This blog post was updated on July 16, 2019.

Sometimes, we all need simply to turn off, tune the world out, and claim back a little “me time.” Grabbing cheap international flights to take a spa break can be a brilliant way to unwind and re-energize. But where’s best to go, especially if you’re looking to avoid crowds, genuinely relax, and not get lost in the hype about a place?

Here’s a look at a few of the best affordable hidden gem spa destinations in the U.S. and across the globe.

Austin, Texas

Austin, Texas lake

The capital of Texas might be better known for live music and amazing food, but it’s a smart place to visit for spa breaks as well. Some of the best are on Lake Austin, in town at finer hotels, or a short distance away in the Hill Country.

Saratoga Springs, New York

Upstate New York’s Saratoga Springs is an old spa town once renowned for its natural mineral springs. To this day, it remains a great destination for taking it easy for wellness breaks at one of its many historic hotels, full-service spas, or mineral baths. About 40 miles north of Albany, there’s plenty of outdoor activities to pursue as well, including hiking in the Adirondacks, paddling on Lake George, and horseback riding.

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Belize is a tropical Caribbean paradise that’s just a short flight from much of the U.S. and one of the safest destinations in Latin America. It’s also an ideal getaway for a beautiful and affordable spa break. An added bonus is access to rainforests, excellent dive and snorkeling sites, and opportunities to tour ancient Mayan ruins.


Germany has a number of spa towns with facilities for every budget. Most are historic with many dating back to the time of the Romans. Bavaria and the Black Forest in Southern Germany are the best areas to visit for the most famous, including the wealthy resort town of Baden-Baden, but relaxing soaks in therapeutic thermal baths can be enjoyed across the country.


Hungary, Budapest Bathhouse

Similar to Germany, there is a rich tradition of spas and bathhouses across Hungary. Budapest has some of the most celebrated but inexpensive resorts, day spas, and baths, but they are also dotted throughout Hungary, many along the Danube River or at Lake Balaton.


The spas and resorts of Bali and Lombok are legendary. Those are but two of the 17,000 islands that comprise the Asia-Pacific nation of Indonesia. You’ll find a bounty of spa break bargains at world-class resorts and hotels with spas all around the archipelago plus plenty to see and do along the way.

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New Zealand

Rotorua Naural Springs in New Zealand

Rotorua on New Zealand’s North Island — with its massive lake, geothermal activity, bubbling mud pools, and range of historic and contemporary spas and hotels — is a fascinating destination. The town is also a hub for traditional Maori culture. More opportunities for wellness vacations abound on the South Island at beautiful spots such as the resort town of Hanmer Springs and the outdoorsy outpost of Queenstown on the shore of Lake Wakatipu.


woman in thailand

There may be no better accommodating destination for wellness retreats and spa breaks than Thailand. Cheap international flights can get you there to try the traditional Thai massage. It’s known around the world and here in its home country its venerated as a royal art. Whether chilling out in Chiang Mai, bounding through the bustle of Bangkok, or heading to any of its multitude of gorgeous seaside towns and resorts, you’ll be met with a warm welcome and an amazing massage offered at a great price.

Got a favorite spa destination that’s still under the radar of most tourists? We would love to hear about it in our comments section below.

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  1. Suzette

    Im a 77yrs Disabeled Senior that always loved going to Spas but where I live now Northern California is none on a set Income, been on 4 Cruises


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