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Where to Spend Your Next Vacation

Many people skip town just once a year, while others plan an escape
every chance they get. Whichever category you fall into, you're
looking for active options, good value, healthy food, and a way to reinvigorate
yourself. We're with you, so for our second annual healthy travel
awards, we assembled a panel of experts (see page 54) to help us identify
the hottest new trends and pinpoint who's doing them best. So put away the
books, give your fingers a break from surfing the Web, and flip through our
guide. Who knows-you may turn into a vacation-every-month kind of girl.

Trend: Women Traveling Solo

Who Does It Best

The Westin Boston Waterfront

When you're on the road by yourself-
whether for business or pleasure-you
want to stay someplace safe, but you
also look for amenities like nice restaurants,
workout facilities, and a spa. The
Westin offers it all: guided runs, guest
rooms equipped with cardio machines,
in-room spa treatments, and the new
Super Foods program, which features
healthy menu options. Plus, public
transportation is a breeze-the downtown
bus stops in front of the hotel.
(Rooms from $189; westinhotels.com.)

Trend: Glamping

Who Does It Best

Clayoquot Wilderness Resort Bedwell River Outpost

Vancouver Island, British Columbia


Glamping, which stands for "glamorous
camping," takes the rough out of
roughing it. In fact, except for the separate
bathroom and shower facilities,
the Bedwell River Outpost almost
makes you forget you're camping. Set
in a remote rain forest, the tents are
filled with Adirondack-style furnishings,
Oriental rugs, and fluffy robes.
Despite the cushy accommodations,
you'll want to spend your days horseback
riding, mountain biking, kayaking,
and whale watching. (Rates from
$4,750, Canadian, per person for three
nights, including lodging, all meals,
and air transportation to and from
Vancouver; wildretreat.com.)

Trend: Deluxe Cruising

Who Does It Best

Celebrity Azamara Cruises

These new midsize cruises target a
niche that's one step down from luxury:
travelers who want an elegant experience
minus the excessive formality,
huge crowds, and exorbitant prices.
According to Fodor's editor and Caribbean
expert Doug Stallings, smaller
ships mean more intimate onboard
experiences and land excursions. Azamara's
two 700-passenger ships tour
the Caribbean as well as off-thebeaten-
path destinations in Asia and
Patagonia. (Rates from $2,749 per
person for a 14-night Caribbean cruise;
azamaracruises.com.)

Trend: Green Hotels

Who Does It Best

Hotel Terra

Jackson Hole, Wyoming


The new 72-room Hotel Terra proves
that luxury and sustainability are not
mutually exclusive. The formula:
Upscale comfort (think rough-hewn
lumber with steel detailing and a flagstone
fireplace set against a wall of
deep-red leather tiles) combined with
environmentally sustainable operating
practices, including energy-efficient
heating and cooling systems, low-VOC
(volatile organic compound) carpets
and paint, and low-flow water fixtures.
The hotel is on its way to becoming one
of only five Leadership in Energy and
Environmental Design-certified hotels
in the U.S. (Rooms from $395; hotelterrajacksonhole.com.)

Trend: Girlfriend Getaways

Who Does It Best

The Old Edwards Inn and Spa

Highlands, North Carolina


This historic property has put a fresh
spin on increasingly popular womenonly
trips by throwing fly-fishing into
the mix. You'll strap on waders and
fish for brown and rainbow trout, then
indulge yourself at the 25,000-squarefoot
spa or work up a sweat in the new
state-of-the-art fitness center. (The
Fly-Fishing Package starts at $559 per
person, including accommodations
for two nights, breakfast, an eighthour
guided fishing trip, gear rental,
and more; oldedwardsinn.com.)

Trend: Luxury Destination Spas

Who Does It Best

Mayflower Inn & Spa

Washington, Connecticut


"True luxury retreats are in such high
demand, and the Mayflower has transformed
itself into one of them," says
Stacy Small, president of Elite Travel
International. Guest rooms are more
like five-star suites, draped in lush
fabrics and outfitted with every
amenity: fireplaces, flat-screen televisions,
and Red Flower bath products.
When you enter the spa, a sea of white
walls leads to the Garden Room-with
14-foot floor-to-ceiling windows-
where you can relax before your next
appointment. (Treatments from $160
for inn guests; all-inclusive spa programs
from $4,800; mayflowerinn.com.)

Trend: Hotel Spa Suites

Who Does It Best

Las Ventanas al Paraiso

Los Cabos, Mexico


Now you can do more than just visit a
spa-you can check in to one for your
entire stay. The two-bedroom, 3,893-
square-foot spa suites at Las Ventanas al
Paraiso are decked out with a treatment
area and an all-in-one steam room, rain
shower, and waterfall. Also on the menu:
a butler to schedule your appointments,
whether it's a dreamy multi-hour ritual
or a Hatha yoga session. "Las Ventanas
is the one place that made it onto my
elite list of true luxury destinations that,
when I went back, I found even better
than I had remembered it," says travel
writer Larry Olmsted. (Suites from
$2,700 per night, including a $400 daily
spa credit; regular rooms from $500 per
night; lasventanas.com.)

Trend: Travel Web Sites

Who Does It Best

Kayak.com

More than three-quarters of today's
savvy travelers consult the Internet
before booking a trip, but there are so
many sites to check out, the Web can
be more overwhelming than helpful.
Two-year-old Kayak.com makes the
process easy. The world's largest travel
search engine (think of it as the Google
of travel), it sifts through information
from more than 400 sites with every
query you type in. Plus, kayak.com is
the only travel Web site that remembers
preferences without requiring
users to sign in, so you get personalized
service each time you search.

Trend: Upscale All-Inclusives


Who Does It Best

Club Med Cancun Yucatan

Mexico


The original all-inclusive resort is
undergoing a renaissance and boosting
the posh quotient. Stay in one of the 18
oceanfront suites in Club Med Cancun
Yucatan's newly opened Jade Villa and
you'll have access to room service,
private transportation to and from the
airport, complimentary fresh flower
arrangements, and laundry service-all
things you won't find at most Club
Med resorts. As usual, the activity list
includes sailing, waterskiing, wakeboarding,
windsurfing, scuba diving,
trapeze sessions, volleyball, and fitness
classes. "Club Med is trying to change
its image from a place that attracts
partying singles to one that caters to
upscale travelers looking for different
experiences," says Today show travel
editor Peter Greenberg. "And it
works." (Rates from $1,120 per person
per week; clubmed.com.)

Trend: Dude Ranch Getaways

Who Does It Best

Home Ranch

Steamboat Springs, Colorado


"Dude ranches are often an excellent
value for the amount of activity you can
pack into one trip," says Greenberg.
Ranches range from bare-bones rustic
to ultra-lavish, and the Home Ranch
skews toward the latter. Its six lodge
rooms and eight private cabins are
decorated with antiques, Indian rugs,
and down comforters. In the winter you
can work up an appetite with crosscountry
skiing, snowshoeing, and dog
sledding (summers are all about horseback
riding, fishing, and hiking) before
sitting down to a gourmet four-course
dinner served family-style at long oak
tables. (Weekly rates from $5,075 per
couple, including all lodging, meals,
and activities; homeranch.com.)

Trend: Hotel Super-Gyms




Who Does It Best

Park Hyatt at the Bellevue

Philadelphia


Those tiny hotel workout rooms with
old, rusty equipment may be a thing of
the past as more properties start teaming
up with stand-alone gyms to offer
fitness-minded guests a fuller range of
exercise options. At the Park Hyatt
you can work off that cheesesteak at
the adjoining Sporting Club at the
Bellevue, a 93,000-square-foot fitness
center that includes an indoor track,
pool, and basketball and racquetball
courts, as well as a healthy café. Choose
from more than 100 classes a week,
including the Boxer's Workout, Urban
Rebounding, and even a Foot Saver
class that focuses on stretching your
feet. (Rooms from $250; parkhyattphiladelphia.com.)

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