We both love the great outdoors but when it comes to doing the 'camp thing' my husband and I don't quite jive.
Although he'd be content to cuddle in a mummy bag of eiderdown, my spine goes into spasm after sleeping on a mattress of earthy rough stuff. I'm also not crazy about canvas homesteads or baked beans.
Thanks to these luxurious rural retreats, we can leave those tent pegs behind.
While blending the rustic and refined, these B.C. properties offer plenty of outdoor adventures and pampering at the same time.
Mountain mania, helistyle.
It's like a Warren Miller scene when visiting powder hounds are whisked away to this posh lodge in the Monashee Range. The property, created by heli-guru Mike Wiegel, offers everything from steep and deep to après ski seductions.
De-stress at the fullfledged spa, re-fuel on chefprepared cuisine then heli away to snow riddled peaks. You'll surely catch big air and get a good run for your money!
Echo Valley Ranch and Spa
Calling all luxury-loving cowboys (and girls)!
If you want a rustic dude ranch, then steer your stallion in a different direction. If you're fancying five star accommodations, cuisine, and spa specialties with a unique east/west blend, then giddy-up to this getaway.
After riding the range, hiking to neighboring peaks and reeling in a fresh daily catch, bowlegged city slickers will discover true bliss at the Baan Thai Spa.
Elisi Spa and Wilderness
Resort - Safari or spa?
Try both, and more, at this hedonistic fly-in that's enshrouded by the northern Rockies. Check out moose, elk, and wolverine while on a photo shoot safari; catch an exhilarating wave on riverboat ride; hike, bike or ride horseback to florafilled meadows. When the day is done, the mountain magic makes its way into eight guest rooms, a hightech gym, and an ahhh ... some spaaa!
King Pacific Lodge
One heavenly houseboat! From May to September, this floating wonder comes alive when anchored next to uninhabited Princess Royal Island. Although remotely sandwiched between the Great Bear Rainforest and sapphire Pacific, this retreat boasts all the bells and whistles of a boutique hotel. Seventeen deckedout rooms lure adventuring anglers and romantics. Soaker tubs, steam room and soothing massage are perks at the end of each day - along with a starry sky.
Nimmo Bay Resort
Finding Nimmo is like discovering paradise. This secluded fly-in hideaway near Port McNeill, B.C. caters to every breakaway whim. As well as dishing out lots of hospitality the Murray family know how to tailor make any adventure. Whether it's heli-fishing, heli-rafting, heli-trekking, or heli-day trips to check out wildlife, waterfalls or whales, when combined with their cozy abodes and finger-licking cuisine, you'll have one heli of a good time.
Hardly roughing it. This fisherperson's paradise reels in wilderness seekers to its isolated locale on the Inside Passage. Guests can cruise the Pacific blue, where arching orcas and trophysize salmon hang out. Others may take flight to check out grazing grizzlies, virgin ski slopes and heaven-bound hikes. And when these eco hounds return to their luxurious home base, they'll magically transform into culinary experts and spa denizens.
The Hills Health Ranch
For renewal, head to The Hills. This holistic haven provides a kickstart towards achieving a healthier lifestyle. Shed a few pounds, build a little muscle. Amidst their 20,000 acres of Cariboo ranchland there are daily fitness programs, 18 spa treatment rooms, three lounges and professional guides for hiking, riding, canoeing and biking. With a team that includes kinesiologists, personal trainers, and body therapists, how can you go wrong?
Ahhh ... roughing it with a little luxury. It sure beats waking up in a clammy mummy bag with four stiff limbs. Yes, this is my kind of camping!
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