From the article: Spa Week's $50 Spa Treatments
Have you had a great experience with Spa Week? Or were you disappointed in your $50 treatment? Did you ever go back to the spa or was it a one-time thing? Share Your Experience
I like to treat my girlfriends!
- It's the best thing ever! I always take advantage of the Spa weeks in the Fall/Spring. I can't think of a better way of spending the day at resorts that I wouldn't normally be able to afford. I usually treat a few women who may not have been to a resort location for a spa treatment. It's a lovely time to relax and enjoy the day and have lunch too. This particular location even had a white chocolate strawberry ready after your treatment along with the cup of water and hot towel. ooooh so nice. They already have the tip calculated on the original price of the treatment so you don't have to guess about what you should leave.
Loved Spa Week
- Just had a hot stone massage and it was marvelous. The technician was thorough and professional and the staff was equally professional. From the moment that I walked into the spa they were all about making me de-stress and feel pampered. I will definitely go back to that spa in the future. Also, it makes sense to tip on the original price - the tech is still doing 60 minutes of work (in my case I had the massage and a hot towel foot massage , so that was 75 minutes) and should be tipped accordingly!
- —Guest Denise
Love Spa Week
- Spa week was originally like heaven. Each season, though, some of the resorts get crabbier about it, like charging a mandatory 20 percent tip based on a $169 60-min massage, when the Spa Week one is only 45 minutes. It's creepy. If it's the full massage, sure, I'll tip 20 percent or more on the full price, gladly! Partly because I've never had an inferior massage during Spa Week, but I have seen resorts overbook and make things a little miserable (more like a bus station in the main areas than a 5-star resort). I am in the Phoenix area, and some places really do Spa Week right, and I really appreciate them. Golden Door is one good example that stands out. I've discovered places I never would have tried if not for Spa Week, and I do go back! I also appreciate when they do a post-Spa Week special to encourage you to come back. (Not as much discount, but some.)
- —Guest RJP
I Love Spa Week!
- As a woman of middle income and a regular of Elizabeth Arden Red Door, I love Spa Week! The discounted treatments really make it affordable and I usually book several appointments for the week. Some Red Doors will let you book 2-3 treatments in same day and some will not. Spas that are in casinos will tell you, you can only book one a day. I have noticed Spa Week attracts bigger groups of women that have little spa etiquette. I understand Spa Week is meant to attract new customers but I feel like it's a way to give back to their regulars. You ARE NOT shorted time. If you go to a higher end spa, that would never happen. It is a wonder that the spa techs are as cordial that week as they are any other time you go. If you can't tip at least 15% don't go! 20% is the usual and a little more if you Loved Loved Loved it. These people must pay tax on their tips. They have to be nice to people that act arrogant and demanding. Personally, I think Red Door should add a 20% tip to the bill. The locker room attendants deserve a tip, too.
- —Guest Audrey
spa week-reduced minutes for service
- I saw the comment someone made about reducing minutes for reduced prices. Anyone who thinks like this usually is the person who puts alarms in their purse during a massage or a baking timer, as I have had clients do. My response is if you are that aggressive and negative about spa professionals, you are what we call "spa monsters" -- people who nit pick at everything.
- —Guest veteran spa therapist
Take a "Tip" From This Spa Veteran
- I am retired from the spa industry for almost two years but about the tips - don't forget that person is probably getting thirty percent of what you are paying, then taxed, then the spa owner takes back bar fees (cost of facial or massage oil or product) so sometimes that therapist is ending up with less than 10 dollars an hour working for you. Think about it. Do you work for that? Why do women feel that its owed to them or that they should not tip at all, especially on a gift certificate that someone bought you. It's rude and disrespectful for a client to not tip or to think they don't need to. That same person probably spends 200 dollars on dinner and tips the waitress 30 bucks, I'll bet
- —Guest SOPHIA
Tipping is part of the package.
- People who think that the technicians should be grateful for any tip should be slapped. Why would a spa and the employees have any incentive to join a spa week at all if they lose considerable money doing it? Yes, you should tip 15 - 20 % on the amount before the discount, on the higher end if the service is great. Period. They are doing you a service by offering a discount, don't do them a disservice by tipping badly. People in this industry rely on tips for their income just like anyone else relies on their salary. (And no, I am not in this line of work. I just have common courtesy.)
Spa50 week in Tampa Bay now too!
- Spa Week is great, but there's another way to get $50 treatments in Tampa Bay, Florida, during Spa50's "5 Days of 50." It's launching September 20-24, 2010. Participating spas offer full-length spa services at only $50. Find participating spas and details at www.spa50.com
- —Guest email@example.com
Love Spa Week
- As the owner of a new spa located in Baltimore, Maryland. I am glad to see that we are getting more exposure and recognition.
- —Guest Julie Williamson
wish I could participate
- I wish I could participate but I don't live in an area that participates. I love spas & for $50 I would try treatments I normally wouldn't.
Tipping During Spa Week
- I don't know about other spas, but where I work we give guests during Spa Week the same time and quality of service as we do full paying guests. When I go to other places where I receive a discount on a service where you would normally tip, I always tip on the original price if I get a good service. It is not fair to the person providing you with the service. Some of them may already be getting a cut in pay to provide you with the Spa Week therapy. In all fairness, I might have thought as some of you before I was in this field. But try looking at it from our point of view and you will realize that tipping off the discounted price is insulting to the people providing your service. If the service is bad, then of course you should adjust accordingly. Our facial for Spa Week is 1 hour in length (not 50 min.) and normally costs $135.00. The Spa Week guest is paying less than half price. Personally, if I couldn't afford to tip on the original price, I wouldn't participate.
- —Guest esthetian
"They Should Be Grateful For Tips"
- I have read so many articles about how we should tip for the original price not the spa deal, they should be grateful people are tipping them and not complain and stop being snobby about it. We are not forced to leave tip so the people who do leave tip are being nice.
- —Guest Guest
Love Spa Week!
- I always go spa-crazy - I'll book 3 or 4 treatments every spa week. it's like a holiday! counting down til april 12th..
- —Guest Rachel
Tipping during Spa Week
- I don't entirely agree with tipping on the value of the original service and not the $50 treatment. This is assuming the spa is giving you the original treatment for less money, and some spas are actually reducing the number of minutes a treatment would last to fit in the $50. Also some times the people who come to spa week are ones that can't afford the regular treatments, so why would they tip more than they have to? I think the spas should understand this and would be gracious.
- —Guest P
I think it's a good deal!
- I had a facial last spring and felt like I had the full experience for half the price. No one made me feel like a second-rate citizen. I think they are genuinely interested in getting people to try their services and come back, especially in today's tough environment. I encourage people to try it.