April 17, 2014

How to Get the Best Value for Your Spa Getaway

Hectic schedules and stressful careers make spa vacations a sought-after commodity for many travelers. Hot stone massages, seaweed wraps and sugar scrubs are among the more popular choices for vacationers, but facials and foot rubs receive high marks as well. With rates reaching as high as $500 or more for certain treatments however, it pays to shop around. Package deals and online coupons may come immediately to mind as your money-saving options of choice, but other strategies could extend your spa savings even further. Here are my favorite tips to get the best bang for your spa buck.

Passes: Itís quite common for spa facilities to offer day passes to vacation or business travelers wishing to experience a few luxurious perks during daily downtime. Rates typically range from $25 – $30, making this an extremely affordable option for those who favor saunas and steam rooms to deep-tissue massage treatments.

Amenities: If you prefer both however, many spa venues offer complimentary day access to their non-treatment amenities, provided you have received a spa treatment. For example, at the Emerald Mist Spa in the St. Kitts Marriott, guests can access all of the additional amenities for free before and after their treatments. Perks include hot and cold plunge pools, dry sauna, spa water and snack selections. Similarly at Miami Beachís Lapis spa, located at the Fontainebleu, wellness clients are granted full-day access to the spaís unusual communal areas Ė including the rain tunnel and mineral immersion pool – when booking any treatment at any price.

Enhancements: At the NSpa in Delray Beach, Florida, $80 treatments such as reflexology experiences and hydrating facial masks are reduced in price to $45 when booked as a massage enhancement. With a savings of nearly 50 percent, this is likely your best budget bet, provided you were planning on getting a massage anyway. Similarly, the spa at the Rosewood Tuckerís Point hotel in Bermuda has an amazing 18-head Silver Tag shower experience that is typically only available as part of a more elaborate treatment regime. However, you are allowed to add it on to the spa service of your choice for just $45. Considering these showers cost roughly a hundred grand for private purchase and only about 7 spas in the world have them, itís definitely a once in a lifetime experience worth considering.

Booking: How you book your spa getaway often makes a difference in your overall price point. For example, the Keystone Resort in Colorado provides a 10 percent discount on 50-minute custom massages when both the treatment and accommodations are booked through the hotelís web site.

Photo Credit: Serenity by the Sea Spa at the Hilton Sendestin Resort

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