Choosing the right Weight Loss Retreat, Health Spa or so-called Fat Camp can be time consuming and confusing. There are many types to consider — such as Boot Camp Spas, Extreme Fitness Spas, Destination Spas with Weight Loss Programs, Juicing and Fasting Programs and programs specializing in Post Bariatric Surgery recovery. We’ve gathered our picks for the best weight loss retreats.
Our Black Owned or African American owned spa category is our most visited. We recognized the need of our ethnic readers to find spa and wellness professionals proficient with ethnic hair care and skincare and created the first directory of its kind for any spa directory.
In 2002, we created the first online guide to the then newly emerging trend of Airport Spa Kiosks. What started as a few stations and kiosks in airports offering massage and nail care has evolved into a trend here to stay. What better place to feel better, look better, and be cared for, than in the hectic, oppressive, and usually stressful airport terminal?
Many spas and resorts offer promotions or specials associated with Memorial Day and Veteran’s Day. We like to spotlight those day spas and spa resorts which offer year-round incentives and discounts to our Armed Forces, First Responders, EMTs and Law Enforcement professionals. Know of others? Let us know.
If you enjoy the restful environs of a small, intimate country inn or lodge where your pets are often welcome, you share your breakfast with friends made just that morning, the lights are kept burning for you when you return from the wineries, and the owner is a massage therapist or aesthetician with a spa treatment ready and waiting for you, our B & B Spa Guide is the section for you.
Luck isn’t always a lady, and casinos are not the best place for your skin. Family fun, yes; gaming fun, yes; indulgent dining, yes; awesome dance club to show off your moves and your new stilettos, yes. Good for your skin, hands and toes? Not so much. Your body can pay the price. Check out these Casino Spa Resorts that have beautiful spas or even basic salons ready to put you back together again
Cooking and Culinary programs at the spa can be fun and healthy at the same time. When you have invested in your health by booking a stay at a destination spa or health retreat, you’ll appreciate not only healthful and delicious meals that support optimal health and promote healing in the body, but being taught the tools you’ll need to continue your new regime at home, make informed choices and lifestyle changes.
You’ve reached a point where you feel like you’ve filled up your vessel with all manner of unfriendly ingredients and it’s time to get rid of it and start anew. If you’ve decided a Detox Spa is what you need, or you want to explore what a diet of unprocessed or raw food is like, or just need some tips on how to eliminate of sugar, caffeine, tobacco and alcohol, you’ll want to browse our Detox Spas Guide.
Grab the kids, tune up your bicycles, hire a pet sitter, and book a vacation for the entire family at these family friendly resorts. You can take the “the kids will play while the parents relax” approach or you can visit a resort which offers a spa and wellness menu for the entire family. Ice Cream Pedicure for your daughter, Teen Facial for your son, and a Hot Stone Massage for Mom and Dad. These resorts will make your family vacation memorable.
Forget the Hundred Dollar Hamburger joke — usually the burger is ho hum. For us, it’s wheels down at these fabulous or funky fly-in resorts where you can taxi your plane down a private airstrip, stretch your legs, and be massaged and pedicured before you climb back into the clouds.
“It’s not easy being green” as our friend sings, but it’s important to do what you can to leave the planet better than how you found it. For these Eco Friendly Spas, sometimes that can be as simple as having all-natural ingredients in your spa treatments and using all reclaimed water to grow herbs, for others it’s adopting a reduced carbon footprint ethos, and for others it’s using alternative energy or solar power. With our Green Spa Collection, we applaud many different types of green minded spas.
The translation of SPA is generally thought to mean Sanus Per Aqua — health through water — and the original spa treatment was certainly soaking a tired body in the natural mineral springs and hot springs of the world. With our Hot Springs Guide, we’ll help you find the best place to take the waters.
Scope out pet-friendly hotels and spas designed with you and your furry companion in mind. Pet Friendly Travel can range from resorts permitting guests to bring pets with a small cleaning deposit to pet friendly vacations where your four legged friend is considered a full guest, with treats, gifts, beds, special walking trails and even pet massage.
Glamping, Luxury Tents and Dude Ranch Vacations combine the best of the rugged outdoors, fitness, adventure, and even working for your supper. When we find Ranch Vacations which also offer spa treatments and massage therapy, so much the better — sometimes a morning in the saddle can require an afternoon on the table.
Our guide to Spa Resorts with RV Access lets you combine road trips with spa trips. With this guide, it’s Bring Your Own Lodging — order your massage and pedicures on the side. We include both resorts with RV parking and access, and RV camping parks with spa or massage services.
We created this category for a reader looking for a referral to a spa resort with a “quit smoking” program. There are several, and being in a resort setting where your day is structured, new behavioral habits are taught and a relaxing but healthy vacation package is designed especially to help you free yourself of the smoking habit once and for all — that’s a wellness goal we were happy to help with.
The art of removing hair by threading is an ancient one, but fairly new to Western areas. We created the first online index of threading spas and salons, and threading kiosks and stands in shopping malls, to help our readers find and try this easy, fast, and very economical way to have perfectly groomed eyebrows.
TCM practitioners use herbs, acupuncture, and other methods to treat a wide range of conditions. In the United States, TCM is considered part of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM). Many day spas and spa resorts offer TCM as part of a wellness menu, and those resorts are tagged. We also have a growing category of Acupuncture Clinics which offer TCM therapies.
While the term “Vegan Spa” or “Vegan Salon” isn’t precisely accurate, we tag spas, salons and retreats which offer guests menu options which include vegan cuisine and/or vegan cosmetics and beauty products which do not involve animal testing.
Vinotherapy Spas or Wine Spas focus on wellness and beauty regimes which rely on the natural healthful properties of wine, including grapes themselves, the vines, pips and leaves, and the byproducts of wine making, which are all believed to contribute to rejuvenation and relaxation.
Yoga classes and sessions are now commonly offered at health and spa resorts, but if you’re interested in a more focused yoga retreat which helps you become mindful or more deeply embrace the the yoga experience, these retreats, some rustic and relaxed and others more family friendly or urban, welcome you.