the amenities there are. They will also typically include all of these services in the price of staying there. So, once you pay you are in! Here you may even get natural hot mineral springs. (Many people don’t know what the original term spa referred to an actual town that had hot springs. Instead of calling it a town they called it a “spa”.) A spa hotel is obviously going to be more expensive than a normal hotel, and for good reason. The Bath Spa Hotel in England is a good example of this latter resort class. It is one of the finest hotels and resorts in all of the UK. It’s a restored 19th century mansion that everyone raves about.
All in all, the customer or visitor is really afforded a diverse amount of choices between these two descriptions. The pampering is something that we just don’t get enough of in this hustle bustle world. Thank God that some ingenious entrepreneurs have realized that humans still have a desire to get away every once in a while to a spa hotel!