Miraval Resort & Spa, outside of Tucson, Arizona, is an unusual place, sort of a hippy-dippy summer camp for adults. But I only wished this camp was a three-month, all-summer-long affair! Instead, I spent a relaxing long weekend there, soaking in the calming desert landscapes and melting away at the spa. Miraval stands out among Arizona spas; it is the type of place where everyone is either strolling the serene walkways in a robe on the way to and from the spa, or donning their cutest Sporty Spice wear to the gym, a hike, or one of the activities the retreat is famous for. But we’ll get to that.
First, I want to show you the grounds.
After my tropical retreat in Costa Rica, the desert landscape was a refreshing change of scenery. My friend Aaron flew in from NYC to come with me. If anyone needed a relaxing spa-fueled weekend, it’s the two of us: a workaholic journalist New Yorker, and moi, the workaholic editor from Sin City. We had great weather: crisp sun during the day, with colder nights…
And nothing but blue skies!
Like all of the famous Arizona spas, Miraval is designed to have a calming effect, which isn’t hard to do with the sunshine beating down on the neutral colors of the desert. A stream rushes through the center of the campus…
And bright cactus dot the property.
Aaron and I each had a cabana at the edge of the resort, so that we had uninterrupted views of nature. Aaron woke up one morning with a wild bobcat on his patio! Here is the view from my room and patio:
My room had an outdoor shower, in addition to spa-worthy indoor shower and oversized freestanding tub.
No complaints from me about sleeping in this marshmallow puff of a bed! I cracked the doors open for fresh air the first night — until I heard about the bobcat.
Cell phones are banned from Miraval except in the rooms, guaranteeing a peaceful visit. It was so nice to walk the grounds with not a care in the world. My mind was free to wander from the clutter that is my work stress, and I vowed this year to veer back onto a life’s path of being truer to what I truly want out of life. For me, it means working on the balance between the “good life” and the “fast lane.”
A version of the top photo of Aaron and I ran in my editor’s letter this month in Vegas magazine. Check it out!
Miraval Resort and Spa, Tucson, Arizona: 800.232.3969
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