Spa Month has become a summer ritual in Miami. The Greater Miami Convention & Visitor's Bureau offers Spa Month, (http://www.miamispamonth.com/), a seasonal event featuring a month of discounted prices at high-end spas and resorts in the Miami area. This year Spa Month takes place in July, the off-season peak in Miami. What's more, some salons have cut prices on spa services until October.
Participating spas and hotels include the Fontainebleu, Eden Roc, Ritz Carlton Spa in Key Biscayne and the Biltmore Hotel. The discounted spa rates typically include all-day access to other resort amenities — the pool, lounge or steam room — at no extra charge. Clearly, it's possible to get pampered for less by taking advantage of special discounts and off-peak deals.
Location: Countries known for their vacation affordability often have fantastic spa prices. We've enjoyed three-hour, multi-treatment sessions for $15 in Bali, and a one-hour Swedish massage for just $12 (USD) in Thailand. FIRST for Women magazine advises targeting spas in areas that rely heavily on tourist traffic, and dickering boldly for deals if you happen to know business has been recently glum. FIRST also suggests signing up for the mailing lists of those spas to stay up to date on any discounts or specials they may be offering when it comes time for your trip.
Off-peak: Staying at a mountain spa in South America on Thursday instead of the weekend saved us 50 percent on hot stone massages, with free access to hot springs for the rest of the day. During Costa Rica's rainy season we enjoyed deals at more than one spa resort. Lara Clayton, a travel promoter, advises booking appointments early for slots during Costa Rica's predictable afternoon rains, when all the other tourists seek treatments.
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Deal sleuthing: At the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, booking any treatment (even a $20 dollar facial) grants you full-day access to the rest of the spa, including the refreshment bar with healthy snacks and lemon water, pool-sized Jacuzzi, lounge chairs with bowls of chilled cucumber slices and cold lemon-water face cloths, steam room and more. Lockers, robes and spa towels are complimentary. Tim Smith of Smile-Therapy.com, a lifestyle website, recommends spavelous.com for its built-in deal finder. Massage therapy schools often offer discounted services as a training opportunity for students, allowing you to save big.