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Spa question . . . What would you have done? New ? #11, Letter #12 UPDATE #21

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The DDs and I and a wonderful, relaxing afternoon at the spa with an overnight stay at their resort. It was almost perfect.

A glitch in scheduling did upset me a bit, but with being tranquil and all I just let it go. I'm wondering if you would have said anything or if scheduling glitches like this is normal . . .

When I made the appointments I was told that we would have our massages and facials separately, in private rooms, but done at the same time so that we would meet up together for our mani-pedis.

(There is a wonderful tranquility waiting room (TR), so even the waiting was relaxing.)

We were all called in together for our first treatment -- DD#1 and I had massages while DD#2 had her facial. We met back in the TR for about 10 minutes then DD#2 was called for her massage and I was called for my facial.

I figured that DD#1 would be called in for her facial within a few minutes. It turned out that she needed to wait for an hour . . . which she actually didn't mind because she took a nice nap in the TR (she was told that it would be an hour wait.)

After my facial, back in the TR, DD#1 was called in for her facial. Then DD#2 was called in for her mani-pedi. I waited about 15-20 minutes (again, waiting in the TR was sooo relaxing, I didn't mind the wait at all) before I was called in for my mani-pedi.

DD#2 was getting a pedicure and I was directed to the manicure station, so we really couldn't chit-chat together . . . plus DD#1 was nowhere in sight (probably more than 1/2 way through her facial at this time.)

During my wonderful manicure, I noticed the manicurist at the next table over was almost done with her client and thought "Great! DD#1 should be done with her facial by now and she'll be next."

But no. Apparently there was a walk-in nail emergency (I should probably mention that there were only 3 nail techs on duty) so DD#1 was kept waiting for an addition 30+ minutes.

I was almost done with my pedi before DD#1 was brought in for her mani-pedi (1 hour treatment each.) DD#2 had already gone back to the TR.

In the end, we missed the swimming/hot tub (we were waiting for DD#1 to get finished, I didn't think it was right for DD#2 and I to enjoy that without DD#1.) Add into the fact that once DD#1 was done, she wanted a cup of tea and wanted to relax (without feeling rushed) in the TR to finish up her day, which I found absolutely no fault with. Why rush her? DD#2 and I had already showered, but we were still dressed in our comfy robes.

Tranquility ascended. Soooo relaxing. I didn't say anything about the scheduling, but I was a bit miffed.

It was already after 8:00 p.m. We were supposed to be done and out by 6:30 -- go to the hotel, get gussied up for a nice dinner out, the DDs wanted to work-out in the gym (fitness center closed at 10:00) . . . plus everybody was pretty much starving at this point.

So, we ordered room service and watched a movie.

All in all a wonderful experience, except for the scheduling including the fact that we weren't all together for our mani-pedi's . . . you know for bonding time.

When the emergency nail thing came up I wanted to say something like "excuse me? Isn't my daughter next?" but didn't know how to say that without sounding like an SS ("I'm spending a lot of money here, take care of us first!") . . . would it be worth it to complain after the fact?

What would you have done? What would you do now?

I would definitely say something. If I were in your place, I wouldn't have said anything at the time either; you want to stay in your cozy spa tranquil state.

You made this booking with the idea in mind that you would all be together for much of your treatment times. That didn't happen. Yes, they performed all the services you booked, but not at the times they said they would. Other posters are much better that I am at writing complaint letters, so I'll leave that to them.

What the heck is a "walk-in nail emergency"? 

Since when does a wall-in nail emergency trump a group of THREE people supposedly together?  I would definitely complain.  You paid a lot of money for this and I would expect to be together most of the time too.


--- Quote from: cheyne on December 28, 2012, 01:55:23 PM ---What the heck is a "walk-in nail emergency"? 

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It could be something like I had when I still had gel nails - I slammed my finger against the wall and somehow broke my nail in a way that it had to be taken off, my natural nail clipped, filed, and doctored up, and a new nail applied  and built up.  Having that nail hanging the way it was was painful every time I moved my finger, so to me it was an "emergency". I was worked in at my salon around the people who were already there.


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