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5 Spa getaways worth the splurge

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Sensational spa destinations

If having your skin scrubbed, soaked and steamed sounds divine, a spa getaway may be just what you need. For centuries, people have visited spas to soak in mineral waters and hot springs to revive their tired souls. The following spas deliver the latest and greatest services and will leave you feeling pampered beyond your wildest me-time dreams.

Sensational spa destinations

1Cal-a-Vie Health Spa, Vista, CA

Unwind where the stars go. Nestled on 200 acres of rolling hills in a valley 40 miles north of San Diego, the mild climate and beautiful natural surroundings make relaxing easy. Voted "#1 Destination Spa" by Travel & Leisure, the spa earns its reputation for its superior service, individualized fitness and sublime spa treatments. The philosophy is California- and Europe-inspired, with a menu focusing on healthy Mediterranean cuisine. Guests come to relax, and many brag about losing several pounds while there. The extensive treatment menu includes the Oxygen Facial, Green Tea Antioxidant Body Wrap, Magnet Energy Treatment and Thai Massage. A three-night getaway including six therapeutic treatments starts at $3,995.

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