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Thursday, November 24, 2005

The Perfect Spa Getaway: 5 Places To Go

If you are looking for a vacation that includes all around rejuvenation, you know that there is only one place: the spa. Yet, not all spas, or all travelers, are created equal, but you are bound to find the perfect spa getaway, no matter what your traveling needs may be.

1. Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa

Is this the year where you are vacationing with the little ones? Think you will have to sacrifice your rest and relaxation in favor of entertaining the children? Think again!

Disney's flagship Hotel, the Grand Floridian in Lake Buena Vista, Florida offers in-room child care and a variety of child centered activities that will keep the younger set happily occupied while you indulge yourself in some well deserved rejuvenation.

The spa offers Swedish and sports massages, hydrotherapy, mineral soaks,
Reflexology, as well as a fitness evaluation and body-composition analysis. Not only do they offer you a private treatment room but they also offer health and fitness services. You can enjoy this treatment under the supervision of a personal trainer.

2. The Aveda Spa at Seattle's Alexis Hotel

Couples seeking to get away from it all and reconnect will enjoy the complimentary champagne and chocolate treat that await their arrival at the Alexis Hotel in Seattle, Washington. This hotel also houses the well-known Aveda Spa.

The spa offers a variety of treatments, such as the Total Body Elixir Treatment for around $75, a Total Body Massage beginning at $45, and the exclusive Himalayan Rejuvenation Body Treatment, which combines the use of herbal treatments with aromatherapy to allow its clients to attain a renewal of mind, soul, and body. This treatment is available for about $125. Purchase some skin care products before leaving the spa to continue your special treatment once you return home.

3. Marriott's Wentworth by the Sea at New Castle

Couples who wish to leave behind the hustle and bustle will love the serenity and breathtaking beauty of Marriott's Wentworth by the Sea in New Castle, New Hampshire which offers a number of spa packages.

Wentworth's spa entices its guests to prepare themselves to be pampered with complimentary beverages in its relaxation room. Offering a wide variety of facial treatments, including the French Ogenage Facial, Paraffin hand treatments, and The Royal Gentleman's Facial, guests are sure to find just the right treatment.

Massages that incorporate fragrant essential oils, warm stones, or even Reiki, await the guests, while expecting mothers will be thrilled to experience the maternity massage that will leave them safely relaxed.

This 8,500 square foot spa offers body scrubs, body wraps, foot baths, and plunge pools. Children between the ages of 12 and 18 can also enjoy the "good start" facial for kids.

4. Grand Wailea Resort Hotel & Spa on Maui

If Hawaii is more to your liking, the Spa Grande at the Grand Wailea Resort Hotel & Spa in Maui, Hawaii will take your breath away. Boasting a 50,000 square foot facility, the spa is famous for its Termй Wailea Hydrotherapy. Offering all the benefits of the multifaceted art of balneotherapy, guests may choose to indulge in one of five aromatic baths, opt for an invigorating Swiss Jet Shower, or use a Redwood Sauna.

This famous spa is among the top ten spas in the U.S. providing consultants and personal trainers for your benefit. The Spa Grande offers a Japenses Furo bath, a roman jacuzzi tub, and a cold plunge pool. You are sure to recieve the best treatment available when you choose this Hawaiian spa.

For those in serious need of relaxation and rejuvenation, the Spa Grande presents its guests with hydrotherapy, a Sandalwood Serenity Wrap, a Romantic Hawaiian Specialty Bath for two which can be followed up with a Side-by-Side Duo Massage. The price tag for this truly luxurious treatment around $500.

5. Barbados's Sandy Lane Resort

For the spa getaway of a lifetime, the Sandy Lane Resort on St. James, Barbados is the clear first choice. This gem is located in the West Indies and is perfectly attuned to its discerning guests' needs.

Offering the signature Dr. Hauschka Classic Treatment for skin revitalization, guests enjoy two hours of first class pampering for only $220. Those who seek to relax in a big way will love the six hour spa experience which includes a water massage, a hydrotherapy bath followed by a full body massage, an aromatherapy facial, deep relaxation exercises, and finally holistic manicures and pedicures. It does not get any more perfect than that!


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