The top budget health spas offer a lot of the features of more expensive health spas. They're all-inclusive, with meals, exercise classes, and sometimes lectures. The big difference is that everything tends to be on a more modest scale at budget health spas -- accommodations, the room, the facilities, and the spa itself
Prices at the budget health spas on this list start at $850 per person per week for women who bunk four-to-a-room at Tennessee Fitness Spa in Waynesboro, Tennessee.
It's more typical for rates to be $200-$300 a night at budget health spas (remember, all meals and activities are included). Spa treatments are included in some packages at these budget health spas, or you can buy them a la carte. Spa treatment prices tend to be less expensive than at luxury spas because the facilities are more modest.
Top Budget Health Spas
Red Mountain Spa in St. George, Utah. This is my top pick for a budget health spa because it's also one of the best health spas in the country, period. The least expensive rooms are modest, but the staff and activities and food are top notch. You don't feel like you're settling. 877-246-4453.
Spa Eastman in Montreal, Canada. Forty-four rooms are spread over seven pavilions. It has many packages, including a three-night "naturopathic package" that includes a naturopathic consultation, hot stone massage and body treatments.
Copperhood Spa, Shandaken, New York. Set right on The Esopus river in the Northern Catskills, near Woodstock, this well-kept inn offers lots of outdoor activities and classes.
Birdwing Spa in Litchfield, Minnesota. Just 70 miles from Minneapolis, this budget health spa is set on 300 acres with a private lake. Lots of hiking, biking and canoeing. Guests stay in a chalet or a converted red barn with guest suites. Seasonal. 320-693-6064.
The Oaks at Ojai, Ojai, California. This is a converted inn right on Ojai's main drag, with a real weight-loss focus.
It's about a 90 minute drive from Los Angeles. 800-753-6257.
Echo Valley Ranch and Spa, Jesmond, Clinton, British Columbia, Canada. If you like horseback riding, this is the spa for you. This is a working ranch where you can help collect eggs, or go get a Thai treatment. 250- 459-2386
The Biggest Loser Resort at Fitness Ridge in St. George, Utah is serious about weight-loss, with lots of hiking and exercise on 1,200 calories a day. It has twenty modest motel-style rooms in a brown cinderblock building with an outdoor pool. It was a bigger bargain before The Biggest Loser name was attached. 888-870-2639.
The Heartland Spa, Lake Geneva, Illinois. Located at Bella Vista Suite on Lake Geneva, Wisconsin, this health and fitness retreat is committed to inspiring people to flourish in all aspects of their lives. There are daily schedules that include lakeshore walks, yoga classes, and lectures. This spa moved here from a farm south of Chicago. 262-248-2157.
Hills Health Ranch, 108 Mile Ranch, British Columbia.. Situated in the middle of 20,000 acres of ranchland, this spa specializes in weight loss, hiking and horseback riding. 800-668-2233.
Located 95 miles from Nashville, in the lush woods of Tennessee, this is as low as it goes if you bunk four to a room. Everyone gets a fitness evaluation and goes on a 1200-1400 calorie diet. Chalet-style accommodations are simple. Closed December to early March. 800-753-6257
Deerfield Spa in the Pocono Mountains in Stroudsburg. Pennsylvania. This small, homey spa on 12 acres in the Pocono Mountains has a weight loss focus. It accommodates just 33 guests at a time. Overnight accommodations are closed November through early April, but a day spa is open year-round.
New Age Health Spa in Neversink, New York closed in the Fall of 2011.