by Kaylee Hultgren | April 01, 2009

With a plethora of spas renovating and opening fresh facilities this year, planners looking to incorporate spa services into their meetings have plenty of options. What's more, spa directors are more willing than ever to customize meetings and events to fit a group's needs (and budget), whether by offering time saving mini-treatments, opening the spa after hours or bringing technicians' magic hands to the meeting room itself. Following are a sampling of spas and spa resorts throughout the country that have upgraded services or unveiled all-new venues.

Canyon Ranch SpaClub
The Venetian/The Palazzo, Las Vegas
(877) 220-2688;

Last November, the 69,000-square-foot Canyon Ranch SpaClub, which services both The Venetian and The Palazzo Resort, Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, unveiled its expansion to 134,000 square feet, having nearly doubled in size. Much like a sports facility and spa in one, this multipurpose venue includes a 40-foot indoor rock-climbing wall, a Pilates studio, a cycling gym, a Kinesis studio, locker rooms, relaxation lounges, 82 treatment rooms and a new European-influenced suite of thermal spa cabins, referred to as the Aquavana. The latter includes a wave room, an aromatic steam area, cooling showers, saunas, and cave-like dwellings that produce snowfall and cool mist showers.

Also part of the expansion is a 993-square-foot retail boutique called Living Essentials at Canyon Ranch, where fitness clothing, literature, cookbooks and nutritional supplements are sold. Now accompanying the 60-seat Canyon Ranch Café as an additional option for healthful cuisine is the 100-seat fine dining Canyon Ranch Grill, which serves organic spirits, beer and wine.  

Another enticement for groups: the spa's new Mixology Blending Bar, where guests are able to mix scrubs, lotions and oils to their liking.