So, I’m looking at a 4-hour layover in the Frankfurt airport in early June. Which leads me to wonder: how best should I fill those hours? Perhaps an airport spa?
I’ve been noticing these spas cropping up – a small O2 spa in Calgary’s airport; one in Zurich; and now I see that Frankfurt has 2 spas from this interesting chain called “be relax” (I’m trying hard to not “be judgmental” about the bad grammar used in “be relax.”)
The prices also prevent me from “be(ing) relax.” Are these good value? I’m not sure.
The “Be Back” chair massage, covering back, neck, legs isn’t too bad – a 30 minute massage is 29 euros. “Description : The massage chair: enjoy the moment on our fully customizable massage chairs. Listen to the music of your choice, wear a sleep mask. Let go…and you’re ready to fly!!”
But I’m especially intrigued by the “Be Feet” legs and feet massage (although I keep reading “Big Feet” every time I see this, and that evokes an unrelaxed response. So, I have big feet. Is that a crime? Will they charge more per square inch of foot surface?)
Anyway, the Big Feet massage is pricier – 30 minutes runs 52 euros, or about $70Cdn. Yikes – that’s roughly double the price I’d pay at a local spa. Still, the description is, um, seductive. “Our classic service: The bare foot massage with soothing oils. Experience the ultimate treat for your feet based on reflexology principles that will delight all those who wish to pleasure themselves of a moment of intense relaxation.”
Now, how bad could this be? I’d likely fill at least an hour, maybe more (and maybe “be relax” would have a nice locker room where guests could change, maybe "tidy up" after a long flight – that would "be nice." And now, I'll stop with all the quotations marks, which can "be irritating.")
I realize a four-hour airport layover isn’t that long. And indeed, this is a pretty happy problem to have (happier than having big feet.)
My flight from Canada will arrive in Frankfurt at 6:30 a.m. and I’ll leave again about 10:30 -- for Rome! So, this will not be any real hardship. And I really prefer to have some extra padding in terms of flight connections.
I find few things as nerve-wracking as a tight connection, where you’re sitting for half the flight, gnawing your fingernails, worried about missing your connection. A few years ago, I had a long and stressful flight to Edmonton. We were due to land at 10:30 p.m., and I’d have just enough time to pick up a rental car from an outlet that closed at 11 p.m. I really needed that car for the 2-hour drive through rural Alberta to reach my family’s home. Naturally, the flight left 90 minutes late and I worried the entire trip that the rental car agency would close before I got there. Amazingly, the National agent waited there until I picked up my car sometime after midnight.
But that sort of thing makes me uncomfortable.
The price I pay for my caution is somewhat long layovers. Now, four hours really isn’t bad, especially in European airports. I find them kind of fun, even exotic (I am Canadian, most things are exotic to me) and therefore, I can run out the clock to a certain degree, just looking at shops, enjoying good coffee and small portions in their airport restaurants.
However, I’m too efficient for my own good and after about two hours of eating, drinking, window-shopping, I get bored. And very, very tired after the overseas flight.
Any opinions on airport spas? Waste of money, waste of time or a relaxing experience?