Spa Eiquette

Spa Etiquette

A trip to the spa should be a relaxing, blissful experience, but if it's your first visit, it can be slightly nerve-wracking not knowing what to expect. The following tips on spa protocol 101 will remind you to mind your p's and q's even while you're being pampered--and act as a manual to make the most out of your first spa-going encounter.

What To Wear

During your spa treatment, it is recommended that you experience body services without clothing. Our therapists are professionally trained and will ensure a level of comfort by appropriately draping areas of the body that are not a focus of the treatment. We require that swimming attire be worn in all mixed whirlpool, sauna, and steam facilities. Clothing is optional in these areas designated by gender.

Spa Treatment Selection

A full menu of spa treatments is listed on our website. If you would like assistance choosing a service, we recommend calling and speaking to one of our knowledgeable advisors.

Special Health Considerations

If you have specific health concerns or are pregnant, please be sure to notify our spa staff when booking your treatment. Our reservation staff can offer guidance as to which treatments will be the most beneficial and those that should be avoided due to physical limitations or sensitivity

Sauna or Steam Time

Sauna and steam are beneficial facets of the spa experience, but should always be used in moderation. Proper usage time will vary, but there are some general guidelines that most individuals who are in good health can follow. If looking to warm and relax your muscles, we recommend 12-15 minutes in the dry heat of the sauna. The wet heat of the steam room is effective in opening pores and awakening the respiratory system; for this, we recommend a 5-6 minute visit.


Generally, shaving is not recommended prior to any treatments or hair removal services. However, it is recommended that men shave prior to a facial treatment at least two hours before the scheduled appointment time.

Minimum Age

Guests must be at least 18 years of age to experience a spa treatment.


If your experience at one of our spa resorts has not met your expectations, we request that you contact Sanctuary Spa Holidays on 0870 243 1972.

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