I lived in Korea for two years and loved going to these places...although the cost there is around $4, rather than $40! I've convinced many friends to try out this place and everyone who goes does love it. I can only afford to go with a Groupon (employees told me yesterday that the next sale is Wednesday, April 24th!). So I always buy 3 or 4 when the Groupon comes out. I visit from Fredericksburg, which is at least a 3-hour round trip drive, so I always plan to spend a minimum of 6 hours and usually stay for 10 to get my moneys worth
I bring my own razor, shaving cream, face moisturizer, Neutrogenia face wash, face scrub, Asian towel luffa (if you don't own one, buy one at the Korean market next door, this will change your life!!!), dental floss, tooth brush, tooth paste, tweezers, massaging brush, and magnifying mirror. I use their shampoo, conditioner, bar of soap, body lotion, and combs.
I have gone to Spa World alone, which is nice, but I prefer to go with a female friend so we can chat and enjoy each others company. If I go with someone new, I explain that I like to go off on our own sometimes and then be together sometimes and I like to take naps on the plastic chairs in the pool room and I plan to stay around 6 hours... just so we both know what to expect. I don't spend much time in the sauna or communal area and I think the Korean food available at Spa World is overpriced and not good. There are so many area Korean restaurants that ARE very delicious, I try to avoid eating anything at Spa World and instead arrange my timing so I can try to eat at the Korean restaurant next to Trader Joe's down the street (yum!).
When I was here yesterday, everything was in good working order and I had a fantastic time. The previous time I was there, there were many broken hand held shower pieces and the plastic pegs on the first step of the stairs going into the largest pool and there were a lot of moms who weren't supervising their children. Yesterday I saw a note posted that families who do not supervise their children will be asked to leave.
I have trouble relaxing. This is one of the only places where I can relax! I feel lovely when I leave. And I think it's a really, healthy, wonderful experience for women to see what real boxies look like. I wish they'd open on in Fredericksburg.
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