Spa Etiquette: Making the Most of your Spa Experience

Posted by on 2012 Apr 26th with 1 Comment

*Guest blog post by Spa at La Costa’s own Sara King

The Spa at La Costa is a place that allows you to escape the “real world” and unwind. Etiquette plays an important part in creating a relaxing spa environment. Discover a few etiquette techniques to help make your experience the most enjoyable.


Arriving on time is the best way to start a spa day. Since you are coming to relax, the last thing you want is to be rushed into your massage. Allowing yourself extra time to arrive to the spa for the check-in procedures, touring the facilities and changing into your robe, will help get you in that tranquil mindset.

When booking your appointment, keep in mind that weekends and holidays are popular times for spa days. Booking in advance gives you more options for available treatments and times. If you need to change or cancel any appointments, please notify the spa at least 24 hours in advance.


Most of us have become used to having our phones by our side regularly each day.  In the care of creating a relaxing environment for you and our guests, we ask that you refrain from using your cell phone while you are inside the spa. Also, to maintain a calm and peaceful environment, please keep your voice volume to a minimum while socializing with others.

There are designated areas outside of the spa for cell phone usage and smoking.


Providing gratuity is at your own discretion since it is not included in the cost of the treatments. It is not a requirement, but greatly appreciated. Customary gratuity is about 15-20% of the original price. This may be placed on your credit card at the time you check out of the spa.

We hope this was helpful for your future spa experience and thank you in advance for following these etiquette guidelines. Is there anything else you’d add to this list? Share in the comments below.

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