Miraval Arizona Resort & Spa
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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.
Best Spa in the Country!
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:
-Arrive in Tucson the day before you are arrive at Miraval. If possible, arrive first thing in the am to maxamize time. ( We arrived at 8:45 and checked into our room at 2:00, but we got in a Pilates class, poolside time, and lunch!)
-Book your spa times at least 2 months ahead of time and try to get late afternoon appointments, around 5, to allow you pool time, classes, challenge courses.
- Mom (54), sister (26) and I did the Quantam Leap and Climbing Wall challenge classes. They were awesome!
- Wished I would have done the Aqua Zen treatment instead of my facial. Everyone said the Aqua Zen is the best thing ever.
-My sister had the Hot Stone Massage by Octavia and she raved about how wonderful it was. I had the Aruvedic massage, it was great, but don't think I'd do it again. Mom had a facial by a 21 year old and didn't like it too much, specifiy who you would like to have when you sign up for your treatments.
-Sign up for the Equine Experience, it's the neatest thing I've ever done.
-The food is great and you can ask for up to 6 recipies sent to your home after you leave.
-The are sometimes skimpy on your protein portions, you can ask them to double it up for your dinners.
Overall, it was fabulous. I want to go again and again. Definitely worth every cent!!!
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...
Excellent Destination Spa!
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.
The spa cuisine was incredible - everything was tasty, dinner was three courses. Bkfst and lunch were buffets with daily a la carte specials always offerred. Snacks (fruits, sunchips or cookies) were available from 6am to 6pm at the smoothie bar or at the pool. Bottled water is at every corner.
Their activity schedule changes on a monthly basis - try the photography classes - they give you training on a SLR camera, plus a roll of film, then they take you on a nature photography walk, equine photography, etc. Morning hikes were great - the guides cames prepared with fanny packs filled with two water bottles for everyone and tailored the hike to the fitness level you wanted.
Summer is the time to go - longer daylight hours, MUCH CHEAPER to stay there, as they have summer specials.
Some things to keep in mind about Miraval
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.
Balance your life with Pampering
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.
Without exception, we all felt like royalty from the way that we were treated by Miraval staff. Management is to be commended for the excellent training that the staff must go through. Personal fulfillment and comfort for each guest was foremost in all interactions.
The grounds and surroundings are peaceful and soul-nurturing, the activities are fun and thoughtful, the food fabulously nourishing for the eye and the body and the accomodations perfect as the basis for rejuvenation and replenishment for the mind and body.
This is surely the embodiment of what can be considered "Heaven on Earth" that offers a respite from everyday life, yet fortifies one to go back out to deal with it again.
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.
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