The Best Bang for Your Buck Spa Resorts in the US Mandy Voisin May 13, 2019 Destinations, Travel Guide A getaway to a spa resort is a versatile kind of vacation. It’s the perfect way to unwind as a couple, chill out with a group of girlfriends, or rejuvenate yourself. It’s relaxing, it’s indulgent — it’s self-care at its finest. But the words alone feel loaded. A vacation is an expensive luxury. Spa resorts are expensive luxuries. And while most spa vacations are reserved for the 1% (not really, but it can feel like it), there are some affordable options that you — yes, you — may be able to pull off (especially with the help of some cheap flight deals). And that doesn’t mean they are cheap and hokey either. There are spa vacations that are restorative for your mind, body … as well as your wallet … that are all easy to get to in the United States. New Life Hiking Spa — Killington, Vermont Nestled in the green mountains of Vermont, New Life Hiking Spa isn’t all fitness. It provides a complete wellness program with guided hikes, other fitness activities, healthy meals, and of course, spa services. Your room, meals, activities, and massages are included in the nightly rate. At $910 for 3 days at single occupancy, it’s feasible to make an all-inclusive weekend a possibility. Other spa services can be added as well, at prices much cheaper than the competition. You’ll leave rejuvenated and refreshed with a renewed focus on your total body wellness. Gideon Putnam — Saratoga, New York Saratoga is world famous for its carbonated mineral springs. So famous, that President Franklin D. Roosevelt visited the springs and acted to protect them. Today, Gideon Putnam offers a hydrotherapy spa experience for just $40 a treatment. Other services are also offered, including massages, skincare, and nail care. And while the resort itself is not what some would deem affordable (rates start at $239 a night), the spa itself is affordable, and the experience luxurious. Guests can stay off-property and visit the spa, and save money when they book their services Monday-Thursday. Red Mountain Resort — Zion National Park, Utah Red Mountain Resort‘s Essential Zion Adventure Retreat begins at just $340 a night and includes accommodations in a deluxe villa, three meals daily, guided hikes, fitness classes, and cooking demonstrations. Spa treatments begin at $25 and many treatments offer shorter times to make it more affordable. The Day Spa Packages are where you’ll really save, though. Take the Body and Soul package for example; for $130 you get a 50-minute personalized massage, a pedicure, and lunch. Substitute the massage for a facial for just $10 more. With prices that low, you can afford to visit the spa for multiple days, while also experiencing the beauty of Utah’s natural red rock. Ready to reboot and relax without stressing your budget? Now, you just need to find the right cheap flight deals to get you there! Tennessee Fitness Spa — Waynesboro, Tennessee Tennessee Fitness Spa is less for those that want to unwind and more for those who want to make positive changes. The 7-day program is all-inclusive, including a fitness program, healthy meals, and comfortable (albeit rustic) lodging. The best bang for your buck is to do the ladies quad room, which is $1,259 per person for the week. You’ll meet with nutritionists and focus on fitness for a total-body wellness experience. Classes include aqua, indoor cycling, Pilates, body toning, aerobics, weight training, yoga, wallyball, and more. And for those seeking a true spa-like experience, massages start at just $50, and haircuts are just $15. Art of Living Retreat Center — Boone, North Carolina The Ayurveda-focused Art of Living Retreat Center has programs that start at just $350 per person for a weekend, including meals and lodging. It offers professional guidance from instructors that will help you deal with a host of issues ranging from gut and health to weight loss and pain. Spa treatments, food, and herbal supplements all work together for a total-body healing experience. There are multiple options for cleanses, and all of them are attainable — especially considering some spa vacations can cost upwards of $7,000. Mountain Magnolia Inn — Hot Springs, North Carolina The quaint and historic Mountain Magnolia Inn is set in the mountains of western North Carolina, offering affordable accommodations and spa services. Each room has a unique name and feel — and the packages are where you can really save. A good bet is the Relaxation and Healing Package. It includes a full gourmet breakfast each morning, a one-hour massage for two, a 3-course dinner in the dining room in front of the fireplace, and a one-hour soak in the hot mineral springs. For just $323, couples can indulge in a full spa weekend getaway — plus you’ll save 10% off your room fee. Ojo Caliente Mineral Springs Resort & Spa — Ojo Caliente, New Mexico Located an hour northwest of Santa Fe, the Ojo Caliente Mineral Springs Resort & Spa features mineral springs and a mud pool, all of which are open year-round. Guests can use the hot spring pools, sauna, steam room, and mud bath for only $18 a day Monday to Thursday. And prices drop after sunset. À la carte packages start at $265, and all-inclusive start at $448. All-inclusive includes meals, accommodations, a resort credit, yoga, meditation, fitness, horticulture, and other activities — including puppy play! Massages are affordable, starting at just $109 for a 50-minute massage, and $69 for a facial. It’s hard to put a dollar price on a rejuvenated mind and body — but if you have to, it might as well be affordable. After all, you’ll be able to unwind much better knowing that you’re getting the best bang for your buck. Have you been to one of these affordable spa resorts? Or maybe you have a suggestion for a rejuvenating destination that won’t break the bank AND isn’t on our list? Tell us about it in the comments section below!