I think the previous commenter got Olympus Spa mixed up with Bella Luna Spa. The Olympus Spa is located at 196th Street Southwest, charges $35 for admission and is women spa only; whereas Bella Luna is on highway 99, charges $20 admission, and is a co-ed spa.
I took my mom for a mother-daughter spa day. They have 7 heated or meditation rooms, 1 dry sauna, 1 steam sauna and 4 varying temperature pools. If you want to take the full advantage of all their facilities, you best stay there for at least 6 hours. I was there only for 3 hours so I only got to use their pools and saunas. If I had came back on the same day before midnight, I could just pay for $15 re-admission fee but I did not.
The basic Korean spa etiquette are:
1. Wear a provided cap over your hair at all times while in the spa. This is how they keep their facility free of hair.
2. Take a shower and wash yourself squeaky clean, then splash mugwort water all over your body to get used to the warm temperature before your jump into their hot pools.
3. Train your body to get used to the hot temperature of the pools by gradually getting into the pools from 97 degrees to 107 degrees.
4. Whenever you feel you cannot take the hot temperature any more, after soaking in for more than 10 minutes, get up and switch to 60 or 90 degree pool. Remember to splash some warm mugwort water before switching pools. This process helps remove whatever toxins coming for the body.
5. Don't forget to enjoy the dry and steamed sauna. Again, always shower or splash mugwort water before entering or existing the saunas.
6. When you are done with spa pampering, give yourself another good shower. Wash yourself squeaky clean again with scrubbing mats using the facility's liquid body soap. Then apply your favorite home brought facial and body moisturizer and you will walk out feeling like a new born.
1. Bring a water bottle to refill water at the provided fountains. Drink at least 2 cups of water before entering the hot pools and saunas. The high temperature will dehydrate you fast.
2. If you are hungry, you can dine at the facility for some nice Korean authentic food. I don't recommend going to the pools with a full stomach though.
3. The facility offers drop-in scrubbing service that you can book at the front desk. If you are like me and prefer to save some money, then I recommend you just bring or buy your own scrubbing mittens, scrub your skin hard for a good few minutes, get your buddy to help you with your back, then rinse and jump into the hot pool. After over 40 minutes of playing at the hot pool and sauna, repeat another scrubbing and rinsing shower, followed by moisturizer application on the face and body and you would ultimately achieve the same baby soft skin result as if you were to get from the facility's service. Best of all, you save yourself $$$.
4. Don't forget to get a stamp for each visit. After collecting 9 stamps, you get 1 free spa entry.
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