Choosing the Perfect Day Spa Holiday Gift

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Choosing the Perfect Spa Holiday Gift: Raleigh Day Spa, Blue Water Spa in Raleigh, NC provides guidelines for choosing the perfect holiday day spa gift.

Spa gift certificates are becoming more and more popular and are right at the top of holiday wish lists for both men and women. Spas offer stress-relief, pampering, and results. Spa gift certificates are a wonderful way to show friends, family, employees, or the one you love, how much you care. A gift certificate to an upscale day spa says you want them to feel their very best and give them the stress relief they deserve.

When selecting a spa gift certificate, consider the following:

Not all day spas offer the same services. To ensure the best spa experience consider looking for the spa voted best in your metropolitan area. lists best day spas for areas of the country.

Visit a spa if possible. Look at the environment; meet the staff and smell the aromas. Just 30 seconds in a spa will give you an idea of the kind of experience you might expect. If you cannot visit a spa in person, visit the web site. Visiting the web site for a spa can give you an idea of the spa’s environment, their experience, and philosophy. The spa experience begins when a guest enters the door. By taking a virtual tour, you can get an idea of what the experience will be.

Spa gift certificates are available in either dollar amounts or by custom designed treatments and packages. A more personal, and often more affordable, approach is to select a spa package rather than a gift certificate in a dollar amount. In this case, be certain that a spa will allow the recipient to make changes in the gift certificate if he or she desires.

Some of the best gifts are things that one would typically not consider purchasing for themselves. A very popular trend today is treatments using more than one therapist. There is nothing quite like a facial (which includes a massage of the face, neck, shoulders, upper back, hands and arms) combined with a second therapist simultaneously massaging the feet with both hands and hot stones. This type of treatment is absolutely decadent and can be surprisingly affordable. At Blue Water Spa, a Foot Fantasy can be combined with almost any treatment. This is a heavenly experience with a skilled therapist providing both a manual and hot stone massage using essential oils and a warm parrafin dip.

When considering a spa service for a man, be sure the environment is comfortable for a gentleman. Overstuffed sofas, needlepoint wall hangings, and especially co-ed waiting areas can be very intimidating to men. Instead, look for an upscale, contemporary environment with privacy.

Ask about gift certificate delivery. For those of us who wait until the last minute, gift certificates that can be purchased over the phone can be a big help. In most cases, gift certificates can even be emailed to ensure “on-time” delivery.

When giving a spa gift certificate, be sure to ask the spa’s policy on aestheticians (facialists) leaving the room during a treatment. The therapist should be in the room at all times delivering pampering, relaxation, and results. A client who is left alone can feel forgotten and uneasy and certainly they are not getting the best treatment possible. In some spas, aestheticians will leave the room to go pick out products for clients to purchse or even start a treatment on a second client. Upscale spas would not think of leaving a client alone in a treatment room.

Adding some products to a gift certificate can enhance the spa experience, especially if the gift is for your spouse. Aromatherapy candles, essential oils, soaps, shower gels, and luxurious massage cream can make for a romantic spa experience for a couple to share at home.

If you see silk or plastic flowers, run away fast. Okay, maybe this is just me (and Oprah), but if someone cannot care for fresh flowers, I am not going to trust them with my face or body.

Blue Water Spa opened January 2003. In that time, they have expanded twice. The spa has been voted #1 day spa in their metropolitan area by Citysearch and received the Metro Bravo Award for best day spa 2003 and 2004. Dr. Michael Law is the only private practice plastic surgeon voted among the best 2003 and 2004 by Metro Magazine, the local lifestyle magazine.

Kile Law has been selected as part of the Day Spa Association (DSA) advisory board for the 2005 year, She has written a number of articles that have been published in professional journals and interviews with Kile can regularly be seen in plastic surgery journals, spa magazines and consumer publications. She is in demand as a speaker at medical and spa conferences. Her next speaking engagement will be at the Southern Spa and Salon Conference in Hickory, North Carolina November 22, 2004. Look for an interview with Kile in the November / December issue of Luxury Spa Finder Magazine

Kile Law says the following about the gift certificate packages available at Blue Water Spa, "At Blue Water Spa, all treatments are designed to deliver both unparalleled pampering and immediate visible results. I am proud to offer the wonderful holiday spa packages we have available at Blue Water Spa. I have been very involved in the spa industry for 15 years and have incorporated the absolute best elements from treatments I have received at world class destination spas and medical offices to design the custom treatments we offer at Blue Water Spa. We have flown in experts from all parts of the country to provide training ensuring that our treatments are simply the best. Only the finest products are used in skin and body care treatments.

A treatment can only be as good as the individual performing the service, and our aesthetic professionals are the best anywhere. They receive ongoing advanced training to ensure they have the most up to date information about skin and body care. Our therapists never leave the room during a treatment. They provide consistent pampering and results from start to finish.

When selecting a spa gift certificate, we all want the most relaxing, pampering and luxurious experience possible for the recipient. At Blue Water Spa, our commitment is to provide relaxation, results, and stress relief in a beautiful relaxing environment where all guests will be pampered and made to feel very special. Happy Holidays.”

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