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Virgin America is having a 3 day sale on fares that start at only $49 (to SF), for $129 you can fly to New York or Washington D.C., and for $159 you can go to Cancun between September 20 and October 5, 2011. The fares are one way based on round trip flights and don’t include taxes and fees, so if you need to get out of town do it with a Virgin deal!

For what you would normally pay for one or the other, you get both a room and an omakase dinner with this Bloomspot deal. For $500, you get a night in a deluxe room at the Peninsula Hotel and dinner for two at Nobu, featuring a six course tasting menu (with wine or sake pairings) on select dates through November.

If you want to stay in town but feel like you’re away, get this $12 deal from TravelZoo (good for the next 21 hours) for an all day pass (yes that means 24 hours) at the WiSpa in Koreatown. They have separate floors for men, women, and a co-ed floor in their 48,000 square foot spa which houses hot and cold baths, five saunas, free wifi and a rooftop terrace.

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When I lived in Palm Springs, the Esmeralda in Indian Wells was always one of my favorite places to go out for drinks and music (Melvyns was my other favorite nightspot). Since the Esmeralda is now owned by the Marriott hotel chain, there are spectacular deals in the summer which include a daily $50 resort credit and a free breakfast for 2 night stays. I HATE resort fees, but their $25 daily resort fee actually pays for daily fitness classes, two bottles of water in the room, free in-room coffee and tea, and wifi (ask them how to access it) so our entire stay for two nights only cost us about $120 each! They offer Valet parking for $12 a day, but you can self park for free (in a covered lot).

They are in the middle of a renovation, but the lobby is already remodeled and very comfortable.

The only element in the lobby and terrace that remains from the former resort is the magnificent staircase connecting the two levels.

As I walked to the front desk to check in I saw these complimentary containers of cool water infused with pineapple, cucumber, and strawberry. A wonderful thoughtful touch anywhere, but especially here in the desert where outside temperatures were hovering around 118F.

The spacious rooms were clean and modern with great beds and linens.

The bathroom was spacious and had a separate toilet area. Spa robes, soft fluffy towels, and Aveda products gave the resort an upscale feel. Thoughtful touches meant a lot, like a clothesline attached to the wall of the bathtub so you could dry your swimsuits over the tub, and the bathroom had a door to the closet so you could get dressed in the bathroom.

Rates for the summer are so low that the hotel was full of families enjoying the three pool areas; although the kids were well behaved, I still longed for an adult pool area. The poolside servers impressed me more than any other pool I have ever been to, including all the five star pools in Las Vegas; no matter what area I was seated in, someone always came by (more than once) to ask if I wanted either food or drinks! The menu is simple and the selections were reasonably priced, but it was too hot to stay outside for long or I would have ordered and enjoyed lunch by the pool. As with the in room touches, the pool area also had thoughtful touches like water containers and cups at several locations so you could serve yourself water.

The sandy “beach” area was full of small kids and fairly quiet.

The waterfall area was the loudest with screaming kids jumping in and out .

The view from the balcony of our room was tranquil and beautiful.

This view was also from out balcony but looking down instead of out. The small “river” with waterspouts alongside our building snaked around the side of the resort and is the view from the Stir Lounge as well.

Next post will be on the food, which was not as spectacular as the hotel, but the service was impeccable:)

Psst! Do you want to literally bathe your love in chocolate? Do you have $570 and 90 minutes? The the Auberge du Soleil in Northern California can make your fantasy come true with a special chocolate indulgence package the entire month of February. Their spa facility is over 7,000 square feet and has breath taking views of a 33 acre olive grove in Napa reminiscent of Provence, but with all the modern amenities of California like internet access and flat screen televisions.

It is a multi-chocolate experience that starts with a cacao and grape seed exfoliation, then a milk chocolate bath for two in a private outdoor garden while indulging in dessert and specially paired wine. And as a sensual “dessert”, you both get a full body massage using a decadent massage oil of chocolate and spice.

Of course is chocolate isn’t your thing, they have other special packages that include rooms with a view and culinary delights like a four course dinner or wine country limo tour. For the ultimate luxury, indulge in one of the Melissa Suite packages which begin at $2000 and includes three hours in the Melissa Suite with two 120 minute treatments, private use of the hot pool area, a special chef’s plate, and complimentary robes.

Happiness is getting 50% off all room rates at Two Bunch Palms, so you can make yourself happy today by booking through September 31, 2010 using Promotion Code 72R. The offer is even good over Labor Day week-end, and the longer you wait, the less of a discount you get, because if you book by tomorrow you get 35% off and by Friday the 20th your discount goes down to 25% off.

Clock’s ticking, save now, or spend more later, it’s your choice.

Two Bunch Palms is famous (or infamous, depending on your take on history) as the old Al Capone hideout, the setting for a scene in the movie “The Player” and as a celebrity getaway spot.

Rates usually range between $200-$500 for a very luxurious private enclave in Dessert Hot Springs, but you have until Friday July 16, 2010 at 5pm PST to get your room almost free because they will give you a 60 or 90 minute spa credit for $200 and room rates start at only $200 (plus $17 resort fee and taxes). Enter code SPA2010 to get this deal under “promo code”.

You can choose from the usual facials, massages, and mud baths, or try something more exotic like the water therapy (Watsu), breathwork, or Reiki.

Think of this as a way to incorporate something you need with something you want; a healing session and a place to sleep afterwards.

The Surf and Sand in Laguna is the perfect place for a beach side getaway; with the crowds of summer gone, this is a great time to go to the beach before it gets cold (for California). They have a special package called “Live a Little” that includes one nights’ accommodation with a three course dinner for two for $369 Sunday-Thursday (add $100 for the week-end). If you want to “Live a Lot”, you can opt for two nights, three course dinner for two, $100 resort credit, and complimentary valet parking for $738 Sunday-Thursday (add $200 for week-ends). These rates don’t include any alcoholic beverages, taxes or gratuities. Make sure you call to reserve at 877-349-0345 and mention the special when you book to get your discount.

If you just want a taste of the resort, I would recommend their spa & lunch package which combines a 50 minute massage or facial with a three course lunch at Splashes for $125. Make sure to call the spa to reserve your package at 949-376-2772.

Or savor the view and stop by for a glass of wine at their bar as you watch the waves any Monday-Thursday between 2-5 pm and get 50% off your bill (the discount is also available between 8-10:30pm). Make sure you print out the promotion page to get your discount.

Now all you have to do is choose whether you want to savor, taste, or live in Laguna at the Surf & Sand (or all three).

My first real spa experience was in Calistoga, in Northern California, a small town in wine country known for its’ mineral springs and mud. I went with some college friends and we indulged in a full spa experience. I had a full mud treatment, steam, and massage package which left me nearly unable to walk from the sheer pleasure of it all. Now that all my friends are working, it’s hard to get anyone to take a break and go away with me; finding a spa deal for single travelers is like finding the proverbial needle in a haystack.

Fortunately, Golden Haven offers a $225 Solo Spa package that includes 3 hours of pampering including 1 hour of massage, 1 hour facial, a mud or herbal mineral bath, use of the hot springs mineral pool and jacuzzi. You also get a winery guide that includes complimentary wine tasting and a free t-shirt. The only restrictions are that you can’t get this discount on Saturdays or holidays, you can’t combine the offer with another discount, and you must print out the web page before you go.

If you can find someone to go with you, Golden Haven also offers a girlfriend special for $195 and couples specials from $125 to $225, so whether you go solo or accompanied, you can go play in the mud and stay overnight if you don’t feel like going anywhere afterwards; remember that if you choose to stay the night, you can have more treatments the next day!

>My first real spa experience was in Calistoga, in Northern California, a small town in wine country known for its’ mineral springs and mud. I went with some college friends and we indulged in a full spa experience. I had a full mud treatment, steam, and massage package which left me nearly unable to walk from the sheer pleasure of it all. Now that all my friends are working, it’s hard to get anyone to take a break and go away with me; finding a spa deal for single travelers is like finding the proverbial needle in a haystack.

Fortunately, Golden Haven offers a $225 Solo Spa package that includes 3 hours of pampering including 1 hour of massage, 1 hour facial, a mud or herbal mineral bath, use of the hot springs mineral pool and jacuzzi. You also get a winery guide that includes complimentary wine tasting and a free t-shirt. The only restrictions are that you can’t get this discount on Saturdays or holidays, you can’t combine the offer with another discount, and you must print out the web page before you go.

If you can find someone to go with you, Golden Haven also offers a girlfriend special for $195 and couples specials from $125 to $225, so whether you go solo or accompanied, you can go play in the mud and stay overnight if you don’t feel like going anywhere afterwards; remember that if you choose to stay the night, you can have more treatments the next day!

Rosey Toes on Balboa Island is a very small mani/pedi lounge which not only uses the most scrupulous sanitary practices (they use small metal bowls which they sanitize and they do not reuse files), but they also welcome young ladies to come in and develop a beauty habit, no matter what their age. This is the perfect place to have a preteen or teen birthday party or to celebrate the any special occasion, even if the occasion is the “pamper myself” holiday.

They are on Marine (the main street) but a bit hidden upstairs, so look for the silhouette of two women at a table and you have found them. They only do natural nails, so if you are looking for gels or acrylics, this is not the place for you.

Their menu includes a refreshing peppermint soak, sugar body polish and mint masque for $35 (mani) or $40 (pedi). You can indulge with an Island Delight Special which features a mango sugar scrub and hydrating creme followed by a mango, papaya & pineapple enzyme skin purifying masque for $40 (mani) or $60 (pedi). They even offer quickies for $18 (mani) or $25 (pedi). For the younger set they have a Lil Rosey Toes Glamour Girls for 8-14 year olds, who want a beauty treatment for $15 (mani) or $20 (pedi) and they even give itty-bitty girls under 7 a taste of beauty for $10 (mani) or $12 (pedi).

For the adults treating themselves they will serve you a drink during your treatment and put on an old Sex in The City episode; Rosey Toes is the perfect place to spend a day with your girlfriends, either the real life kind or the virtual television version.

>Rosey Toes on Balboa Island is a very small mani/pedi lounge which not only uses the most scrupulous sanitary practices (they use small metal bowls which they sanitize and they do not reuse files), but they also welcome young ladies to come in and develop a beauty habit, no matter what their age. This is the perfect place to have a preteen or teen birthday party or to celebrate the any special occasion, even if the occasion is the “pamper myself” holiday.

They are on Marine (the main street) but a bit hidden upstairs, so look for the silhouette of two women at a table and you have found them. They only do natural nails, so if you are looking for gels or acrylics, this is not the place for you.

Their menu includes a refreshing peppermint soak, sugar body polish and mint masque for $35 (mani) or $40 (pedi). You can indulge with an Island Delight Special which features a mango sugar scrub and hydrating creme followed by a mango, papaya & pineapple enzyme skin purifying masque for $40 (mani) or $60 (pedi). They even offer quickies for $18 (mani) or $25 (pedi). For the younger set they have a Lil Rosey Toes Glamour Girls for 8-14 year olds, who want a beauty treatment for $15 (mani) or $20 (pedi) and they even give itty-bitty girls under 7 a taste of beauty for $10 (mani) or $12 (pedi).

For the adults treating themselves they will serve you a drink during your treatment and put on an old Sex in The City episode; Rosey Toes is the perfect place to spend a day with your girlfriends, either the real life kind or the virtual television version.

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