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Spa Escapes

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.

The Basics

Visit 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 to exfoliation.

The Spas

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 spas.




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. At the 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.




   --- R. May


 
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