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Spiritual Spas

I received the 2007 travel agent edition of SpaFinder's Spa Guide magazine a few weeks ago and immediately made a pact (with myself) to plan a spa trip in 2007. This guide has 300 plus pages of day spas, destination spas, spas by region, medical spas, and plenty of reviews and information to help anyone plan a great spa trip.

My favorite feature was the "spa sorter" index. I can now find spas by Single-Friendly, Pet-Friendly, Organic, Romantic, Urban Hotels, and so forth. Perfect. No more hunting for themes. They are neatly laid out in this index.

I also liked that there were several spas in the category of Spirituality, classified by their common "programs and classes featuring a strong emphasis on meditation, yoga, or spiritual awareness." This goes nicely along with recent data that shows spa-going is a growing trend for vacationers.

Here are spiritual spas listed in the 2007 Spa Guide from SpaFinder:

  1. Cal-a-Vie, California
  2. Chiva-Som, Thailand
  3. Chopra Center & Spa at Dream, New York
  4. Chopra Center for Wellbeing, California
  5. COMO Shambhala Estate at Begawan Giri, Indonesia
  6. Golden Door, California
  7. Gwinganna Lifestyle Retreat and Spa, Australia
  8. Maroma Resort and Spa, Mexico
  9. Mayflower Inn & Spa, Connecticut
  10. Mii Amo at the Enchantment, Arizona
  11. Miraval, Life in Balance, Arizona
  12. New Age Health Spa, New York
  13. Ojai Valley Inn & Spa, California
  14. Rancho La Puerta, Mexico
  15. SAMAS at the Park Hotel Kenmare, Ireland
  16. Stoweflake Mountain Resort & Spa, Vermont

Great idea for a birthday gift for a good friend, anniversary present, girls getaway, guys getaway, or honeymoon.

Comments

Calistoga Golden Haven Hot Springs Spa and Resort in Napa Valley, California makes the perfect Calistoga spa getaway. Featuring Napa Valley’s favorite mud baths, a Calistoga hot springs pool, and affordable Napa Valley hotel room rates. http://www.goldenhaven.com

Here is some information about a newly opened private residence that offers vacation rentals. It is the only location in Ojai that has natural hot and cold springs in their spa house. http://www.matilijasanctuary.com

If you cross reference the Spafinder awards with other magazines, you'll see that Destination Spas top most of the lists including the Spiritual list featured here. For more information on Destination Spas only (versus all of the Resort & Hotel spas), you can visit Destination Spa Group's website.

Thanks for thelist of spas. I love spa vacations and your list is a helpful guide.

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