Looking for an escape? Here are 12 deals currently available at spas around the country. Note: All the details were accurate upon publication; you'll want to double-check with a spa directly before booking. The offers may be subject to change or to restrictions such as availability or blackout dates. Also, the ratesquoted here may not include applicable taxes and gratuities.
Lakeview at Fontana, Bryson City, N.C.
Intimate and unpretentious. Small scale and casual. That's how the owners of Lakeview at Fontana, whose season runs April 3 to November 15, bill their "rustic chic" boutique resort and spa, with its view of the Great Smoky Mountains and Fontana Lake. Round up a group of comrades and book a Girls' Night In, a package with a choice of three- and five-night stays. The three-night deal, for example, includes lodging, breakfast daily (with Peruvian organic coffee roasted locally), two lunches, evening wine and cheese, yoga classes, and three 50-minute spa treatments of your choosing—the Pomegranate Body Polish is one favorite. All prices have been slashed across the board by 20 to 30 percent for the upcoming season. "This had to be the kind of deal that people can't resist, that makes sense even in light of the economic times," says co-owner Tom Cassidy. "That's the niche we're shooting for this season."
The Deal: The three-night Girls' Night In package runs $565 per person (total). Five-night packages cost $875. Dinners don't come with the deal.
Red Mountain Resort and Spa, St. George, Utah
Surrounded by thousands of acres of red-rock cliffs, mountains, and canyons, Red Mountain is for outdoorsy types, fitness enthusiasts, and those who desire pampering, too. Guests who book the Last-Minute Super Deal can choose just one night or longer and for a flat nightly rate get lodging, three healthful meals daily (you might find blue corn-crusted Wapiti elk on the dinner menu), daily guided morning hikes (perhaps a silent walk into the red rocks), unlimited fitness classes from yoga to salsa dancing (over 50 to choose from), chef-led cooking demonstrations, and use of the pools, bikes, trails, and exercise studios. Top off an activity-filled day with a 50-minute Swedish massage or facial, now only $69 (normally $105 and $110, respectively). This special offer, says general manager Tracey Welsh, "is hands down the best deal we've had in years."
The Deal: The Last-Minute Super Deal, valid through March 31, starts at $199 per night per person, double occupancy.
The Oaks at Ojai, Ojai, Calif.
At this "oasis of health," as managing director Cathy Cluff puts it, the emphasis is on fitness, wellness, relaxation, and educating guests on taking the experience at home. If you've got a group, try the Super Spring Special for Groups of Six or More: four nights for the price of three, all meals (plus snacks), a full menu of daily fitness classes (in-line skating, belly dancing, hula-hooping, Pilates), full access to evening "mental fitness" programs (wellness lectures, tarot card readings, art classes) as well as use of the pools, saunas, and eucalyptus steam room. Spa treatments aren't included; the going rate for a Swedish massage is $80 for 50 minutes. Another freebie: The life coach is currently offering complimentary hourlong sessions (normally $100 for 75 minutes) to help people weather these stressful times.
The Deal: From now until May 1, the four-night Super Spring Special for Groups of Six or More starts at $567 per person, total, double occupancy. A caveat: Groups must book and arrive together.
Sundara Inn and Spa, Wisconsin Dells, Wis.
Sundara, surrounded by 26 acres of pine forest, affords all the frills that you'd expect on the East and West coasts, says communications manager Carla Minsky, but at "stress-reducing prices." The Refreshing Spa Retreat promotion features one or more nights with breakfast, unlimited access to Sundara's amenities, which include the self-guided Purifying Bath Ritual in the bathhouse, aromatic steams, and hot pool soaks, and a spa credit to put toward massages, body treatments, and facials. The even more economical way to go is to opt for a do-it-yourself spa experience. Reserve a suite, and then take advantage of unlimited access to the bath house, outdoor pool, and relaxation lounge, a serene spot to read, nap, or meditate.