Sunday, January 02, 2011

Affordable Spa Weekends

Affordable Spa Weekends - Last week, Mobil Travel Guide revealed its 2007 rankings of the top hotel and resort spas in the U.S. and Canada. For the past several years, the company has sent unannounced inspectors to identify and rate top spas using more than 450 criteria, such as the technical skill of each spa's massage therapists. We noticed that Mobil Travel Guide doesn't single out any spa as being a special value. Curious, we sorted through the rankings ourselves to pick out which spas are the most affordable.

We started with spas that earned three stars. As a rule, these spas are less expensive than four- and five-star spas. Next, we compared the average online rates for overnight stays at the hotel or resort connected to each spa. Our final step was to draw up a list of the least-expensive spas, along with sample spa packages, which you'll find below.

Affordable Spa Weekends

Don't get us wrong, though. We are not saying that all three-star spas are identical. For example, a spa at a boutique hotel in a suburban location will offer a different experience than, say, a spa at a sprawling resort that's near a gorgeous beach. We also acknowledge that spas vary in their offerings, so comparing them isn't an exact science.

Of course, once these caveats have been duly noted, we realize that you still have to choose which spa you're going to visit. And when you face a choice between two identically rated spas that charge drastically different rates, you are right to wonder whether the pricier spa offers an experience that truly deserves its premium. Given this context, please take the following suggestions as a starting point for further online research.


Affordable Spa Weekends

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