The Deal: The Refreshing Spa Retreat package starts at $239 per person, double occupancy. A one-night stay includes a $100 spa credit per person toward services and a $50 food and beverage credit per suite; a two-night stay includes a $200 spa credit. Suites by themselves start at $139.
This spa's 280 forested acres lie deep in the Catskills, a couple of hours' drive from New York City. The ambience is casual and mellow; options range from outdoor activities like hiking and bald eagle watching to spiritual programs to fitness classes and juice fast regimens for weight-loss and detox. "We're looking at the whole package, head to toe, mind, body, soul," says Lindy Goodman, the spa's marketing director. To take advantage of the Spring Special, book a two-night stay and four treatments or a three-night stay and five treatments, and bring a friend for no charge. Included: three healthful spa meals daily (typically chicken, fish, and vegetarian fare plus salads featuring the greens, sprouts, and edible flowers grown in the New Age greenhouse), meditation classes, yoga and strength and stretch classes, cooking courses, tea tasting, nutritional lectures, guided hikes, and seasonal snowshoeing. True to its healthful mission, no cigarettes or alcohol allowed. The Deal: The two-night Spring Special runs from $660.79 for one person plus an average of about $100 each for four spa treatments; a second person comes free. The three-night version starts at $991.19 plus five treatments; the choices, which can be shared between friends, include an aromatherapy massage ($115 for 50 minutes) and a Seaweed Mud Paraffin Facial ($100 for 50 minutes). Effective March 1 through 31.
The family-run Hills Health Ranch boasts 20,000 acres of Canadian wilderness, a big draw for fitness enthusiasts interested in hiking, canoeing, horseback riding, biking, or cross-country skiing and dog sledding in winter. Other draws: a focus on smoking cessation and weight loss. With the Two-Night Ride 'n Spa, horse lovers get lodging and all meals plus two two-hour rides, a relaxation body massage, two guided hikes, and free reign of the pools, Jacuzzis, saunas, and exercise rooms. (For those who want to learn to communicate better with their mount, a horse whispering package is also an option). A must-try, advises co-owner Pat Corbett: the vitamin-ladenrose hip facial ($71 USD, 50 minutes), derived from wild plants hand-picked on the premises. The Deal: The Two-Night Ride 'n Spa runs from when stables reopen, typically in March, until mid-November. Starting at about $220 per person per day, double occupancy.
Book a three-night "Cloud 999" stay at La Posada de Santa Fe Resort and Spa, and get a $999 spa credit (per room) with which to sample some major pampering. There's the Chocolate-Chile Wrap, for example. You'll be swathed in a dark chocolate-chile paste, a concoction that promises to awaken your circulation and soak you in antioxidants. The Nirvana offers 100 minutes of Ayurvedic therapy, including an herbal body exfoliation; the centuries-old ritual of the Shirodhara, whereby a slow stream of warm oil is poured onto your third eye, just above the bridge of the nose, and massaged into the scalp; a head, neck, and shoulder massage; an herbal hair and scalp treatment; and a minifacial. "People love this package," says Laura Parsons, spa director. The Deal: Through April, the Cloud 999 starts at $999, single or double occupancy, for three nights (the minimum). Guests receive a $999 spa credit per room. A la carte, the Chocolate-Chile Wrap starts at $135; the Nirvana, at $270. Meals are not included.
An easy drive from New York City and Philadelphia, The Lodge at Woodloch is a "luxury destination spa" on 75 acres of woodland and gardens in the state's lake region. Its mantra is "awakening," the experience, geared toward stress reduction and self-discovery. Guests who choose the all-inclusive Winter Wonderland Retreat get 25 percent off usual package rates by staying four or more nights; they get 20 percent off by staying three-nights, and 15 percent off by staying two nights. The offer comes with three healthful gourmet meals daily—roasted lobster with basil risotto, for example—plus a $120 daily allowance to spend on, say, a Lemongrass and Rosemary Facial. You have access to all spa facilities; group fitness classes, from Tai Chi to kickboxing; lectures and cooking demonstrations; and all group excursions, like guided hikes and seasonal snowshoeing.