It can be tough to find new things to do with friends. Some friend groups have no trouble just staying in and drinking some wine while they chat, but others prefer getting out and having new experiences together. You might be trying to bond with a new friend or finding activities to do when they’re visiting. Spa days are the perfect fit for these occasions, and here are a few reasons why.
1. Bonding Experience
Particularly if you’re both new to the idea of going to spas, it can be a bonding experience for two friends or a group of friends. You’ll have a chance to be pampered together and share a new experience while being able to talk and interact the whole time. Plus, if you’re treating your friend to a spa day, they’ll forever see you as someone who cares about their wellbeing. Try to find a spa experience that’s more than your run-of-the-mill mani-pedi and sauna. Korean bathhouses can often be a unique experience, featuring a rub-down with exfoliating cloths and communal bathing. Or you could find a place that integrates CBD and CBG oil into their massages and diffusers. Whether it makes you laugh or gives you a new favorite way to unwind, experiencing something new together will bond you and your friends for life.
2. Affordable Options
One of the toughest parts of finding new activities to do as a group can be the cost component. For two friends a day at the vineyard could be affordable, but adding a few more to the group quickly makes the cost astronomical. Having to be stingy or watch your bank account while out with your friends is a quick way to ruin your day, so it’s better to find something that works for everyone’s economic needs. Spa days can be a really affordable option since many spas will offer package deals and group coupons. Plus, you can extend the experience yourself with a relaxing afternoon at the pool or drinks back at your place. You’ll be able to relax more effectively knowing that your spa day won’t break the bank.
3. A Healthier Choice
Let’s be honest, a lot of the options for group hangouts involve a lot of drinking and/or eating. There’s nothing wrong with a few beers and a pizza here and there, but making it a constant habit can take a toll on your health over time. Finding activities that take you out of the food-and-drink cycle is a good way to preserve your health while avoiding getting stuck in a rut.
A day at the spa might not scream “health” like a yoga class or hiking, but it has some excellent benefits that shouldn’t be overlooked. In a culture that values hard work and grinding 24/7, taking a day expressly for relaxation can be a radical act of self-care. Plus, a spa day can foster new types of conversations with your friends as the usual stresses of the day melt off your shoulders. You might find yourself less likely to complain or gossip, and more likely to open up about what’s really going on in your life.
4. Time Away From the Phone
Whatever type of spa experience you’re planning with your friends, you should make a commitment together to turn the phones off and keep them stowed away the whole day. There are too few opportunities to connect with each other without notifications interrupting, so take advantage of the spa environment to get a break from your phones. It might feel uncomfortable at first and you might find yourself wondering what’s going on at home. But eventually, you’ll realize that this is the most relaxed you’ve been in a long time.
Your friend group might have designated hangouts every week that are a sacred part of your friendship. But don’t be afraid to break away from tradition and get them into a spa for one of the most bonding relaxation experiences you’ll ever have.