If the past few years have taught me anything it’s the importance of balance and taking care of myself mentally, physically, and spiritually. I truly don’t know a better place to do all of that than Miraval Resort and Spa. Located in sunny Tucson, Arizona this wellness resort is ideal for those looking to center, relax and rejuvenate through mindful and holistic therapies and programs. Below are my top reasons to visit.
I’ve been to a handful of spas, but there’s something unique and special about the one at Miraval Resort! I could’ve spent my entire trip here. A relaxing, welcoming, and calming presence exists in every room, but my favorite was the quiet room with sweeping views of the Catalina Mountains and memorable sunsets. I was advised to get the most unique spa service possible and I’m so glad I did! I loved the Ginger Healer massage. It was the first time I ever got a massage outside under the stars. I was so relaxed I didn’t even notice the full moon celebration with drums less than a mile away. There are a variety of options to choose from – I say go with the wildest!
You don’t realize how addicted you are to your cell phone until you can’t use it for a stretch of time! I vow that taking breaks from your mobile is the healthiest thing you can do. There are certain areas at Miraval Resort that are cell-phone free. At first, I thought this would be so inconvenient. I manage client’s trips- I always need access to my phone! What if there’s an issue? What if someone needs to reach me? But I learned to appreciate putting my phone away, being more present with what I was doing and who I was with. I found myself fully immersed in the activities I was enjoying, meeting new people and having great conversations with my mom!
The People You Meet
I went to Miraval Resort and Spa for an annual mother-daughter getaway. I was not expecting to meet so many amazing people! You really connect over these out-of-this-world experiences you go through together. From “Painting the Music” to “Quantum Leaps” it’s rather easy to create a special bond. You quickly realize everyone is dealing with “stuff” and overcoming these challenges together is both special and healing. Especially considering most of the activities force you out of your comfort zone and into the arena of growth and expansion. Of course, if your goal on this trip is to get away from people and simply relax in peace and quiet- that can certainly happen too!
Unique I Would Never do Anywhere Else Experiences
I don’t know how to casually say this so I’m just going to say it- I climbed a 30 foot wooden pole and leapt off! It was terrifying and anxiety inducing, yet such an amazing opportunity to face my fears and conquer them. Talk about empowering! This activity was called “Quantum Leap.” I found myself surprisingly enjoying cheering on others during this activity and having deep, important conversations afterwards about what the experience meant to each of us. You quickly learn that in order to conquer your fears, you must face them. In addition to leaping off poles, I also tight roped 40 feet in the air during the “desert tightrope” activity, bonded with horses during “journey to self” and got up close and personal with bees during “all the buzz.” I learned more than I ever thought I would about these remarkable insects. I have never felt so uncomfortable, yet so open to growth, in my life!
Top Therapists and Instructors in the Country
From the wide variety of spa treatments and classes to choose from (everything from yoga and meditation to hiking, biking and horseback riding) Miraval Resort employs the top therapists and instructors in the world! The floating yoga class exceeded all my expectations- using a silk hammock we moved through positions that stretched and challenged us, while at the same time was equally relaxing as we floated through the air. I found my past life regression session to be life-changing. Taught by the popular instructor Rae Jessie- through a meditation I journeyed deep through the layers of myself and met my deceased grandmother that I haven’t truly thought of in years. Tears trickled down my cheek as we had an impactful conversation! It was such an extraordinary experience it’s hard to put into works. The instructor for “all the buzz” was incredibly knowledgeable and passionate about bees- it was inspiring!
There are ample opportunities to get away and find a quiet spot for meditation, journaling and reflection. We live in a world that is constantly on the go and I truly think to grow and flourish you need to take some time to stop and reflect. I loved the labyrinth and as soon as I arrived found myself walking around it while centering. The prayer tree dedicated to a staff member who had recently passed away was a great spot to sit quietly and journal. I enjoyed the hammocks that were spread throughout the property and the pool was also a scenic spot to relax and enjoy the sunshine.
Food and wine
Sometimes you go to these wellness resorts and the food is healthy, but not very tasty. I was incredibly impressed by not just the variety of healthy, great tasting food at Miraval but also the selection of wines and cocktails. The staff couldn’t have been friendlier or more accommodating to dietary needs. I loved the smoothies at the to-go café…so delicious! There were options to dine-in at the restaurant, eat outside at the bar or get food to go. The food is fresh, locally sourced and cooked to order. And last but certainly not least- the backdrop while enjoying our meals was memorable!
Please don’t hesitate to reach out with questions or inquire about rates and availability. As a preferred partner I’m excited to VIP my clients stay with a complimentary upgrade, resort credit and daily breakfast for two!