is a one-of-a-kind Tucson, Arizona resort and spa, is the winner of the Readers' Choice Award for Best Extended Day Spa
Miraval takes the money
stress out of your spa retreat by offering all-inclusive stays which cover airport transportation, welcome gifts
, accommodations, all meals, snacks, non-alcoholic beverages, "growth activities," fitness and yoga classes, full resort amenity access and a daily $130 resort credit to be used for spa services
, private consultations, Dinner with the Chef, or a round of golf. For anyone who's concerned about how much money they'll spend on their retreat, this is an ideal situation.
The desert resort was built in 1995 in the shade of the Santa Catalina Mountains and offers everything from spa and beauty
experiences to nutritional counseling and horseback riding. Miraval is the kind of resort you don't leave at all while you're there. You can attend the luxurious lunches in your robe and choose your daily experiences as you go, according to how you're feeling -- no need to plan it all in advance. You can view sample weeks, called Experience Guides, which are updated monthly, here
Many of the spa treatments
can be enjoyed in the harmoniously designed Clodagh
Outdoor Treatment Rooms, such as Outdoor Nuture, a "six part ritual" which involves brushing the skin with warm loofah mitts and a full-body massage
with Arctic berry milk cream. Divine. Outdoor Ginger Healer consists of a deep tissue massage with healing ginger and rosemary, a wrap, a facial marma point massage while wrapped, and then a ginger salt scrub. Most magnificent of all is the Outdoor Miraval Journey. Your body is scrubbed with volcanic pumicen then massaged with Edelweiss-infused lotion. Then, you are wrapped, and given a scalp and face massage, followed by a foot massage.
As you can tell from those three samplings, attention is paid to each delightful, exotic detail of the treatments, providing a rich and unforgettable experience. Readers report that Miraval is a wonderful place to get away even on your own; it's not awkward to be there alone and it's easy to make friends. The balance of "Chill Out" spa services and "Clue In" activities is said to "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 hosts special events
such as seminars on esoteric and metaphysical topics, usually centered around well-being and happiness. Visit the website
for more information.