Red Mountain Resort
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... Mountains just south of Salt Lake City. The hike to the cave tour (Park Ranger led tour) is 1.5 miles in length and climbs over 1100 feet in elevation. Although the pathway is paved, it is steep and narrow and in numerous places you are walking in a path cut out of a vertical cliff. Hike is exhilarating and strenuous but it really added to the experience. The cave itself is pretty amazing. From places along the trail we could ...
... a good place for them. Our hotel "Hilton Grand Vacations Suites on the North Strip" is a huge building consisting of 2 towers. We are located in 'tower 1' on the 22nd floor. High and dry... But then again that's not hard for Vegas :-) The room is extremely spacious with a kitchen, living room with sofa-bed, bathroom with shower and a separate bedroom with a bath in it... There's also a bed in there so there's no sleeping in the bathtub... The biggest room I've had up to now. ...
Just after crossing into Utah, I stopped at another state park. I arrived at the campground by late morning, and felt like doing some hiking. There is a nice hike that follows the ridge over the east end of the canyon, but the only way for me to do it was to make it a long loop. The whole loop came out to 18 miles, and this I did in the middle of the day. The ranger suggested I bring a lot of water, and for some reason, a gallon seemed like a ...
... precipices must be at least twenty feet above the water's surface. The lake is narrow above the dam and looks more like a river, apparently due to the low level of the lake.
We stopped an looked down at the river and back at the lake. The power plant seems small and is dwarfed by the dam itself. It's unusual in that it's a separate unit and not built into the dam itself.
As we approached the area, a huge plume ...
... to a large bowl-shaped alcove where the lower layer of sandstone has eroded away and the water sprinkles from above. The "weeping walls" form a beautifully lush hanging garden with a little flowing stream below.
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My husband and I spent 7 days at this marvelous property overlooking the vast scenery of the Red Mountains of St. George. The spa is very wll staffed and organized. We each had the La Stone massage therapy(highly recommended). We went there with the intention of fitness and toning. I was not once disappointed with the variety and well put together programs each day. I think anyone would find each class very interesting and fun to do. There was just enough variety to try something different each day. Also, the food was superb for the healthy, the calories, protein, fat content, & carb content are listed in each dish. By far a very nice experience and service was superb.
My husband and I purchased the Valentines package including the deluxe villa, candy, and flowers. The villa offered a view of an empty lot, the candy was hersey kisses in a wine glass and the flowers were polinating so heavly we had to put them outside to avoid a sneezing fit.
This package was very expensive. Should the price been half the amount, I wouldn't have had such a problem. My expectations from the advertising and the price didn't match the quality, value or presentation. The staff was inexperienced and in need of service and policy training.
Overall, I won't recommend or go back to the Spa although, the mountains surrounding St. George were spectaculor.
I found the campus at Red Mountain Spa to be amazing and beautiful. The grounds were well taken care of and full of fragrant flowering plants that scented the air so much it was like Eden. The scenery is spectacular as the property near the entrance to Snow Canyon State Park. There are some new developments in the area, but such is progress unfortunate, but true. It's obvious they were there long before the developments, so who can fault them for that? The hikes are amazing and challenging. I did theTrekker 3 and found them to be perfect for me because they challenged me to push myself. The pace is very fast! Your heartrate will be accelerated for sure. I hike a lot and loved the pace. The classes are pretty good...the NIA in particular was a favorite. It was fun and a great work out. I also enjoyed the pool classses as you can make them as hard and effective as you would like them to be. The rooms are perfectly fine. You don't spend a huge amount of time in them, so for me it was just a place to sleep. They are nicely done and serve their purpose. The food was okay. My group really enjoyed lunch and dinner, but found unless you got the fish, the dinners did not arrive to your table hot. The staff in general seemed very new, very young and very untrained. That was the biggest complaint we had was that no one ever had answers to our questions. The massages were great for the most part, but during one massage I felt like the masseuse was in a hurry. I felt like I was a burden to him. I would highly recommend Larry as he has terrific hands and is gorgeous to boot! It was challenging to relax with someone that attractive, but I enjoyed the challenge! He always made me feel like I was the only client he had and was never rushed. The Fire and Ice facial is pretty amazing and I liked the Honey glow very much too. I ended up losing 5 pounds in 5 days just from being so active. I think Red Mountain is an excellent value for a spa and I would return again. The best part is that it doesn't feel stuck up and you can go to dinner in a robe or in your work out clothes. I didn't do a whole lot of the additional fee things like kayaking,climbling, pottery etc. I found myself to be overbooked just with the "free" classes. I wanted to spend my money on the spa services more because I do live in a state where those "extras" are readliy available every day.
Not overly impressed
Just returned from visit there....although the gym staff, spa staff and chefs were quite nice/friendly and helpful, the guest services and outdoor activity staff was NOT. Full of attitude and not that "bend over backwards" attitude that I'm so used to at other spas, I also felt very nickeled and dimed with little charges here and there (yes, rooms were cheap, but everything else, water, spa services, etc was on the high side). The scenery was gorgeous and great weather in April/May but will not go back and would recommend Mii Amo spa/Sedona before going to this one.
Loved it All!!
After reading some of the reviews here, I felt compelled to write about my experience at Red Mountain Spa. I stayed in a standard king room for 5 nights, 6 days. The room I booked was the cheapest they had, and I thought it was beautiful. I had a private bathroom with marble floors, a king sized bed, and a heating lamp right next to and above the shower, so I would not be cold when I came out of the shower.
What impressed me most was the staff at Red Mountain. They were all EXTREMELY helpful and super sweet. Whenever I had a question, they ALWAYS responded quickly, and bent over backwards to make sure I was happy. All of the hikes were amazing. I did the trekker 2 hikes, and fell behind a few times (I was not used to the altitude). The guides stayed with me, and let me take pictures and enjoy the breathtaking views around me.
The food was awesome. I thought that it would be really horrible, but I was pleasantly surprised. I was impressed by all of the choices that we had at every meal.
The spa was on the small side, but they are building a brand new spa facility which should be there in a year or so. But, DON'T let that stop you from going NOW. I received a different treatment each day I was there. All of the treatments were amazing!! Especially the fire and Ice facial with Cari; the LaStone treatment with Dedy; Massages with Cynthia; and the RM Revitalizer with Larry.
The classes were incredible, and the instructors were more than knowlegable. The best money I spent was on the personal training session with Eric, a nutritional consult with Dr. Ralph. I want to go back every year!!
Stunning Scenery-awesome food
One of the most reasonable resort places around, I was so happy. The set up and scenery create a setting of complete rejuvenation and relaxation. Time to yourself, with others and with the beautiful red sandstone mountains leaves you wanting more. The food is unique and excellent. Hike everyday, unwind in the jacuzzi-its wonderful. So I'm going again this year!
I arrived at Red Mountain a little bit concerned about the place after reading a negative review here. However I found the resort to be just fine. The service is very friendly, outgoing, and accommodating.There is a suburban tract nearby but you really don't see it. (And there is just one nearby. Red Mountain is not in the middle of the suburbs.) Most of the resort overlooks a very pretty view over an amazing lava flow to gorgeous red cliffs. It is just a mile to Snow Canyon state park which is very nice for biking and hiking. The rooms are way above "motel" quality -- more in line with a nice Marriott.I utilized the massage services, rented a mountain bike, went on a hike, and ate a bunch of meals. I was happy with everything. The massages were good. The hiking program is terrific it seems to be their centerpiece and rightly so. They offer three levels of hiking each morning and with small groups no larger than 10 or 12 and two guides per group. The hiking routes change daily and often there is a choice of hikes within each level. I am an avid and fussy mountain biker. I was very pleasantly surprised that they had good mountain bikes, both hard tails and full suspensions, and in good condition.The food was good, enjoyable, healthy, and plentiful. The air conditioner in my room was noisy. They fixed it very quickly and then it was fine.I have been to other resort/spas including Enchantment in Sedona, Miraval near Tucson, and Canyon Ranch in the Berkshires. I'd say Red Mountain is in the same leaque but maybe half a notch below those others. They all have somewhat nicer settings and grounds -- and perhaps a little more staff per quest.I had the least expensive room at Red Mountain and found it to be just fine -- similar to the rooms at Miraval. The rooms at CR and Enchantment are nicer but you dont spend much time in them anyway. The food is a little more upscale and tasty at the other resorts. The spa areas are nicer at the other resorts too but Red Mountain is building a new one.In summary the other places are nicer, but not by a big margin. And Red Mountain is much less expensive. On a price to value comparison I think Red Mountain is equal to or better than those others.It's pricing which includes all your meals and many services make it a much better option and experience than staying in the motels and inns in St. George.Id go back again and probably will.
An Oasis from a hectic living
Red Mountain is a welcoming oasis from a busy hectic lifestyle. Red Mountain offers many options for those needing to get away. I have been going for the past three years and look forward to returning each year.
What I like best about Red Mountain are the daily morning adventure hikes. There are many hikes for every level of fitness led by experienced guides. The hikes can last anywhere from over an hour to over three hours. When you return from the hike you can opt for a snooze on a hammock by the waterfall, take various fitness classes like pilates, hip-hop, Ny Ballet workouts, hot yoga, water aerobics, strength training, cycling, biking, stretch, etc. or go to the cafe for a late morning coffee and light snack, or head into Kayenta to the coffee shop/gift shop. There are bikes to rent and excursions to go on.
One year I took an excursion to Zion National Park and hiked the Zion Narrows (should only be done with a experienced guide). The following year I rented a car and went out to Zion with friends to climb Angels Landing. And, when you are not doing something physical you can enjoy the delicious food served at Red Mountain. By the way if you plan an excursion, Red Mountain will pack you a lunch to go (they are very thoughtful). The food is another reason why I keep going back. The food is substantial and healthy. I always come away with great recipes to share with my family. If that is not enough, Red Mountain offers daily cooking classes. For the more cerebral clients, there are many lifestyle lectures, and insightful sessions to help you to bring Red Mountain home. Each time I return to Red Mountain I come home with new recipes, new ways of dealing with stress, information about my health, an enlightenment about who I am and tools on how to stay healthy and happy. The rooms are comfortable and basic, but then again I haven't spent much time in my room. The Spa treatments are reasonable and there is a good variety - something for everyone. The price is reasonable and I feel like I get every penny worth even long after my visit to Red Mountain. So overall - I rate this spa a 10!
Spa? Fat Farm!
Finally somewhere to warn those looking for a "adventure" spa experience. St. George is a mormon sprawling town. The so- called spa is located in the middle of a sub-division. The facilities are motel- like with no views of the truely beautiful nature surrounding the "motel". The grounds hum with the sound of air conditioners and the food...! Sorry i am from san francisco and I pride my self with fresh local in season fare...I can not say the food is fresh. Unfortunately I lived on farmed salmon for 4 days...really bad!
So, just so you know...it was a fat farm before it decided to go more upscale but if you know anything about design this place fails completely. No light comes into the rooms. parking lots are everywhere. the outdoor pool is one of those kidney shaped one's you find in a track house. the indoor one is nicer but who wants to be indoors? Now i know why there are no pictures of the grounds and the rooms on the web sight. so you pay $100 to go on a hike...or you get a massage in a air conditioned freezing room...that's great no?
What an Adventure!
If you a re looking for a truly exceptional and unique vacation, try Red Mountain Spa. The scenery is spectacular and the activies are literally endless. Plus the food is fantastic!
I went on hikes every morning, mountain biked, learned how to rock climb and THEN got a world class message and facial. And its only an hour and half from Las Vegas !