An award-winning and all-inclusive getaway, the Miraval Resort and Spa in Tucson is gaining the reputation of being among the best destination spas in the US. Located in the desert of Arizona, the specialty of this eco-sensitive spa is encouraging self-exploration and personal growth while offering a variety of wellness activities.
Miraval sits on 400 acres of land with a breathtaking view of Santa Catalina Mountains. Tucson Info. There are 117 casita-style suites scattered throughout the land, grouped into six villages with its own style and features. Some of the guestrooms have fireplaces, others have patios overlooking the Sonoran desert and the mountains.
There are four choices of guestrooms: Standard, Deluxe, Catalina, and Premium. All are comfortable with the amenities required by the savvy guest. The Deluxe, Catalina, and Premium rooms have an extra feature; an outdoor seating/living area perfect to relax in. Miraval has suites too, classified as Executive, Studio, and Catalina. These have features and amenities more luxurious and more numerous than the regular guestrooms. Resort Website.
Being all-inclusive, the room rates include health-conscious meals using only the best and freshest ingredients. It is a no-smoking resort, and strictly for adults only. In each room, there is cable TV, a DVD player, and Internet connection. Guests also enjoy free transportation to and from the airport.
Miraval is best known for its more than 60 spa treatments; in a single year, it had received the accolade as America’s top spa from three of highly respected publications in the industry—Spafinder, Conde Nast Traveler, and Travel + Leisure.
Miraval’s holistic approach to wellness combines programs addressing each guest’s physical, mental, and spiritual well-being. Spa treatments include a number of kinds of massages, body scrubs, mud masks, facials and waxing services, acupuncture, hair and nail treatments, as well as a host of other pampering activities that are for both men and women.
Participation to the self-discovery activities is optional but highly recommended. There are a variety of “Clue-In” activities, from yoga and meditation, to creative learning sessions like lectures and consultations on relationships and communication, and fitness and conditioning exercises.
There are outdoor adventure challenges as well, ranging from biking, wall climbing, golf, and hiking. There is a low-rope challenge course (one of which was done by Oprah herself), a 1,000-foot zipline, and the Quantum Leap for the more adventurous ones.
For those who love the water, there are three pools in Miraval which includes a lap pool, hot tubs, as well as a three-level pond with waterfalls and a stone walk for acupressure. The fitness buff will also enjoy the resort’s top-of-the-line gym equipment.
Miraval Resort and Spa is the perfect escape from the stresses of everyday living. However, its unique offerings also ensure that you don’t only get recharged after your stay there, you will also know a little bit of yourself. Photos provided by resort.