Milking Your Manicure

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Four spas where you can make the most of an inexpensive service

What you'll find in this story: day spas, spa tips, inexpensive luxury services, tips for affordable pampering, relaxing at a day spa

Turkish baths! Expansive pools! Free products! Fancy spas secretly offer full access to their luxurious facilities--even if you've just come to have your nails done. Milk your next manicure by making a full spa day out of one affordable service. Below, find a variety of high-end spas around the country with particularly lavish offerings. Grab a plush robe, slide into some slippers, and stay awhile.

Chicago

Waves Spa, Manicure: $19
What else you get: Entrée to the seven-floor Lakeshore Athletic Club, which is next door to the Fairmont hotel. LAC has a full-court basketball gym; a 1/11-mile running track; an eight-lane, 25-yard pool; and international-size squash courts. That's on top of free weights, Nautilus machines, and no-extra-charge classes (step, kickboxing, weight training). 211 N. Stetson Ave., 312/616-1087, lsac.com/illinoiscenter.

Las Vegas

Canyon Ranch SpaClub at The Venetian, Manicure: $45 What else you get: Prime lounging facilities in an Italian-style garden and a five-acre pool-deck area. Locker room includes steam room, sauna, whirlpool, and fully stocked counters of Canyon Ranch-brand products. (Fifteen dollars more gets you into the fitness center, with three-story rock-climbing wall and free classes, such as tai chi.) 3355 Las Vegas Blvd. S., 877/220-2688, venetian.com/canyon_ranch.

New York City

Bliss 49 at the W New York, Manicure: $23
What else you get: Each of the manicure stations has its own flat-screen TV with DVD. Locker room has sauna and modern-day hammam, Bliss' twist on the Turkish bath (essentially a waterfall-walled, aromatherapy-infused steam room). Both men and women get free wine, cheese, and brownies, but the guys' room also stocks beer and Xbox. 541 Lexington Ave., 212/219-8970, blissworld.com/spa/location/49.

Santa Monica

Spa at Le Merigot, Manicure: $30What else you get: Locker room has steam room, sauna, and a full range of Pevonia Botanica products so you have all the supplies for a DIY facial. Just outside is a large pool and poolside cardio deck with elliptical machines and stationary bikes. 1740 Ocean Ave., 310/395-9700, lemerigothotel.com.

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