THE NEW MIRAVAL LIFE IN BALANCE SPA WITH CLARINS
Received Grand Prize for Best Spa in the Gold Key Awards for Excellence in Hospitality Design, November 2012
Inside the Quiet Room
Spa Suite Courtyard
With a focus on sustainability, the new spa’s luxury is not about excess, opulence, or lavishness but rather embraces the mantra “Life Enhancing Minimalism”. Working in harmony with renowned Mithun Architects and Clodagh Design – the same team who helped create the Villas at Miraval that completely sold out in fall of 2011 – Miraval crafted a physical environment that reinforces the spa’s connection to the earth, creating a seamless blend of indoor and outdoor relaxation spaces.
“The Miraval Life in Balance Spa with Clarins is the next step in the Miraval Journey, and we are excited to see this inspiring project take shape,” said Michael Tompkins, President & General Manager of Miraval Resort & Spa. “The balance, growth and development we see our guests experience every day has been a true inspiration to everyone at Miraval, and is something we have strived to recreate through the new spa.”
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Architecture & Design
The Miraval Life in Balance Spa with Clarins mirrors an authentic experience of the Arizona desert through its strong connection to the spirit of its rugged landscape. On the entrance wall of the spa building, there is a giant symbol in oxidized steel and healing copper with a turquoise stone center, announcing the approach to the gate to wellness.
All the senses and elements have been enlisted in a cavalcade of design and natural elements. A trough filled with highly tactile pebbles - called a ziggurat – and a giant bowl of round stones, welcomes and encourages guests to build cairns of the kind which dot the desert landscape. The welcome walkway leads to a long reflecting pool of water which reflects the Arizona sky where one will find an outdoor haven of fragrant native plantings; sage, wild lavender, and deer grass. An intimate view of the Catalina Mountains, fortifying in its beautiful simplicity is on view from a plush chaise, the ever changing sunset reflected on the huge glazed wall. In the evening, a fire bowl is lit, symbolizing the sense of community and shared experience that is key to Miraval.
A smoke grey concrete pad at the ancient wood door creates a threshold to the reception hall. On one side the orientation desk is clad with a twenty five foot slice of a fallen cedar tree. Behind it a corrugated papiermache art wall by Louise Crandell vibrates with the intense color of oxidized copper, a native metal. The massive stucco walls of the spa are colored the rich tone of mesquite bark, blending into the desert. Inviting chairs and sofas are grouped in front of a metal clad two sided fireplace. A huge glass wall offers ever changing views of the Catalina Mountains. To the side of the orientation/reception desk, light flickers mysteriously, casting shadows over a graphite glass wall, from a lit water trough at its base. A vast portal lined with aged reclaimed cedar leads to the spa treatment rooms.
“Design and architecture are not just disciplines, but also healing arts that support and enhance the spirit as well as the body,” said Clodagh, principal of Clodagh Design. "The Miraval Life in Balance Spa with Clarins is no exception, with thoughtful designs that impact guests in life-enhancing and sustainable ways.”
Partnership with Clarins
In the last six decades, Clarins has evolved to become the most trusted European skincare authority for women all over the world and one of the most recognized Spa brands. “The guests at Miraval are savvy spa consumers seeking the highest quality treatments in the unique environment. Clarins collaboration with Miraval honors our spa heritage, unique massage techniques and innovative products. It is a partnership of excellence between two companies who share the same philosophy of total well-being and unparalleled service,” says Christian Courtin-Clarins, Chairman of Clarins Group Supervisory Board.
The partnership of Clarins and Miraval is a natural marriage. For sixty years, Clarins has offered guests transformational spa experiences that bring peace, balance and mindfulness to life—the same philosophy of natural beauty, total well-being and exceptional service that has guided Miraval throughout its seventeen year history. A leader in fusion spa services, Miraval has unveiled a new menu of exclusive Clarins treatments using the brand's revolutionary PRO Formula products. Over 30 new offerings have been created, each designed to go beyond the skin's surface to awaken the senses and create balance through well-being.
Learn more about Clarins at www.clarinsusa.com
Partnership with Deborah Lippmann
Known as one of th most in-demand celebrity and editorial manicurists, Deborah Lippmann is an innovator in the field of nail health. This collaboration brings high fashion nail lines together with the Miraval touch to create one-of-a-kind nail care rituals offered only at Miraval. The new decadent services, developed under this partnership, empower a unique nail and skin health assessment that customizes your manicure or pedicure to promote long-lasting nail health with beauty. Long-wearing, quick-drying, highly pigmented and free of toluene, formaldehyde, dibutyle phtalates, Deborah Lippmann's nail lacquers are made with the finest ingredients, making them as luxurious as they are indulgent.
Learn more about Deborah Lippmann www.deborahlippmann.com