Province/Territory: British Columbia

Relax at an authentic Thai spa on a wilderness guest ranch

  • 3650 feet of elevation and clean mountain air
  • 30 riding horses, nine border collies and many other animals
  • 04X04 safaris to river canyons for gold panning

The juxtaposition may seem strange at first - a traditional Thai spa set among the corrals, cattle and cowboys at this isolated B.C. guest ranch. But after a day in the saddle or hiking a canyon trail, and a shared gourmet meal with owners Norm and Nan Dove, it all makes perfect sense. The couple - he's Canadian, she's Thai - built this luxury getaway to fit both the wild western landscape here and their own personal traditions. Echo Valley Ranch is a destination, a well-appointed western guest ranch where wellness is the theme, whether you're here for the healthy gourmet food, spa regime, meditation or just to get away from it all. There may be no better place, outside Thailand, to experience the true bliss of traditional Thai spa treatments and massage - and no horseback holiday that's quite this unique.

Why you should visit
  • Enjoy authentic Thai massage and western spa treatments at this luxurious and holistic spa resort.
  • Choose one of their well-trained horses for guided horseback riding trips through the Cariboo's dramatic and historic landscapes.
  • Try your hand at gold panning on a 4X4 safari, take a hike, or learn the art of fly fishing.
  • Relax in one of 20 elegant lodge rooms and suites, a private cabin or stay in the Baan Thai, the ranch's signature building, in sumptuous Thai style.
  • Meet the chef for a cooking lesson and indulge in the family-style meals, from western BBQ to a Traditional Thai Night created by the ranch's Thai staff.

Weather

Visitor information
  • Ranch rates. There is a three-night minimum stay in summer (two-night in winter), unless booked within 30 days of arrival.
  • Open April through October with special packages in December.
  • Isolated location - gift shop for sundries on site.
  • All-inclusive rates include deluxe accommodation, gourmet family-style meals, Wi-Fi, mountain bikes and use of all ranch facilities.
  • Spa and eco-adventures offered on an a la carte basis.
When to go
  • July and August bring the warmest weather.
  • Ranch operates in summer (April to October) and winter (December to January) seasons.
  • Family vacation packages available in July and August.
Need to know
  • There are horseback rides available for all skill levels.
  • Wear comfortable outdoor clothing and bring your own hiking and riding/cowboy boots.
  • Focus is on fresh, local, organic food. Special diets are accommodated.
  • Staff speak English, German, Danish, Japanese, Thai and French.
Getting Here
  • Nearest commercial airport is Kamloops, approximately a 1.5-hr drive.
  • The ranch can arrange airport transfers.
  • Fly by charter or private plane directly to the ranch's runway.
  • Drive 5.5 hours from Vancouver via the Fraser Canyon or 6 hours through Whistler.
  • Stop at Echo Valley Ranch for three nights on a Rocky Mountaineer train package between Vancouver and Banff.