Day Spas, Destination Spas

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Day spas offer treatments from 30 minutes to a full day and are perfect for a quick indulgence and speedy rejuvenation. Almost every city in North America has at least one, so no matter your destination, you're sure to find a spa to complement your trip. Many day spas specialize in massage, hydrotherapy, or body treatments such as facials; others specialize in more esoteric treatments. Chain spas such as Elizabeth Arden's Red Door Spas (1.800.99.ARDEN,, with more than two dozen outlets across North America, are conveniently located in major department stores. The Day Spa Association (201.865.2065, is another good starting point to find your nearest zone-out zone. In New York, the Avanti Nail & Spa (212.496.6874, has an impressive menu and calming ambience. Prices typically begin at around $60 for a 30-minute Swedish massage and range to around $700 for a full-day treatment.

Dedicated to providing comprehensive wellness programs, destination spas offer a total spa experience in an overnight setting and are perfect for spa-goers seeking total immersion. A stay usually includes a spectrum of experiences: massage, meditation, exercise classes, and even outdoor activities.

Destination spas vary greatly, from luxurious to spartan, so ask yourself if you want a clinical feel or a more luxe, intimate ambience. Would you prefer an urban or outdoorsy experience? Co-ed or single sex? All-inclusive prices range from about $250 to more than $1,000 daily, as at the deluxe, women-only Golden Door in Escondido, California. To get an educated insight into the myriad options, contact the Destination Spa Group (888.772.4363,, which represents more than 20 North American spas. Healthy eating is sometimes part of the package, so check and see if the spa has a restricted calorie diet.

Published: 3 May 2005 | Last Updated: 15 Sep 2010
Details mentioned in this article were accurate at the time of publication


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