Face it, a spa treatment is a splurge. Even with the best of deals, the treatments are going to cost you. But, ahhhh, the feeling of relaxation and well-being that follows may make you glad there are some things money can buy. Here are some soothing samples:
Little Dix Bay on Virgin Gorda, British Virgin Islands , offers a Blissful Brunch in its Cliff Spa Suite, located between the sea and the bay. Couples get two 50-minute Seaside Sedation massages, plus 40 minutes of dining on chilled fruit and mimosas while taking in views that stretch for 25 miles. The price is $300 a couple.
Call 011-284-495-5555 or visit www.littledixbay.com.
The Cape Codder Resort & Spa in Hyannis goes local with its Cranberry-Rose Wrap Trilogy, which last s one hour 50 minutes and costs $225. The treatment begins with a blend of locally grown fruits, botanical oils, and salts. Next a calendula , lavender, and honey body masque is applied. A balancing massage follows .
Call 888-297-2200 or visit www.capecodderresort.com.
The Eldorado Hotel & Spa in Santa Fe also uses local ``ingredients," including turquoise stones. The treatment begins with warm desert sage oil drizzled from scalp to feet, followed by a massage with warm black stones. Cool turquoise stones are then placed throughout four of the body's energy points: throat, stomach, forehead, and heart. The price is $125 for a 50-minute treatment.
Visit www.eldoradohotel.com/spa or call 800-955-4455.
The Riverbend Inn in Chocorua, N.H., has therapeutic massages as a year-round option. A combination of Swedish, deep tissue, myofascial release, and acupressure is used. One hour costs $75 and 90 minutes is $110.
Call 800-628-6944 or visit www.riverbendinn.com.
The Deerfield Spa in East Stroudsburg, Pa. , in the Poconos, has a treatment with the intriguing name of Grape Wine Peel and Peptide Power Facial. A multifruit acid complex made with white grape wine and fresh fruit pulp is used. The charge is $95 for 25 minutes or $155 for 50 minutes.
Call 800-852-4494 or visit www.deerfieldspa.com.
Spa treatments are increasingly popular on cruise ships, too, with massage prices often $100 and up. But whether on land or sea, remember that the costs cited here do not include accommodations. However, some hotels do have packages that include a treatment or two. Nor do they include the standard 20 percent tip. Well, we did say this was a splurge.
Call 888-843-6686 or visit www.cruisenh.com.
Visit www.mansfieldhotel.com/promo_flysail.asp or call 800-255-5167.
Call 413-298-5545 or visit www.redlioninn.com.
When not included, hotel taxes, airport fees, and port charges can add significantly to the price of a trip. Most prices quoted are for double occupancy; solo travelers will usually pay more. Offers are subject to availability and there may be blackout dates. Contact Richard P. Carpenter at email@example.com.