On Facebook, the other day, I saw a video and some pictures of a family I adore on their vacation.  They were going to an exclusive spa/fitness/yoga retreat. One week at the Retreat was $5,000.00 per person.  The place overlooks the ocean, beautiful views, wonderful spa menus, hikes, yoga classes, etc..

So enticing, and it seemed like the perfect thing to do this time of year, rather than fill up on too much sugar, alcohol, etc..and the holiday hassles.  And, as I am looking out the window, there are blizzard like conditions and the temperature is below freezing.

I don’t mind saying, this is probably something I won’t be doing anytime soon as it is more than a bit out of my price point, but I wondered how close I could come to creating a similar week long itinerary for myself.

First, I searched the website for what was included in the spa/fitness/yoga package, and the daily schedule of events.

Here’s what this retreat includes:  A beautiful private room (organic mattresses and linens) and private bath, all pure, organic vegetarian meals for the week, healing broth and juices, a morning and evening yoga class, a daily guided hike in the spectacular views of canyons and the ocean,  daily massage (5 per week), training in the gym, infrared sauna sessions, and evening events, such as Tai Chi, nutritional guidance, sunset walks or yoga.  Fabulous, right?  And I’m sure you get wonderful experts who can assist you, facilitate classes, and cook gorgeous spa meals. I’m sure it’s worth it, if you can do this sort of thing, by all means, go for it. Cost per person:  $5000.00

Now, here’s what I came up with:

7 days of organic vegetarian food and daily juices.

3 Infrared Sauna Treatments,

A week of personal training

Daily hikes or cross country skiing (depending on the weather, of course)

Daily yoga classes

5 Spa Treatments

A daily bath with homemade aromatherapy bath salts.

A comfortable room with fresh linens and a private bathroom.

No views of the Ocean, though.  (But there is a fireplace in the common area!)

You can absolutely and totally create your own spa week or weekend too.  It just takes a little planning and researching.  And, you could add or subtract items as you like.

How did I do it?

Training:  Use Tone it up workouts.  They have many daily workouts available on their website.   Cost:  Free

Infrared Sauna Sessions:  Saunacuse 3 sessions for $55.00

Daily Hikes:  cost:  Free  I planned several 3 – 5 mile hikes from a local blog called, “What the Health“.

Daily Bath:  Epson Salts, Baking Soda, your favorite essential oil…. (I had this stuff, so this was Free).

Spa Treatments:  For these, I looked on Groupon and Living Social.

Facial – discounted 74%

Hot Stone Massage 50% off

Deep Tissue Massage 50% off

(For massages, look into your local massage therapy schools and see if they offer discounted massages.  Where I live, Onondaga School of Massage offers 1 hr. massages for $29.00 when school is in session.)

One 50 minute Himalayan Salt Cave Session  (discounted 56%)

Manicure/Pedicure:  Buy the spa pedicure, get the manicure for free.  (This is a typical deal but worth it.)

Yoga Classes:  Many yoga studios offer either a class or first week free to try the classes.  They also typically offer a week long class pass, or other deals.  My preference, Dharma Yoga Syracuse.Or..you can go to Gaia take unlimited yoga classes online and the first month is free.  If you decide to join, it’s 9.99 per month and you can cancel at any time.

Groceries and Juices were locally purchased.

Morning and Evening Meditations:  Free on YouTube.

Even if you don’t have the time to devote a whole week toward renewal and rejuvenation, you can definitely find something to do to take care of yourself this Holiday Season and beyond.  Even if it’s just a daily walk.

Invite a friend, partner, family member or a group of friends for your spa-staycation.

It makes it so much fun.


Woman getting spa treatment at tropical resort
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