Would it be odd to go to a spa on your own for the day?

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There's a spa near me that I fancy visiting and maybe I'm being antisocial but I like the idea of going on my own, just taking a good book. I can fully relax, have a swim, a couple of treatments, etc without having to be chatty. Would I stick out like a sore thumb, I've never been to a spa before?

AlistairSim Wed 22-Apr-09 17:44:52

I've never been to a spa, but going alone sounds like bliss.

Go for it.

FrankMustard Wed 22-Apr-09 17:46:21

Alistair, you took the words right out of my mouth! Sounds utterly blissful - go for it! I've been trying to find a date that I can offload the kids and head to my local spa for a day alone....

GentleOtter Wed 22-Apr-09 17:46:49

envy at going to a spa on your own.
Go and enjoy every minute.

FrankMustard Wed 22-Apr-09 17:47:06

Sorry Alistair - didn't mean to literaly then rep[eat what you'd said ad verbatim! blush

brimfull Wed 22-Apr-09 17:47:21

sounds a great idea

my friend does this regularly on her own

MrsMattie Wed 22-Apr-09 17:47:25

OMG, NO! I would love to and in fact, pre kids, I did it a few times. It was wonderful. I didn't feel like an oddbod at all. Do it!

pagwatch Wed 22-Apr-09 17:52:01

I have done this twice!!! I went for two nights last time - mothers day treat this year from DH.

It was absoloutely brilliant and really peacefuland relaxing.
I was very brave and did the whole pre dinner drinks and supper in the dining room. When I checked in I asked them to ensure I was sitting somewhere quiet and discreet and they put me next to a huge window facing slightly away from the main body of the resterant. I could people watch without being obvious or noticable. I just took a book down with me but no one minded and I had a lovely time.

( and the whole of the England rugby team were there so there was loads to look at smile and [dreamy emoticon])
Do it and be brave.

Excellet, will get it booked tomorrow. grin

I am going to a spa on my own on May 10th. Can't wait!

Flamesparrow Wed 22-Apr-09 18:10:49

Sounds like heaven to me

To be honest, if you go with friends, you will barely see each other as you all be having your treatments at different times and places anyway!

IrnBruTheNoo Tue 12-Feb-13 18:34:43

Yes, go, it's fine! I went to a spa on my own today. A friend had to cancel at the last minute, she felt terrible about it, and I said it was fine that I didn't mind going on my own. I looked at it this way - I'd had the spa trip booked three weeks ago and there's no way I was letting a day to myself go to waste when I had childcare organised so far in advance (DH was at home all day today).

I spent the morning using the jacuzzi, sauna, spa pool and steam room, reading newspapers, drinking coffee, water, etc. Then had a two course lunch on my own. Not as bad as it sounds, honestly.

Then had my treatments (back massage and facial) in the afternoon, an hour after my lunch. It was a very quick day! Didn't feel I missed out on having a friend there, because I was so busy doing my own thing.

Old thread, but specific to what I was going to start a new thread about.

AugustaProdworthy Tue 12-Feb-13 18:36:35

I did the same thing myself last month!

ouryve Tue 12-Feb-13 18:37:50

As long as I didn't have to be prodded and poked (which I know would defeat the object of being there) it wounds like bliss.

ouryve Tue 12-Feb-13 18:38:24

sounds. If I came away with wounds, it really would defeat the object grin

IrnBruTheNoo Tue 12-Feb-13 18:39:19

Augusta nice to hear of another mum doing this recently too smile

IrnBruTheNoo Tue 12-Feb-13 18:39:53

ouryve grin

Porkster Tue 12-Feb-13 18:40:29

I've done it on my own many times; it's fine.

Ps avoid Champneys though.

exoticfruits Tue 12-Feb-13 18:57:09

I have only ever done it on my own because they were presents. I'm not sure that I would want to go with anyone.

AugustaProdworthy Tue 12-Feb-13 19:24:17

Ah it was brilliant, peaceful, relaxing.... I absolutely loved it and would going again if I could justify it to myself. My favourite bit was thd sleeping room.

Missbopeep Tue 12-Feb-13 19:25:52

Crikey- no! Why ever not? No different from going to a pool for a swim, or the gym IMO.

I've always been with someone but would quite happily go alone- and may do soon!

Missbopeep Tue 12-Feb-13 19:28:20

Porkster- why the comment over Champneys? Been ages ago residential but just wondering as there is one just up the road from me. Very ££££ though.

INeedThatForkOff Tue 12-Feb-13 19:56:34

I've never been to a spa accompanied. Don't see the point.

Missbopeep Tue 12-Feb-13 20:01:41

But if you have any treatments INTFO then you are alone ( usually) with the therapist- unless you book a double room for treatments.

Would you do anything alone- like walking, swimming, reading, chilling, gym-ing etc etc?

jackstini Tue 12-Feb-13 20:42:36

No - it would be amazing and we would all be v jealous! envy wink

Much as I like going with friends too, would be fab to read/eat/drink what you want all day and swan off for treatments without feeling you are 'leaving' the others

chutneypig Tue 12-Feb-13 20:48:14

I've been alone and loved it. Felt totally comfortable.

Porkster Tue 12-Feb-13 21:45:13

Missbopeep - Imo, Champneys is a right rip off with poor quality treatments, poor quality products (Champneys own brand) and hideously overworked and underpaid therapists.

I have been many times over the years (unimaginative DH) and the quality of their spa days and break packages has gone so far downhill it's a joke. I have banned him from spending any more money on them.

polyhymnia Tue 12-Feb-13 22:29:04

Have done it on my own and with others and on balance def prefer going on my own so I can
TBH I've never really understood why anyone would feel at all awkward or self-conscious about going to a spa - or a restaurant hotel theatre etc on tier own. Why on earth would anyone else judge - or indeed mind?

polyhymnia Tue 12-Feb-13 22:29:52

PS ... so I can please myself!

polyhymnia Tue 12-Feb-13 22:32:04

Btw agree about Champneys. Very poor. Ditto the Sanctuary.

Missbopeep Tue 12-Feb-13 22:32:30

I totally agree about Champneys- I went many years ago before they were taken over and became Champneys. I now have a lovely spa on my doorstep - part of Bannatynes-but in a beautiful historic building- and it's a fraction of the cost.

MirandaWest Tue 12-Feb-13 22:34:26

I've been to spas on my own. Is very relaxing. In fact have never been with someone else.

Used to live in a village with a Champneys in it but despite living there for 5 years I never went there.

Pancakeflipper Tue 12-Feb-13 22:39:27

I went alone once.
It was heavenly.
I did go on a day when they aren't busy (Monday).
I read. Had brunch. Had a couple of treatments.
And then the staff came to see me ( because I was all alone) to see if I would have my hair washed a blow-dryer by a trainee in their very expensive salon for free. I got a head massage and deep conditioning treatment, a cocktail and mini Choc eclairs.
Ooh it was soooo lovely.

ifancyashandy Tue 12-Feb-13 22:44:51

Always go to spas on my own. I would hate to go with others!

Ditto the Champneys reviews. Went years ago when they were small and was heavenly. Went 4 or 5 years ago and felt like I was on a horrific 'girlie spa weekend' conveyabelt. I go for amazing, restorative, specialised and restorative treatments. Champneys no longer offer this.

The day spa in my high street not 10 miles away from a local Champneys is a million times better. And cheaper. And it ain't cheap!

Wandawingsthe2nd Tue 12-Feb-13 23:41:06

Zombie thread!! Hopefully the OP went and enjoyed herself grin

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