April 2, 2008

Spa season...

Winter is tapering off and spring is near...but alas the temperatures have yet to rise. There is still looming grayness and rain; which makes it the perfect time to seek seclusion in a holistic hideaway. Here are a few of the best known destination spas for rejuvenation and relaxation:

The Lodge at Woodloch - Just a couple hours from New York City, this location is set on 75 acres in Pennsylvania’s Lake Region and features flourishing forests, a private lake and a 40,000-square-foot treatment facility. In addition to spa packages their activities range from kayaking, hiking, pilates, golf, tennis, art classes and even story time. Rates range from $350 to $985 per night.

The Tides Riviera Maya - The intimate five-star eco-sensitive resort has all the frills. Located just outside Playa Del Carmen, bordered with the world's second largest barrier reef, Tides has 29 private villas centered around a circular spa. With offerings ranging from a Mayan temazcal sweat lodge to daily yoga classes overlooking a seven-mile stretch of beach you won't want to leave. Rates from $700-$2600 per night. Don't forget your passport!

Canyon Ranch, Berkshires - Set in the hills of Lenox Massachusetts, just 150 miles from New York City and 135 miles from Boston, the estate does not include any canyons or ranches, but it certainly is a quiet oasis surrounded by woods and rolling hills. The rooms are average, but the relaxation factor and coupled with beautiful spa facilities and activities abundant make this a perfect retreat. A 3-night stay ranges from $2040 to $5480.

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