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If you’re yet to experience a spa day or spa treatment, you may be unsure of what to wear on the day. Whilst dress codes can vary depending on the spa venue and type of treatment chosen, there are a few basic rules which apply to most spas. In this guide, we cover everything you need to know about what to wear - and what to take - along to your spa visit.
If you have never visited a spa before, you may be wondering what to wear. Although some spas have a dress code for selected areas such as restaurants, there is usually no need to worry about your outfit choice! Plus, you’re likely to spend much of your time in a robe once you’re at your selected spa.
Spas want their guests to be as comfortable as possible, so non-restrictive garments (such as yoga bottoms, lounge pants, T-shirts, sweatshirts and hoodies) are encouraged at most resorts.
If you are staying at one of our luxury spa hotels, there may be a dress code for the restaurant. It is a good idea to pack a smart outfit, such as a nice dress or a pair of tailored trousers and a blouse or shirt. However, if you are unsure, contact your chosen spa venue ahead of your visit to check the dress code beforehand.
You are more than welcome to bring your own robe, however, this is not compulsory. Many spas offer a complimentary robe for you to wear during your visit, whilst other spas may charge a rental fee or request a deposit. If you book a spa package, this should be listed as an inclusion. If in doubt, contact us or the spa ahead of your visit to make sure.
All spas want their guests to feel comfortable and will try to accommodate them as much as possible. So, if you have special requirements, simply contact your chosen spa ahead of your visit. Most spas will accommodate different sizes, and there are even spas that make a point of catering to plus-size guests. However, if you wish, you may bring your own robe with you.
This depends upon what treatments you have booked and the facilities you would like to use. In general, you should wear either swimwear or underwear. If your booked treatment requires full or partial nudity, you will be given time to undress before the treatment starts. There is more on this later in the guide.
When it comes to footwear, again, spas want their guests to be as comfortable as possible, so be sure to wear or pack shoes which are comfortable yet practical. Slippers and flip-flops are popular choices. Trainers and sports shoes are often allowed too, but their use is likely to be restricted to dry areas, for hygiene reasons.
Some spas may provide complimentary slippers for you to use or may have slippers which you can pay to rent for the day. However, this will vary from spa to spa.
Contact us or the spa ahead of your arrival to check. If you are using the wet areas of the spa (the pool and Jacuzzi, for example), flip-flops are a safer and more practical choice. If you plan to use the gym, you will need to bring appropriate trainers (with clean soles).
Most spas will provide a locker, so you can safely store your personal items while enjoying the spa facilities and treatments. Of course, if you have booked an overnight break, you can leave your things securely in your room. However, it is a good idea to leave any valuables, such as electronic devices and jewellery, at home. You’re at the spa to relax, after all! You don’t want to be worrying about your smartphone or finest jewels!
You may wish to pack the following when visiting a spa for a pamper day or overnight break:
Remember: Inclusions and facilities vary between venues and spa packages - always check individual listings.
At the vast majority of UK spa resorts, nudity is forbidden outside the privacy of guests’ hotel rooms. Visitors are expected to cover up using a robe/dressing gown between treatments and when occupying a spa’s public areas and must wear a swimming costume/shorts while enjoying the venue’s Jacuzzi and steam room facilities.
The practice of ‘draping’ is often used within treatment rooms to enable full body massages, wraps and scrubs. Draping will see you strip (completely, or to underwear), lie down on a massage table and cover yourself with a large towel, blanket or sheet (the therapist is usually absent from the room at this stage). Once in position, the therapist will carefully move the fabric to expose an area of your body to be treated - an arm, leg, the lower back etc. - while ensuring modesty. Treated areas will be covered before the therapist begins work elsewhere on your body.
It is important to remember that spas want their guests to feel as relaxed as possible, so never be embarrassed to voice any concerns you have about clothing removal (or any other issues) before or during your visit.
If you have any other questions about our spas or spa treatments, be sure to check out our guides sections. Alternatively, you can contact SpaSeekers with any questions you may have.