Miraval Wins Luxists' Editors' Choice Award for Best Spa
Miraval, the one-of-a-kind Tucson, Arizona resort and spa, is the ultimate destination to indulge and rejeuvenate. Likewise, it is the Luxist Editors' Choice Winner for Best Spa.
Offering beautiful grounds, spectacular amenities and delicious cuisine, Miraval is an award-winning "destination retreat" that is like no other. Guests unwind and relax at Miraval. The resort has a no tipping policy and thus there is no need to carry a credit card or cash. The resort offers all-inclusive stays which includes everything from airport transportation (to and from the Tuscon airport), welcome gifts, and accommodations to meals, snacks, non-alcoholic beverages and "growth activities". A daily $130 resort credit is extended to each guest to be used toward spa services, private consultations, dinner with the chef, or even a round of golf.
The 14 year old resort is situated at the base of the Santa Catalina Mountains in the High Sonoran Desert. Its focus is healthy and sustainable living and it offers everything from spa and beauty experiences to nutritional counseling and horseback riding. It is famous for the personalized attention it extends to guests, as well as its luxurious accomodations. Guests are housed in 177 casually elegant casita-style accommodations and suites grouped in six separate villages.
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Guests rave about the Cactus Flower Restaurant, which features spa cuisine made with ingredients grown in its own organic garden, including such items as Coyote tomatoes, amaranth, Mexican oregano, lemongrass, Thai basil and Kaffir limes, among others. Unlike some other destination spa resorts, Miraval also offers a wine list and cocktails.
In addition to the resort's "Chill Out" spa services, Miraval features a wide selection of "Clue In" activities, which calm stressed minds, relieve exhausted bodies, console grieving hearts, break negative behavior patterns, excite the senses and generally prepare the human spirit for a more magnificent life.
Miraval also offers many indoor and outdoor physical activities. Outdoor activiities include outback trail running and mountain biking to hiking, a climbing wall and a zip line. Miraval's state-of-the-art body "mindfulness" center is complete with movement studios and a plethora of classes. There are three swimming pools, an equestrian center (called the "Purple Sage Ranch", it offers private trail rides) and a yoga center. There's even zen and desert gardens complete with a labyrinth.
Miraval's creative classes are plentiful and range from rock painting to African drumming. One popular class is the evening photography walk, which teaches basic digital camera skills as you walk through the desert during a late afternoon just as the light is changing, creating a colorful panarama. Another unique offering is the ancient art of Japanese ink floating, which is a technique that uses special brushes and ink to transmit ink onto the surface of water.
Miraval also hosts special events such as seminars on esoteric and metaphysical topics, usually centered around well-being and happiness. Visit the website for more information.