Trips That Will Change Your Life: Other Spots In Which You Can Find Yourself

(And Drop a Pound of Two In The Process)

GOLDEN DOOR: A 377-acre fitness resort tucked away in lush Escondido, California, Golden Door is known for its women-only program, limited to 40 guests who come for hikes of varying degrees of difficulty (along with other “high-intensity movement” activities), followed by massages; inner-focused exercise like yoga, tai chi and qigong; and evenings of movies, workshops, cooking classes and organic gourmet dinners. Plus, there’s a personal aesthetician to design individual beauty programs. Women-only weeklong fitness program from about $7,500. About 40 minutes from San Diego International Airport. 777 Deer Springs Road, Escondido, California, 760-744-5777,

This mountain getaway in British Columbia calls itself a “fit farm” and boasts a serious regime: a 900-to-1,200-calorie diet paired with fitness (circuit training, hiking, yoga, snowshoeing) and relaxation (massage, reflexology). Room, meals, activities and three massages for seven days start at about $3,500. Four-hour shuttle ride from the Spokane, Washington, airport. Ainsworth Hot Springs, British Columbia, Canada, 800-661-5161,

The original Canyon Ranch in Tucson put the name on the map, but this sprawling mansion outpost in the Berkshires offers the de rigueur nutritionist, fitness classes and outdoor sports; charming little Lenox within walking distance; and on-staff physicians, therapists, acupuncturists, herbalists and exercise physiologists to help make sure you leave a healthier you. The three-night spa sampler starts at about $1,820 per person. About a one-hour shuttle ride from Bradley International Airport. 165 Kemble Street, Lenox, Massachusetts, 800-742-9000,