What to Expect from a European Health Spa

European health Spa

What to Expect from a European Health Spa

European Health Spa: A Guide for First-Timers


Are you visiting a European health spa for the first time? Great! If you don’t know what to expect, don’t worry. We’re breaking them all down for you here.


Regardless of your age, your gender, your fitness, and stress level, more people are making spa treatments a regular part of their lives than ever before.

If you’ve noticed that your friends and coworkers have come back from a European health spa vacation with an enviable glow and without a few of those extra pounds? Well then, chances are you’ve thought about booking one of your own.

If you’re new to the spa world, you might have questions about what to expect.

We’ve got you covered.

In this post, we’ll tell you everything you need to know to get the most out of a visit to a European health spa.

Expect A Wide Variety Of Treatments At A European Health Spa


When people book a vacation at a European health spa for the first time, they often expect little more than a facial and a massage.

However, especially if you choose to book your spa vacation in Portugal (more on that in a minute) that assumption couldn’t be further from the truth.

Yes, a top European health spa will offer a lot of different massages designed to pinpoint specific areas and circumstances, like a hot stone massage or even a prenatal massage for expectant mothers.

However, they’ll also offer much more thorough and creative treatments.

Think things like individualized diet plans and vitamin regimens, reiki healing, salt rooms, Osteopathy sessions, meditation, and even chakra rebalancing.

In short, no matter what ails you, you can expect a good European health spa to have lots of different ways to treat it.

As a result, you can expect to receive a fairly thorough consultation and discussion with wellness experts upon your arrival.

Be as honest and upfront as you feel comfortable when talking to the experts in order to get the best treatment possible. Always feel free to bring up any questions you have, and remember to bring a list of any medications you’re currently taking.

Book Ahead Of Time


The last thing you want to have happen on your European spa vacation?

Arriving at your resort, ready to be pampered, only to find that there are no available spa services during your stay.

However, if you don’t book your spa appointments in advance, this is exactly what can happen. In general, it’s a good idea to take a look at the treatment menu and book your treatments as soon as possible after you book your stay at a spa resort.

This will not only prevent potential heartbreak, it will also allow you to speak with a wellness professional to learn more about the kinds of treatments the spa offers.

Remember, most spas in Europe don’t operate on a “walk-in” mentality. Plan accordingly.

Ask About Gender Separation


Be aware that in Europe, sometimes men and women are not treated in separate parts of the spa.

If you’re not expecting this, then you may be surprised to walk into the sauna and find someone of the opposite gender making themselves comfortable. If this is a problem for you, or simply makes you uncomfortable, then be sure to ask the spas you’re considering if they have separate experiences and rooms for men and women.

Most spas will have at least a few activities and classes that are men or women only.

Ask About Tipping Culture


Depending on the country you live in, you may or may not see tipping as a required part of your spa experience.

And while you should certainly never feel obligated to tip if you receive poor service, if you want to say thank you in a financial way, it’s a good idea to ask about the tipping rules before you head to your treatment.

In general, you should expect to tip anywhere from 10-20% of the treatment price. However, be sure to ask if the tip is already included in the price and if you will be able to tip in a credit card.

If not, make sure you’ve withdrawn the necessary amount of cash before your treatment.

Know The Dress Code


In your home country, you might be able to head to the spa around the corner in your swimsuit, sneakers, or even in your workout gear if you’re headed on a yoga retreat.

However, if you’ve booked treatments at a European health spa, it’s important to familiarize yourself with the spa’s unique dress code. Each spa will have their own set of rules when it comes to not only dressing but also regarding behavior in general.

The dress code may also vary depending on the kind of treatment you’re having done or the type of wellness course you’re attending.

Most spas will list their dress codes on their websites, but if you can’t find that information, feel free to call in and ask.

Why Portugal Is The Dream Spa Destination


Thanks to this post, you now know exactly what you can expect when you visit a European health spa.

Above all, expect to be pampered, receive individualized treatment based on your needs and leave ready to come back again as soon as possible!

Ready to book your dream spa vacation?

There’s no better place — or more beautiful setting — than Portugal. Whether you want to kick back on the Lisbon Coast with your girlfriends or pamper your mother in the Algarve, our team at Trip For Wellness is here to help you find the perfect Portugal destination.

Plus, we’re even able to get you exclusive offers and deals at no additional cost.

Start browsing our website to find your dream Portuguese European health spa today, for a more relaxed and balanced you in 2018.


Trip for Wellness | info@tripforwellness.com

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