Where to Spend Your Next Vacation

Many people skip town just once a year, while others plan an escapeevery chance they get. Whichever category you fall into, you'relooking for active options, good value, healthy food, and a way to reinvigorateyourself. We're with you, so for our second annual healthy travelawards, we assembled a panel of experts (see page 54) to help us identifythe hottest new trends and pinpoint who's doing them best. So put away thebooks, give your fingers a break from surfing the Web, and flip through ourguide. 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-youwant to stay someplace safe, but youalso look for amenities like nice restaurants,workout facilities, and a spa. TheWestin offers it all: guided runs, guestrooms equipped with cardio machines,in-room spa treatments, and the newSuper Foods program, which featureshealthy menu options. Plus, publictransportation is a breeze-the downtownbus 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 "glamorouscamping," takes the rough out ofroughing it. In fact, except for the separatebathroom and shower facilities,the Bedwell River Outpost almostmakes you forget you're camping. Setin a remote rain forest, the tents arefilled with Adirondack-style furnishings,Oriental rugs, and fluffy robes.Despite the cushy accommodations,you'll want to spend your days horsebackriding, mountain biking, kayaking,and whale watching. (Rates from$4,750, Canadian, per person for threenights, including lodging, all meals,and air transportation to and fromVancouver; wildretreat.com.)

Trend: Deluxe Cruising

Who Does It Best

Celebrity Azamara Cruises

These new midsize cruises target aniche that's one step down from luxury:travelers who want an elegant experienceminus the excessive formality,huge crowds, and exorbitant prices.According to Fodor's editor and Caribbeanexpert Doug Stallings, smallerships mean more intimate onboardexperiences and land excursions. Azamara'stwo 700-passenger ships tourthe Caribbean as well as off-thebeaten-path destinations in Asia andPatagonia. (Rates from $2,749 perperson 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 provesthat luxury and sustainability are notmutually exclusive. The formula:Upscale comfort (think rough-hewnlumber with steel detailing and a flagstonefireplace set against a wall ofdeep-red leather tiles) combined withenvironmentally sustainable operatingpractices, including energy-efficientheating and cooling systems, low-VOC(volatile organic compound) carpetsand paint, and low-flow water fixtures.The hotel is on its way to becoming oneof only five Leadership in Energy andEnvironmental Design-certified hotelsin 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 freshspin on increasingly popular womenonlytrips by throwing fly-fishing intothe mix. You'll strap on waders andfish for brown and rainbow trout, thenindulge yourself at the 25,000-squarefootspa or work up a sweat in the newstate-of-the-art fitness center. (TheFly-Fishing Package starts at $559 perperson, including accommodationsfor two nights, breakfast, an eighthourguided 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 highdemand, and the Mayflower has transformeditself into one of them," saysStacy Small, president of Elite TravelInternational. Guest rooms are morelike five-star suites, draped in lushfabrics and outfitted with everyamenity: fireplaces, flat-screen televisions,and Red Flower bath products.When you enter the spa, a sea of whitewalls leads to the Garden Room-with14-foot floor-to-ceiling windows-where you can relax before your nextappointment. (Treatments from $160for inn guests; all-inclusive spa programsfrom $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 aspa-you can check in to one for yourentire stay. The two-bedroom, 3,893-square-foot spa suites at Las Ventanas alParaiso are decked out with a treatmentarea and an all-in-one steam room, rainshower, and waterfall. Also on the menu:a butler to schedule your appointments,whether it's a dreamy multi-hour ritualor a Hatha yoga session. "Las Ventanasis the one place that made it onto myelite list of true luxury destinations that,when I went back, I found even betterthan I had remembered it," says travelwriter Larry Olmsted. (Suites from$2,700 per night, including a $400 dailyspa credit; regular rooms from $500 pernight; lasventanas.com.)

Trend: Travel Web Sites

Who Does It Best


More than three-quarters of today'ssavvy travelers consult the Internetbefore booking a trip, but there are somany sites to check out, the Web canbe more overwhelming than helpful.Two-year-old Kayak.com makes theprocess easy. The world's largest travelsearch engine (think of it as the Googleof travel), it sifts through informationfrom more than 400 sites with everyquery you type in. Plus, kayak.com isthe only travel Web site that rememberspreferences without requiringusers to sign in, so you get personalizedservice each time you search.

Trend: Upscale All-Inclusives

Who Does It Best

Club Med Cancun Yucatan


The original all-inclusive resort isundergoing a renaissance and boostingthe posh quotient. Stay in one of the 18oceanfront suites in Club Med CancunYucatan's newly opened Jade Villa andyou'll have access to room service,private transportation to and from theairport, complimentary fresh flowerarrangements, and laundry service-allthings you won't find at most ClubMed resorts. As usual, the activity listincludes sailing, waterskiing, wakeboarding,windsurfing, scuba diving,trapeze sessions, volleyball, and fitnessclasses. "Club Med is trying to changeits image from a place that attractspartying singles to one that caters toupscale travelers looking for differentexperiences," says Today show traveleditor Peter Greenberg. "And itworks." (Rates from $1,120 per personper week; clubmed.com.)

Trend: Dude Ranch Getaways

Who Does It Best

Home Ranch

Steamboat Springs, Colorado

"Dude ranches are often an excellentvalue for the amount of activity you canpack into one trip," says Greenberg.Ranches range from bare-bones rusticto ultra-lavish, and the Home Ranchskews toward the latter. Its six lodgerooms and eight private cabins aredecorated with antiques, Indian rugs,and down comforters. In the winter youcan work up an appetite with crosscountryskiing, snowshoeing, and dogsledding (summers are all about horsebackriding, fishing, and hiking) beforesitting down to a gourmet four-coursedinner served family-style at long oaktables. (Weekly rates from $5,075 percouple, including all lodging, meals,and activities; homeranch.com.)

Trend: Hotel Super-Gyms

Who Does It Best

Park Hyatt at the Bellevue


Those tiny hotel workout rooms withold, rusty equipment may be a thing ofthe past as more properties start teamingup with stand-alone gyms to offerfitness-minded guests a fuller range ofexercise options. At the Park Hyattyou can work off that cheesesteak atthe adjoining Sporting Club at theBellevue, a 93,000-square-foot fitnesscenter that includes an indoor track,pool, and basketball and racquetballcourts, as well as a healthy café. Choosefrom more than 100 classes a week,including the Boxer's Workout, UrbanRebounding, and even a Foot Saverclass that focuses on stretching yourfeet. (Rooms from $250; parkhyattphiladelphia.com.)

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