Hold Court in a Fairy-Tale Castle

Just off the northeastern coast of Nova Scotia (80 minutes from Sydney Airport by way of Halifax International Airport) on charming Cape Breton Island's rolling wooded highlands is majestic Castle Moffett in Baddeck. Don't be fooled by the classic English-manor facade -- this is a modern-day palace of relaxation.

Heart-Healthy Fitness From mid-May through October, guests can choose from a list of adventure tours -- whale watching, horseback riding, guided sea kayaking and museum visits -- all complimentary with a multiday package (includes one picnic lunch). If rain is in the forecast, there's always the castle's on-site 270-square-foot fitness room, stocked with cardio machines and free weights.

R & R It's no surprise that the three- and five-night romance packages ($589 and $981 per person, respectively) are the most popular. Snuggle before an original marble fireplace from a European palace (one of 16 hearths in the castle) or sashay through the great halls to your suite decked with fine antiques.

Table for Two Multiday packages include three-course candlelight suppers in the Windsor Dining Room. Each dish, from the creative Castle Moffett Muir salad (worth the trip alone!) to fresh grilled Atlantic salmon with creme fraiche and fresh dill, is accented with edible flowers.

Spa-ing it The castle's spa offers its own decadent menu of mind-body treatments including stimulating Reiki, a Japanese treatment believed to correct your energy flow ($67 an hour).

*Prices (in U.S. dollars) are double occupancy and do not include taxes or transportation unless otherwise noted. Package details are subject to change.

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