Miraval Resort and Spa – All Inclusive
What We Love
- Jetsetter 2015 Best of the Best Finalist: Best for Wellness
- Rate includes all meals, snacks, non-alcoholic beverages, round-trip airport transfers, selected fitness and yoga classes, lectures by Miraval specialists; access to the fitness center and Life in Balance Spa; $150 resort credit per night; and a Miraval tote bag and reusable water canteen
- The resort pays as much attention to self-improvement and healing as it does to pampering
- Four restaurants offer healthful but delicious cuisine
- There are 90 different free activities and classes to choose from every week
- A trilevel pond with waterfalls also has an acupressure stone walk — great for tired post-hike feet
- Desert gardens with labyrinth and panoramic kiva with firepit
What To Know
- Most guests choose to stay on-property, so there’s no need for a car
- While healthy living is encouraged, a glass of wine with dinner or a Kobe steak isn’t frowned upon
- Some activities like horseback riding are an additional cost
- This is a non-tipping resort
- All taxes and a mandatory 22 percent resort fee per person will be collected at the property
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
Luxe wellness oasis at the foot of Tucson’s Santa Catalina Mountains with horse stables, hiking trails and a spa
Imagine a small village surrounded by the ruddy desert landscape of Tucson, in the shadow of the Santa Catalina Mountains, where you had everything you craved — incredible food, endless spa treatments — but left feeling fit and maybe even a few pounds lighter than when you arrived. Take part in everything from healthy cooking classes to one-on-one lessons with a tennis pro. You can even take it a step further along the mind/body path with classes that challenge your fears — like the Quantum Leap, in which you walk across a beam suspended high above the desert floor, or Miraval’s famed horseback riding center. The immense spa and its large outdoor treatment garden offers dozens of treatments, including sugar scrubs, reiki and sound and light therapies. More straightforward spagoers can indulge in Thai, shiatsu and relaxation massages, facial peels and pedicures. A week at Miraval is a unique vacation because it’s not just about taking a break — it’s a full mind/body/lifestyle revamp retreat, where the benefits linger long after checkout.
In the Area
The whole idea here is to get the most out of the resort itself, so give yourself over to the experience. Visit the Miraval Life in Balance Spa with Clarins for rituals ranging from a pampering desert rain scrub to integrative Chi Nei Tsang. Join a group trail ride or sign up for the full Miraval Equine Experience, working with specially selected horses and experts to perform equestrian skills. If, on the other hand, all you yearn to do is hit a ball around, join a golf class or a high-energy “rock and roll” tennis class with coach Leigh.
How to Get There
I have stayed at Miraval Resort three times over the past six years and have been impressed with this very lovely, posh resort. My last stay was the most impressive of all because of a class I took on healing back pain taught by Rebecca Saxon. Her lecture had me intrigued from the start with her declaration that back pain is rarely structural but rather is the result of pent up anger, frustration, and tension that slightly constrict the blood flow to the back muscles which brings on minor to major pain. Because I had considerable back pain at the time, I was fascinated by this new perspective on the source of my pain. Prior to my Miraval visit I had endured two spinal epidurals, neither providing a hint of relief. What Rebecca presented made perfect sense. I had been under considerable anxiety and stress while selling my home of forty years and moving into an apartment. Was the resentment I felt during the process the culprit? Could these tensions cause my pain? After Rebecca's class, I immediately signed up for her next class on meditative tools to relieve pain--also very worthwhile. Finally, I signed up for two private sessions with her to focus on my specific issues that were probably the source of my discomfort. I can't emphasize enough how amazing these sessions were. Rebecca is a warm-hearted, insightful professional who is a valuable addition to Miraval's staff. Thanks to her help, my pain is nearly gone! Recognizing the probable cause of the pain made all the difference.
Getting to know her was the highlight of my 3-day stay, I hope to see her when I return to Miraval in two years!
Exceptional experience. From the moment you arrive till you depart, this is a well orchastrated luxury experience. I felt well cared for by an exceptional staff for an entire weekend. The food was as healthy (or not) as you wanted and was delicious at every turn (though my fellow travelors reported an occasional 'just okay' dish, I apparently ordered well). The quality and amount of food, beverage, and activities that are included as part of the room rate exceeded my every expectation. I didn't chose this location or book the room as I was traveling with a group, so imagine my surprise when I started to look at activities and plan the weekend. In two and a half days I felt like I just barely scratched the surface of the experiences one could have, and thats just the non-premium experiences. Sopend a few dollars and some real unique experiences are available. I have spent much more per night on JUST a hotel room in a big city or tourist spot, so I personally think the value is fantastic, though it is not an inexpensive choice by any means. I plan to come back at least once a year for as long as I can manage (and as long as the accommodation and service levels stay the same).
Miraval is amazing!! All the staff is so friendly and willing to help you out at anytime! I loved getting to know my guides on some of the outback and off-property hikes! It was great to enjoy spending time with people who enjoy spending time outside as much as I do! The spa is amazing and super professional and it was great to relax after a day spent outside! Cannot wait to go back!
This property provided the perfect atmosphere for a girls weekend get away. Relax, unwind, revitalize. Highly recommend for anyone wanting to reconnect with themselves and friends! Highlights were creative cocktails and the Thai massage.
There is a spiritual component to Miraval that I haven't found anywhere else. Maybe it has to do with the location in Arizona, the history of the land, the mountains surrounding the property. Whatever "it" is, the design of the resort, with its winding paths, natural plantings, and zen gardens, enhance the intangible essence of calm and peace.