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Nothing can help you relax and take your mind off the stresses of everyday life quite like a vacation. Throw a spa into the mix, and you’ve got yourself the ultimate relaxing getaway. Whether you’re heading out to the deserts of the Southwest or the beaches of Cancun, these spa vacation deals will clear your mind and recharge your batteries – without putting a dent in your wallet. Read more
Scottsdale’s desert summers are hot, dry, and perfect for spending a day at in one of the city’s luxurious spas – especially when treatments are on sale and come with full-day access to pools and sundecks complete with ravishing desert views and the cool relief of misting fans.
Fresh off a long flight from Atlanta, I was more than ready for my treatments at the Hotel Valley Ho’s mod VH Spa, particularly the hydrating mini-facial, which eased post-flight dryness with antioxidant-rich Chardonnay-based elixirs, and a wonderfully punishing (hello endorphins!) deep-tissue massage. Sunday night is Spa Party Night at the VH Spa, when two treatments of your choice – including specialty massages like lomi-lomi and the spa’s signature pedi – come with a cocktail in the playful Café Zuzu bar and as much decompression time as you’d like in the martini-olive shaped pool for $99 (it’s regularly $190). For a weekday fix that’s only available during the summer, try the sampler package: two 30-minute treatments for $99 ($150 if purchased separately). Monthly specials are also available at hotelvalleyho.com.
I came to Vail Mountain because I love Colorado, but also because some of the best spa deals at the popular ski resort occur between April and June. That means if you can get to Vail in the beginning of April just before ski season ends, you can score a sweet spa-n-ski getaway deal. If you can’t, there are enough spas, steam rooms, hot tubs, and saunas to keep you busy (busy relaxing, that is) for a long weekend, sans snow. But don’t worry, the babbling stream that runs through Vail village, combined with stunning mountain views and charming Swiss/German architecture is enough.
Here are a few of the best spring, shoulder season spa deals we could find:
In need of a relaxing break from this dreary winter? Wellness Week (March 19-25), presented by SpaFinder.com, gives stressed out individuals the opportunity to unwind with hearty spa discounts at destination and resort spas throughout North America.
Several spas will offer half-priced or $50 deals to promote healthy living. Numerous instructive online resources will also be available, like recipes, exercise videos, and stress reduction techniques. While SpaFinder’s blog offers such content year-round, special articles (like healthy tips and recipes from chef David Burke) will be available during Wellness Week. Read more
Los Angeles offers more than glitz, glamour, and celebrity spotting. With its 75-mile-long coastline, temperate climes, and scenic canyons, spa-goers can also experience top-notch spa pampering with a view, with price tags ranging from the affordable to the astronomical.
Read on for our three top picks:
Crowne Plaza Redondo Beach and Marina Hotel
Body ETC European Day Spa within the Crowne Plaza Redondo Beach and Marina Hotel is an intimate eight-treatment room facility featuring a couples’ suite, locker room, and dry sauna. Its location on the hotel’s second floor is adjacent to the pool deck and Jacuzzi where the splendid views span the marina and the Pacific Ocean. Redondo Beach is only 8 miles from LAX and is known for its popular pier and numerous activities, which include kayaking, scuba diving, surfing, biking, fishing, and whale watching. Their spa package starts at $238/night and includes ocean-view accommodations, two desserts, 2-for-1 breakfast, and a European facial along with a body massage (or, a couples’ massage for two). www.cpredondobeachhotel.com Read more
Between juggling doctor’s visits, hospital bills, and facing the emotional and physical challenges of an often life-threatening diagnosis, cancer patients aren’t always able to squeeze in a pricey visit to the spa – even though they are the ones who could benefit most from a stress-relieving massage or pampering manicure. To make life with cancer a little easier (and earn some good karma), a few spas offer patients free or reduced services, plus host special programs and events.
Construction during your vacation can be a pain, but not when you’re getting a deep discount on rates. Destination spa The Oaks at Ojai wants to make sure guests aren’t too inconvenienced by fall renovations so it’s knocking 25 percent off all stays from September 6 to December 1 with the Hard Hat Special. Rates start at just $146 per person, per night with the discount, and include all meals, snacks, and drinks; a choice of 15 daily fitness classes; use of fitness equipment, swimming pool, saunas, and hot tub; and evening programs. Meals at The Oaks center on fresh, local ingredients with no added sugars or salts. Daily classes offer everything from standard yoga and Pilates to hula hooping and African dance. Typical evening programs include guest speakers on topics like relationships and healthy living. Note there is a two-night minimum stay. www.oaksspa.com
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After a popular run last summer, Miami Spa Month returns July 1 with $99 treatments at the best spas in the city. This year, however, the promotion lasts through August 31 – offering twice the time to take advantage of these cut-rate massages, facials, mani-pedis, and other indulgent treatments.
For the best bang for your buck, try one of these splurge-worthy treatments:
- A 75-minute customized massage and scrub at The Ritz-Carlton, South Beach; regularly $210
- An 80-minute melting lavender massage at Agua at Delano; 60-minute massage normally starts at $140
- Combined hammam therapy (regularly $110) and fusion massage (regularly $95) at Exhale Mind Body Spa at Epic Hotel
Note that some spas do not offer the promotion on Saturdays. Tax and tip are not included in the price of the treatment. For a full list of participating spas, visit www.miamispamonth.com.
For general trip-planning information, see our Miami Travel Guide.
Here’s a deal we won’t resist: To properly kick off sandal season, Marriott and Renaissance Caribbean & Mexico resorts is doling out free pedicures, massages, and pairs of Lindsay Phillips flip flops to New York City-based fans who “like” the brand’s Facebook page.
Masseuses, foot reflexologists, and pedicurists will set up shop June 23 at 25th Street and Fifth Avenue, next to Madison Square Park. Attendees just need to “like” the Marriott page on Facebook, print the invite or show it on their phone, and settle in for some midday bliss.
If Mom can spend her special day ax throwing or white-water rafting, why not send Dad to the spa? These brand-new packages and treatments for Father’s Day will leave your dad relaxed, refreshed – and in a much better mood to hear about how you’ll be taking summer classes this year to make up for your party-heavy spring semester.
Ciel Spa at SLS Hotel Beverly Hills
This L.A. hotspot has put together a Dad’s Day of Relaxation package, redeemable on any day Dad chooses. Along with a 60-minute massage and a 30-minute facial, the package includes a beer and steak salad served at the spa. Deal Alert: Booked a la carte these services would cost over $250, but you can score them for your dad for just $175. cielatsls.com/specials
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