Entries for month: August 2013

By: Simon Marxer, Miraval's Spa Director

There is a reason spas are set up in hushed, low-lit lounge areas. They are designed to make you feel swaddled, to provide comfort and security. You can re-create this spa effect in your home or bedroom with just a few of the quick and easy steps below.

Use Neutral Tones

  • Neutral walls, like beige or other earth tones, are quieting visually and contribute to the calming effect of a spa environment.
  • Buy pillows and other accents in cool green and blue—these are the most calming hues.


Last week, the International Spa Association hosted a media event in New York City. Executive Chef Justin Macy and Pastry Chef Kim Macy brought delicious, healthy Miraval dishes to the event to share with the press. The event was a huge success and an opportunity for Justin and Kim to give a sneak peek of their upcoming book, Sweet & Savory, that is scheduled to hit bookshelves in January 2014. Chef Justin also featured the Wild Salmon Crostini with Agave-Thyme Vinaigrette recipe from Miraval's Mindful Living book. Get the recipe here >

Here are some photos we captured of the event. Enjoy!


Executive Chef Justin Macy shared this delicious dish with members of the media during a recent International Spa Association event in New York. This Wild Salmon Crostini is a featured recipe in Mindful Living by Miraval. Beautiful and full of flavor, this hors d'oeuvre can be made ahead of time and is perfect for entertaining. Enjoy!

Wild Salmon Crostini with Agave-Thyme Vinaigrette

Makes 4 Servings

  • 4 oz. cured wild salmon
  • 1/2 slice multigrain bread, cut into quarter-sized rounds
  • 4 oz. Neufchâtel cream cheese
  • 2 Tbsp. fresh orange zest
  • 1/4 c. Agave-Thyme Vinaigrette (recipe follows)
  • 1/2 tsp. extra-virgin olive oil

THINLY slice cured salmon. Overlap two or more slices, and then roll loosely to resemble a rosebud. Refrigerate until needed.


By: Anne Parker, M.A.

Back-to-school time can be hectic and frenzied with new daily routines to be established and transition details to be taken care of. Being clear about your choices and preparing for those new routines can help the transition be smoother for everyone in the family.


Miraval's Board Certified Registered Nurse and Health Coach, Sheryl Brooks, has created a new lecture focused on healthy sleep! Many of us do not fully understand the impact sleep has on our health. Sleep deprivation has negative effects on aging, immune system function, metabolism, reaction time, memory, and much more. Work with Sheryl in "Are You Sleeping?" to learn more about recent sleep research, what is happening while you sleep, and how to work with instead of against your body to get a better night's sleep.

Below are some quick and easy tips from Sheryl to begin improving your quality of sleep:

  • Avoid large meals or alcohol close to bedtime. Alcohol affects your brain chemistry and it's common for people to actually wake up as the alcohol is metabolized through the body.
  • Avoid caffeine after noon.