I am writing this from the Plaza Resort and Spa in Daytona Beach. This is a lovely property which I will review separately later. However, while it is fresh on my mind I want to tell you a bit about their spa. It is a great facility, but there are a couple of quirks you want to be ready for before you come.
This facility is located on the bottom floor of the hotel, and you can tell they have put a lot of time and thought into it to make it really nice. For the most part, they have succeeded- the fixtures are nice, the staff is helpful, and the environment is relaxing. However, after checking in I discovered something unusual- the steam room and the hot tub were located in a co-ed area. Obviously, that meant they required use of a bathing suit. I was not prepared for this, so I had to skip their use.
The men’s locker room was nice, and it was equipped with all of the things needed to make ready for your day. That was helpful, as I had forgotten a razor on this trip. The robes were great, but there was another awkward moment- the showers did not have any sort of privacy screen. They were just a plain sheet of glass.
After I changed into my robe, the experience became more conventional. I was led to a waiting room, filled out a form, and waited. My 80 minute Swedish massage was great, it only cost $120, and afterwards I was given a free glass of sparkling wine and a bottle of water. After I got ready to go I discovered they added a 20% gratuity to my bill. That is roughly what I intended to add, although I don’t like automatic charges being added.
All told, this is a very nice facility. That is particularly true when you consider the price paid. It just isn’t quite ready for prime time.