When Spa Week (April 15-21) arrives, hundreds of spas nationwide will be offering $50 treatments. Visit the website, and you’ll be prompted to give your state or a ZIP code — then you’ll be given a list of participating spas and treatments being offered. Most of these will be day spas, but why settle for just a facial or massage when, for the same $50 you can have a spa getaway with a steam or sauna, a luxurious relaxation area, a soothing cup of herbal tea — and in some places, a swim in a pool.
How do you find these getaways? Take the time to shop around on the Spa Week site, which lists spas affiliated with Spa Week Media Group, which also offers Spa & Wellness Gift Card by Spa Week that you can find in many major retail locations including Target. Figure out how far you’re willing to travel and then enter those cities or ZIP codes. Look for a a resort or hotel, for these are likely to have full-service spas where, for a modest extra charge, you can even add a spa lunch to your getaway.
I’ll list a few of the places I found during a random search nationwide. In Scottsdale, Ariz., the VH Spa at the Hotel Valley Ho is offering a 45-minute Honey-Ginger Aromatherapy Massage, a 45-minute customized facial or a 90-minute ultimate mani-pedi package. All services include use of the fitness center, steam room and pool.
The Health Club at the Hilton Anaheim in Anaheim, Calif., is a 25,000-square-foot, full-service fitness and wellness facility that has an indoor salt-water swimming pool, sauna and steam. For Spa Week, it offers a 50-minute Hot Stone Swedish Massage and a 50-minute Age Defying Collagen Veil Facial. California has a number of good choices, including two in the San Diego area: the Catamaran Resort Hotel & Spa and the Blue Marble Spa at the Hyatt Regency Mission Bay. Both offer a good selection of Spa Week treatments.
The Elms Hotel & Spa in Excelsior Springs, Mo., has hosted both Al Capone and President Harry S. Truman; the 25,000-square-foot spa has steam and sauna and other amenities. A choice of services is available for $50.
And in Short Hills, N.J., the eforea Spa at the Hilton Short Hills has all the requirements for a luxurious getaway, including a pool, thermal elements and a fitness center. Your $50 will buy you a massage, a facial or a fancy pedicure.
Note: Since prices are so low, some spas will add an automatic tip or service charge based on the original price of the treatment.
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