Tatler Spa Guide 2011 has chosen Mountain Trek as one of the top 101 spas in the world. They recognize that “with everyone’s crazy, unhealthy lives, the spa break is no longer an indulgence but a necessity”. Mountain Trek is featured in the Lithe Spirit category, which is apt description as you go home feeling lighter in body and years.
All the images of Canada in your mind’s eye are here – pine, birch and maple trees, huge glassy lakes, wandering deer, elk, moose and bears, sensational colours and a huge timber lodge that holds no more than 16 guests. You can enjoy the rainforest and canyons of one of the most extraordinary adventure bootcamps out there.
Days start with smoothies and sunrise yoga, followed by breakfast and then a challenging but perfectly paced four-hour hike using Nordic poles. Reach the top of a mountain with your head almost in the clouds; stand in the thick of the forest and look up at a canopy of trees more than 1,800 years old.
Then it’s back to the lodge for serious-but-not-sanctimonious nutrition and health talks, supper, a massage, cardio, resistance training and a steam. Phew. Use the infrared sauna every day – you can burn up to 600 calories in 30 minutes. This, combined with the hiking, ensures the pounds fall off, but it’s the whole new perspective on life in general that hooks people. Come back for the post-Christmas ‘Turkey Burner’ week.– Tatler Spa Guide 2011, November 2010