Four Spa Options Offer More than Pure Pampering

The indoor pool at Badrutts Palaces' Palace Wellness spa.

A true spa connoisseur can tell you: no two spas are alike. And while the following four properties are all wellness destinations, your clients will see that they each have their own very unique personality, from luxuriously pampering to vigorously conditioning.

For the Budget-Conscious A trip to Mexico pays off this March with a spa vacation at REAL Resorts properties in Cancun and Playa del Carmen. Through Feb. 26, guests booking vacations for travel during March will receive a 20 percent discount on all spa services at THE ROYAL’S SPAzul and the Gran’s SPAreal.

Setting it apart from the rest, though, guests of REAL Resorts will experience Mayan-inspired relaxation in a way hometown spas cannot replicate. Treatments available at all four properties include massages, facials, body treatments and wraps, hydrotherapy treatments, and salon services such as manicures and pedicures.

Rates start at $301 per night at the Gran Caribe Royal Cancun; $368 per night at the Gran Porto Real Playa del Carmen; $520 per night at THE ROYAL Playa del Carmen; and $563 per night at THE ROYAL Cancun. For more information, call (800) 760-0944 or visit

For Nothing but the Best Known as an ultra-luxe destination for world travelers seeking recuperation, Badrutts Palace in the St. Moritz region of Switzerland has added quite a few treatments to the menu at its Palace Wellness spa.

Individual treatments on the list of new offerings feature the Ayurvedic Yoga Massage ($285) to relax and stretch the body, and the Ayurvedic Facial ($190) to cleanse the skin and release impurities. Both treatments are designed to focus on balancing and stabilizing a healthy body and mind.

Or, let your clients take advantage of the Alpine Spa Retreat package, offering guests exclusive use of the Veronica Spa Suite with its double jacuzzi, steam room, double shower, double treatment beds and Badrutts Palace Relax Lounge Chairs, as well as one Engadin Stone Massage pp, plus a 3-night stay in a superior room, breakfast buffet and two evening meals. Rates for the Alpine Spa Retreat package start at $1,538 pp dbl.

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For Fitness Fanatics Those of your clients looking to get in shape or stay in shape this summer can enjoy a spa vacation at New Life Hiking Spa, a fitness spa offering hiking programs in the Green Mountains of Vermont.

Spa amenities at New Life Hiking Spa include daily guided hikes, offered at three levels, and a variety of classes including yoga, Pilates, body strength and toning. Additionally, afternoon and evening massages and facials are scheduled daily to energize and relax.

Popular packages include the 11-night Weight Loss Retreat ($209 pp dbl per night), 5- to 10-night Jump Start Getaways ($219 pp dbl per night) and 2- to 4-night Mini Vacations ($229 pp dbl per night).

And to celebrate its 35th anniversary this summer, New Life Hiking Spa is offering a $350 discount on its Weight Loss Retreat from May 17-28, or a $200 discount for select additional itineraries.

Nightly all-inclusive rates for all packages include a room with private bath, three healthy meals per day, fresh fruits and vegetables for snacks, one basic massage for each 3-night stay, all fitness programming; daily guided hikes offered at three levels; cooking demos, lectures and evening activities.

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For Dog Lovers And we can’t forget Fido! As the Westminster Dog Show rolls into NYC for its 2012 event at Madison Square Garden, the New Yorker Hotel opens the Canine Club Lounge. From Feb. 8-14, the Canine Club Lounge will offer two spa packages for the best in puppy pampering.

The Classic Dog Spa package allows dogs to access the New Yorker Hotel Jog A Dog treadmills, grooming stations, blow dryers, indoor potty areas, plus take home doggie treats and pet shampoo. Their owners, meanwhile, leave the salon happy with a special edition dog show publication. Rates start at $50 per dog.

The more luxurious Premium Dog Spa package steps it up a notch with all of the Classic Dog Spa amenities, plus access to doggie bathing areas. Rates start at $75 per dog.