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America's Best Spa Values: Mexico and Canada

Because sometimes Calgon just won't cut it. Here's where to go in the U.S. and beyond.

Hosteria Las Quintas Resort Spa, Cuernavaca
In addition to three heated pools, a gym, and treatments like a volcanic Mayan mud body mask, part of the draw is the spa's proximity to archaeological sites and ecological reserves. $997, includes airport transfers, four nights in a terrace room, an exfoliating body scrub, reflexology massage, and a 30-minute massage. Note: $14 per day is added to the bill to cover gratuities. 877/784-6827,

Rio Caliente, Guadalajara
In a remote pine forest less than an hour west of Guadalajara, Rio Caliente touts its mineral hot springs that rise from an underground volcanic source. Five-Night Treat, $690, includes two massages or facials and a mud wrap. 800/200-2927,

Hills Health Spa, British Columbia
An hour south of Williams Lake, Hills Health offers standard activities--hiking, swimming, yoga--along with others befitting its horse-ranch location. Two-Night Couch Potato Package from $311, includes a hayride sing-along, a full-body massage, and all BC taxes. 800/668-2233,

Tigh-Na-Mara, British Columbia
The new Grotto Spa at Tigh-Na-Mara uses indigenous Canadian products, including glacial clay from the Bella Coola River. Two-Night Instant Grotto-Fication Package from $246, includes breakfast daily and one dinner; a one-hour massage, facial, or body wrap; and round-trip transfers from the ferry terminal. 800/663-7373,

Spa Eastman, Quebec
An hour east of Montreal, Spa Eastman's 315 acres include nearly 10 miles of hiking trails and gardens that provide produce for the kitchen. $676, three nights' lodging, a naturopathic consultation, stone massage, underwater jet massage, aromatic wrap, and Decléor Body treatment. 800/665-5272,

Note: This story was accurate when it was published. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.



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