Miraval Resort & Spa was born over 20 years ago from the idea that “life is more meaningful and enjoyable when physical, emotional, social, spiritual and intellectual components are in balance.” Nestled next to the Santa Catalina Mountains in Tucson, Arizona, this 400-acre property is an all-inclusive wellness destination that helps guests renew their body and spirit through spa treatments, nutritious meals, and various fitness and outdoor activities. Since opening its doors in 1995, the resort has been named one of the world’s top destination spas by Travel + Leisure, SpaFinder, and Condé Nast Traveler year after year.
The property consists of 117 rooms and suites organized into six little villages around the property, each featuring natural textures and colors reflecting the desert setting that lays just outside. Rooms range from 400 to 600 square feet with standard amenities including daily housekeeping service, 37-inch LCD TV, Miraval’s Cactus Cream Bath Collection, velour bathrobes, complimentary Wi-Fi, in-room safes, and hair dryers. The larger Sunrise Rooms also have an outdoor living area, al fresco shower, soaking tub, and views out onto the serene Sonoran desert landscape.
Suites range in size from 600 to 1,000 square feet and include the same standard amenities plus some extras such as cozy fireplaces, intimate outdoor seating and showers, whirlpool tubs, and stunning views. The ultimate in luxury accommodations, however, are the sprawling villas with two master suites with king beds, a fireplace, walk-in closet, courtyard with hot tub, indoor steam shower, and soaking tubs. The outdoor area features a dining area with fire pit and infinity pool, and inside there’s a state-of-the-art kitchen, dining for six, and entertainment center with surround sound. The floor-to-ceiling glass walls retract to allow the beautiful mountain vistas to become that much more enjoyable.
The award-winning Life In Balance Spa aims to bring the calming energy of Miraval’s relaxing environment into each treatment, and there are many to choose from: Ayurveda, body scrubs, wraps, peels, massage, hair care, manicure and pedicure, facials, acupuncture, Oriental treatments, Thai massage, specialty body treatments, and outdoor services performed in a climate controlled tent. The spa’s partnerships with Clarins and Deborah Lippmann elevate both skin and nail treatments for a one-of-a-kind experience.
Since breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks, non-alcoholic beverages, and even tips are taken care as part of Miraval’s all-inclusive packages, the only thing guests have to worry about is which delicious menu item to choose from during each meal. Cactus Flower Restaurant is the main dining venue where guests can stop in for a healthy breakfast of steel cut oatmeal or buckwheat pancakes before heading out for the day’s activities, and come back for lunch prepared fresh daily by the culinary team.
Palm Court is the place to grab freshly pressed juices, fruit smoothies, coffee, tea, and light snacks throughout the busy day, and by night, Brave Bill Lounge is where guests unwind with a pre-dinner cocktail and appetizer. Travelers can also join in on the fun with a cooking workshop or “Evening with the Chef” demo concluding in a five-course meal with wine pairings at the demonstration kitchen.
Miraval offers plenty of opportunities to get back to nature, explore new interests, or get a good workout in, most of which are included in an overnight stay. Just some of the activities and classes on offer are hiking, biking, climbing, ziplining, horseback riding, Pilates, yoga, nutrition and cooking classes, art and photography and group fitness classes. The property also offers spiritual retreats such as the Himalayan Sound Bath, Ceremonies for the Soul and The Path to Peace About Money. When the inevitable time comes to get back to basics and take a break from the stresses of everyday life, Miraval Resort might be just the escape you need.
Miraval Arizona Resort and Spa
5000 E. Via Estancia Miraval
Tucson, AZ 85739