Arizona's Best

Miraval Resort & Spa

One of the world’s best wellness resorts

It could be argued the grander the spa entrance, the more life-changing the treatments. This is certainly true of Miraval Life in Balance Spa in Tucson. Set on 400 studding acres at the base of the Catalina Mountains north of Tucson, a long, luxurious outdoor corridor beckons you into the spa with the sweet scent of lavender and the alluring sounds of trickling water. The 16,000-square-foot spa impressively follows suit, a visual masterpiece with floor-to-ceiling windows exposing the Sonoran Desert surroundings, indoor/outdoor relaxation areas imbued in Zen-like harmony, and 23 treatment rooms, including 6 outdoor tents. Every spa offers massage; Miraval’s treatment menu is more like a Michelin three-star restaurant of über relaxation and rejuvenation: There’s Naga, a Thai massage where the therapist uses silk suspended from above to wrap and support both you and them for a massage like no other; and Spirit Flight, a “transformational ceremony” where a naturopathic doctor combines massage, acupuncture and CranioSacral Therapy to restore your muscles and energy flow. No wonder Miraval is a favorite of Oprah and Ellen. With the Day Spa pass, the resort and spa are yours for the day, including sauna, steam room, whirlpool, plus full access to the dozens of daily yoga, meditation and fitness classes until 4pm. The name of the game here is to leave feeling more grounded than when you arrived. Mission more than accomplished

  • The Body Renewal Rituals combine scrubs, wraps, massages and more
  • Outdoor treatment tents with climate control
  • Activities include art, photography, culinary, equine, exercise, golf, meditation and outdoor challenges


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