See The Sights And The Spas

For most spa-goers who book a trip to a spa, location doesn't matter-it's the treatments, service and surroundings that make the destination appealing. But who says pampering and a perfect sightseeing location can't coincide? According to Susie Ellis, president of SpaFinder, when going on a vacation where sightseeing is a big part of the experience, consider spa treatments as an accompaniment and consider the following when planning:

Amenities. “I like to pick a place where, at the end of a day of sightseeing, I can come back and soak in a hot tub and get a massage or a good reflexology session,” Ellis says. “Also, you'll appreciate a hotel that has room service or at least a restaurant on site and the option of an in-room massage after a long day.”

Guests. Most hotel or resort spas will allow you to get treatments and use their facilities even if you aren't staying there, as almost every spa welcomes both day spa guests and those who are staying overnight. “But be aware that, if that spa is very busy, they will likely set aside time for their overnight guests, so you need to book early as a day guest,” says Ellis.

Booking. When you are sightseeing, it is likely that most of your spa appointments are going to be at the end of the day-so book ahead. “Those appointments are hard to get, so check with the spa that you are planning to visit and see if they are open in the evening,” Ellis says.