Endless Summer Spa
Summer might be ending this month, but Southern California’s Cal-a-Vie Health Spa aims to extend the season with outdoor-focused specials tailor-made for a fall girlfriends’ getaway. Take a friend to the 450-acre spa retreat just north of San Diego during the weeks of Sept. 13 and Oct. 25 and the plus-one will get half off on packages beginning at $4,395 for three nights. The retreats feature a personalized fitness program, including hikes, classes from aqua boot camp to Zumba, yoga in endless varieties and, at the adjoining country club, golf. 888-375-8773; www.cal-a-vie.com.
Glamping for Two
The luxury-in-the-wild resort Clayoquot Wilderness Resort on Vancouver Island’s west coast was one of the first to introduce “glamping” for those who’d prefer to camp in tent accommodations worthy of the Four Seasons. This summer, it opened the ultimate private aerie in Cloud Camp, a one-tent camp for two furnished with a four-poster bed, downy linens, fireplace and shower. Lodged in the coastal mountains at 4,500 feet, and reached via heli-transport, the private retreat comes with its own guide and chef providing, respectively, ridge-top hikes and five-course meals with wine pairings. The one-night experience costs $2,500 Canadian (about $1,900 U.S. dollars) and is available as an add-on to multi-night stays at oceanfront Clayoquot starting at $4,750 Canadian (about $3,600 U.S.), per person, all-inclusive. The camp shuts down Oct. 1 but will reopen, with Clayoquot, next spring, so reserve your spot now. 888-333-5405; www.wildretreat.com.
A pioneer in Galapagos Islands cruises going back to the 1960s, Metropolitan Touring is preparing to launch its newest ship, the 50-cabin Santa Cruz II, on Oct. 3. Accommodating 90 passengers, the ship will feature indoor and outdoor dining areas, two bars, a library, a gym and two ocean-view hot tubs. Staffed by eight naturalist guides, the Santa Cruz II will offer four-, five- and nine-night itineraries in the northern, eastern and western Galapagos, featuring excursions to kayak, snorkel with sea lions, and make land to witness tortoises, finches and blue-footed boobies in Galapagos National Park. Trips from $2,620 per person, based on double occupancy. 888-572-0166; www.metropolitan-touring.com.
Doubling Up on Art and Architecture
For fans of museums in marquee-worthy buildings, two new destinations merge mission and design. In Moscow, the new Garage Museum of Contemporary Art (http://garageccc.com/en) uniquely focuses on Russian art from the mid-19th century forward in a former Soviet-era restaurant in Gorky Park. Remodeled by Dutch architect Rem Koolhaas and associates, the building admits light via a translucent facade. In Italy’s Dolomite Mountains, architect Zaha Hadid dramatically drilled her new Messner Mountain Museum Corones (www.messner-mountain-museum.it/en) through the 7,500-foot Mount Kronplatz. Views of the surrounding peaks compete with exhibits devoted to mountaineering.
Pop-up Dining Down Under
Sydney, Australia, is preparing for an influx of global foodies when Noma, the Copenhagen restaurant considered one of the world’s best, takes up residency in January for 10 weeks in the new harbor-front Barangaroo park. Noma chef and owner René Redzepi plans to explore Aussie foods in his menus and will move his entire staff to the city for the duration, as he did last year in Tokyo. If the Japanese effort was any indication, tables should sell out well prior to summer Down Under. Bookings for lunch and dinner will be available on the Noma website at http://noma.dk.
Mountain Classic Revival
When recreational skiing was in its infancy, Union Pacific Railroad chairman Averell Harriman established Sun Valley, Idaho, as a destination with the 1936 installation of the world’s first chairlifts and, that year, the opening of Sun Valley Lodge. Celebrities from Marilyn Monroe to Ernest Hemingway, who finished For Whom the Bell Tolls there, put the lodge on the map. This summer, after a nine-month renovation, it opened with greatly enlarged rooms, some with fireplaces, as well as a new 20,000-square-foot spa featuring 15 treatment rooms and a yoga studio. Rates start at $329. 800-786-8259; www.sunvalley.com/lodging/sun-valley-lodge.