Spa Vacations in the U.S. and Canada

While wellness vacations and wellness retreats seem to be dominating most travel conversations today, there is still room for the spa vacation, which is also referred to as a spa holiday. And, while the spa experience is not mandatory for a wellness vacation or wellness retreat, the spa vacation does remain popular. Who doesn’t like a day or more at the spa? A massage, a facial, a mani-pedi, and a soak in the hot tub—we’ll take one of each! Yes, the spa vacation is still alive and well! Living in a fast-paced world can be extremely stressful and anxiety-inducing. As a result, an increasing number of people are seeking a relaxing getaway for, at the very least, a weekend. Spa vacations are the perfect solution because they generally promote excellent self-care, exercise, and healthy diets.

Important Points to Consider when Planning a Spa Vacation

To get the most out of your spa vacation or spa holiday, you need to plan accordingly. Start by asking yourself the following questions:

  • How far are you willing to travel?
  • How much are you willing or able to spend?
  • How much time are you able to be away from work or other commitments?
  • Who do you want to go with?
  • Would you prefer to travel alone, with another person, or with a group?
  • Are you interested in boosting your health or fitness routine or do you simply want to relax and enjoy spa treatments for a few days?
  • What’s the main purpose of taking a spa vacation?

The answers to all of these questions can help shape the type of spa you choose for your spa vacation, and better ensure that you will return home feeling relaxed, refreshed and, hopefully, rejuvenated.

Why Take a Spa Vacation?

People go on spa vacations for many reasons.

First of all, spa vacations can consist of so much more than simply getting a relaxing deep tissue massage to help one de-stress. Depending on the spa you select, other benefits could include:

  • Teaching you how to cultivate and maintain a healthy lifestyle
  • Relaxation and mediation
  • Rejuvenating your appearance
  • Help with kick-starting a weight loss program
  • Ridding your body of harmful toxins (detoxing)
  • Relieving mental and physical pain
  • Immersing yourself in nature
  • Exercising your body and mind as one
  • Learning special mindfulness skills that you can apply to your everyday life
  • Yoga, Pilates and meditation classes

There is now so much choice out there, your spa experience could and should be whatever you want it to be. And that’s why taking the time to properly plan your spa retreat is so important. Rest and relaxation are part of wellness living and we all need to schedule it into our busy lives. Getting away for a spa vacation can be the ideal prescription for the ailments that accompany day-to-day stressors.

World-class spa retreats also give you access to some of the most renowned trainers, dieticians, yoga and Pilates instructors, and medical professionals in the world to help you treat whatever mental or physical conditions you may have.

Here is just a short list of spas Travel to Wellness contributors have visited: