12 Great Deals at Spas Around the Country

Many spas are catering to recession-savvy consumers.

Man and woman getting a massage in the private spa suite at Acqualina Resort & Spa near Miami Beach, Florida.

The Acqualina Resort & Spa near Miami Beach, Florida.


The Deal: Through March, the four-night Winter Wonderland Retreat starts at $393 per night, double occupancy (about a $132 savings per night off usual package rates); the three-night starts at $424 per night (about a $105 savings per night); and the two-nights start at $447 per night (about a $79 savings per night). A daily spa services allowance of $120 is included. Stay midweek for at least three nights, and get an additional $120 spa allowance.

Canyon Ranch in Lenox, Mass.

At the Berkshires location of Canyon Ranch, the emphasis is squarely on kick-starting a healthy lifestyle. Besides an abundance of fitness, nutrition, and outdoor excursion offerings, you have access to more than 60 wellness professionals, from physicians to acupuncturists to naturopathic doctors. (Pampering, of course, is possible, too.) "Mindful dining" teaches nutritional content and portion control, and the pleasures of eating well. Traditionally, Lenox has required a three-night minimum stay, but that's been relaxed to two for now. An exception: the Two New, Too Terrific package, for two guests who have never stayed here before. Double up in a room, and you each save 15 percent. You also each receive a $390 service allowance to put toward spa, sports, and integrative wellness services. That might mean a Muscle Melt massage ($160 for 100 minutes), a private yoga lesson ($120 for 50 minutes), or a Sleep Enhancement/Insomnia consultation with a licensed therapist ($150 for 50 minutes). Canyon Ranch caters to men as well, with ample ways to break a sweat and relax. The Deal: Through June, The Two New, Too Terrific package starts at $1,632, total, double occupancy, for a three-night minimum.

The Cliff House Resort and Spa, Ogunquit, Maine

At the Cliff House Resort and Spa, which reopens April 10 for the season, rooms overlook the ocean, and the spa features local treats like a body wrap that uses organic Maine blueberries ($110 for 50 minutes) and a massage using warm seashells ($100 for 50 minutes). There are two ways to save. With the Spa Splurge deal, you get two nights' lodging, one dinner (most opt for the obvious—lobster) a full breakfast daily, and a $100 spa credit per person. Or if you're seeking only a taste of the spa experience, consider just taking a room and signing up for the Spa Special Sampler, available Sundays and Thursdays by appointment, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. You get three 15-minute minitreatments—a head, neck, and shoulder massage, a hand treatment, and a lower leg hot-towel massage—followed by a glass of wine and hors d'oeuvres. Guys won't be neglected here: The spa boasts a "Mainely Men" treatment menu, including a gentleman's facial ($120 for 50 minutes), a gentleman's manicure ($45 for 50 minutes), a gentleman's pedicure ($65, 50 minutes), and several types of massage. The Deal: From April 10 to May 21 and from October 25 to November 28, the Spa Splurge starts at $380 per person, double occupancy, for two nights. The Spa Special Sampler runs $99; rooms alone during April and May start at about $175 (double occupancy).

Mii amo, a destination spa at Enchantment Resort, Sedona, Ariz.

Mii amo, whose name is taken from an American Indian word for "journey," promises just that: a chance to do some soul-searching in the lap of luxury. "Lots of our guests are having a transitional moment in their lives," says Mark Grenoble, president of Enchantment Group, the company that oversees the spa. Whether they've reached an age milestone, become an empty nester, beaten cancer, or finished a divorce, "something in their life has spawned them to reflect," he says (though nonreflectors are welcome, too.) All overnight guests receive a blue robe, which many pretty much live in during their stay, as well as nightly gifts ranging from journals to candles to Mii amo tea blends. The best deal on the table, says Grenoble, is the Mii amo Journey Package With Friends. When four or more guests book together for one of Mii amo's five customized journey packages (healthy lifestyle, rejuvenation, de-stress, spiritual exploration, or Ayurvedic balance) they'll save about $420 per person on a four-night journey and $725 per person on a seven-night journey.