If you’re thinking of booking a spa vacation, the first decision you’ll want to make is the type of vacation you’re after. Understanding the difference between destination and resort spas is a good place to start.
Destination spas are centered on the health and well-being of their patrons. This includes destination fitness spas such as Rancho La Puerta in Mexico which was named the World’s Best Destination Spa in 2012 and 2011 in Travel and Leisure readers’ polls.
While spa services focus on helping you develop a lifetime of healthy habits, the beautiful mountain setting nestled between the sea and desert is just about perfect year round.
Another type of destination spa focuses on the inner you, such as the Mii Amo in Sedona, Arizona. They offer one-of-a-kind services inspired by the wisdom and traditions of Native American people.
While they offer health and wellness services, their spa treatments also include treatments to help you connect with spirit and mindfulness, as well as offering massage, skin care and other ways to pamper but heal. This all takes place amid the breathtaking beauty of the Boynton Canyon.
Destination spas offer a series of treatments and may include things like aromatherapy, body wraps, facials, skin treatments, manicure and pedicures, and a variety of massages. Prices vary from spa to spa, and the types of meals and activities offered will differ, too.
A resort spa, on the other hand, is a resort that offers spa services, but they are not part of the package deal and are just available to guests who want to take advantage of them while on vacation.
Services are limited compared to a destination spa and while some resorts do offer packages that include spa services, for the most part they are usually paid for a la carte. If the spa aspect of your vacation is a high priority, it is best to do your research. Ask what types of services and treatments are offered. You wouldn’t want to get there and find out they only have a sauna and hot tub.