Best for Families: Some spas don't encourage bringing children, and many destination spas do not have facilities or programs for kids. On the other hand, Mother/Daughter spa stays are very popular, and a good all-family choice is a resort spa that caters to all ages and can fit every price. 

Sample Spas: Anara Spa at Hyatt Regency Kauai, Honolulu; The Cliff Spa at Snowbird, Utah.

Best for men: Spas have gone a bit “macho,” changing their not-for -women-only image with distress programs and treatments particularly appealing to men. Among male spa-goers, some 60% choose a retreat that offers fitness combined with outdoor activities such as biking, golf, horseback riding, and more.  

Sample Spas: Green Valley Spa, Utah; Nemacolin woodlands Resort & Spa, Pennsylvania.

Focus on Golf: There are dozens of choices of resorts that offer golfers world-class courses, along with all the indulgences of a spa.

Sample Spas: The Greenbrier in West Virginia; PGA National Resort & Spa, Pennsylvania.

Weight Management: How to lose weight and keep it off is only part of the story at weight management resorts. The full massage is that real long-term weight loss isn't simply about diet and exercise, but also about learning, through personalized programs, how to alter patterns of behavior that cause weight problems.  

Sample Spas: Structure House, North Carolina; Green Mountain at Fox Run, Vermont; Most European Spas.

Vegetarian Spas: Gone are the days of starvation dieting at spas; here today are spa cuisine menus low in saturated fat, sugar, salt and cholesterol, and high in fiber and flavor. At vegetarian spas, that means three imaginative and delicious daily meals.   

Sample Spas: The Regency House in Florida; Rancho la Puerta in Mexico.

Stop Smoking Programs: Healthy lifestyle directives combine with specific behavior modification courses and individual counseling to help the visitor kick the smoking habit. Minimum recommended stays vary.

Sample Spas: Hilton Head Health Institute, South Carolina; Cooper Wellness Program, Texas.

Medical Fitness Spas: The goal of any spa with a medical focus is not just to provide relief from a condition, but also to teach new lifestyle habits that prevent this condition or other health problems from reoccurring. Spa teams will include physicians, behavioral specialists, registered nurses, physical therapists and exercise physiologist.

Sample Spas: The Life Enhancement Centers at Canyon Ranch, Arizona and Massachusetts; Most European Spas.

Focus on Yoga: Devotees of yoga will find a large range of choices in the spa marketplace, and many offer more than one type of classes in different disciplines.  Sample Spas: Miraval, Life in Balance, Arizona; Shoshoni Yoga Retreat, Colorado.

Focus on Hiking: Choose your environment - mountain peaks and valleys, desert expanses and rock formations, rolling forested hills - for hiking solo or with a guided group; hiking spas offer hikes of varying length and difficulty.

Sample Spas: Mountain Trek, Canada; Red Mountain, The Adventure spa, Utah.

Handicap Accessible Spas: To meet the needs of those in wheelchairs or with limited mobility, many spas have been refitted with ramps, widened doorways, specially equipped bathrooms and reserved ground floor accommodations.

Sample Spas: The Spa at Doral, Florida; Vista Clara Ranch and Spa, New Mexico.

Take Your Pet Along: No, you do not have to leave pets at home at some spas. Additional fees are charged, and certain areas will be restricted to animals.  

Sample Spas: Lake Austin Spa Resort, Texas; Topnotch at Stowe Resort and Spa, Vermont.