Went to Spa world when I visited my BFF in Virginia. This was the first time I had gone to a bathhouse.
We arrived at 6 pm on a Friday night and planned to spend a late late night there. When you enter the facility, you pay for your initial visit (25$ for the bade pools and 35$ for the bade pool and poultice rooms). We opted for both since like I said we were going to spend as late as we could stay (I read other reviews that you can spend the night but I think now they close around 1 am).
You are issued a key and you have a small locker in the entrance for your shoes. The same locker number in the change area for your clothes as you are issued a shirt and shorts for you to wear in the common areas.
There are two separate bade pools. One for the men and one for the women. Yes, you are in the nude. But after the initial shock over this, you will see that it’s no big deal as to the old saying “when I Rome…”. Actually it was weirder for me seeing the ladies who do the scrub/massage wearing just their bra and panties than if they were naked or in a t-shirt/shorts uniform set.
The bade pools are lovely. The jets are strong and hit all the right places if your muscles need some loosing up. I wouldn’t recommend sitting too long in the hot tubs as I think I did and started to feel a bit funny. We did reserve our spot for the a scrub ($50) and let me tell you, those ladies are awesome! I have paid for body scrubs at really posh spas back home and they did not do the job that these ladies did!! Yes, they really go deep and everywhere but it feels so lovely at the end and you will feel buttery soft. I just wish I didn’t cheap out and went one package up where you get the facial as well. They use mashed up cucumbers and it looked really fun.
As for the poultice rooms. They have a few different ones. Amethyst room, onyx room, salt room, cold room, etc. This is where I really thought I should have just paid the $25 for the bade pools and I cannot stand the intense dry heat from saunas and felt that it was a waste that I paid for this when I couldn’t use it. I did stay in the ice room for a bit but it was – cold. Sitting in the common area was a break from the pool and I had my phone with me as they have free wifi. I saw a few people with lap tops watching movies or just face booking.
At the end, you hand in your key, pay for any services you obtained inside the facilities (they have food as well), pay your tab and get your shoes.
If I am back in Virginia, I am going to defiantly go again to Spa World. The pools, common areas and change areas were all clean. I had a lot of fun and felt relaxed and refreshed at the end of the night. Next time, I am going to spend a bit more and enjoy a massage/facial as well as the scrub.
Tip – bring your own shampoo, conditioner, soap, etc for you shower. They do provide you with stuff but your own is your own. As well, if you have a travel hair dryer as theirs are not the best.
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