Written by

Casey Gameson

Booking a spa retreat is the ultimate act of self-care. However, we understand that the path to relaxation begins long before you step foot in the spa. We not only want you to feel relaxed during your treatment, but also on the run up to your retreat. That’s why we have compiled a list of the most commonly asked questions about spa etiquette. From what you need to wear under your robe to what you need to bring on the day, we have anticipated your every question and concern.

All you need to do is sit back, relax and keep reading for a stress-free spa experience.

What to take to a spa?

Before you can set off on your journey to relaxation, you need to pack a few essentials. These will help to enhance your experience and ensure your comfort during your spa visit.


One of the first things you will need to pack is swimwear. Since you will likely spend most of the day in your swimwear, it’s important you prioritise comfort. Whether you opt for a stylish swimming costume, a trendy bikini or classic trunks, the choice is entirely yours. The key is to select swimwear that makes you feel confident, allowing you to fully immerse yourself in the spa experience.

Bringing swimwear will also ensure you can fully make the most of the spa facilities. At Bryn Meadows, we have an indoor swimming pool, steam room, hot tub, jacuzzi and aromatherapy suite for you to enjoy.


Another thing you want to remember is footwear. Flip flops are perfect for navigating communal areas, such as changing rooms, showers and saunas. Bringing your own flip flops will allow you to walk around the spa facilities without worrying about slipping, whilst maintaining a sense of cleanliness. Slippers are another great choice for spa goers, allowing you to fully relax between treatments. By bringing your own footwear, you can add an extra layer of comfort to your spa experience.

However, do not worry if you leave your footwear at home. At Bryn Meadows, we provide slippers to all of our guests for added convenience.


Something that is often forgotten by spa goers is haircare. As you indulge in various treatments, it’s natural for your hair to come into contact with oils, creams and other products. However, by bringing your own haircare items, such as a brush, hair ties and clips, you can keep your hair out of the way. Having these items to hand will also mean you can freshen up at the end of your treatments, ensuring you leave the spa feeling confident.


While most spas provide basic amenities, it is often recommended you bring your own toiletries. This can include your toothbrush, toothpaste, deodorant, perfume and skincare products. After a long day of swimming in the pool, relaxing in the sauna and receiving a selection of treatments, your toiletries will allow you to go home feeling fully refreshed.

If you have specific skincare or haircare needs, it is important you pack your preferred products instead of relying on those provided at the spa.


Make sure you pack your favourite loungewear to change into at the end of the day. Bringing some loose fitting clothes will mean you continue to feel relaxed all the way home. After all, the last thing you will want to do is squeeze into a pair of jeans. Whilst you can simply put on the clothes you arrived in, having a fresh set of loungewear can help you feel refreshed and revitalised.

What to wear to a spa?

There is no need to pack your entire wardrobe for the spa. Once you arrive at the spa, you will likely be given a plush robe and cosy slippers to change into. These will be your go-to garments for the rest of your spa experience. So, as you pack for your spa day, don’t worry too much about what you are going to wear.

At Bryn Meadows, we simply ask that you bring a change of clothes if you are having lunch, dinner or afternoon tea in our restaurant.

What to wear underneath your robe?

Underneath your robe, it is best to wear swimwear or underwear. The goal is to wear what makes you feel most comfortable when walking around the spa. However, the vast majority of spa-goers find swimwear to be the most convenient option as it allows them to easily access any wet facilities.

When you arrive at Bryn Meadows, you will be greeted with a soft and fluffy robe to wear throughout your spa break.

How to wear your hair for a spa day?

If you have long hair, it’s best to wear it in a simple and practical style. From a loose bun to a high ponytail, it is best to choose a style that keeps your hair away from your face and neck. If you find these styles too uncomfortable, you can of course leave it down. However, we would recommend using hair clips or a headband to keep it in place during treatments.

Will you be expected to undress during your visit?

Depending on the spa treatment you choose, you may be expected to undress during your visit. However, there is no need to panic. At Bryn Meadows, our staff will be there to support you through the process. They will start by describing the treatment and the position you will need to take. They will then step out of the room while you get undressed, making sure to remain respectful at all times. For our full body treatments, our staff will use a technique called ‘draping’. This is when they cover your body with a sheet or blanket, leaving only the body part that is currently being massaged exposed. If you still feel uncomfortable, don’t hesitate to communicate with our staff. They are there to make your experience as enjoyable as possible, and will do everything they can to put you at ease.

Do you need to shower before your treatment?

Showering before spa treatments is often recommended as a courtesy to both yourself and the spa staff. Taking a quick shower will ensure your skin is completely clean, removing any lotions, oils or perfumes that you may have applied before your visit. This will help to prepare your skin to absorb the luxurious products used during your treatment.

Can you go to a spa when pregnant?

Nothing can be more relaxing than a spa treatment when pregnant. However, there are certain treatments that should be avoided, such as intense body wraps. Fortunately, we offer specialised treatments for pregnant people. Personalised to the needs and stage of your pregnancy, we can provide you with a gentle massage that soothes those tight and tender muscles.

How to book a spa day?

If you feel ready to book a spa day, get in touch. Whether you would prefer to call us on 01495 225590 or email us on fusion@brynmeadows.co.uk, a member of our team will be available to guide you through the booking process. Whether you're interested in a massage, facial or full day of pampering, our team will help you choose a treatment that suits your needs.