Three nights in Las Vegas or a reunion with your high school friends in Miami Beach might make for some late nights, so you just may need a vacation from your vacation. Not so when you spend a night or a week in spa: You come back relaxed, rejuvenated and ready to go and the bags under your eyes and the lower back pain from sitting at your desk all day are distant memories. With that in mind, here are some spa vacations to treat your body like the temple it is.
Topnotch Resort and Spa (tel. 800/451-8686; www.topnotchresort.com) in Stowe, Vermont has long been a summer and winter haven offering luxury spa services to folks from New England and beyond. The tony spa offers a full range of spa and relaxation services including a full-cardio exercise room, weights, facials, massages, mud baths, swimming pools, tennis facilities and European and Asian skin treatments. A "Just for Men" section of the spa offers treatments and massages tailored to the male body, athletes and male aging ailments and issues. Special inclusive packages are priced for couple and include the ultra-luxurious Enchantment Package where $659 per night gets you a large room, a full breakfast in bed each morning, one fifty-minute spa treatment per day per person, daily access to all the spa's facilities (including exercise and training classes) and champagne and chocolate on your first night at the spa. The slightly less expensive Relaxation Package costs approximately $532 per couple and offers a choice of accommodations of the guest rooms, suites or private resort homes, a full breakfast for two each morning in one of the spas gourmet and health restaurants, a fifty-minute spa treatment each day per person, and use of all the spa's exercise and swimming facilities. The resort also has tennis packages.
For a website aimed at helping you find the right spa for you, try Spa Finder (www.spafinder.com). Offering a spa-finding search engine, spa descriptions and news about spas and living a healthy spa lifestyle, SpaFinder.com is an online one-stop shop for all things spa. The site's "Best Buy" section lists some of the better current money-saving specials available at spas located around the world. We found a holiday special that lasts through the fall at the Body Shop Spa/Fitness Ridge located in Saint George, Utah. A week-long stay that normally costs $1,095 is on sale at a ten-percent discount for $986. Travel is good from now through December 31, 2006. In all, the package includes "comfortable" accommodations, daily guided hikes into the red rocks of the Utah hills, full use of facilities including all swimming pools, Jacuzzis, and the 30,000 square foot gym, daily fitness classes, three healthy meals per day, zipline and rapelling training, nightly lectures on the mind and body and a Saturday trip through Zion National Park. This weeklong program runs from Sunday to Sunday with rates based on double occupancy. The spa can find you a roommate, or single rooms are available at a slightly higher rate for solo travelers.
In the international arena, SpaFinder.com had a deal to the Arc House Spa in Montclar de Quercy, France where you get two-weeks of a weight-loss special for $2,000. The regular cost of the same two-week program is $3,250. The package includes accommodations, meals, drinks and snacks, all aerobic and dance classes, physical and emotional individual counseling and full use of all spa facilities. Arc House believes smaller groups and individual attention can help guests realize their body goals so the spa is limited to twelve guests per two week stay. Montclar de Quercy is a small medieval village located 45 minutes from Toulouse. The quiet, scenic environment contributes to the healthy lifestyle and weight-losing activities. To take advantage of the $1,250 saving, you need to book this spa experience by December 31, 2006 for travel good from November 30, 2006 to January 20, 2007.
Perched in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina, the Westglow Resort and Spa (tel. 800/562-0807; www.westglow.com) is a fifteen year-old spa situated on 20 peaceful tree-lined acres. With a home base of a 1916 Gilded Age mansion built by architect J. Lee Haynes, the Westglow offers a majestic and regal feel to spa life. Added extras include a sun porch, a mountain lodge, a salon, outdoor gazebos, an indoor pool, spectacular mountain sunsets, tennis courts and a life enrichment center. The spa feels like a healthy and luxurious summer camp set amidst Greek revival architecture. Midweek, three-day packages with double occupancy start at $1,166 per person and include four spa treatments, three gourmet healthy or indulgent meals per day, fitness classes such as Pilates, morning hikes, group activities, use of all the spas indoor and outdoor facilities and individual coaching from a professional trainer. The Westglow has a special through the fall and winter where if you book a stay of three or more nights, you can bring a friend for 50 percent off the normal price. The special promotion is good from November 2006 till February 2007. For solo travelers, you can receive 20 percent off a stay of three nights or more through the same travel period.
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