10 best-kept secrets of serious spa seekers: just as there are newbies in golf and tennis, there are novice spa-goers as well. Here are the experts' top tips on how to make your Black Enterprise/Pepsi Golf & Tennis Challenge Spa Weekend the best that it can be.

Author:Clarke, Caroline V.
Position:AT THE SPA

You made it! You're here at one of the country's most celebrated and luxurious spas, The Doral. The sweet scent of hibiscus fills the air. The soothing music of cascading waters wafts in from the distance. You've registered, unpacked, and turned off your cell phone. Finally, you're ready to seriously chill. So, what now? Whether it's your first time at a spa, or your twenty-first, here are some tips from the experts on how to make the most of your wellness weekend.

  1. The Early Bird Gets to Chill First

    Booking early is the best way to ensure that you get the treatments you want at the times you want most, but don't be discouraged if you've already missed that boat. Cancellations are not uncommon and they generally occur 24 hours in advance, so ask to be on waiting lists for your ideal time slots and check frequently for last-minute openings. Over the course of the weekend, some spots will inevitably become available.

  2. Have a Goal

    Contrary to what those hard-core competitive athletes may say, "spa" is not synonymous with "blah." In fact, many professional athletes are among the most avid spa-goers around, but the key is that they go to spas with goals, the same way they approach their sports.

    Taking a lesson from the pros, you should have a goal for your spa package as well, keeping in mind that yours may differ wildly from your roommate's. Sparing is not a team sport, so be true to your own heart and rest assured that, whatever your goals, given the Doral's comprehensive facilities and helpful staff, they can be met this weekend.

    If you've come simply to get away from it all, to rest and decompress, you're in the right place. So, go ahead: sleep in, read by the pool, watch movies in the comfort of your air-conditioned hotel room, luxuriate in the Doral's famous therapeutic hot and cold cascading waterfalls, and feel the stresses of your life simply wash away. Let your only exercise be a walk over to the Expo Hall, where you can enjoy late-afternoon cocktails each day, and then dance the night away in the BE/Pepsi Challenge's fabulous tented ballroom.

    For those of you who have come to rejuvenate your mind, body, and spirit in a more active way, you're in the right place, too. If you can't wait to work out each morning (after your sunrise power walk), maybe try Pilates in the afternoon, and see the nutritionist in hopes of establishing some healthier habits to take back home, then put your gym shoes on and go for it!

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