Look For Love in All the Right Places!

Spa Finder Names Top Spas to Spark Romance

New York, NY - January 30, 2002

Whether you're ready to meet someone new or rekindle the flames of an existing relationship, a spa vacation is the way to go, says Spa Finder, the leading source for spa information and travel reservations.

Once thought to be the haven of wealthy women looking to lose weight, spas have evolved dramatically over the last decade. "Today's spa experience is designed first and foremost to reduce the stress in people's lives in a healthy, pro-active way. When you're not stressed, you become more open and a real bonding can take place," says Spa Finder Vice President Susie Ellis, who met her own husband, Spa Finder CEO Pete Ellis, at a spa.

According to Spa Finder, which books the most spa travel in the U.S., spa vacations are available in a wide range of prices, many of them very affordable. The spas are actively courting couples by adding "romance" packages and couples treatment rooms, as well as developing new couples-oriented treatments and activities, including bathing rituals, partner yoga, and watsu "á deux," a special treatment pioneered at Southern California's famed Two Bunch Palms resort that combines shiatsu massage and hydrotherapy for a sensual journey into serenity. All are designed to de-stress the participants and help them get back in sync with one another. In addition, many spas offer cozy private cottage accommodations and candlelit dinners served in-room to heighten the romance.

And for singles, spas offer lots of group activities like communal dining, cooking classes, exercise classes, group hikes, and personal growth workshops, which in turn, create a chance to meet and get to know someone on a very real level without the social pressure of a dating situation. It also affords those with shared interests in a wide variety of activities, such as birdwatching, hiking, vegetarian cooking, yoga - or even snowshoeing - a great opportunity to hook up while doing something they love.

Spa Finder's consultants, says Ellis, know exactly the things to look for in a spa to guide singles to the perfect vacation: spas that cater to a good ratio of men to women, spas that have set programs for guests which provide lots of communal activity (destination spas are particularly known for this), and spas that specialize in activities that you really enjoy or would love to learn and can be done in a group, such as rock climbing, kayaking, hiking or cooking.

So whether you're in love or just looking, Spa Finder's consultants are on hand to help potential spa-goers find the ideal getaway at the right price. Call 1-800-ALL-SPAS or visit www.spafinder.com to get those sparks flying.

Spa Finder's Top 10 Spas for Romance:

For Couples:
Anse Chastenet, St Lucia
Blackberry Farm, TN
Chateau Elan, GA
Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel & Spa, Alberta, Canada
Lake Austin, TX
Las Ventanas al Paraiso, Mexico
Mii Amo Spa at Enchantment, AZ
Sonoma Mission Inn & Spa, CA
Two Bunch Palms, CA
Vista Clara, NM

For Singles:
Canyon Ranch, AZ
Echo Valley Ranch, B.C., Canada
Global Fitness Adventure, AZ
Green Valley Spa, UT
Harbor Village Beach Resort, Bonaire
Mountain Trek Fitness Retreat, B.C., Canada
New Age Health Spa, NY
New Life Hiking Spa, VT
Rancho La Puerta, Mexico
Red Mountain, UT

About Spa Finder

As the world's leading spa publisher, spa travel reservation service and spa marketing company, Spa Finder is considered the authority on all things spa-related. In fact, The New York Times recently cited the 1986 founding of Spa Finder as a milestone in the growth of the worldwide spa industry. Having assembled the world's largest and finest network of spas and the world's largest spa consumer database, Spa Finder connects consumers with their ideal spa experiences-whether they are looking to visit a local day spa or to embark on a vacation or retreat at a stay spa. Spa Finder, with offices in New York and San Francisco, publishes Spa Finder Magazine, the leading publication devoted to spa travel. The company operates Spa Finder Travel, which handles requests and reservations for a quarter-million spa vacations annually, Spa Finder Gift Certificates, and www.spafinder.com, the most complete Internet source and free reservation service for the spa experience.

Media Contacts:

RBI Communications, Inc., Mara Benjamin, 323.960.1360 ext. 14, mara@rbicom.com
RBI Communications, Inc., Betsy Smith Isroelit, 323.960.1360 ext. 17, betsy@rbicom.com

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