If you’ve been promising yourself to finally take time off to relax and unwind, make the most of your time and money at one of these affordable retreats. From hot spring spas to Caribbean beaches to European vacations, unplugging from everyday life doesn’t have to blow your vacation budget. Read on to discover some of the best affordable travel destinations so you can relax and save.
1. Blue River Resort and Hot Springs
- Where: Rincon de la Vieja, Costa Rica
- Cost: $100/night
Nestled on the north side of the Rincon de la Vieja volcano in Costa Rica, Blue River Resort and Hot Springs provides springs, mud baths, fresh water slides and breathtaking natural scenery. Wander through lush botanical and butterfly gardens, marvel at tumbling waterfalls or shoot down the bullet slide on the property into sparkling fresh water.
2. Hyatt Regency Waikiki Resort and Spa
- Where: Oahu, Hawaii
- Cost: $219/night plus resort fees
Sink your toes into the soft sands of Waikiki at the Hyatt Regency Waikiki Resort and Spa. The resort’s ocean-side location is perfect for beach days or walking to the Honolulu Zoo or Waikiki Aquarium. Work out in the hotel fitness room, pamper yourself with on-site spa treatments, and tantalize your taste buds with locally sourced cuisine. Find some of Hawaii’s best free activities nearby to keep your vacation even more affordable.
3. Rimrock Resort Hotel
- Where: Banff, Alberta, Canada
- Cost: $201/night
Gaze out at stunning views of the Canadian Rockies when you stay at the Rimrock Resort Hotel. Walk across the street to historic Banff Upper Hot Springs, where for more than 100 years visitors have soaked away their aches and cares in natural mineral baths. Head back to your hotel to enjoy spa treatments, swim in the pool or enjoy a game of squash. When you’re hungry, two restaurants and two lounges ensure you won’t need to drive to find a delicious bite to eat.
4. Blackstone Hotsprings Lodging and Baths
- Where: Truth or Consequences, N.M.
- Cost: $85/night and up
It’s hard to beat a relaxing vacation at Blackstone Hotsprings Lodging & Baths, a 1930s vintage hotel. Each themed guest room comes with a private custom soaking tub, letting you enjoy a hot mineral soak all to yourself. King suites have in-room hot springs and private patios.
For a change of pace, reserve a private soak in the Wet Room, a tropically-themed room with a geothermal soaking pool, for $25. More than just a hot mineral bath, the room has a naturally-powered steam room where water trickles over your neck and shoulders. When your fingers start to look like prunes, take a break by floating down the Rio Grande or hiking the trails along it.
5. Spa Eastman
- Where: Eastman, Quebec, Canada
- Cost: $209/night and up
Take in dramatic views of Mont Orford during your relaxing vacation at Spa Eastman. The $209 package includes three healthy meals a day, Nordic baths and on-site workshops and health-minded activities. Take a scenic hike, work out at the gym or treat yourself to a Relax Package Plus at the spa. Combine a massage, facial and pedicure with a trip to the power nap station, NeuroSpa.
6. Casa de Campo
- Where: La Romana, Dominican Republic
- Cost: $126/night and up
Casa de Campo offers all the amenities you’d expect at a Caribbean resort, like beach access, golfing and locally sourced cuisine. But it goes a little further with unique spa treatments that sound perfectly delicious.
Start your day with a “Coco, Coffee, Cacao” exfoliation scrub and a “Tropical Fruit” body wrap. Get a sports massage based on your go-to activity, or just unwind in the water sanctuary where hot and cold pools, sauna and steam invigorate and relax every muscle.
7. Royal Palms Resort and Spa
- Where: Phoenix, Ariz.
- Cost: $192/night
Relax on the sunny side of scenic Camelback Mountain in the prestigious Arcadia neighborhood. This historic hotel is Condé Nast Traveler’s favorite hotel in Arizona in 2017. The Spanish colonial resort was a gift of love from its original owner to his wife, making it the ideal place to retreat for romance and relaxation. The spa offers couples and individual treatments using local ingredients like orange blossoms, citrus and desert sage.
8. Maya Tulum Resort
- Where: Tulum, Mexico
- Cost: $110/night
Balance mind, body and spirit in the affordably priced Maya Tulum yoga retreat. Tulum is a hidden bucket list destination that’s worth the price. Experience Mayan treatments not found anywhere else in the world, such as the Temazcal Ceremony. Relax inside a detoxifying clay steam dome as you experience guided meditations, ancient music and chants. Or, choose an exfoliating massage enhanced with virgin honey, cacao, wine or papaya.
9. The Europe Hotel and Resort
- Where: Killarney, Ireland
- Cost: $268/night
Surround yourself with five-star luxury as you look out over the Lakes of Killarney. Rejuvenate your body at ESPA, one of Europe’s most luxurious spas. The two-level spa has 16 treatment rooms, a thermal suite featuring a saltwater pool, ice fountain, private spa suite and sauna and steam. Try a signature ESPA treatment featuring individually tailored oils and hot stones for a total body experience.
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10. Twinpalms Phuket
- Where: Phuket, Thailand
- Cost: $121/night
Experience the ultimate in relaxing vacations at Twinpalms Phuket, as Thailand is known for its affordable island getaways. Unwind in a water garden setting with a contemporary flair, where swim-up suites and rooms provide direct access to the lagoon pools and water features.
Charter a hotel yacht to explore the coastline, get a dusk-to-dawn rejuvenation treatment at the spa or just chill along the golden sand. On-site restaurants, a martini bar and wine room with more than 3,000 selections ensure you need not leave this little strip of paradise unless you want to.
11. Tschuggen Grand Hotel
- Where: Arosa, Switzerland
- Cost: $239/night
Tuck away in the beauty of Swiss mountain scenery when you retreat to Tschuggen Grand Hotel. Visit the unique underground spa, where artistic skylights add architectural interest to the mountain scenery and provide the treatment areas with natural light.
Enjoy a full menu of beauty and body treatments. For a special treat, book one of the private spa rooms for a romantic relaxation time. Sit under the stars in the Polaris suite for date night and sip prosecco and savor sweet bites as you relax in a whirlpool or sauna.
12. Raas Devigarh
- Where: Rajasthan, India
- Cost: $140/night
Feel like royalty when you stay in an 18th-century palace at Raas Devigarh. The resort made the U.K.’s Condé Nast Traveller’s 2017 list of eight best spas in the world for having the “most transformative” program.
Experience a therapy found nowhere else in the world: Ila’s Devi Blessings lets you choose from nine two-hour treatments designed to reset your nervous system and calm your adrenal glands. But why settle for just one? Book a package with three, six or nine treatments included.
13. New Life Hiking Spa
- Where: Killington, Vt.
- Cost: $229/night
If your version of a good vacation deal includes getting active outdoors while focusing on your health, head to New Life Hiking Spa. Go for a weight loss retreat or take a two-to-four-night mini-vacation. Rates include all your meals, one spa treatment and daily fitness programs beginning with stretching at 7 a.m. Take a morning hike, paddle a kayak in the afternoon and stretch out with yoga before dinner, all with the Vermont countryside as your backdrop.
14. The Hotel Hershey
- Where: Hershey, Penn.
- Cost: $299/night
If you love chocolate so much you could just bathe in it, book a stay at the historic Hotel Hershey. Spa options include a Chocolate Sugar Scrub, Chocolate Fondue Wrap and a Whipped Cocoa Bath, and that’s just the beginning. Get a Cuban Mojito Wrap or soothe yourself with botanicals from the Hershey Gardens like a rose petal bath and massage. Savor views or relax poolside as you enjoy a Hershey’s chocolate martini and dine with panoramic views at the on-site restaurant, The Circular.
15. Gran Melia Golf Resort Puerto Rico
- Where: Rio Grande, Puerto Rico
- Cost: $130/night
When you want an exotic getaway, but don’t want to fuss with getting a passport, Puerto Rico provides the perfect answer. Gran Melia Golf Resort Puerto Rico lets you unwind on two adjacent golf courses or on the beach, just steps away from the guest rooms. Tropical grounds boast pathways leading through gardens to pools, all with the stunning background of the El Yunque rainforest.
All rooms are junior suites, with an average size of 520 square feet, giving you plenty of room to stretch out. Relax at the YHI spa with an 80-minute rainforest signature treatment that starts with a brown sugar and cocoa-mint oil body scrub followed by a thermal wrap with honey, citrus and shea-aloe cream. Hydrotherapy and a massage with rainforest lotion wrap up the session.
16. Hotel Los Gatos
- Where: Los Gatos, Calif.
- Cost: $232/night
Unplug from the fast pace of Silicon Valley with a relaxing and affordable getaway at Hotel Los Gatos. You’ll feel like you’re in a Tuscan villa miles away from everything as you enter into shaded spaces of vine-covered buildings with wrought-iron railings. The hotel abounds with luxury inside and out, but a trip to the spa truly enhances the experience. Besides five treatment rooms, the Verde Touch Experience offers a couple’s suite and prenatal suite for a customized experience.
17. Hotel Gastis and Lenin Spa
- Where: Varberg, Sweden
- Cost: $129/night
Enjoy the view of Varberg from the rooftop terrace at Hotel Gastis. The hotel puts you within walking distance of Kallbadhuset and Varberg Castle, but more history lurks within its walls.
The Lenin Spa tucks into old cellars beneath the hotel, transformed into a replica of Vladimir Lenin’s favorite spa in St. Petersburg. Bubble your cares away in baths below busts of the famous Soviet leader or ponder your reflection in a 200-year-old mirror. Savor a full menu of body treatments, including a dry massage with raw silk.
18. The Gideon Putnam
- Where: Saratoga Springs, N.Y.
- Cost: $159/night
Saratoga Springs has served as a mineral hot springs retreat for the uber-wealthy since the mid-1800s. The Gideon Putnam hotel and adjacent Roosevelt Baths and Spa hearken back to days of bygone luxury. Soak in the naturally carbonated mineral waters warmed to a pleasant temperature designed to provide maximum health benefits. Combine your soaking experience with a full menu of deep-tissue massage, acupuncture and beauty treatments.
19. Hotel u Sladka
- Where: Chodová Planá, Czech Republic
- Cost: $42/night
The ultimate in affordable getaways, Hotel u Sladka pampers you with luxurious accommodations tucked in a wing of the Chodovar Brewery. The two come together at the establishment’s beer spa, where you can take a beer bath, get a beer massage or enjoy a hot grain pack. Hot stone massage, saunas, steam baths and mini-golf make this one of the best relaxing vacation deals across the globe.
20. Sercotel Villa de la Guardia
- Where: Laguardia, Spain
- Cost: $101/night
Treat your taste buds to a gastronomic getaway at Sercotel Villa de la Guardia in the medieval walled town of Laguardia. Tucked along the Rioja Alavesa Wine Route, a stay at this hotel puts you right in heart of Basque wine country, where you can sample the local vintages.
Bite into a pintxo — an appetizer on a stick — as you stroll the narrow city streets, or hang out at the hotel wine bar. Don’t miss the Wine Oil Spa where treatments are based on local ingredients melded with holistic medicine.
Methodology: GOBankingRates selected hotel and spa retreats for under $300 per night. Prices were current as of June 1, 2017.