It should, therefore, come as no surprise that my first question upon receiving a gift certificate for a spa pedicure from a friend was: “Can I bring the baby?” The aforementioned Boss Lady was about six months old at that point; immobile and pliable enough to be happy in her car seat with a pacifier and a board book for long periods of time. In other words, no trouble at all, once her belly was full and her diaper was clean. Assured by my generous friend that it wouldn’t be a problem, I packed up the kiddo and headed off to my first pampering appointment in an embarrassingly long time.
I suppose the funny look from the receptionist should’ve clued me in, but it wasn’t until we were seated in the “Tranquillity Room” and the manager appeared at my shoulder that I realised I might have made an error in judgment. Apparently, this particular spa has a no children policy in deference to the relaxation of their clients.
To be fair, it’s not unreasonable for a spa to want to give their clients an oasis of peace. It’s not like children are known for inspiring relaxing feelings. On the other hand, this policy is posted nowhere on their website or premises. It also pretty much guarantees that mommies without easy access to childcare (as I was at the time) won’t get that little bit of pampering that could very well save their sanity in that first year of parenting madness.
At any rate, the policy wasn’t written in stone, as the manager graciously offered to let us stay if I could guarantee the Boss Lady’s silence. Unwilling to gag her and already embarrassed enough at being treated as though I’d brought a puppy into a 5-star restaurant, I declined. I did eventually organise a sitter so I could use the gift certificate before it expired and I had a wonderfully relaxing (and entirely babyfree) pedicure.
Since then, I’ve wondered whether it should’ve been obvious that a spa is a baby-free zone. On the one hand, why would anyone (other than a sleep-deprived zombie) bring a baby into a spa? On the other, why shouldn’t someone be able to bring their child so long as they don’t disrupt the business at hand? To settle the question, I decided to do a little unscientific research to find out whether it’s possible to spa with a baby in Trinidad and Tobago.
Check back next week for the results and, in the meantime, let us know in the comments if you would bring along your baby to a pedicure appointment.
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