"Your biggest travel risk this summer? The sun" by Christopher Elliott
Don't get burned this summer. I don't mean that figuratively — like being singed by surprise fees and surcharges — I mean it literally. Don't get burned by the sun,
"Summer Getaways: 5 Luxe Spas to Check Out Now" by Jimmy Im
Holisitc magic happens at exclusive spa resorts. The Hollywood elite regularly ckeck in to reboot, tap into their spiritual side and recieve the royal treatment in pampering.
"Book a Room at 8 Hotels Know for Their Views" by Allison Entrekin
Situated on 400 acres within the dramatic Sonoran Desert, this all-inclusive resort has views so rugged that civilization feels a million miles away. Behold the wild cacti, sandy dunes and Santa Catalina Mountains, a playgroud for daredevil rock climbers.
"How Much Green Juice Is Too Much?" by Jami Foss
Sipping down spinach and kale is great and all, but there are some things to consider before swapping full meals for bottled juices and smoothies.
"Why You Should Absolutely Take That Vacation Soon" by Jenna Birch
If a challenging hike clears your mind, let the Miraval Resort adventure team lead you through a series of hikes in the Santa Catalina Mountains.
"Retreat to a Desert Sanctuary in Tucson, Arizona" by Jean Weiss
When the chance came to visit Miraval Resort & Spa outside Tucson, Arizona, I gave myself permission to take it, just for me. I was not disappointed. After three days, I returned home with an open heart, a more supple and integrated body, and renewed motivation to remain grounded and balanced as I reentered my hectic lifestyle.
"Disconnecting to Reconnect in Tucson" by Brandon Schultz
The peaceful choose-your-own-adventure oasis has amenities galore, but for a pair, the real draw is disconnecting from the world while reconnecting with each other.
"Eat Right | Healthy Dessert"
All your favorite trail mix ingredients are baked into one excellent treat, thanks to Miraval Resort's latest cookbook, Sweet & Savory Cooking. Packed with anti-oxidants, fiber, and good fats, these cookies are that beautiful crossbreed: healthy, sweet and delicious.
"Resolution: Renewal" by Karen Asp
Perhaps the most convincing evidence of the popularity of fitness retreats, however, comes from Miraval Arizona Resort & Spa in Tucson. In 2015, this luxury wellness spa resort will celebrate its 20th anniversary. "Here, wellness is more than just the healthy perspective many have come to expect," says Laura McIver, vice president and general manager of Miraval.
"New Year's Resolution: Visit a Wellness Resort in 2015"
Another famous name in the mind-body retreat sector is this Tucson, Ariz., luxury resort. It operates on similar principles to other wellness retreats - with one very important additional anchor: Social, AKA fun.
"Horses, swings, massages and meditation in the Arizona Desert" By Sarah Elbert
There are people who like to travel alone on vacation. They relish the fact that they're the masters of their own itineraries, along with the adventure of collecting friends on the journey. I'm not naturally one of these people, but now may be a convert.
"Massaging Your Soul" by Jeremy Peters
"Arizonans like to brag of the state's five C's, copper, cotton, cattle, citrus, and climate. There should be a sixth: convalescence. The state has a booming economy of resorts and spas that cater to people seeking relaxation, restoration and a little Zen reassurance that everything will be just fine."
"The Mindful Vacation" by Jessica Muncrief
"These days it seems every day spa, resort, and fitness studio is touting the mind-body-spirit mantra. Yet what do you usually get? Two out of the three at best with visible results being the usual focus. But there is a place where nurturing the soul and gaining awareness of self are just as important as shaping up and looking younger. The mantra at Miraval Resort & Spa is mindfulness, a state of active, open attention in the present moment."
"Music to the Ears" by Heather Mikesell
"Guests can surrender to the sweet sound of relaxation with the Himalayan Sound Bath at Miraval Arizona Resort & Spa (Tucson). Led by master healer Pam Lancaster, the groundbreaking sound therapy session helps tune the body to its natural state, as the sound from ancient healing bowls radiates through the water. Guests float effortlessly in the spa's therapeutic pool and submit to the healing vibrations, which leave them feeling more grounded and connected to the world around them."
"Ten Reasons to Love Miraval" by Sheryl Kraft
Ever wonder what it would be like to spend a week at Miraval? Miraval Arizona Resort & Spa is a destination spa that sits on 400 acres of pristine land near the Santa Catalina Mountains in Tucson, Arizona. It opened its doors in 1995 with the vision that life is more meaningful and enjoyable when the physical, emotional, social, spiritual and intellectual components of a being are in place. It’s tough not to melt into its magic.
"Miracle at Miraval: The Best Alternative to Shoulder Surgery" by Stephen Kiesling
On Black Friday, I had no interest in shopping. I had lifted my growing niece and nephews too much over Thanksgiving and now couldn't even lift a credit card, let alone a present. Another rotator cuff tear, I figured. Another year of pain. Just sitting still the shoulder pain was five out of 10. Turing the steering wheel of my car, the pain hit 15.
...My wife and I went for three nights at Miraval Resort & Spa in Tucson. We had already scheduled the anniversary getaway and almost cancelled because I wouldn't be able to rock climb or do the challenge course or ride horses or play tennis. In fact, I couldn't do much of anything. So for three days I lived pretty much like a mushroom, holed up in the spa. And it was GLORIOUS!
I steamed, I soaked, and every so often I emerged from the various forms of hot water to be slathered in hot oil. I tried the "Ultimate Ayurvedic," and had the feeling that the warm oil poured on my forehead was grease for all of my joints.
"Spa News: Deborah Lippmann Launches First Nail Salon at Miraval" by Jackie Burns Brisman
I’m the first to say that when it comes to glitter polish there’s not one brand I’ve tried that can hold a candle to Deborah Lippmann (Happy Birthday is by far my fave polish for a fun night out!). So I was thrilled when I heard the big announcement that one of our favorite spas was going to be the home of Deborah Lippmann’s first ever nail salon! The brand new 350-square-foot salon is yet another reason to fall in love with Miraval’s Life in Balance Spa and each treatment was developed and taught to specialists by Deborah herself! “I grew up in Arizona, which as my home state holds a special place in my heart,” Deborah said.“I support the Miraval philosophy of Life in Balance – it’s something in which I very much believe.I have truly benefited from their teachings – learning to get to the root of things, releasing and letting go. The Miraval experience makes it so much more than just a spa.”
"Man's New Best Friend? The Power of Horse Therapy" by Vicki Santillano
At Miraval Resort & Spa, "horsing around" is part of the healing process. People flock from across the world to Tucson, Arizona's Miraval Resort & Spa to experience its renowned spa services and luxurious accommodations. But amidst the herbal body balancing, water massages, and myriad of other ways guests can pamper themselves, one of the most popular treatments involves no pampering whatsoever—in fact, it actually involves grooming horses.
Wyatt Webb, program creator, introduced the Miraval Equine Experience to guests in 1991, and it was a hit from the start. He'd seen the power of equine therapy when he counseled teenagers in the earlier years of his practice. "These kids didn't trust adults, they were impatient," he shares. "Standing next to a kid interacting with a horse, you could absolutely see their young lifetimes of learned behaviors." He realized that horses can act as "energetic mirrors" of doubts, fears, self-confidence issues, and other limitations that hold people back from living their best lives.
"Bring the Spa Home: Challenge Yourself with Miraval" by Peter Greenberg Online
Dreaming of a summer escape at the spa? Even if you can't afford that five-star resort, you can recreate the spa experience at home...and not just with a DIY facial. We're talking about complete relaxation as well as personal growth. One tool to check out is Miraval Arizona Resort & Spa's new Mindful Living Miraval, a month-by-month guide to help you more fully celebrate each moment of your life.
"The power of challenge is that it takes you beyond your day-to-day norm," says Neil McLeod, head of the Outdoor Adventure Program at Miraval. For Miraval guests, this can mean leaping from a plate-sized disk 25 feet in the air, working their way across a desert tightrope, or climbing an oversized ladder with rungs five feet apart. Almost anyone would admit that these activities go beyond the day-to-day norm, but Neil, who worked as a river-rafting guide and with Outward Bound before coming to Miraval, expands his definition of challenge to include "anything that gets you out of your personal comfort zone. For some people the Equine Experience is a challenge. For others it might be something like the Spirit Flight, or even taking a fitness class like Zen Boot Camp that's going to throw you into a completely different kind of workout than you'd get back home."
Condé Nast Traveler Hot List: The Best New Spas of 2013
"Miraval Life in Balance Spa with Clarins, Miraval Resort & Spa"
What: An out-there, New Agey destination that chases massages and facials with chakra-reading seminars, holographic memory visualization, and healing ceremonies led by spiritual leaders—along with sunrise horseback rides and sunset drum circles. Overheard at the lap pool: "I felt like that psychic got me immediately."
The look: Slick but earthy—slate floors, walls of windows overlooking the snowcapped Santa Catalinas, and open fireplaces. The spa, gym, and juice bar are surrounded by cacti and desert plants and have a bubbling hot tub and steaming pools.
"Reinvigorated!" by Beth Weitzman
Life is a marathon. But unlike a punishing 26-miler, the journey matters more than the finish. So if taking time to recharge seems "impossible," know this: Sourcing serenity is as easy as a quick trip to Tucson, Ariz., and a check-in to Miraval (miravalresorts.com). The luxurious destination spa lured me back, after two long years away, for the opening of its Life in Balance Spa With Clarins—the result of a new partnership between Miraval owners Steve and Jean Case (yes, the same Steve Case that co-founded AOL), and the namesake beauty brand. While it's likely you've been to this desert oasis—or have at least heard about it—erase your memories, as this ultramod addition exceeds all expectations.
Its mantra, "life-enhancing minimalism," informs all aspects of the revamped spa, and its luxurious environs a credit to renowned Mithun Architects and Clodagh Design. Stylish sustainability, shepherded along by a constellation of stunning indoor and outdoor spaces, seamlessly reconnects spa-goers to nature and nurture.
"Life in Balance" by Herb Stratford
Rejuvenate mind, body and spirit at Miraval Resort and Spa. From cooking classes to zip lines and confidence courses, this desert retreat pushes the boundaries of the traditional resort experience. You'll find group trail rides on horseback, for example, yet Miraval Resort and Spa goes further by offering a guided equine workshop in which the horse serves as your own personal life coach.
Every enrichment and relaxation opportunity is inspired by Miraval's "life in balance" mantra. Classic amenities include golf, tennis, yoga, and Pilates, but guests can increase inner strength with the Andrew Weil, MD, Integrative Wellness Program, or reserve a private session with a member of Miraval's extensive staff of health and wellness specialists.
"Desert Flower" by Gretchen Kelly
Although Oprah Winfrey was already a devoted fan of the Miraval Arizona Resort & Spa, majority owner—and AOL cofounder—Steve Case saw a need to exfoliate the property's inessentials to install a Clarins brand Life in Balance spa. Brought in to perform the treatment, Interior Design Hall of Fame member Clodagh realized: "This wasn't a hair and makeup job. It was drastic surgery." Fortunately Clodagh Design had already partnered with architecture firm Mithun in 2006 on the Sonoran Desert resort's master plan, so the team was already familiar with the 400-acre, wind-sculpted setting.
"A Harmonious Retreat" by Jessica Lawless
Tucson's Miraval Arizona Resort and Spa aims to give you more than a few days by the pool—the resort has classes and activities designed to bring your body and mind into alignment and send you home with a sense of peace.
Wellness is a huge focus at Miraval. World-famous Dr. Andrew Weil—he was named one of Time magazine's 100 most influential people in 2005—serves as director of integrative health and healing at the resort. His time at Miraval is in addition to his duties at the University of Arizona's Program in Integrative Medicine at the College of Medicine, which he founded and directs, Weil facilitates workshops at the resort various times throughout the year, and will offer one on Oct. 24.
Miraval's devotion to health is evident in its cuisine; the resort's goal is to combine "textures and flavors that please the palate and respect the waistline," according to its website. The Cactus Flower restaurant, for instance, grows organic food ranging from cilantro to squash to chile peppers.
"Best of the Best 2013: Spas: Miraval Life in Balance Spa with Clarins" by Mary Bemis
Opened in 1996, the Miraval Resort & Spa in Tucson, Ariz., was a pioneer in the world of wellness. But in the years since the 400-acre spa resort debuted, first-rate spas that in many ways surpassed Miraval's own facility have sprouted up in resorts and city hotels worldwide. The completion of the new Miraval Life in Balance Spa with Clarins—which opened in May 2012 after a nearly yearlong transformation—has returned the 117-room resort to the fore of luxury spa destinations.
by Andrea Petersen
Spas, even the most glamorous ones, can elicit their share of cringe-inducing moments. There's the awkward scene in the locker room. The forced "relaxation room" time with other robe-clad clients—some who want to party, others who want to sleep. Not to mention sauna etiquette conundrums (towel or no towel?).
Now, hotel companies are designing spas to give privacy-craving guests a spa of their own. These mini "spas within a spa" include their own bathrooms, showers, lounging areas and even Jacuzzis and steam rooms. People can pay to spend the day getting treatments and hanging out in a bubble of spa-suite seclusion.