Seven Affordable Spas for a Rejuvenating Getaway

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After the holidays—and the wassail, Yule logs, and Christmas cookies—it may be time to celebrate the New Year with an invigorated interest in healthy eating and physical fitness. But if you busted your budget on holiday gifts and are trying to save for a bucket list trip in 2016, you may feel like a spa weekend is out of the question. Here are seven affordable spas from all around the world to help you rejuvenate your body, soul, and wallet.

Maya Tulum, Tulum, Mexico

If relaxation is on your agenda for 2016, look no further than the Maya Tulum resort in Tulum, Mexico. The reasonably priced yoga retreats offer healing, meditation, and more in a beautiful ocean-side setting. Balance your body, mind, and soul with early morning stretching, polarity energy healing bodywork in the ocean, traditional Mayan “Yoot Kene” or neuro-sedative massages, and much more. Embark on a journey of personal transformation or just chill out after the holidays in a beautiful environment, eating delicious and healthy food, and reveling in incredible spa services. Rooms start at $110 a night.

Ojo Caliente Mineral Springs Resort & Spa, New Mexico

Ojo Caliente Mineral Springs Resort & Spa has been helping people take better care of themselves for more than 147 years, but the sulfur-free, geothermal mineral waters have flowed from a subterranean volcanic aquifer for thousands of years, and early Native Americans considered the site’s mineral water springs to be sacred. Now visitors to the site can relax at the resort’s relaxing pools, which feature four different types of mineral water, including lithia for depression, iron for immunity, soda for digestive woes, and even arsenic, which is supposedly good for skin conditions. There’s also a mud pool to help visitors get in touch with their inner child. The icing on the cake is that the family-friendly spa is very affordable: Access to the pools starts at just $20 and a 50-minute private herbal bath combined with Ojo’s Signature Milagro Relaxation Wrap where you are wrapped in blankets to help sweat out the toxins in your body is just $40.

Ananda in the Himalayas, Dehradun, India

To increase your energy levels, improve your mental clarity, and transform your body, head to Dehradun, India, in the foothills of the Himalayas, to visit a 24,000-square-foot mecca of traditional Indian Ayurvedic healing. Ananda in the Himalayas has a new Yogic Detox package sure to help you tick off all of your New Year’s resolutions. Dive headlong into your yogic practice with postures and an Ayurvedic diet to help restore your body and pranayama (yogic breathing techniques) and meditation to soothe your mind. Other options include massages of every make and model, skin treatments, healthy food, and over 80 beauty and spa therapies that all take place overlooking the Rishikesh valley. Rates for a five-night wellness program start at $860.

The Roosevelt Spa at Gideon Putnam Resort, Saratoga Springs, New York

President Franklin D. Roosevelt himself was a fan of taking a cure in Saratoga’s legendary, effervescent healing waters. Local geology created the active carbonated mineral springs and in 1935 the Roosevelt Baths & Spa opened offering visitors a chance to enjoy the hydrotherapy in private treatment rooms. Now there’s a complete menu of services, including mineral baths, massages, facials, scrubs, body wraps, and a full-service salon. Guests staying at the Gideon Putnam Resort, located in Saratoga Spa State Park, can also enjoy tennis, golf, and swimming, when they aren’t luxuriating in the buoyant waters. Treatments at the spa are less expensive Monday through Thursday, but even on the weekends, services start at just $30. Spend all day at the spa for $300 with a signature facial, massage, manicure and pedicure, as well as a good long soak in the mineral bath. Rooms start from $129 per night.

Asclepios Wellness & Healing Retreat, Alajuela, Costa Rica

If you need a quick shot of serenity to make it through the next few months, head to the Ascelpios Wellness & Healing Retreat in Alajuela, Costa Rica, a short drive from the international airport in San Jose. This intimate retreat features just 12 rooms and sits on over 12,000 acres of Costa Rican forest near the Poás Volcano. While the hotel is small, the list of whole body wellness options is extensive with everything from an ionized swimming pool to a Hammam, floral therapy, and Vichy and Scottish showers on the menu. Massages, yoga, Watsu sessions, and a variety of facials, wraps, and scrubs mean you can cram a lot of relaxation into a short trip. A two-night anti-stress package starts at $535.

The Hills Health Ranch, British Columbia, Canada

The Hills Health Ranch, located in the Canadian Rockies between Vancouver and Banff National Park, offers options for serious lifestyle changes from intensive weight loss treatments to smoking cessation to natural menopause to learning the art of letting go. Being a ranch, there is also horseback riding, canoeing, biking, hiking, and more on the 20,000 acres of wilderness surrounding the resort. If you want to combine physical fitness with luxurious spa treatments, the Ranch offers options from head (essential oil scalp massages) to toe (hydro foot spa) with rosehip seed scrubs and anti-stress aromatherapy wraps in between. The best part is that the facilities and services are very affordable. They encourage guests to build their own spa package from a menu of affordable options. Their all-inclusive spring specials start at just $199.

New Life Hiking Spa, Killington, Vermont

While many wellness retreats are focused on relaxation, New Life Hiking Spa is determined to get visitors moving out in the woods of Vermont’s beautiful Green Mountains. For the last 38 years, New Life has been sending harried visitors into the forest to rejuvenate on hikes designed for a variety of fitness levels. In addition to daily hikes, they also offer yoga, pilates, Zumba, kayaking, and swimming. To work out sore muscles, New Life offers a full menu of massages, reflexology, and a Jacuzzi for ultimate relaxation. One massage per three-night stay is included in their affordable all-inclusive rates. Two-to-four day mini vacations start at just $249, including rooms, meals, and hiking programs.

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