Each summer, from May toSeptember, up to 700walkers wind their way tothe ski resort of Killingtonin Vermont to spend their holiday at the NewLife Hiking Spa. Although it’s called a spa, it’sreally an adult fitness camp, with an extensiveprogramme of exercises, daily guided hikesand delicious calorie-controlled meals.
The spa is surrounded bymountains and sits beside a golf course.
Jimmy Le Sage has beenrunning the spa for over 30 years. He providesa friendly, supportive environment to achievea mind-body tune-up and believes that, with ahealthier and more balanced diet and exercise,you’ll be able to break free from old habits andstart that ‘new life’.
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What sets this spa apart frommany others are the invigorating hikes eachmorning in the mountains. There are 21 routeson offer for three levels: beginner, intermediateand advanced, taking two to four hours. As anovice hiker, I started off on the beginner routes,a gentle pace on the flat or rolling hills. I soonprogressed to the intermediate hikes whichwere fairly demanding with lots of roots androcks to navigate. By the end of my stay, I managed an advanced hike which took me high into the mountains.
Treatments take place in roomswithin the hotel. The treatments on offerinclude Swedish and deep tissue massageas well as Thai yoga and hot stone massage.
There’s an impressivetimetable of classes, tailored to all abilities,which take place in a marquee-typestructure put up every season. Choose froman early morning stretch, basic strength andweight training, core conditioning, wateraerobics, yoga, Pilates, Zumba and more.
The meals are sociable (you allsit at tables together), healthy and nutritious.The daily menu comprises 1,600 calorieswhich ensures you have enough energyto do all the exercise but still lose weight.Breakfast could be scrambled eggs with awholemeal muffin, lunch home-made barleyand mushroom soup and dinner grilled steakwith vegetables and fruit salad for dessert.
Guests range from 16 to80 years old. It’s popular with singles as wellas couples and mothers and daughters.
I loved it, even if the hotel isa little tired. I made some great friends, lost8lbs and I left with a spring in my step.
Prices range from $259 (£162)per night for at wotofour-nightstay,includingroom, meals, hiking, classes, massage orfacial, use of spa and fitness facilities. Call001 802 353 2954; newlifehikingspa.com.
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