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February 21, 2010

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You don’t have to dive into the snow at Whistler’s Scandinave Spa, but cold-water dunks are part of the purifying experience. Located in a forest of cedar and spruce 1 mile north of Whistler Village in British Columbia, the spa opened two weeks ago, in time for the Winter Olympic Games. Sit in a eucalyptus steam bath, soak in outdoor thermal pools, or duck under a cascading waterfall before plunging into the frigid pools. Then relax on an Adirondack chair in one of the solariums. The spa’s hot-cold-relaxation approach aims to cleanse the body, improve circulation, and release feel-good hormones. It’s open to anyone 19 or older, rain, shine, or snow. 888-935-2423, www.Scandinave.com

Book it to the Bahamas
Give yourself a tropical timeout. Spend a week at the Bahamas’ newly renovated Wyndham Nassau Resort for as low as $369 per person, double occupancy, including airfare and accommodations. This Cable Beach property has a pool, waterslide, rock formation, and dance floor that looks like it’s floating. Oh, and 559 rooms. You must book by March 3 for travel through June 23 and plan to stay a minimum of four nights; blackout dates apply. The price includes $100 food and beverage credits and, if available, free room upgrades. www.cheapcaribbean.com or www.wyndham.com

United’s one-way awards
Until this month, you would have needed 25,000 frequent flier miles to buy a domestic award ticket on United or United Express, round trip or one way. Now you can book a one-way flight and cash in just 12,500 miles for your economy seat. The fine print: no stopovers, no traveling on partner airlines, and you must fly the most direct route. 800-467-0507 or www.united.com

KARI BODNARCHUK