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Fresh start spa and beach escapes, from $100

Here are six exceedingly affordable spa and beach vacations that will have you ready to take on the new year with a fresh and optimistic attitude.
/ Source: Sherman's Travel

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Travel by: June 7

The deal
There's no question the end of 2008 left many of us downright worn out. That's why we recommend starting 2009 off on a different foot. We've found six exceedingly affordable spa and beach vacations that will have you ready to take on the new year with a fresh and optimistic attitude. Look for deals like $200 off nightly stays at a luxurious Arizona spa; a sun and sand getaway at an oceanfront Dominican Republic resort from $100/night; healthy-lifestyle stays from $199/night in New York, DC, and San Francisco; and more ideas to jump-start your year.

Catalonia Royal Bávaro resort in Punta Cana from $100/night
Located on Playa Bávaro close to Punta Cana, the Catalonia Royal Bávaro offers stylish resort accommodations in the sun-splashed Dominican Republic. Boasting a private beach area, tennis courts, Jacuzzis and a nearby championship golf course, you'll find all you need for an exciting and adventurous tropical stay. At the end of the day, don't skip a visit to the resort's Turkish baths, sauna, and state-of-the-art spa. Enjoy an all-inclusive stay here in January, with meals and accommodations included, with rates from $120/night. Rates this February through April 5 start at $140/night, with May or June the two months for the lowest value rates from just $100/night.

January jumpstart at Kimpton Hotels (New York, DC, San Francisco) from $199
Maintaining your healthy lifestyle while on road is always a challenge, but this new January Jumpstart package available from Kimpton Hotels may help you stick to your New Year’s resolutions this year. Available through January at hotels in DC, New York, San Francisco, and various other U.S. cities, this package includes deluxe accommodations, breakfast for two, healthy snacks, exercise DVDs, on-demand yoga, as well as $40 off any in-room spa treatment. Room rates for this package start at just $199 and are based on availability.


Jet off with three of your closest girlfriends for a classic spa getaway in California’s Napa Valley and receive free treatments, discounts, and complimentary gift items. Starting from just $199/night per person, the Four Friends Spa Getaway package covers shared accommodations in a spacious Silverado Resort suite, where you’ll find a working fireplace, kitchen, living room, and dining area, as well as complimentary spa access, free wine tastings, and one 50-minute spa treatment per person. Best of all, this deal will save you 40% off rack rates through February 28. The resort’s 16,000-square-foot spa complex offers luxurious treatments like a Chardonnay sugar scrub, various body sculpting, stretching and yoga classes.

Outrigger Reef on the Beach Shopping & Dining offer (Waikiki) from $209/night
Located on Waikiki’s legendary coastline, the newly renovated Outrigger Reef on the Beach offers deluxe oceanfront accommodations just a short stroll away from the many fine restaurants, upscale boutiques, and unique stores along Kalakaua Avenue. Plus, guests who book Outrigger’s new Shopping & Dining Grand Re-Opening offer will receive a $25 credit per night redeemable for local purchases on items such as island jewelry, handicrafts, and specialty foods. Rates for the package start at just $209/night for stays through June 7, and include overnights in a spacious city-view room with a private balcony.

$200 spa credit: Willow Stream Spa at the Fairmont Scottsdale from $465/night
For a top-of-the-line desert spa retreat, the Fairmont Scottsdale is ideal with luxurious rooms, five swimming pools, seven tennis courts, golf courses, and a state-of-the-art fitness center. At the resort’s award-winning Willow Stream Spa, guests can indulge in rejuvenating massage treatments and essential purifying therapies in a tranquil setting inspired by the natural Arizona landscape. Take advantage of all this sophisticated resort has to offer with the special Spa Relaxation package, which gives guests a $200 spa credit per room per night and starts at just $465/night.

From chic to rustic, expensive to affordable, tourists looking for some sun and sand can find what they're looking for in the Caribbean.

New Year offer at Elite Island Resorts: Receive 20 percent off or a fifth night free
This year, you can save big on Caribbean getaways at your choice of eight beachfront resorts in Antigua, St. Lucia, the Grenadines, and more. Available now through January 31, Elite Island Resorts is offering this special promo which entitles guests to receive either a 20 percent discount off the entire resort stay, or a fifth night free. Standouts include the St. James Club in Antigua and the classic Mediterranean-style Windjammer Landing Villa Beach Resort in Saint Lucia.

The dollars

The catch
You can never get enough pampering, so watch your budget as you indulge!