Relaxation is the name of the vacation game. Whether you're visiting for a few hours or
a few weeks, spas are a great place to rest and rejuvenate before heading
back to the 9-to-5 grind.
About.com's breakdown of spas --
such as day,
health, holistic -- and the services they offer. Then check
out About.com for a glossary of spa
therapies and treatments. You'll learn about everything from aromatherapy
Selecting a spa can be a bit mind-boggling. There are hundreds around the world, and each looks better than the one before it. Online spa directories like Spa Finder can help you narrow down choices. If a day
spa is more your speed,
Spa Wish offers a database of more than 700 day spas and
salons across the country.
Want to hear what others have said about a spa before
you make the appointment? Many travel magazines survey their readers and
compile an annual "best of the best" list. Check out Conde Nast Traveler's
Top Spas or
National Geographic Traveler's
24 Best Spas in America, which are
divided into four
categories: destination spas, resort spas, historic/mineral spas and day
Among the top spas is the
Broadmoor Hotel and Resort in Colorado Springs, Colo., which offers
services like Salt Glow, Colorado Cleansing Facial and Paraffin Body Wrap.
Elizabeth Arden Red Door Day Spa
in Washington, D.C., packages
for men and women provide an escape in the heart of the city. On the
opposite coast, Cal-a-Vie near San Diego is 150
acres of secluded relaxation.
The Home Alternative
So maybe a spa break isn't in your budget. Try creating an escape at
home with these simple ideas. Women.com also lists recipes for
homemade facials. For
recipes that are edible, not wearable, check
About.com. Both offer breakfast, lunch
and dinner options from top spas around the country.