Traumatising spa experience

by Laura Sanderson

This story is part of our 'Funny Spa Stories' series, featuring tales from luxury hotel guests which were sent in for our travel writing competition.

Photo by Zeepack.


I went travelling to India with a friend of mine. On our second to last day we decided to treat ourselves to some relaxation before having to return to reality.

I went first and enjoyed a relaxing massage before spending some time in the sauna and finally putting my feet up on the roof terrace with a magazine. My friend finally joined me and looked somewhat uncomfortable. It took two hours for me to finally coax the story out of my friend. It turned out her experience was slightly less pleasurable than mine.

When asked by the masseur to remove all her swimming costume she kindly obliged, having never had a massage before she was not sure of the usual process, I however had politely declined and kept my swimming costume on. After her massage she was provided with a bathrobe and led to the sauna where the assistant showed her inside and took her bathrobe, leaving her naked inside the sauna. Feeling rather uncomfortable and worried anyone might come in at anytime my friend cut her session in the sauna short. However, on peering out, she realised her bathrobe had actually been hung at the other end of the corridor and ended up having to do a naked trot from one end of the corridor to the other, trying to cover as much of her dignity as possible.

I think the trauma overshadowed her spa experience and may have put her off for life!

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