By Ilona Kauremszky

Q: Do you have any info for 4-5 day spa packages with activities involving hiking & biking intermediate level. They may be in Canada or in the U.S., preferably a climate that is warm. I need a place that's near the airport.

A: What about a car ride to a resort?

Just 90 minutes north of Toronto, situated by Honey Harbour in the Muskokas, the Delawana Inn Resort serves up rustic scenery with R&R plus recreational activities. Adjacent to the resort is the 25-acred Royal Island which provides private beaches and a revamped hiking trail.

Since it's cottage country, mountain bikes, canoes and kayaks are signature items here. Named after a native princess, the Wanakita Wellness Spa, a part of the Delawana Inn, uses the natural landscape and soothing treatments to help ease the soul.

Spa treatments include green tea detox and the Avocado Nourishing Body Wrap. How do you like that recipe?

If you're interested in more information, contact 1.888.DELAWANA (1.888.335.2926).

The United States has a plethora of spa facilities with many catering to more recreational activities. Ranch spas are popular. After a day of hiking, how does watching the sun set to a symphony of stars sound?

Located in New Mexico, at the southern most tip of the Rockies, the Galisteo basin is encircled by ochre shades of peaks and valleys. Known as the Vista Clara Ranch Resort and Spa, this Native American themed beauty focuses on the mind, body, spirit and land. It's only a 45-minute drive from the Santa Fe airport. A hiking trail covers the 80-acre resort where petroglyphs of the early Native Americans can be explored along the route.

When you visit this "Land of Enchantment," an affectionate name for New Mexico, it's easy to see how artist Georgia O'Keefe used this destination as her palette of colour. For information or reservations, call 888-NMEXSPA or visit

You can also order a copy of the 2002 edition of Destination Spa Vacations which contains profiles of the 25 best spas in North America. There is a shipping and handling fee of $3 US. For orders, call 1-888-772-4363.


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