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“Just the Jump Start I was looking for with gorgeous hikes”

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Mountain Trek Fitness Retreat & Health Spa
Marblehead, Massachusetts
Level 6 Contributor
118 reviews
24 hotel reviews
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“Just the Jump Start I was looking for with gorgeous hikes”
Reviewed 27 September 2007

Mountain Trek Fitness Spa is not your typical spa vacation. Quite the contrary and that's a good thing. I spent two weeks here in Sept. of '07 looking to get a jumpstart on my fitness level and weight loss. The staff here is first rate and they are dedicated to service and their client's needs. Almost every single person of the 14 weekly guests found Mountain Trek online when they were searching for an active and interesting way to lose weight and get back in shape. The schedule is fairly regimented but it allows you to focus on your purpose for being there. The rooms were comfortable, the food excellent and the hikes top rate. What made it superlative however was the excellent staff from the guides, to the hospitality crew to the massage therapists and yoga instructors. The nutrition program was incredibly educational and one that most people felt they could take back home. They are in the process of updating the facilities (which were already nice) including adding a new gym and massage rooms and updating the bedrooms. Mountain Trek attracts interesting guests from all over, including two Europeans when I was there. The gender mix can change weekly but skews a little more female than male. Average age is probably low to mid-40's. it is a lot of work but that is what most people were looking for. A great sense of comraderie develops as we hike, eat and take cardio classes together. If you are serious about getting fit and have some element of stamina already, then give this a look. I wouldn't recommend for those who are extremely obese though as the hiking can be intense. You could probably do it, you just might not have fun doing it.

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Reviewed 7 June 2007

WOW! I'm just back from the best vacation I've ever had ... it was in fact one of the best life experiences I've ever had. Lost 20 lbs in 20 days ... unheard of for women ... and had a fantastic time doing it. Completely fell in love with yoga practice ... you start each day in the yoga studio. Then hiking all day long through a glorious landscape ... raging rivers and mountains dripping in moss, gorges cut into the rock and deep green forests that made me feel as though I were traipsing through a scene in Lord of the Rings. And every night you come back to the lodge (super comfortable) for a hot tub and a massage. It's the staff that make it though ... everyone knows you by name and they're all incredibly warm and accommodating. Even the food was amazing ... not the "spa" cuisine I've had at other places ... it was all delicious ... bison steaks and giant prawns and great sauces and marinades ... everything was fresh and I discovered lots of things I had never tried before. The whole program is brilliant ... definitely something you can take home with you. And what I've come home with is a sense of vitality that I've never found on vacation before. It happened for everyone. You could actually see people changing right in front of you. You don't have to be an outdoors freak or fitness maniac ... the guests run the gamut from super fit to super sludgy and everything in between. This isn't some airy fairy, new age type spa ... just a rock solid good time with energetic, talented, down-to-earth people.

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  • Stayed April 2007, travelled solo
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Property: Mountain Trek Fitness Retreat & Health Spa
Address: 3800 North St., Ainsworth Hot Springs, British Columbia V0G 1A0, Canada
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Region: Canada > British Columbia > Kootenay Rockies > Ainsworth Hot Springs
Amenities:
Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free Parking Spa Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 4 Speciality Lodging in Ainsworth Hot Springs
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 16
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Mountain Trek Health, Fitness & Weight Loss Retreats are high-intensity hiking fitness vacations in beautiful locations with experienced, mature guides. While the focus of many of our guests is to improve management of health issues or achieve weigh loss, we promote transformative "lifestyle" changes through the program. This includes cutting edge lectures in nutrition, sleep and stress management techniques. It's an all inclusive, highly structured boot camp style program but with heart. Included in a 2 week program; 8 massages, transportation to and from the airport, all meals, private room with en-suite, 10 mountain hikes, morning yoga sessions, evening fitness classes, usage of spa & saunas and free access to the hot springs. ... more   less 
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Mountain Trek Fitness Retreat & Health Spa Ainsworth Hot Springs, Canada - British Columbia

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