Say goodbye to unwanted pounds or simply recharge with a transforming escape. 

What: Jumpstart weight loss

Where: Mountain Trek, Ainsworth Hot Springs, British Columbia,

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Part-vacation, part-boot camp, revving up a sleepy metabolism doesn’t have to take place inside the confines of a fluorescent-lit gym. With the Rocky Mountains providing a postcard-perfect backdrop, your core cardio comes from daily four-hour hikes, eased a bit thanks to the mesmerizing views. Morning yoga classes help prep you for the day, while calorie-controlled spa cuisine and resistance training further help to melt off the pounds. All of that hard work demands pampering, which can be achieved through an evening massage, dip in the healing hot springs or sweat in the sauna. Hosting a maximum of 16 guests at a time, the intimate setting helps fuel the supportive and relaxed atmosphere. The best part? After a week expect to lose anywhere from four to six pounds.


What: Reconnect through nature

Where: Red Mountain Resort & Spa, Ivins, Utah,

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Sitting on 55 beautiful acres with Utah’s iconic red rock cliffs painting the landscape, the setting plays an integral role in your experience at the Red Mountain Resort. A short distance from two National Parks and minutes from Snow Canyon State Park, there are literally thousands of acres right around the corner where you participate in outdoor activities like guided hikes, mountain biking, horseback riding, canyoneering and kayaking. On-site you’ll find more than 50 fitness classes weekly, from hip hop and circuit to sunset yoga on the cliffs. At the heart of the resort is the Sagestone Spa & Salon, a sanctuary featuring unique treatments that infuse local and natural ingredients like Utah honey, desert botanicals and mineral-rich muds. We suggest trying “Ritual of the Canyon ($175 for 60 minutes)” a nature-inspired treatment that helps to release physical and emotional energy through massage.


What: Detox your body and mind

Where: Grail Springs, Bancroft, Ontario,

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Whether it’s because you eat out more than you cook or can’t survive a day without sugar and caffeine, a detox retreat may just be what the doctor ordered. Taking a holistic approach to detoxing, Grail Springs offers overnight retreats ranging from two to 21 nights, where you can dine on pH-balanced vegetarian meals or go one step further with a juice fast. Unlike cleansing at home, where temptations hide behind every cupboard, here you’ll have distractions like daily yoga classes, outdoor hot tubs and saunas, and hiking trails. Gym rats take note: there are no electric fitness machines, but with activities like horseback riding, canoeing and snowshoeing, we suspect you won’t miss a thing. All of the programs include complementary spa treatments, such as the Austrian Moor Mud Bath & Relaxation Massage that accompanies the two-night juice fasting package. Not only will the gorgeous lakeside setting help to calm your mind, but you’ll also find numerous workshops, like chakra healing meditation and holistic nutrition, to boost your spirit. 


What: Get out of your comfort zone

Where: Kelea Surf Spa, Oahu, Hawaii,

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Who doesn’t dream of one day being able to ride the waves with a sun-kissed glow and rock-hard abs? You can inch your way closer with the help of a women’s-only surf-meets-yoga retreat found on the beautiful north shore of Hawaii’s Oahu island. A typical day starts with a healthy breakfast prepared by a gourmet chef, energizing you for a morning of surf lessons. Whether you can hang 10 or have never been on a surfboard, their instructors cater to all levels. Afternoons are for yoga or other activities like snorkelling or hiking. Before dinner you can schedule in a spa treatment like a massage, one of which is included in your all-inclusive package on Day 1. The five-bedroom beachfront home is a welcomed respite after an active day, and with a limited guest list, leaving with a new friend or two, in addition to your new-found surf skills, is an added bonus.


What: Overcome a life roadblock

Where: Canyon Ranch, Lenox, Massachusetts,

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It’s not everyday you can book quality time with physicians, nutritionists and other health specialists, all available under one roof, but Canyon Ranch is different. A health resort located in the peaceful Berkshires of New England, the 100,000-sq-ft spa complex is just the tip of the iceberg. From the exercise studios to the indoor tennis and basketball courts, we promise you’ll find an activity to make you want to move. You’ll also discover a wide range of spa treatments, from detoxifying body wraps to all-natural anti-aging facials. Their most impressive offering is your access to medical professionals, like nutritionists who can provide weight-management tips to licensed therapists who can help with issues such as sleep problems, grief or body image. Recognizing healing doesn’t end with science, the ranch also has spiritual practitioners that draw from both Eastern and Western traditions, using a combination of techniques including ceremony, dialogue and meditation.