Destination Spas, Wellness Retreats, Fitness Vacations: whatever you call it, New Life Hiking Spa has always been the best value.
by: Kathleen LeSage
Our past guests who have experienced New Life Hiking Spa, understand what a unique wellness getaway it is. You can see what a few of them have to say on our “Guest Comments” page. However, for the new guest doing their research or the person just shopping around, this article should give you a pretty good overview of our pricing and how it compares in the industry.
A Little Bit of History:
Back in the 2000’s an association was formed called the “Destination Spa Group”. Members had to be accepted and adhere to a certain set of regulations. The requirements were to offer a fully-immersive wellness vacation that included healthy food, exercise, massages, and programming for the guest to learn healthy habits to take home. New Life Hiking Spa was one of the first members along with Canyon Ranch, The Golden Door and Red Mountain.
In a Destination Spa Magazine from 15 years ago, all of the retreat’s prices were clearly listed. Our pricing ranged from $225 – $265 per person, per night in 2005 and we were the most affordable back then. In 2020, our prices range from $229 – $269 per person, per night. In 15 years, we have only raised our rates a few dollars. From the beginning, we have always included a private room with a private bath, three healthy meals a day, guided hikes (all levels), yoga and fitness classes, wellness programming, and one massage for each three night stay in our nightly rates. We still do!
Jimmy LeSage started New Life in 1978 with a mission to provide affordable wellness to everyone and he has stayed very true to his roots. In addition, if you take advantage of our current “early booking” special by February 29th, our pricing ranges from $199 – $249 per person, per night based on occupancy and length of stay.
We always say, “We are the most affordable, all-inclusive wellness retreat in America”, but are we? Looking though the pricing of the other retreats in 2005 in the Destination Spa Magazine clearly shows that we were back then. I recently became curious to see how affordable we are currently. There really is no “go-to guide” with easy-to-read pricing any longer, so I had to do some digging.
Over the past few summers, we have been selected as one of the nominees for USA Today Best Wellness Retreat. I copied and pasted those retreats and their description in this article. I then did some research for pricing on their websites. First, I will give an overview of the New Life Hiking Spa difference. You will then find the listing of retreats from USA Today/10 Best.
The focus is Hiking; Spa is secondary:
New Life Hiking Spa is only open from mid – May through early fall. We often get asked if we would ever stay open year-round because we are usually one of the only top retreats open seasonally. The 20 weeks we are open are really prime time for hiking in our area of New England. We only want to be seasonal and focus on hiking. It’s what we love, what we know and the cost of running a year round retreat would certainly make our prices go up. We can keep our pricing affordable because we are seasonal, and offer the best hiking experience in the country.
We offer three levels of hikes a day to accommodate everyone’s fitness needs. Whether you are a beginner who will take a nature walk, or an advanced hiker that will hike up Killington Mountain, we have a hike for everyone! As stated, we also offer a massage for each three night stay. We are do not have a “day spa”, as our massages and services are only for our guests. Guests of New Life may book additional massages while they are staying with us. However, it is important to remember we are a seasonal retreat and do not have a “formal spa area” for non-guests to just come for a day. We are casual and low-key, but our massage therapists are some of the most talented in all of New England!
A look at other retreat’s pricing:
The following list are the nominees chosen by a panel of travel experts for USA Today’s 10 Best contest. Those considered to be the best in the business by USA Today are listed below. I have copied and pasted each description as it appeared exactly on the USA Today/10 Best website. The only addition has been the average price per night. It is important to note that some are all-inclusive and others are for the price of the room ONLY. Massages and/or meals would be additional if it is not all-inclusive. These prices were taken directly from the retreat’s website or brochure and are for summer rates from 2019. Some of these prices might reflect specials that were being offered last summer.
Cal-a-Vie Health Spa
Cal-a-Vie resembles a peaceful French village, nestled on 200 acres in Vista, California. Guests can come for a week or petite stay of just a few days to kick start a path to wellness. Over 100 fitness and wellness classes are on offer throughout the week, and the food may be healthy but it’s nothing short of exquisite. (average price $1,500 per night)
Canyon Ranch Lenox Resort
Canyon Ranch Lenox, an all-inclusive resort in the Berkshires, invites visitors to energize, renew and reclaim their own wellness through a series of spa vacation packages. A stay might include botanical spa treatments, fitness activities, outdoor sports and wellness sessions on topics of nutrition, spirituality, life management and health. (average price $1,200 per night)
Canyon Ranch Tucson Resort
This stunning hotel resort is a popular retreat for visitors seeking to luxuriate in the warmth and peace of the desert. Rooms are designed to reflect the earth tones of the surrounding landscape while providing guests with range of in-room amenities for a comfortable and luxurious stay. Programs focus on mindfulness, weight loss and overall health, with wellness activities like yoga, golf, desert cycling, cooking demos and creative arts sessions. (average price $1,300 per night)
Tucked away in the hills of Escondido, Golden Door Spa Resort welcomes only 40 guests per week who stay in luxurious ryokan-style accommodations. Weekly activities are tailored to guests-in-residence and range from fitness classes of all levels to nutritional and spiritual counseling. Ingredients are sourced locally or from the onsite biodynamic gardens and prepared into delicious, nutritious and filling meals. Morning hiking on the resort’s private trails is also extraordinary. (average price $1,500 per night)
Hilton Head Health
Hilton Head Health is nationally recognized as the leading health and weight loss resort. Located on beautiful Hilton Head Island South Carolina, H3’s comprehensive program provides a holistic weight loss approach that incorporates healthy eating, fitness, mindfulness and wellness education. Guests enjoy Mediterranean inspired dining at True and unwind between activities at The Indigo Spa. H3 guests leave with the strategies and knowledge to continue their weight loss journey at home. (average price $520 per night)
With a location nestled in Boynton Canyon in Sedona’s fabled Red Rock Vortex land, it’s no surprise there is a special energy at Mii Amo, a resort and destination spa offering individual treatments and 3, 4 and 7-day themed journeys. The Native American offerings are what make this spa special, earning it a host of spa industry awards. (average price $1,300 per night)
Miraval Arizona Resort & Spa
Oprah was the first to make most people aware of Miraval, a luxury resort that allows guests to immerse themselves in well-being, 24/7. The comprehensive wellness program incorporates exercise, healthy food, meditation and sleep. Aside from its emphasis on mind, body and spirit healing, the hotel offers a luxurious stay in a one of Tucson’s most scenic open desert areas. (average price $585 per night)
New Life Hiking Spa
New Life Hiking Spa is one of the oldest and best destination spa programs in the country, welcoming some 800 guests each season. Eleven-night weight loss retreats cater to 40 people at a time and include hiking programs for beginner through advanced fitness levels. Yoga, outdoor workouts and a healthy eating program round out the resort’s holistic approach to health and wellness. (average price $250 per night)
Pritikin Longevity Center + Spa
More than 100,000 guests worldwide have visited the Pritikin Longevity Center and Spa in Miami, both to prevent and reverse problems such as excess weight, heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol and cancer risk factors. Certified physicians provide each guest with the expert medical attention required for achieving major life changes, while faculty – leaders in the fields of medicine, nutrition, psychology and exercise – lead eye-opening classes focused on subjects including dining out, reading labels and calorie density. (average price $600 per night)
The Ranch Malibu
The Ranch Malibu, an intensive one-week luxury boot camp, eliminates “decision fatigue” with a no-option daily fitness routine featuring group hiking, yoga, weight training and ab work, all amid spectacular hills above the Pacific Ocean. Healthy meals prepared with fresh, organic ingredients exclude processed sugars, alcohol and caffeine. (average price $1,100 per night)
Red Mountain Resort
Fitting for its Utah location, Red Mountain Resort specializes in what it calls “Adventure Vacations.” Surrounded by red rock cliffs and canyons, guests enjoy three healthy meals per day, as well as guided activities, like hiking, yoga and fitness classes. Part- and full-day excursions equip guests to actively explore the nearby national parks. (average price $420 per night)
Guests at Skyterra are encouraged to set aside the worries of day to day life and focus on health and wellbeing. Classes are small, giving each participant personalized attention, and all fitness levels are welcome. The resort hosts only 20 guests at a time to promote a sense of intimacy, exclusivity and a more individualized experience. (average price $500 per night)
Ten Thousand Waves
Ten Thousand Waves takes inspiration from the mountain hot springs resorts of Japan. Guests here enjoy indoor and outdoor hot tubs, accommodations in a ryokan-inspired Zen room and access to an upscale Japanese izakaya-style restaurant serving shareable small plates. (average price $275 per night, room ONLY)
Rancho Valencia Resort & Spa
The Wellness Collective at Rancho Valencia has partnered with the Lifewellness Institute to offer guests at the luxury resort a full calendar of workshops and activities. Wellness retreats cover topics like Movement & Fitness, Nutrition & Toxicity, Attitude & Perspective or Relationships & Connection. Guests enjoy exclusively crafted meals, a daily 90-minute spa treatment, cold-pressed juice delivery an access to a Personal Wellness Advisor. (average price $806 per night, NOT all-inclusive)
Carillon Miami Wellness Resort
Carillon Miami occupies a 750-foot stretch of private beach, where guests enjoy well-appointed suites and a range of rejuvenating treatments and fitness programs focusing on both physical and emotional health. (average price $300 per night, NOT all-inclusive)
CIVANA Resort, Spa & Sanctuary
CIVANA, set in the Sonoran Desert outside Scottsdale, occupies 20 acres of land where guests have access to more than 10 wellness experts, complimentary daily programing, five fitness and movement studios and a carbon-neutral spa with 22 treatment rooms. Activities include everything from hiking to aerial yoga to TRX training. (average price $280 per night, NOT all-inclusive)
Lake Austin Spa Resort
Lake Austin Spa Resort is an award-winning destination spa tucked away in the beautiful Texas Hill Country, offering more than 100 treatments alongside luxurious accommodations, gourmet meals, a variety of fitness activities and special programs. Many of the thoughtfully-appointed guest rooms have been completely updated, and dogs are allowed in the cottages. Rates include three gourmet meals daily and a variety of fitness activities and daily events, from yoga and paddle boarding to culinary classes and life skills workshops. (average price $660 per night, NOT all-inclusive)
To Sum It All Up:
As you can see by the above listing, New Life Hiking Spa is an incredible value! As I have mentioned, a private room, three freshly prepared meals a day, guided hikes in the gorgeous Green Mountains at the best time of year, all fitness classes and one massage for each three night stay are included in one low, nightly rate. Our hikes are tailored to meet everyone’s needs and we deliver on that. Whether you are someone who struggles with a 3 mile walk or if you are someone who can bound up Killington Mountain without losing your breath, we have the hike for you!
Comparing our all-inclusive rate to the others on the list, you can see what a worthwhile price point we have, but also keep in mind that we are not luxury. We run our program out of an existing hotel that is utilized by skiers in the winter. However, it is a lovely, Vermont hotel. We do not have a day spa, but our massage therapists are amazing and the massage area we create each season is charming.
We have our own dining room and chefs that have been trained in wellness cuisine. Our repeat guests (which are about 45% of our guests each season) say we are “beyond the best value out there”.
In the history of the Travel + Leisure Magazine Reader’s Choice Awards, we have been the only destination spa that is open seasonally to win the #1 spot. Additionally, we have been in the #5 spot for the past 3 years on the USA Today top wellness resorts.
We have been around since 1978 and have had tens of thousands of wellness seekers come to visit us. They leave feeling happier and healthier. We would love to show you the Green Mountains and provide a fabulous wellness retreat only New Life Hiking Spa can provide.
We were recently covered in Traveler’s Today on “Why You Need a Solo Wellness Retreat to New Life Hiking Spa in 2020”. Click here to get an overview of what New Life is all about: www.vermont.bz/solowellness and if you still have questions, just give us a call at 802-353-2954.