Bangkok Housing – House or Condo / Apartment ?

The kind of housing you’re looking for is the first decision to make when moving to Bangkok. If you ask about, you’ll find expats in Bangkok can be split on the choice. Sure, it’s fun to write home about the topical paradise your home is, but wait until you hear for yourself how loudly the termites are eating into the wall between the downstairs bathroom and the living room.

The water cocks may drip, drip all night, but in the daytime produce only sad sighs when you turn them on for your shower.

Will earth-fill trucks churn your lane into impassable mud, or will buses passing behind your bedroom produce explosive backfires and plaintive squeals that leave you sleepless? Which of your neighbours keeps dogs, or do they just gather at your gate for their bark and howl fests ?

Does another neighbour have a pet gibbon chained up outside so you can get its amusing whoops at the crack of dawn? Or is there a love-staved kawoo bird that starts up with alarming shrieks of ‘ka-wao, ka-waaaao!’ at any time from 10:00 at night until 6:00 the next morning. If you need an example of untiring animal persistence, these are two.

Parks of Bangkok are sinking. Who takes care of the pipes connecting your house to the street mains as they snap from subsidence? Be sure that you and your landlord agree on maintenance responsibilities. Some landlords do not raise the rent for tenants who do some of their own upkeep of the property. House rents may be cheaper than apartments for this reason. However, suitable houses may also be more different to find than apartments.

If you do find an attractive house with its fully grown garden, and you don’t mind hiring staff that includes a gardener. You may find this meets you admirably. There is a place for the children to play that is – except for the occasional snakes – safer than the street. Your pet dog can romp happily. You can host a large dinner party – having sprayed for mosquitos beforehand – and live like a tropical lord and lady.

An apartment in Bangkok, even with its higher rents, loss of privacy, and lack of a play space, may have a swimming pool. You won’t have to hire your own gardener and guard and pay for the major repairs.

Ritz-Carlton residences Bangkok at the multi-use mahanakhon development

First It was MahaNakhon’s iconic architectural design with its distinctive sculptural appearance that stole the show, carefully carved to introduce a three dimensional ribbon of architectural ‘pixels’ that circle the tower’s 77 storeys. Then, earlier this year, the 200-million baht RitzCarlton Residences Bangkok Sales Gallery was launched at MahaNakhon Pavilion, complete with three show units decked out in a way Bangkok has never seen before. It’s a collaboration with award-winning interior architecture practice David Collins.

Studio, creative force behind some of London and New York’s most opulent and highly acclaimed commercial interiors. Collins’ interiors simultaneously combine classic British elegance with contemporary Hollywood glamour, and his company counts Madonna among its VVIP residential clients.

In an exclusive interview with 2magazine he shared some insight about his first major project involvement in Asia…

“We were approached by PACE Development to work with them to develop show apartments that would be unique for the Southeast Asian market,” David says.

“They wanted to incorporate the materials and craftsmanship which attracts so many Western buyers to the East, together with the colors and luxury of Western influences. Therefore it was a brief that appealed to us, because we are great admirers of the aesthetic of Asia and Thailand in particular.”

According to David they met and worked with a number of companies within the industry in Thailand, and whilst establishing a relationship found out exactly what the strengths and weaknesses of the various companies were, regarding the production and procurement of design elements.

There were at any one time between 12 and 15 people (from David Collins Studio) working on the project, and it took almost a year to resolve the brief. “As well as the specifics of the brief, the market had also changed, and we feel it was really quite a quick turnaround.”

David said he was most impressed with the craftsmanship and manufacturing capabilities in Thailand. “We worked with overseas companies on a lot of the marble, stone and joinery work, but we made much of the metalwork and the fine furniture in Thailand.”

For him the unique aesthetic of the project is the number of cultural influences that have been diffused to create a contemporary but luxurious environment. “The Ritz-Carlton brand speaks about luxury, service and indulgence, and at the same time a very contemporary building means something that is very pared down and simplistic on the interior. It was our vision to update both of these concepts, and to focus on finishes that would engage prospective buyers,” he says.

Buyers will have the option to order bespoke pieces of furniture directly from David Collins Studio, and many of these pieces will be numbered and signed; limited edition pieces designed specifically for this project that will be manufactured in Thailand.

The concept and interior architecture evolve around a spectacular circular reception hall, covered in hand-dyed shagreen (stingray), which flows effortlessly to link the private and entertainment spaces within the residence. A subtle combination of spatial optimization, minimalism and understated luxury make for a look-and-feel that’s
unmistakably plush and inviting.

Overall, David is thrilled with the results. “All projects are challenging, both from a creative and logistical point of view, but we had great support from the client and our collaborators in Thailand.

I think the outcome reflects this spirit of cooperation and enthusiasm.”

The 194 units of Ritz-Carlton Residences Bangkok will start on the 24th floor of MahaNakhon tower, up to the penthouse Sky Apartments on the 73rd floor. Sizes range from 120 to 185 square meters (two to five bedrooms), with selling prices between 25 and 250 million baht per residence. Each will feature impressive hi-tech fittings and features, ceilings will be up to 3.5 meters high, while expansive panoramic views promise to be a real show-stopper through floor-to-ceiling glass window walls. Among the world-class services and amenities available to residents
will be a Ritz-Carlton Club Lounge on the 53rd floor with private dining rooms, a library and meeting rooms, as well as an outdoor lap pool alongside a landscaped sundeck, extensive fitness facilities, and a Media Lounge for private film screenings.

The Sales Gallery at MahaNakhon showcases two- and three-bedroom units designed over three floors to accurately
reflect the scale and revolutionary architectural features of the actual residences. On the ground floor is also a Public Gallery that will be used for frequently rotating exhibitions, as well as a Dean & DeLuca Café.

At 314 meters high the 18-billion baht MahaNakhon project – adjacent to Chongnonsi Skytrain station in the prime Sathorn area – will be Bangkok’s tallest building on completion in 2013. It will also comprise The Bangkok Edition (a signature boutique hotel conceived by famed hotelier Ian Schrager), MahaNakhon Square (an outdoor landscaped public plaza), a 10,000- square-meter upscale retail center called MahaNakhon Terraces, and a multi-level rooftop Sky Bar and restaurant.

Med Tours Asia: The Rolls Royce of Medical Tourism in Thailand.

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Med Tours Asia arranges cost effective care, easy access, and travel to key destinations where the dentists, physicians and hospitals are well-known and respected for their dental and medical care.

Virtually every type of medical or dental procedure from minor to complex is available to the medical traveler. Cosmetic procedures, knee and hip replacements, cancer care, fertility treatments, and much more are all available.

Most doctors and dentists have been educated and trained in the U.S. or other Western countries. They have advanced schooling, skills, and experience equivalent to that of doctors in western hospitals and medical centers.

The hospitals that Med Tours Asia works with are as well-equipped and cutting edge as modern U.S. facilities. Many of them were designed and furnished by the same medical experts who create hospitals in Western countries.

Also providin exceptional concierge services include passport and visa assistance, airline reservations, medical consultations, medical records transfer assistance, full in-country concierge services, pre-operative and post-operative counseling, and follow-up care arrangements.

As a premier medical tourism and care service provider, Med Tours Asia carefully selects centers of excellence which are accredited, and often largely staffed by Western-trained, board-certified physicians.

Before we invite medical professionals to join our network, we conduct an onsite interview and pre-screening.

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Asia Spa Cuisine – Fresh and Organic Asian to fusion-style cooking

The idea of spa cuisine is hardly new. Prior to the advent of spas as we know them today, people in search of rest and rejuvenation visited regimented health farms where daily exercise routines were complemented with bland, lacklustre, institutionalized meals that even the best intentioned could not possibly want to whip up in the home. But as the spa scene has become more sophisticated, spa cuisine has risen to the challenge. Menus today are packed with fresh, seasonal ingredients, many of which are cultivated at the resorts’ own organic garden.

Contemporary spa cuisine is much less about counting calories and fat content, but far more about diets known for helping to maximise brainpower and energy levels. In other words, food as nature intended it-with all the goodness intact, and textures and ingredients perfectly balanced to nourish the body, mind and spirit.

Whilst the basic ingredients of modern spa cuisine have been around for centuries, what is new is the science supporting the benefits of the eclectic mix of fresh, seasonal fruits, vegetables and wholegrains that are the mainstay of the deliciously vibrant menus offered at the world’s top spa resorts and destination spas. It has been proven that these plant-derived nutrients offer the best natural protection against today’s top killer diseases such as cancer and heart disease, while also protecting us against everyday pollution and toxic chemicals found in treated meats and vegetables.

It is now widely accepted that the best supplements for maintaining sleek, shining hair, radiant skin and endless vitality are not pills but nature’s ‘superfoods’ packed with health-promoting nutrients. ‘Superfoods’ is the term used to describe certain fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds and wholegrains that are ‘enzymatically alive’ (ie wholesome foods that contain vitamins, minerals and antioxidants, such as vitamins A, C and E with trace elements of selenium and zinc).

They also contain phytonutrients (or plant chemicals) that have favourable effects on our health. Terpenes, carotenoids, phenols, flavonoids and isoflavones are just a few of the scientific names that in essence translate into colourful and energy-giving foods such as blueberries, ginger, peppers, pineapples, pomegranates, grapes, spinach and tomatoes. These ‘superfoods’ are widely accepted as prerequisites for long, healthy and energetic lives. What research has also found is that the protective and beneficial effects of these foods are maximized when taken together as part of a mixed diet combining fruits, vegetables and wholegrains.

At the increasing number of cookery schools offered in top spas and resorts, guests can learn to combine a variety of beneficial foods to create healthy, vibrant wholesome meals in the home. Classes range from distinctively Asian to fusion-style cooking, combining the best of Asian and Mediterranean cuisine, and are the perfect partners to the fully integrative spa philosophy.

Stem Cell Banking in Thailand – Umbilical Cord, Amnion, Bone Marrow & Mesenchymal Stem Cell Banking

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Stem Cell Banking for Adults: Bone marrow stem cell banking service and adipose tissue stem cell banking service.Thailand Stem Cell Banking

Adults bone marrow is available source of Hematopoietic Stem Cell (HSCs) and Mesenchymal Stem Cell (MSCs). Nowadays, a collection process of stem cells derived from bone marrow is not complicated and the entire procedure requires only 30 minutes. The collection process takes place in the hospital under the supervision of specialized doctors. Patients can go home after the collection process is done.

Adipose tissue stem cell banking service
It is evident from the studies that adipose tissue contains numerous Mesenchymal Stem Cell (MSCs) derived from adipose cells. Its quality is similar to stem cells derived from bone marrow. Using stem cells is currently popular among beauty surgery such as nose surgery and wrinkles removals which yields better results than using only adipose.

Stem Cell Banking for Newborns
Umbilical cord blood stem cell banking service and stem cell banking service derived from postnatal organ.

Stem cell banking service derived from AmnionUmbilical cord blood is normally discarded after birth. However, when compared to bone marrow which is a source of blood cells and immune system, umbilical cord blood is a richer source of Hematopoietic Stem Cell (HSCs). Advantages of newborn’s umbilical cord blood banking are that it requires only 5 minutes for collection process and does not cause any injuries or harm to newborns and mothers. In addition, it can be used for that individual who is not necessary to take HLA-Matching and there is high possibility to use stem cell with family members or blood relatives.

Stem cell banking service derived from umbilical cord
Umbilical cord is available source of mesenchymal stem cell (MSCs) that has a lot of benefit. The collection process does not cause any harm to newborns and mothers.

We are the first and only laboratory that has the ability to store stem cell from Amnion. Amnion has great potential for therapeutic applications in regenerative nervous system.

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Innovations in Anti-Aging facelists that return youth and fresheness to the skin

For today’s women, apart from acne, hyper pigmentation and freckles, another main skin issue is the loss of firmness in the skin. There are many innovations targeted at fixing this issue. However, only a few methods provide real results. Today, we possess the innovation that will truly help take care of sagging skin and can recommend it to you. True innovation in lifting and firming the skin without surgery.

ACCUUFT PHENOMENON is a top notch innovation in lifting the facial skin and firming the body, approved internationally. Acculift is the best method for lifting and firming up the face and body. wrinkles and sagging will be lifted by laser underneath the skin, which will activate collagen in specific areas. It can also be used to rid the body of excess fat at the same time, without any side effects. The results of a ten year treatment period has been approved The Food and Drug Administration of the united states of America, South Korea and Thailand.

This method can be used on any part of the body and is very safe. Red and inflamed needle marks may appear on the area, but will fade after 2/3 week. The fat that is removed from certain areas of the body can also be used to fill up other areas such as the cheeks, breasts, hips and buttocks. This procedure can also be used to permanently get rid of perspiration in the underarm areas.

ALFALIFT is another laser innovation that is aimed at lifting and firming. It is one of the world’s leading technologies and can show results from the first treatment. It is safe, creates no wounds and inflammation, no bruises and no side effects. This lifting laser technology is widely known and used by medical professionals all over the world.

It is used to reduce fine lines and wrinkles and gives very natural looking results which stem from the increased amount of Collagen. Clients never experience pain and the recovery is much like the Alfalift surgery. This innovation combines two technologies: Infa red Laser (IR) and Bipolar Radiofrequency into one for optimal results in reducing wrinkles and sagging. After the treatment, the skin will be smooth and firm, returning a youthful appearance. This method can also be used on younger clients to preserve the youthfulness of the skin.

BOTOX NEFERTITI LIFT is a new technique in injecting Botox to reduce wrinkles and firm up the facial and neck skin. The skin will be lifted without surgery. Results do not differ from laser usage. This method relies heavily on the expertise and experience of the medical staff. All of our medical staff at Tanaporn Clinic has been expertly trained.

The Nefertiti Lift technique works by injecting Botox into the skin near the jawline and neck, which will loosen the tension in the jaw muscle and the Platysma muscle, which is responsible for the jaw, chin and neck facial movements.These muscles sag with time. There are muscles that pull up and ones that pull down the skin. When the muscles pulling down the skin are neutralised, the muscles that pull up will become more efficient, causing the skin to become lifted in the neck area. The Nefertiti Lift is considered a”lunch hour face lift”because it does not take much time and no recovery time is needed. Normal activities can be continued immediately.

Within one week, the client’s facial, jaw and neck skin will become firmer. The jawline will become more prominent. The neck and the corners of the lips will be slightly lifted, causing the face to become more slim and youthful.

4D CONTOUR THREAD LIFT (Fine Thread Lifting) is the latest face firming technology from South Korea. It is done with a contour thread, which is very effective, quick and proven to be safe. It is approved by the Food and Drug Administration. The results are immediate and sustained with local microcirculation. This causes collagen buildup around the area, which in turn, causes the skin to become firm. As time passes, the facial skin will continue to improve, getting firmer and smoother and the skin will become brighter.

The treatment will obviously reduce fine lines and wrinkles and solve any problems with sagging in the neck, face, eye, eyebrow and forehead areas. It also reshapes the face into a V-shape jaw line, making the jaw more prominent. It can also be used to reduce the fat under the chin (double chin) and results will continue to be visible for 1 2-18 months.

Buddhist meditation techniques to fight loneliness

Holistic Health is a combination of Emotions, Body and Mind. Only if all parts are optimal working together you will achieve a strong immune system that is able to maintain your health and fight infections.

The feeling of loneliness can strike at any time and at any age. Going through a divorce, moving to a new town, losing your job, having your kids leave for college or losing a loved one can all trigger the emotion. Or worse, it can be a chronic sensation for people who feel like they can’t connect with others.

Over time, loneliness can take a toll on your emotional and physical health. It has been tied to an increased risk of heart disease, Alzheimer’s and depression. If you’ve been feeling lonely, a meditation practice may help. A small new study in the journal Brain, Behavior and Immunity found that seniors who engaged in an eight-week meditation program felt less lonely and lowered levels of inflammation markers, which can be precursors to chronic disease.

For the study, volunteers learned mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR), which is based on Buddhist meditation techniques that teach you to live in the moment and acknowledge sensations and thoughts without judging them. By focusing on and accepting the here and now, you learn to avoid rumination and self-criticism — factors that can contribute to stress and loneliness.

Parenting: Raising confident children

Confidence is the belief in one’s own abilities. Confident children will usually give things a try, because they feel they can succeed in the task. A young child’s confidence is not only affected by his or her parent’s behaviour and interactions, it is affected by school performance by his/her talents and by how peers and teachers judge him or her.

The first six months of an infant’s life are an important period in creating neuro-chemical biological building blocks because parents act as an early mirror to their child. They do this by showing affection and responding to the emotional needs of the infant from day one. Positive interactions have been shown not only to be important to the child’s emotional status, but also to have positive effects on brain chemistry.

Self esteem is different to confidence it is the way we feel about ourselves at a deeper level. Many parents work hard to build their child’s confidence recognising the effect this trait can have on their child’s future.

Moving beyond confidence to developing increased self esteem is important. Children with healthy self esteem are shown to be able to act independently, assume responsibility, and take pride in their abilities. They will willingly accept challenges and handle problems while dealing with their emotions. If you are interested in raising your child’s self esteem then investing in these traits will have long term positive benefits.

The title of this article, then, should perhaps be re-titled as ‘raising well adjusted children with high self esteem,’since there is a fine line between the child who is confident about what they can do, and the child who behaves in an arrogant way and believes that everything they do is brilliant and deserving of everyone’s attention.

So, apart from giving regular affection and praising our children what can we learn from the research data available? We know that it is important to give a high ratio of praise to criticism, at least six-to-one, and we can refine this by being specific about our praise, and relating it back to the traits
described above.

The world today is exciting and constantly developing from a technical perspective. Most household entertainment items are being superseded by those with superior technology and media presentations are getting more sophisticated.

Access to a mass of Information from a young age is easier, and no longer managed completely by the primary care givers. Ensuring that children have the skills to make effective choices has to be the parent’s responsibility, and is becoming more important as children learn from many different sources.

When we look at increasing self esteem we start with simple actions : being available for our children and setting aside time to actively listen to them which is quite a skill in itself. Also talking, playing, and laughing together, and showing by our own actions that we can be confident in what we do. This means that for some parents, developing their own healthy self esteem and confidence is a primary objective.

Children learn from what we do more than what we say, so how we conduct ourselves is the critical factor. It is difficult, for example, for a sad or clinically depressed parent to be able to offer healthy, positive interactions to their child and therefore improving the adult’s mental health can be an essential part of the process.

Our own childhood experiences are important: for example, the parent who was criticised constantly as a child may go on to repeat that pattern of behaviour without even realising that they are doing it. When we are developing self esteem we are encouraging the child to believe’I can do this,’which can become a mantra.

The child will not feel they can do it if they are criticised for doing it in a different way, Conversely, if overprotective parenting prevails, they will wait for their parents to help them, Misguided attempts to help the child to do it better will affect the child’s belief in their own judgment. The way in which we talk to our child, our tone of voice and the words that we use are powerful in affecting changes in behaviour, Making positive statements is an essential skill that has to be learned, unless the adult is able to do this intuitively. Helping a child to visualise a successful outcome to a task not only organises their thoughts, but ensures that they have a ‘give it a go’ mindset.

Sports can be a very good way to encourage the child to develop skills not only in performing the sport but collaborating with others, coping with frustration and failure, and moving on from that to be happy in just having been a part of a process. When an emphasis is placed on winning, the child will feel that they do not measure up. Allowing children to be part of the solution at an age appropriate level is important, children on a football team can contribute to the overall plan and see the consequences for themselves of each action and learn from this, with and without the guidance of the team coach.

A wise parent on the sidelines will keep their thoughts to themselves. Having children complete chores independently is another way of a child developing skills over time and they will feel accomplished in achieving their designated tasks. Having a regular job in the family prepares a child to know that doing ordinary things is a valid and valuable part of everyday life. If we raise children as confident and special rather than competent with a healthy self esteem the child can grow up to have a sense of entitlement, and be unwilling to try difficult tasks.

Teaching a child that behaviour is a choice taken by them, allows them to gain important insights into the way in which they can be responsible for their own behaviour.

Children’s displays of emotions can be powerful, and can be either irritating or upsetting to their parent. Accepting the feelings and helping the child to cope with the fact that things did not work out the way that they wanted behaviour is a choice taken by allows the child to also accept the emotions and not be scared by them. Life goes on, and the child will get plenty more opportunities to succeed in the same or in a different activity.

This builds up resilience in children as young as toddlers, and helps them learn to embrace the challenges we face in everyday life.

Last but not least, empowering our children to follow their heart and develop their own interests enables them to experience opportunities that are meaningful to them.

Supporting an interest you do not necessarily share shows that you value your child as an individual. Nobody said that parenting is easy, and by taking on the concept of raising self esteem alongside confidence, we can grow as individuals too.

Recognising depression: Expat women and children in Asia

Recognising depression: how to cope with change as an expatriate woman Transitioning to a new life living abroad can be difficult. Women may feel lonely being away from family and friends, and mothers may feel purposeless as maids and nannies take over what were once their primary duties.

Language and cultural barriers can be difficult to deal with, and it is normal to miss familiarities such as a favourite food, TV show, or even commercials you can understand. All of these issues, coupled sometimes with the added difficulty of learning a new language, can lead to frustration and feelings of depression.

To help ease the burden, there are some things a woman can do. A routine helps, perhaps exercise or limit the maids ‘duties’. Gaining an understanding of the culture in Asia can lessen the culture shock as well. On a nice day, maybe take a bike tour of the city, or perhaps take language lessons to help break down the language barrier.

Whatever you do, get to know the city and it will begin to feel more like home.

Wives and mothers are not the only family members who can be affected by beginning a new life abroad. Expat children can suffer from depression as well. An expat lifestyle often means moving frequently, and this may lead to identity issues in children. Kids may question what is “home”, or have to deal with friends constantly leaving, or get anxiety about always being new and not being able to settle down.

Conversely, when children return to their “home country” for university, it can lead to reverse culture
shock. Students often deal with similar feelings all over again, of loneliness, and unfamiliarity after being abroad for so long. Sudden independence can be daunting to students when going off to university, and they may have added feelings of stress related to a lack of support system since their parents are abroad.

Any of these issues, or simply the reality of the expat lifestyle being different than the expectations of it, can lead to feeling down. Particularly if certain short comings were not considered prior to moving. It is important to have the knowledge to distinguish sadness from the medical illness, depression. Feelings of sadness are a basic human response to moving away. However, prolonged feelings of sadness that are not related to a specific event and which affect a daily routine may be depression, and that is when seeing a doctor should be considered.

It when children then return to their”home simply the reality of the expat than the expectations of it, can

Summers and holidays, specifically, may be more difficult. Returning after spending a long time at “home”with close friends and family can be very hard. Studies show that levels of depression are higher after arrival than beforehand whilst anticipating the move.

It helps to pinpoint the problem. Think about what exactly you are missing. If there was a hobby you used to love, why not continue it?

Fortunately, there is a fairly large expat community in Asia, which means that there is likely already a club for your favourite hobby. If not. why not start one? Taking up activities you are passionate about such as charity work. or photography, or sports, can help immensely in overcoming the feelings of sadness or not belonging.

Sometimes differences between a person’s culture of origin and the culture they have arrived in here in Asia can impact happiness. It can sometimes be difficult to summon up the energy or courage to attend social events and meet new people, and it may almost feel like high school all over again. But, meeting new people who are experiencing the same issues allows you to support each other and, along with developing a routine, can be the best way to combat feelings of sadness or depression and make Asia feel like home.

Asia Spa Treatment Resort Etiquette.

Nudity
Don’t let the bashfulness get in the way of your good treatment. Its the norm to disrobe for massage and body treatments, and your therapist is trained to protect your modesty by draping your body with towel, only exposing they part they are working on. If you prefer, you can leave on your own underwear, or ask for disposable.

Many full body treatments include your bottom and breast area. The french even pay attention to the breast area during facials as they see it simply as an extension of the face and neck.

In Germany, France, Eastern Europe and Scandinavia, people tend to go Au Naturel, and you’re much more likely to get a male therapist. Even the steam rooms are mixed, with everyone stark-naked, although retiring types can slip into a swimsuit.

If yo feel uncomfortable about having a male therapist, ask who will be doing it when you book; its its a man, tell them you’d prefer a woman. British and American spas tend to be more modest, while therapists in the Far East usually work on the same sex. (or make it very clear otherwise).

Dressing and Undressing
The dress code outside treatment rooms varies from spa to spa. Destination spas are very informal with pople drifting around in towelling robes all day, even for dinner. Check with individual spas about their dress code for evenings, as some do expect you to dress for dinner. In hotels and resort spas, where you’re mixing with ‘clothed’ people, you need to dress for meals and ‘out of spa’ areas.

Spa Manners

  • Arrive early for your class or treatment. About 30 minutes in advance is recommended.
  • Turn off your mobile pone, in any spa it’s a cardinal sin to have your phone ring.
  • Keep your voice down. Spas are places where people go for a bit of peace and quiet. Hot tubs, saunas and steam rooms are also places to unwind and relax, so keep conversations with your best friend down. Respect other people’s needs. You may want to start talking to the person lounging next to you but if they’re not being particularly responsive to your conversational gambits, let them be.
  • Complaining about a treatment after it’s finished is like moaning about a bad meal when the waiter comes to clear your plate. Therapists aren’t telepathic, so it’s up to you to communicate your needs, If you’d rather not listen to music, tell them; if you’re uncomfortable with the pressure during a massage, say so.
  • Always shower before a treatment / sauna / steam or Jacuzzi.

Tipping
There’s no pressure to tip. You can add 10% if you want to but a smile replacing a frown and verbal thanks is usually enough.

Booking
It’s imperative to book treatments in advance, especially if you are going somewhere for a few days. Don’t leave it until you arrive, as by that time your favourite therapies may well be booked up.