Miraval Arizona Resort & Spa
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... a different route to Tucson so it was a new experience but I completely forgot. My first stop was the Pima Air and Space Museum just outside Tucson. The museum was on a large dusty property that backed onto the airforce base. As I drove in I could see the amount of aircraft they had on the site, hundreds, just out in the weather. I'm gonna be here longer then expected. The site also had several larger hangers, the biggest being the main one you entered into. In the ...
... the candles… Connie remembers the Boy Scouts also helped create and light the luminarias as well… each yard would have from 20 to 200 of these around the walk ways… around the front yard… And each night the candles would burn until they were burnt out… The next night the young ...
... My wet-t-shirt contest idea gave me about 5-15 minutes of relief, and then everything in my car besides the contents of my cooler would dry completely. At every stop after New Mexico, I would continue the classy practice of soaking my shirt and buttoning it up all the way in order to protect my neck from the sun. I would feel relief every time the temperature dropped by one point, even if it went from from 103 to 102 degrees. With the threat of my engine dying or overheating at ...
Today i went to the airport to try to buy a ticket on a plain to L.A. to go see my mother. They didnt sell me the ticket because i was a minor. I got scared when the cops showed up so i hid in the bathroom and met tis guy that offered to buy the ticket for me if i would pay him but i left all my money at the impound lot. so i said i would pay him 100 dollars to take me to ...
This day was for me to relax and don to visit aeroplanes. We both enjoyed ourselves in different ways. After lunch we drove out to old Tucson and the desert. Then before sunset went to Mexican for happy hr margaritas and good food. Then at about 6 pm we watched sunset set over the senoran desert, beautiful. Driving back we saw a coyote. What a lovely ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Miraval Arizona Resort & Spa Tucson
I went with a friend. The activities were fabulous. The Equine Experience-learning about yourself through horses was fascinating, instructive and safe. It is typical of their mindful and original way of approaching the spa world. The spa services, massages of various types, Thai, reflexology, were wonderful. The food is fabulous and you can choose to eat as much or as little of it as you want.
The problem my friend and I found was that the rooms are of mediocre motel quality. I don't get it since everything else is so good.
Serenity at Miraval
Had the opportunity to enjoy a day at this excellent spa (frequented by Oprah Winfrey) and everything I read about the unique qualities and service rendered were true. There is no class distinction and my
facial was the best I have ever experienced. I will
certainly return and hopefully it will be for a longer amount of time! Peaceful, serene, inner tranquility and self-contained pleasure are a few adjectives to describe this desert oasis!
Life in balance????
traveler beware. once you get past the "guest service" staff, you will have a great time. They are the worst hotel staff we have ever dealt with. They are deceptive about what they are really offering you. You MUST book everything in advance to ensure that you get the horseback ridig etc. They call you and email you to book your spa treatments which are not included in the package. once you get there, you hear that all the cool stuff on the websites may or not have any openings. they refused to allow us to book these things in advance. they are under a massive construction and you have to beg for decent bedding etc. make sure you get a "renovated room." maybe the new stock holders will make a difference.
I just got back from a trip to Miraval with my mom and sister. It was the trip of a lifetime. Before we went we were wondering if the expense was going to be worth it. It definitely was! A couple of tips to maximize your stay:
Terribly overrated and unfriendly service from staff. A young staff member (female) snapped at me for asking a question about the flash floods in Arizona (I'm from CA). The yoga class and spa treatments were nothing special. Reconsider going here...
This was my first trip to a destination spa and I can't wait to go back next year. I was nervous about going in the heat of summer but even at 100 degrees, there is no humidity, so it feels cooler than the East Coast at 85 plus humidity! Everything at the resort was perfect - the grounds were beautiful, the food was excellent, spa services were great and the classes were wonderful. You can be active and rock climb, ride horses, take fitness classes all day, take meditation and stress reduction classes, and one daily credit of $95 is given to you towards a spa treatment or a one on one training per nightly stay.
I have been to Miraval 3 times now and have the following advice. Book your spa treatments well before going and if you book a particular therapist that you have heard good things about (or have had before), make sure that the reservationist knows that you want that person ONLY. Otherwise, they will most likely change the reservation adn give you a different therapist. (By the way, "Jared" is reputed to be the best masseuse there and I agree.) Also, the alcoholic beverages are expensive and I now take a bottle of wine with me when I go. Also, be very specific if you want a sunny room, a shady room, one near the big pool, etc.... There are some that are not so desirable. Lastly, make sure to sign up for dinner reservations at the unmanned hostess stand before having breakfast as certain time slots (7pm, 7:30pm, etc...) fill up very quickly and there are only 8 spots or so for each time period.
I was one of 200 lucky women from all over the country who met at Miraval in December 2002 to celebrate cancer survivorship. As can be imagined, there were some very difficult and at times, harrowing personal tales that were relayed during that expanded weekend.
Miraval was an amazing experience. Relaxing and wonderful. The service was impeccable. All the staff from housekeeping, to guest services, to waiter/waitresses, to fitness instructors were extremely friendly and helpful. The activities were fun although slightly geared more for the beginner than for an advanced yogi or fitness person. Food was amazing, healthy but delicious. They will basically accommodate anything you want. My only negative surprise was the 17.5% service charge that was added on to the nightly charge. Well deserved by the staff but I didn't see that anywhere in the fine print so it ended up being more expensive than originally planned.
De-stress and Relax
I visited Miraval in June 2002. This destination spa is absolutely wonderful. You can pick any of the scheduled activities that you wish to attend. Some of my favorites were the Equine Experience, Why High, and the Spirit of Tea. My room accommodations were just right. Growing right along the patio were fresh herbs, and the desert surroundings were so relaxing. The meals in the dining room were very flavorful and healthy. I enjoyed the cookies (very healthy) and health shakes at the Palm Court Snack bar. My favorite place in the whole resort was the Quiet Room in the spa. The view towards the mountain range is absolutely breathtaking (very peaceful). The spa treatments were excellent, including the hot stone massage and hydrotherapy treatments.