A MASSAGE AL FRESCO. At Destination Hotels & Resorts' Estancia La Jolla Hotel & Spa, that's one option. Recently opened on a 9.5-acre former equestrian estate north of San Diego, the resort's 8,000-square-foot Spa at Estancia has private outdoor garden suites for massages, along with 11 treatment rooms, men's and women's lounges with separate whirlpools, heated outdoor pool, and a fitness center. The resort offers 210 guest rooms and 11 suites and 25,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor meeting and event space (certified by the International Association of Conference Centers). www.estancialajolla.com
Sweet! The Spa at Hotel Hershey will soon nearly double in size and capacity. With a planned opening of November 1, the spa will expand from 17,000 square feet to 30,000 square feet. A new lounge and a restaurant and 23 new treatment rooms will be added (for a new total of 53 treatment rooms). www.hersheymeetings.com
The Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn & Spa, in California's Sonoma Valley north of San Francisco, has finished a $62 million project that restored the entry court and lobby, updated softgoods, and included redesign of all 97 guest rooms. The resort has its own source of thermal mineral water. www.fairmont.com/sonoma
Along Florida's Atlantic coast on Ponte Vedra Beach, the Sawgrass Marriott Resort & Beach Club plans to open its new 20,000-square-foot Spa at Sawgrass in December. It will have 19 treatment rooms and a Zen garden. A landscaped terrace will be filled with private garden cabanas surrounding a lap pool and juice bar. www.sawgrass marriott.com
On Marco Island, Fla., the Marco Island Marriott Resort, Golf Club & Spa recently completed an $80 million renovation. The project also included the opening of the new 24,000-square-foot Balinese Health Spa. www.marcoislandmarriott.com
A December 15 grand opening is planned for Tucson's first new resort in 18 years, the Starr Pass Marriott Resort & Spa. Along with 575 guest rooms and suites, seven restaurants, a 27-hole Arnold Palmer Signature Golf facility, and 88,000 square feet of meeting space, the resort will have a full-service spa with 23 treatment rooms. www.starrpassmarriott.com
Attendees can soothe their tired bodies and renew their souls after a day on San Antonio's River Walk. The Texas city has added its first downtown spa. Located on the banks of the River Walk, the Watermark Hotel & Spa opened with 99 guest rooms in December 2003. The 16,900-square-foot spa features 19 private treatment rooms. www.watermarkhotel.com
The Scottsdale (Ariz.) Convention & Visitors Bureau offers a brochure called Jewels of the Desert: The Sonoran Spa Experience with information on 18 resort and day spas. It is available free to planners at www.Scottsdale CVB.com.