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Cyber Travel News & Reviews: Spa Vacations
Judith Albright

Too many of us today feel overworked, stressed out, and running on fast forward. Captives of "have to" and "ought to do", we never quite find enough time to nourish our bodies, minds and spirits. It is usually when we need to relax the most that we have the least amount of time to do it. Escaping, even for a few hours, seems beyond our grasp. It need not be so.

Even an hour at a day spa can leave you feeling relaxed, centered, and rejuvenated. Many day spas are now expanding their services to include a wide variety of 30-minute treatments including facials, body wraps, mud masks, herbal baths, massages, hydrotherapy and more.

How does one find these wonderful oases? On the Internet! Two comprehensive major Web sites will give you all the information you could possibly want on spas worldwide. Visit www.spafinders.com, which allows searches by preferred categories and interests, seasons, budget range, and departure date. This site features articles from SpaFinder Magazine as well as sections on spa cuisine, spa gifts, a spa locator, what spa to visit, and a day spa search by city. If you do not find what you want on the first site , try http://spas.miningco.com/mbody.htm. Here you will find extensive information on all types of spas as well as spa reviews, schools, products, recipes, events and customized searches. For spas in Colorado, simply click on "Resorts in the U.S.," then on the map, or on "C" for Colorado.

If you only have one day to invest in yourself, there are a variety of options to select from in Colorado. For example, the Spa at Breckenridge offers a half-day spa package for $195 and a full-day package for $265.00. Hot Sulphur Springs Resort has a $100 half day package and a $200.00 full day package; the Aspen Club at Aspen offers a half day for $175.00 and a full day for $415.00; and the Vail Cascade Hotel & Club has a half day package for $75.00 and a full day at $300.00.

For those who can spare a little more time, there is a 4-day, 3-night program at The Lodge and Spa at Cordillera, and a 3-day, 2-night package offered by the Sonnenalp Resort Spa at Vail. There are many other selections as well, plus the all-inclusive week-long programs featured at many popular Colorado mountain resorts. An added bonus at mountain resorts is the spectacular scenery, which by itself, cannot fail to inspire peace and relaxation.

Regardless of your time constraints, you owe it to yourself to indulge in one of these "mini vacations." On these sites you are certain to find the perfect match, even for your busy schedule.

Cyber Travel News & Reviews is a regular column written by Judith Albright, publisher of Internet Travel Resources: A Comprehensive Guide to Travel Websites. For more information visit her web site at www.notebookpublications.com.

Internet Travel Resources: A Comprehensive Guide to Travel Websites. For more information visit her web site at www.notebookpublications.com.