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Globe Correspondent / July 23, 2006

Face it, a spa treatment is a splurge. Even with the best of deals, the treatments are going to cost you. But, ahhhh, the feeling of relaxation and well-being that follows may make you glad there are some things money can buy. Here are some soothing samples:

Little Dix Bay on Virgin Gorda, British Virgin Islands , offers a Blissful Brunch in its Cliff Spa Suite, located between the sea and the bay. Couples get two 50-minute Seaside Sedation massages, plus 40 minutes of dining on chilled fruit and mimosas while taking in views that stretch for 25 miles. The price is $300 a couple.

Call 011-284-495-5555 or visit

The Cape Codder Resort & Spa in Hyannis goes local with its Cranberry-Rose Wrap Trilogy, which last s one hour 50 minutes and costs $225. The treatment begins with a blend of locally grown fruits, botanical oils, and salts. Next a calendula , lavender, and honey body masque is applied. A balancing massage follows .

Call 888-297-2200 or visit

The Eldorado Hotel & Spa in Santa Fe also uses local ``ingredients," including turquoise stones. The treatment begins with warm desert sage oil drizzled from scalp to feet, followed by a massage with warm black stones. Cool turquoise stones are then placed throughout four of the body's energy points: throat, stomach, forehead, and heart. The price is $125 for a 50-minute treatment.

Visit or call 800-955-4455.

The Riverbend Inn in Chocorua, N.H., has therapeutic massages as a year-round option. A combination of Swedish, deep tissue, myofascial release, and acupressure is used. One hour costs $75 and 90 minutes is $110.

Call 800-628-6944 or visit

The Deerfield Spa in East Stroudsburg, Pa. , in the Poconos, has a treatment with the intriguing name of Grape Wine Peel and Peptide Power Facial. A multifruit acid complex made with white grape wine and fresh fruit pulp is used. The charge is $95 for 25 minutes or $155 for 50 minutes.

Call 800-852-4494 or visit

Spa treatments are increasingly popular on cruise ships, too, with massage prices often $100 and up. But whether on land or sea, remember that the costs cited here do not include accommodations. However, some hotels do have packages that include a treatment or two. Nor do they include the standard 20 percent tip. Well, we did say this was a splurge.

Meet the captain
The MS Mount Washington, sailing on Lake Winnipesaukee, has introduced Captain's Dinner Cruises, which take place every Thursday through August. During the cruises, which depart from Meredith, N.H., guests get to meet the captain and crew, and learn about the Lakes Region. Along with dinner, there is entertainment and dancing. The cost is $39 for adults and $29 for children.

Call 888-843-6686 or visit

High-flying weekend
For $328 per night, The Mansfield in Manhattan has a Come Fly or Sail With Us offer that includes a night's lodging at the hotel, breakfast for two, and a helicopter flight over Manhattan or a three-hour sail tour. Plus a disposable camera, two cocktails, and a 2 p.m. checkout. The offer is good through Sept. 7.

Visit or call 800-255-5167.

The Red Lion roars
For motorcyclists, the Red Lion Inn in peaceful Stockbridge has a culinary countryside expedition led by the inn's chef, Brian Alberg . The one-night Roaring Ramble tour makes numerous stops to sample the Berkshires' produce and cheeses as it winds through otherwise quiet roads and area farms. Weather permitting, the package is available Aug. 21 and 28, Sept. 18 and 25, and Oct. 16 and 23. Starting at $425 for two, the Ramble includes overnight accommodations, the countryside tour, a Red Lion Inn backpack, and dinner at the inn.

Call 413-298-5545 or visit

When not included, hotel taxes, airport fees, and port charges can add significantly to the price of a trip. Most prices quoted are for double occupancy; solo travelers will usually pay more. Offers are subject to availability and there may be blackout dates. Contact Richard P. Carpenter at

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