Five Perfect Spa Adventure Trips

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eastern coast of Dominica
The eastern coast of Dominica, an all-natural spa.  (Dominica Tourism)
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If you’re like us, the first sip of a drink during cocktail hour always tastes better if the drink was earned by a long day of adventure. These top trips appeal to that philosophy, mixing some of the world’s best adventurous activities with some of the most indulgent spa treatments imaginable.

Spaaah! Ecuador: Sacred Waterfalls, Hot Springs, and Spa Relaxation with Myth and Mountains
Pun aside, this trip does a spectacular job of mixing soft adventure with luxury spa treatments, which are typically paired with Champaign, wine, and chocolate. Head from Quito to Papallacta Hot Springs, and then onto nirvana for three nights (also known as Arash Tropical Resort and Spa). Along the way?  Oh, just hikes to sacred waterfalls, birding in cloud forests, and hanging with locals in the market.
 
Hiking and Spa Vacation with Appalachian Trail Adventures
Every hiker should put their boots on the famed AT. Do it here, in this stretch of pristine Vermont backcountry, and the aches of your daylong adventures will fade into the bliss of a post-activity massage. The lodge includes three daily spa meals, guided hikes for all skill levels, paddling and caving excursions, and nutritional consultation—just to start.

Arizona Hiking Spa with Fit Health into Life
Retreat to the Lodge at Ventana Canyon for an all-inclusive spa-centric escape that includes guided hikes, fitness classes, and 800-square-foot private rooms.

An Eco-Lodge Experience Package at Echo Valley Ranch and Spa
Travel to British Columbia to spend four days horseback riding, hiking, learning to fish, and indulging in a laundry list of different spa-treatment options. (And yes, additional nights can be added.)

Jungle-Spa Adventure Escape in Dominica at Jungle Bay Resort and Spa
Tropical hikes through dense rainforests, locally sourced organic cuisine, all-natural hot springs, morning yoga, and nights in a private jungle cottage—the Caribbean, perfected.

Published: 1 May 2012 | Last Updated: 18 Jun 2012
Details mentioned in this article were accurate at the time of publication

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