Hawks Cay Resort in the Florida Keys features a Teen Spa, which caters to the young adult traveler
Golf & Spa vacations are no longer only a “his or her” proposition. On the contrary, more women are taking to the links and according to the International SPA Association, male consumers now comprise nearly 30 percent of all spa-goers.
With resorts trying hard to add the most enticing amenities to their properties, spas and beautiful golf courses are not hard to locate in most any locale. In fact, economically it is a great time to plan your getaway. Deals abound and, as I often say, look beyond the price for that extra value. Resorts are packaging more goods and services together for one price, including meals, spa vouchers, golf-shop credits and the always-popular “unlimited golf.”
Expert Tip: Many resorts offer beautifully designed golf courses. But staying in a nearby hotel rather than the resort property is often a more affordable solution when looking to play a championship course.
With the increasing popularity of spas, resorts are competing with each other to offer the most luxurious and exotic treatments for both men and women. In fact, even teen spas are popping up in resorts around the country offering hip treatments for the coolest teens. For example, Hawks Cay Resort in the Florida Keys is a 60 acre island resort in that features a Teen Spa, which caters to the teen traveler offering really great treatments and experiences for kids 12-18.
Your first spa visit can still be somewhat overwhelming. The many activity choices can make you feel like a kid on your first day at summer camp. Remember, you can’t do everything. Pick a focus based on what you need such as: pampering and pleasure; health and wellness; spiritual journey, or fitness – and let that guide your choice of activities.
Tips For Planning a Spa Vacation on a Budget
Destination spas can also vary a great deal in price. If you want to take a spa vacation but wonder how to get the best deals or how to make it more affordable, consider these options.
1. If you’re going to choose a destination spa, stay at a less expensive B & B or hotel the night before, then head over in the morning to get a full day of activities in. They’ll let you stash your bags and use a locker until check-in time. You can use the same strategy on the way out.
2. Stay during the week for the lowest rates. Destination spas usually have a three-night minimum. A Thursday night arrival will cost more than a Sunday night arrival.
3. Travel off-season. In the Northeast, rates are lower in the winter, higher in the summer. It’s the reverse in the Southwest and Florida.
TravelSmartBlog.com’s Picks for a Golf & Spa Vacation
THE BROADMOOR - Celebrating its 50th year as a five-star resort in the heart of Colorado Springs, CO will play host to the 2011 U.S Women’s Open. It recently added six deluxe cottages along the 18th fairway of the resort’s East Course. Golf aside, the resort is elegant, romantic and the Spa at Broadmoor is an oasis in the heart of the Rockies.
THE BOULDERS RESORT & GOLDEN DOOR SPA - Aptly residing in Carefree, AZ, The 33,000 square foot Golden Door Spa was ranked one of the 10 Best Spas in the World by SpaFinder. Services include stretching, conditioning and yoga for golfers. The resort features two award-winning, championship golf courses that are situated among stunning ancient boulder formations.
Expert Tip. One of the most magical ways to explore the Sonoran Desert is during the cool of the night on guided, moonlit bicycle tours. Tours are scheduled at the concierge desk.
Sawgrass Marriott Golf Resort and Spa is home to the PGA's Players Championship
Sawgrass Marriott Golf Resort & Spa - Home to The Players Championship, this resort is not short on things the whole family will enjoy from playing on the beach to first-rate children’s programs, fishing in the surrounding lagoons, and more.
Casa Velas Hotel Boutique – Its secluded location helps keep some of this Puerto Vallarta all-inclusive resort’s most wonderful secrets such as its luxurious, intimate and romantic environment, sensuous spa treatments, and outstanding service. The hotel is surrounded by Marina Vallarta golf course and neighbors six other challenging courses.
The Grove Park Inn Resort and Spa - This historic Asheville, NC resort boasts an impressive lineage of noted guests from presidents to famous artists and entertainers. But what speaks volumes is how every guest feels special when on the grounds of the esteemed Grove Park Inn. Other features include beautiful views, delectable dining in its restaurants, golf in the Blue Ridge Mountains, and an award-winning spa.
The Fairmont Orchid - Recently listed as one of the 75 Best Golf Resorts in North America by Golf Digest, this Hawaiian Big Island resort is also celebrating its 20th anniversary. But you definitely won’t want to miss an experience in the Spa Without Walls. Its impressive spa offering includes six private outdoor waterfall hale (huts) and oceanfront massage cabanas.