From Himalayan salt caves to Finnish saunas—these spas won't break the bank.
It is often assumed that a luxury spa experience must be expensive. Sometimes, prices aren’t even listed on a spa’s service menu, giving the impression that if you have to ask for the price, chances are it’ll burn a hole in your wallet. While select treatments—like facials and deep tissue massages—can cost hundreds of dollars per hour, others can be found for less than $50 total. A day at the spa does not have to be cost-prohibitive as these spas across the United States well prove. From healing mineral waters to sensory deprivation tanks, the following spa experiences can be added to your travel itinerary without breaking the bank. What’s better than a little R&R!
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Mount Bohemia Nordic Spa
Nordic spas are designed to rejuvenate your body and mind using hot and cold water exposure, followed by a relaxation period. The Mount Bohemia Nordic Spa is located at a ski resort and offers a eucalyptus steam cabin, Finnish sauna, the largest outdoor hot tub in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, and an outdoor hot pool.
It is recommended that guests spend 15 minutes in a hot area, 5 to 30 seconds in the cold pool and Nordic Waterfall, and 10 to 15 minutes at the Log Cabin Bar or outdoor fire pit. The Log Cabin Bar serves drinks and wood-fired pizza. A day pass costs $20 and a winter season pass is only $49.
Salt Spa St. Augustine
Inspired by the Wieliczka salt mine in Poland, Salt Spa St. Augustine is the first 5-star halotherapy (salt therapy) health resort in Florida. They offer services that help with respiratory conditions, skin ailments, and mental health. The salt cave is a dimly lit room set to exactly 69˚F and filled with 25,000 pounds of Himalayan crystal salt. A single session is $36 and lasts 45 minutes.
The spa also has sensory deprivation tanks filled with 900+ pounds of Epsom salt that create a dense solution and allow the body to float with ease. A 60-minute float is $59, with package discounts available.
Ojo Caliente Mineral Springs Resort & Spa
WHERE: New Mexico
Located an hour northwest of Santa Fe, the Ojo Caliente Mineral Springs Resort & Spa features natural hot springs full of mineral water, open year-round in a rugged outdoor setting. There are several pools to choose from, varying in temperature from 98˚F. to 105˚F.
The mud pool is the main attraction and features a mud fountain. Guests are encouraged to “bake” in the mud before rinsing. Guests can purchase a day soaking pass that includes access to communal thermal pools and saltwater swimming pool from 10 am to 10 pm daily for $45 on Mondays through Thursdays and $65 on weekends and holidays.
Midtown Fitness and Spa at Hyatt Lodge
Located just outside of Chicago, Midtown Fitness & Spa at Hyatt Lodge features one of the largest indoor pools and hot tubs in the region. With floor-to-ceiling windows, a dry sauna, a steam room, a hot tub, a fitness center, and a 70-foot recreational pool, it is fully equipped.
Day passes to Midtown Fitness & Spa are available on Resort Pass for only $20 and include access to all the aforementioned amenities, plus 88 acres of trails through forests and landscaped gardens on site.
The Kura Door
The Kura Door day spa provides robes and slippers while you sip on tea or sit in the steam room prior to treatment. Book a traditional Japanese Ofuro Bath, which takes place in private rooms. The attendant guides you through a healing ritual of Japanese tea and infused soaking waters while soft music plays and a cedar fragrance fills the air. Enjoy a bath filled with detoxifying essential oils, herbs, and a natural sea salt blend. A 45-minute soak is $49.
Chena Hot Springs Resort
The Chena Hot Springs Resort in Fairbanks, Alaska is a world-class venue with an outdoor mineral-rich hot springs rock lake, hot tubs, heated indoor saltwater pool, and spa services. A Pool House & Hot Spring Day Pass costs $15 per adult and includes the use of the locker area and shower facilities. The hot springs are heated to an average temperature of 106˚F year-round. Bonus? They’re known for their Aurora viewing so you might get lucky and spot Northern Lights.
The Spa at Naples Grande Beach Resort
The Spa at Naples Grande Beach Resort recently debuted a non-traditional spa menu with self-guided treatments. It is the only spa in Naples/Southwest Florida to provide guests with touchless services.
NuCalm technology mimics the body’s natural progression of tiring the brain down to sleep through applied neuropsychobiology and neuroinformatics. A 25-minute session is $49. Avacen is a muscle-relaxing device used to increase microcirculation by applying thermotherapy and negative pressure to palms and systemically treating the entire body. A 15-minute session is $39.
Roosevelt Baths and Spa
WHERE: New York
Saratoga is famous for its mineral springs. The Roosevelt Baths & Spa opened in 1935 as part of President Roosevelt’s act to preserve the area. Today, it offers a transformative and affordable hydrotherapy spa experience.
The experience begins with a soak in Saratoga’s naturally effervescent water, discovering buoyancy in a neutral temperature. A 40-minute mineral bath starts at $40, with special discounts offered Monday through Thursday. The baths are part of the larger Gideon Putnam Resort. Spa and resort guests have complimentary access to the relaxation room and steam room.