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Spas are designed to provide much-needed relaxation and respite for all. So when it comes to catering for guests living with a disability, including impaired sight or hearing, we aim to make it as easy as possible to find the right spa venue and spa facilities for you. 

In this article, we take a look at what an accessible spa is, the facilities and treatments they offer and highlight some of our favourite spas and treatments which cater for guests with specific needs.

What is an accessible spa?

An accessible spa is one that offers facilities and treatments that accomodate everybody, and every body. This includes providing recovery retreats for anyone who is undergoing or has finished cancer treatment, anyone with a disability or mobility issue, and accommodating for plus-sized guests.

At a minimum, every spa should have a wheelchair accessible entrance, along with ramps, handrails and disabled toilet and changing facilities. Beyond this, a good accessible spa will offer treatments to guests with disabilities and mobility issues, taking into account individual needs. An accessible spa will be happy to accommodate guests with specific needs, as long as they know in advance what a guest requires.

It’s always best to contact us or your chosen spa before you book to ensure that they can cater for your specific needs. While the Equality Act 2010 places a legal duty on businesses to make ‘reasonable adjustments’ for people with disabilities, some spas are located in smaller or historical buildings that simply can’t accommodate wheelchair users.

Features of an accessible spa

When looking for the perfect accessible spa break, here are some of the facilities that you may wish to look out for:

  • easy-access hydraulic treatment beds which can be lowered and raised
  • accessible rooms, toilets and changing facilities
  • ramps
  • lifts between floors
  • pool hoists
  • well-trained staff
  • adaptable therapists

Spa facilities will vary depending on the spa venue. We would advise you to check with your chosen spa venue before making your booking to ensure that the spa can accommodate all of your needs.

A few of our favourite accessible spas

Hoar Cross Hall Spa Hotel in Staffordshire welcomes guests with disabilities, including sight or hearing impairments. There are wheelchair-accessible rooms and staff are on hand to provide additional assistance.

Grayshott Spa in Surrey is also rated a great place for guests with disabilities. There are ground floor bedrooms, some of which have support bars in the showers; the pool areas are largely accessible to wheelchair users, and all of the treatment beds are easily adjusted to accommodate disabled guests.

Malvern Spa in Worcestershire has two accessible bedrooms, plus handrails and emergency pull cords in the bathroom. All of the spa facilities are on the ground floor.

Spa treatments for all

Once you’ve found your perfect spa, it’s time to select the perfect treatment for you to relax and unwind. Many of spa treatments offered at our 500+ spas can be enjoyed by all - just because you have a disability, sensory impairment or reduced mobility, doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy a relaxing and pampering spa session! 

Here are a few spa treatments we think you might enjoy:

  • spa manicure and/or pedicure treatment
  • a soothing or rejuvenating facial treatment
  • a relaxing spa massage

Spa treatments offer numerous health and beauty benefits for everybody, however, some treatments may not be ideal for those who are currently undergoing cancer treatment or those who have just completed cancer treatment. Be sure to check with your spa venue and your doctor beforehand if you have any health concerns.

To make a booking at any of the spas mentioned in this article, or for more details on accessible spa breaks, contact the SpaSeekers team! We look forward to finding you the perfect accessible spa day or mini-break.

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