Whether you want to be pampered or are hoping to shed a few pounds, escaping to a spa retreat or a boot camp could be just what you need to prep for warm-weather fun.
A former recreational fishing camp at historic Natural Bridge, Tennessee Fitness Spa is now a low-key retreat that helps you make personal lifestyle changes in a relaxing setting.
What: One-week fitness packages include lodging, low-fat meals, snacks and beverages, lectures and classes, and the use of all fitness spa facilities.
Where: 299 Natural Bridge Park Road, Waynesboro, TN -- 95 miles southwest of Nashville.
When: March 7-December 5, 2010 (Discounted periods are March 7-April 4, July 4-August 15 and November 7-December 5).
Price: In a quad room (women-only) with two bathrooms, a week's stay is $850 regular or $775 discounted. In a standard double, rates are $950 per person or $875 discounted. Taxes are extra. Spa services include massages for $70 per hour, facials for $45, and scrubs/wraps from $55.
More Info: tel. 800/235-8365; www.tfspa.com
East Stroudsburg, PA
Deerfield Spa is an intimate boutique property for up to 33 guests. Seasonal programs include yoga sessions, hikes along the Appalachian Trail, and your choice of 40-plus fitness classes: tai chi, aerobics, Pilates, and even Zumba, the Latin-inspired dance routine.
What: Two-, five-, or seven-night packages
Where: East Stroudsburg, PA, about a 90-minute drive from New York City and less than two hours from Philadelphia
When: April through October
Price: Per-person rates start at $370 for two nights; $850 for a mini-week (Sunday to Friday) with $160 worth of personal services; and $900 for a week with one 50-minute Swedish massage. These prices include lodging, all fitness activities, and calorie-counted meals and snacks. Taxes are extra. Massages, healing, body treatments, and facials are priced from $80. Massage Sampler packages bundle three 50-minute treatments (Swedish massage, warm-stone massage, and reflexology) for $215.
More Info: tel. 800/852-4494; www.deerfieldspa.com
For more than 30 years, New Life Hiking Spa has been considered one of the most affordable options. Located in the Green Mountains of Vermont, the spa has healthy meals, cooking demonstrations, hiking programs at all levels, a variety of fitness and relaxation classes, and even feng shui.
What: Jimmy LeSage's New Life Hiking Spa
Where: The Inn of the Six Mountains, Killington Road, Killington, VT -- 160 miles from Boston; 250 miles from New York City
When: May 20-September 26
Price: Two- to four-day Mini Vacation: $229 per person based on double occupancy; five- to 10-day Jumpstart Getaway: $219; and 11-plus-day Weight Loss Retreat: $209. Single occupancy is an extra $20 per day. Taxes are extra. Prices include a private room with a bathroom; three meals a day with snacks; a hiking program; all exercise classes; spa treatments (one massage or facial per three-night stay) and the use of all facilities.
More Info: tel. 866/298-5433; www.newlifehikingspa.com
Escape to the 24-room Dahlonega Spa Resort, a television-free retreat with views of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Packages include lodging, all meals (no red meat), weekend yoga sessions, one spa treatment (worth up to $75), plus two half-day tours and one full-day tour (hiking, biking, horseback-riding, white-water rafting, and visiting wildlife reserves, vineyards, or waterfalls.
What: A seven-night Mind Body Sprit program
Where: 400 Blueberry Hill, Dahlonega, GA -- 90 minutes northeast from Atlanta
When: Throughout the year (December to March, July, and August have slightly cheaper rates)
Price: Seven nights in the farmhouse is $895 to $958 per person
More Info: tel. 866/345-4900; www.rrresorts.com
La Primavera, Mexico
Head south for the Rio Caliente Hot Springs Spa and Retreat, on the slopes of an ancient volcanic valley surrounded by the mountainous Primavera forest of central Mexico.
What: Five-, seven- and 10-night packages have spa treatments and excursions. Or you can opt for paying a nightly rate and get treatments à la carte. All stays include lodging, buffet-style vegetarian meals, yoga and water exercise classes, guided hikes, use of the mineral pools and steam room, and access to evening programs.
Where: La Primavera, 20 miles west of Guadalajara and less than an hour's drive from Guadalajara Airport
When: Throughout the year; March, April, September, and October are the best months to visit
Price: Nightly rates are $135 per person based on double occupancy, or $165 for singles. The seven-night Classic Spa Vacation includes all of the above, plus one mud wrap, two spa treatments/facials and a daytrip for $1,059 ($1,269 for solo travelers).
More Info: tel. 800/200-2927; www.riocaliente.com