The economic downturn has caused spas to suffer, as fewer travelers are willing to spend on luxuries. The good news? That means more spas are offering discounts and added incentives for customers. We highlight 10 spa destinations and deals in the U.S. and abroad.
The Inn at Bay Harbor, Bay Harbor, Michigan (www.innatbayharbor.com): For $555, the Spa Freedom Package gets you two nights' accommodations, daily breakfast for two, and a $555 spa credit. Offer valid through May 14.
Miraval, Tucson, Arizona (www.miravalresorts.com): The famous destination spa offers the Authentic Remedy Package (regularly $805 and now $399 per night per person). The offer includes accommodations, three daily meals, $125 spa service or round of golf per person per night, wine tasting, signature programs, daily cooking demonstrations, and a morning stretch and sunset hike. Note: Must book before April 30, but stay can be through December 31. Can be based on single or double occupancy.
Mohonk Mountain Resort, New Paltz, New York (www.mohonk.com): This historic hotel's Feel Spa-Tacular special runs Sunday through Thursday until June 26 and includes accommodations, $120 spa credit, unlimited access to spa facilities (steam, sauna, outdoor mineral pool, solarium), 10% discount on an additional spa service, 10% discount on spa retail purchases, free fitness classes, three daily meals, afternoon tea and cookies, and additional activities. The package starts from $370 per person per night.
Topnotch Resort & Spa, Stowe, Vermont (www.topnotchresort.com): Pinched for pennies? Not a problem, according to the Topnotch Resort & Spa. Accommodations for two come with two 50-minute spa treatments, acess to the spa, gym, and fitness facilities, and they'll also pick up all taxes and gratuities. Rates start from $306 per night. Book through June 18.
Red Mountain Resort & Spa, St. George, Utah (www.redmountainspa.com): For around $419 per person per night, the Spa and Wellness Experience offers 4 nights with three meals per day, a 50-minute body treatment, a 50-minute facial, a 50-minute massage, a 50-minute private health session (acupuncture or nutrition counseling), a 50-minute private fitness session (yoga, pilates, or personal training), and a 50-minute Personal Discovery session (life coach session or shaman life path reading). On top of all that, there are daily guided morning hikes, unlimited fitness and healthy life classes and events, cooking demonstrations, and Personal Discovery activities ranging from fire ceremonies to tai chi. Note: Four-night minimum stay.
Around the World
Inn at Robert's Grove, Placencia, Belize (www.robertsgrove.com): The "All Spa" package offers a 5-night/6-day stay that includes an array of treatments: 60-minute Swedish massage, 45-minute facial, 60-minute full-body wrap, and a 120-minute signature treatment. Plus, round-trip flights between Belize City and Placencia; airport transfers between Placencia Airstrip and the resort; accommodations; all meals; welcome drink; use of the resort's facilities including gym, pools, canoes, kayaks, and bikes; and all applicable taxes and service charges on package elements. Rates are $1,616 per person from June 1 to November 30.
Kempinski Hotel Gravenbruch Frankfurt, Frankfurt, Germany (www.kempinski-frankfurt.de): Couples can spend 2 nights relaxing and romancing with the Wellness & SOKAI 2009 package. In addition to lake or park-view accommodations, you'll receive a welcome gift from Molton Brown, breakfast buffet, fresh fruit and juices in-room, a 1-hour massage for both him (Anti-Stress Gentleman Massage) and her (Ayurveda Massage), use of the wellness club, a glass of champagne per person, 3-course candlelight dinner (without drinks), free parking and airport/railway transfers, and early arrival and late departure (on request). Rates are €126 per person per night; minimum stay 2 nights.
Le Méridien Ile Maurice, Pointe Aux Piments, Mauritius (www.starwoodhotels.com): Treat yourself to Le Meridien's Spa Break, which includes a 1-hour spa treatment per day per person for around €220 per night (double), in addition to ocean-view accommodations and buffet breakfast.
The Oberoi Zahra, Nile River, Egypt (www.oberoizahra.com): Cruise your way to a more relaxed you with the Oberoi's Luxury Nile Cruiser's Spa Retreat. The 7-night Nile River cruise might not look like a deal at first (from €5,165 double), but the package includes four 60-minute spa treatments per person, plus airport transfers, accommodations, and full board. Offer valid June 30 to August 31.
Rosewood Mayakobá,Maya Riviera, Mexico (www.rosewoodmayakoba.com): Sweat out your financial worries with the Temazcal Detox, which highlights the traditional sweatlodge, or Temazcal. The package for two includes 4-night's accommodations, daily breakfast buffet, and almost $1,500 in spa treatments. Included are two Mayakobá Complete Body Therapies, two Mayakobá Ancient Massages, two Traditional Temazcal Journeys, two Mayakobá Body Glow treatments, and two spa gifts. Rates start at $2,948.