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“Go to Korea for the day!” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Spa World

Spa World
13830-A10 Braddock Road, Centreville, VA 20121
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Ranked #4 of 12 things to do in Centreville
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Arlington, Virginia
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“Go to Korea for the day!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2013

I loved this place! I have been to a number of similar places in Europe and Asia, and this one certainly measured up.

It seems like a lot of people are hesitant to go because of the no-clothes policy in the pool area. I will point out that if this is the case, there is still a lot you can do in the clothed area, which includes a number of dry saunas, a relaxing area, and the restaurant. As long as you enjoy saunas, I think it would definitely be worth it to go even if you just stay in the clothed area. You can always check out the pool when you get there if you feel comfortable with it.

When you arrive, you pay $35 (although I think it's going up to $40 next week) and you are given a spa outfit of a t-shirt and shorts, and a key to your locker that is also used to record anything additional that you buy, like drinks, food, massages etc. Then when you check out you pay for the additional items you bought. The admission fee lets you stay for up to 24 hours (they are open 24/7) so you can spend as much time as you want.

There are two main areas to the spa - the common area, in which genders are mixed and you have to wear the outfit you are given, and the gender-separated areas. The common, mixed area includes a number of "poultice rooms" - really dry saunas - that each have a theme such as salt, charcoal, or red clay. Each theme is supposed to have a certain healing power. The rooms do not have benches like a European sauna, but mats on the floor that you lie on. The common area also has a bunch of mats on the ground where people rest, hang out, read, etc. There are a few tv's, a refreshment stand, a fitness room (including "body shakers"!), and a restaurant that serves delicious Korean meals. The meals run about $9-12 and include a number of the traditional side items like kim chi.

The gender-separated areas include the very nice changing/locker rooms and the bade pool area. In these areas, no clothes are allowed. The spa does provide towels, but they are quite small (think hand towels) and don't provide too much coverage. I don't think you are allowed to use your own towel. I found that after a couple of minutes, you didn't even notice the nakedness at all and it just seemed normal. Anyway, the bade pool is great!! It is a warm-ish pool that has lots of different stations with water jets to massage various parts of your body. There is also a steam sauna, dry sauna, cold bath, and several hot tubs. These are all surrounded by shower stations. The spa provides pretty much everything you need - shampoo, conditioner, hair dryers, even brushes (a little gross if you ask me). You don't have to wear shoes (most people walked around barefoot) although I did see a few people in flip flops.

Overall, I thought it was a great place to spend a few hours and relax.

Visited February 2013
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Virginia, USA
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19 reviews
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“An authentic Korean bathhouse/spa experience!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2013

This is a huge Korean spa, in suburban Virginia; it's authentic in every way. Most guests are ethnic Koreans, but there are enough Westerners that I didn't feel that I stuck out, particularly. When you enter, you pay your entrance fee and get a shirt and shorts for the dry areas, and key to your first of two lockers, into which you place your shoes. Then you proceed to the "wet area" for your gender, and find your second locker, which opens with your key. You place all your clothing and what-have-you in this locker and, stark naked, head for the pools. Before you enter the water you take a shower--you'll see the Koreans especially scrubbing themselves very thoroughly before going in, as one does in a Korean bathhouse in Korea. There's a huge warm "bade pool", bubbling away, with waterfalls and jets; on the side are a couple of hotter pools, a children's pool, and cold pool, and there are also two saunas, one steamy and the other dry. On the side are the massage and body scrub tables; you sign up for these treatments in the locker room. I did the body scrub, which was fantastic. When you are feeling relaxed and/or hungry, you can dry off with one of their little towels and go back to your locker, put on your shirt/shorts spa-wear, and head to the "poultice rooms". These are sort of like saunas but every one is different--an amethyst room, a charcoal room, a ice room (refreshing!), a red clay room, the red clay ball room (terrific--it's filled with inches of marble sized red clay balls, on which you lie and relax as on a warm beach), and some others. There's also a central relaxation area where you can lie on a mat, chat, watch the huge TVs, and on one end, the juice/snack bar with easy chairs. There's a bunch of magazines to read in the bins on the walls too. This is also where the little restaurant is located--the food is authentic and terrific, and very well priced too. My favorite "soondooboo", or spicy tofu soup, was 100% as I had it in Korea, and fantastic hot bibimbap (rice bowl with vegetables) was great too. Spend several hours, get a massage, and you'll come out refreshed and renewed, rather like being on vacation in another world for awhile. I recommend it highly! Just remember, some things might be a cultural shock--just go with it, is my advice.

Visited February 2013
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Annandale, Virginia, United States
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“great to relax”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2013

this is a wonderful place to relax; one of the reviewers noticed mostly Koreans and Europeans; if Americans are bothered that they have to be naked, don't go, and if you go, don't complain about it, what's wrong about being naked? and if you proceed to the Pultice room, yes, you will find people relaxing in their orange outfits on mats, talking softly, watching TV or reading, walking in and out of the various saunas; so, why does a (former) visitor complain about it? just use your own judgement and don't always look for "instructions", find out yourself; and if you go to the clay room, watch out for the pebbles, you might fall, don't look for "watch your step" you are on your own: and this is just fine! be a person with common sense!
I love this place!

Visited January 2013
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Falls Church, Virginia
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“Will Definitely Go Back--even without a Groupon”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2013

I had a great first experience at Spa World. We arrived early before the crowds and started with an amazing reflexology foot massage. The only thing that could have made that better would be having music in the room and not the annoying Korean soap opera that was on the TV. From there we experienced all the dry saunas in the poulice room. They were all hot and detoxing and offered a nice break from the cool outdoors of the past few days. From there we did an hour in the bade pool in preparation for a 30 minute body scrub. The nudity part was no big deal after the initial first minute of being self-conscious. The body scrub was rough but I loved it and ending with a nice full body massage made me want to come back for the hour long one with the facial. After that it was back to the bade pool and the poulice room for about another hour. Great place as long as you aren't expecting doting staff. They were perfectly nice but aren't going for any customer service awards. And to the reviewer that didn't like the way they treated her 16 mo. old--I say, leave the kids at home. It's an adult oriented spa not a play ground or day care center (though I think you can pay for babysitting).

Visited January 2013
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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“Horrible customer service”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2013

The staff at the front desk a rude and not helpful. I had a problem and they were very argumentative and refused to help. When I asked for manger they asked me to wait. After 5 minutes and i asked where is the manager, she said "oh, the manager is busy now". Too bad this is the only baths in town, otherwise I would not go there. As foir the facility it self, its ok but dont go on weekend as they admit too many people and you will feel like a sardine in the saunas and pools.

Visited January 2013
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