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Miraval Resort & Spa

Hotel Contact:
5000 East Via Estancia Miraval
Tucson, Arizona 85739
United States
Main: (877) 804-3744
Email: Email Hotel Frank Lococo
Director of Sales: Frank Lococo
Website: miravalresorts.com
Elite Rating
Planner Rating: 4.6
Chain Independent
Opened 1996
Renovated 2015
Guest Rooms 118
Kings/Suites/Doubles 58 / 12 / 48
Room Rates High $599 - 1069 Low $399 - 839
High Season High Season Low Season Low Season Shoulder Season Shoulder Season
JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Max Group Size 175

Fees/Taxes

Resort Fee 22%
Room Tax 12.05%
Sales Tax 6.1%

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Meeting Space

Largest Meeting Room 1,700ft²
Indoor Meeting Space 6,200ft²
Indoor/Outdoor Meeting Space 10,120ft²

Airport Proximity

Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport
90 min 110 miles (177 km)
Tucson International Airport
45 min 35 miles (56 km)

Business:

Computers
complimentary wireless Internet access
audiovisual equipment and support.

Recreation:

five pools
spa
fitness center
yoga
Pilates
tennis
hiking
mountain biking
challenge course
high and low ropes courses
climbing wall
meditation labyrinth
lectures
more than 100 guided activities
and dining at Cactus Flower restaurant.

Nearby:

Golf
Biosphere 2
Arizona–Sonora Desert Museum
International Wildlife Museum
Pima Air and Space Museum
and Tucson’s thriving culture of live theater and music.
Onsite Dining: Capacity
Brave Bill Lounge
70
Full Bar
Cactus Flower
110
Continental Cuisine
Coyote Moon
80
Continental Cuisine

F&B Averages:

Breakfast Buffet $0 Cont. $0
Lunch Buffet $0 Plated $0
Dinner Buffet $0 Plated $0
Coffee Break $0
2-Hour Open Bar $0
Elite Overview Planner Ratings & Reviews Packages Hot Dates
Elite Rating Average Planner Rating
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4.6
3 reviews
Arrival Experience:
4.5
Accommodations:
4.5
Food & Beverage:
4.8
Guest Service Experience:
4.5
Conference Services Staff:
4.3
Meeting and Function Facilities:
4.5
Activity or Recreation Options:
5.0
Planner-to-Planner Recommendation:
4.5
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Capacity Charts
Room Name Total Square Meters Room Size(meters) Ceiling Height (meters) Total Square Feet Room Size (feet) Ceiling Height (feet) Classroom Theater Banquet 10 Reception Conference U-Shape H-Square 10 x 10s
Anasazi 139 15.2 x 9.1 3 1,500 50' x 30' 10 80 130 100 0 40 30 30 0
Apache 28 6.1 x 4.6 3 300 20' x 15' 10 20 30 30 0 10 8 8 0
Arizona 139 15.2 x 9.1 4 1,800 50' x 30' 12 80 130 100 0 40 30 30 0
Hopi 56 9.1 x 6.1 3 600 30' x 20' 10 40 60 50 0 20 20 20 0
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Property News
MIRAVAL RESORT & SPA’S NEW GUESTROOMS FEATURE A SLEEP-CENTRIC DESIGN
Posted August 21, 2015
As Part of its Milestone 20th Anniversary, the Award-Winning Destination Spa Unveils New Roooms
This fall, the world’s most award-winning wellness resort, Miraval Resort & Spa, is celebrating its 20th Anniversary. To commemorate its storied past and gear up for another 20 fruitful years, Miraval is unveiling spectacular updates throughout the property and launching dynamic new programming. A multi-million dollar renovation will result in a fully refreshed resort, featuring brand new guestrooms and suites, a modernized fitness center, a redesigned retail space, and a new and improved Purple Sage Ranch located on Miraval’s grounds to host Miraval’s signature equine programming. To mirror the physical improvements made throughout the property, Miraval is launching new programming to expand its wide-ranging list of mind/body wellness offerings and provide guests with greater variety as they seek their own Miraval “aha” moment.

In 1995 the world was awakened to a new world of wellness: a sanctuary for people to practice mindfulness and restore wellness and peace in their lives. From the creation of its signature equine experience in 1995, to the construction of its ultra-luxury villas in 2008 and the reopening of its acclaimed Life in Balance Spa in 2012, Miraval has remained a thought leader and innovator in health and wellness throughout its 20 year history.

As Miraval enters its third decade, the resort and spa maintains the same pioneering spirit on which it was founded, but with a renewed commitment to sparking innovation and spreading the light that health, balance and mindfulness inspire. As a visionary force in the wellness community with numerous prestigious travel and spa awards, Miraval’s renowned reputation has paved the way for this landmark anniversary.

“This fall marks a monumental milestone for Miraval, and we are thrilled to kick off another 20 years of growth and innovation with the unveiling of new designs and programming that will ensure Miraval remains the world's leading wellness spa for years to come,” said Laura McIver, vice president and general manager of Miraval Resort & Spa. “Just as our guests continue to grow and evolve with each visit, so too, does Miraval.”

Debuting in October 2015, Miraval’s brand new guestrooms will feature a fresh, natural aesthetic inspired by the resort’s stunning desert surroundings and will be designed to enhance guests’ sleep experiences. Miraval’s on-site health advisor, Sheryl Brooks, RN, who leads the resort’s popular lectures on sleep, consulted on these new sleep elements to ensure they are in line with her teachings. A soothing, neutral color palette, black-out shades and televisions pre-programmed with a “Miraval Channel” that plays spa-like music will be incorporated into the rooms to enhance relaxation and aid sleep. Instead of sugary snacks at turndown that can interrupt sleep patterns, Miraval will introduce emergenBees seed bombs at turndown, which are small balls of seeds and clay that, when planted, support local bee populations.
Additionally, the new rooms will feature a hand curated selection of bath and body products, which will provide guests with in-room access to a selection of the spa’s most popular products.

In addition to Miraval’s guestrooms, other areas of the resort will be enhanced, as well. These include:

• Fitness Center: Miraval’s brand new fitness center will debut in September 2015, featuring the latest and most cutting-edge fitness equipment, as well as panoramic glass windows and sliding doors that will showcase the picturesque Arizona landscape surrounding Miraval. Additionally, several ballet barres will be added for the new barre classes the resort is introducing, and the number of bikes in its spin studio will double to accommodate Miraval’s exclusive, new Mindful Cycling program.
• Purple Sage Ranch: Home to Miraval’s horses and the location where its signature equine classes take place, the ranch will get a refreshed look to complement the significantly expanded equine programming, which will be introduced upon completion of the ranch renovation.
• Raindance Pass: Miraval’s retail boutique, which sells the latest apparel, the resort’s signature bedding, books and other healthy living items, will be updated.

To coincide with these exciting physical changes, Miraval is dramatically expanding its industry-leading list of over 200 activities, workshops, lectures and classes during its 20th Anniversary year. This new programming includes:

• Fitness Classes: Miraval’s active guests will have access to a host of new fitness classes, including Desert Waves Yoga, which incorporates a special Indo Board that mimics paddleboard yoga, challenging balance and working the core, and Absolute Gravity, which is a high-energy bodyweight training workout that incorporates cardio, strength and flexibility. Additionally, exercise physiologist Andrew Wolf will take guests on a new Sonoran Desert Walking Tour to showcase the beautiful and diverse flora and fauna that grows around Miraval.
• Beekeeping Programming: Miraval recently partnered with local beekeeper Noel Patterson to build beehives on property. During three new interactive classes with Noel, guests can get hands on experience tending to the hives and harvesting honey, taste the unique flavors of honeys from around Miraval and learn more about why bees matter.
• Ask the Farmer: Guests will meet for an interactive Q&A with local farmer Richard Starkey, whose nearby farm supplies all of Miraval’s eggs and fresh produce. Richard is breaking ground on the resort’s own organic garden.
• Fresh Start Smoothie Workshop: Miraval’s nutritionist, Angela Onsgard, R.D., will lead this healthy smoothie-making class, showing guests how to create delicious, healthy smoothies.
• Digital Detox: Guests can join wellness counselor Anne Parker to examine the complex roles technology plays in their lives and how to improve their relationship with their devices in order to live a more mindful, productive and happy life. .
• Energy Flow: This new exclusive treatment at Miraval’s Life in Balance Spa combines Clarins' scientifically-advanced formulas with the healing power of touch to balance the mind and body.

About Miraval Arizona
Situated in the warm shade of the Santa Catalina Mountains in northern Tucson, AZ, on 400 acres of idyllic land, Miraval is a top-rated all-inclusive destination resort and spa dedicated to helping guests live life in the moment. Since 1995 the property has been consistently ranked as one of the world’s top destination spas by Travel + Leisure, SpaFinder and Condé Nast Traveler. Offering an array of dynamic growth and development programs, one-of-a-kind, luxurious spa treatments, authentic, flavorful and healthful cuisine as well as an expert staff of renowned wellbeing specialists, Miraval helps to open eyes, minds and hearts. In 2012, the resort unveiled the Miraval Life in Balance Spa with Clarins, a state-of-the-art oasis designed to transform guests both physically and emotionally. For more information visit miravalresorts.com

MIRAVAL RESORT & SPA INTRODUCES NEW PROGRAMMING
Posted August 21, 2015
Miraval’s new offerings reinforce its 20-year legacy as the world-leader in mind/body wellness
(Tucson, AZ) – The world’s most celebrated destination spa, Miraval Resort & Spa, is adding new programming its legendary array of wellness offerings. These new interactive classes, workshops and tours help guests live a happier, healthier and more mindful life and enhance the mind/body wellness experience for which Miraval is renowned.
Just in time for Summer 2015, the new programming at Miraval includes:

 All the Buzz – The Bee Experience at Miraval: During this interactive experience, guests suit up in protective gear and head to Miraval’s on-property beehives where they learn from local professional beekeeper Noel Patterson how to care for bees and harvest honey. In addition to this interactive class, Noel will lead informative lectures on beekeeping and the health benefits of honey, as well as honey tastings wherein guests will be able to sample the many varieties of honey from the Tucson area.

 Honey: A Sensual Journey: Noel Patterson, Miraval’s resident beekeeper, believes that tasting honey is a sensual experience. To fully experience what honey has to offer, you must look beyond the sense of taste. Also like wine, each honey has its own terroir that reflects the environment of the hive it comes from. Join Noel on this journey as you taste your way through a variety of local honeys and discuss what you experience along the way.

 Bees: What’s the story?: Join Noel Patterson, Miraval’s beekeeper, to discuss everything buzzworthy about bees! Why are they in the news so often? What is Colony Collapse Disorder, and what can we do about it? Learn about why bees matter and why it is important to remain optimistic and support those who are keeping their bees responsibly. Topics will vary each week, but the passion for discussion will always “bee” present.

 Ask the Farmer: During this humorous, informative and interactive Q&A, Miraval guests meet Richard Starkey, the local farmer who brings his fresh produce and eggs to Miraval’s kitchens each day. Clad in his overalls and ten-gallon hat, Richard is retired from 43 years on the railroad and 18 years as an appraiser and now uses his knowledge from growing up on an Oklahoma farm to run his 2.5-acre farm near Miraval. In early March, Richard broke ground on Miraval’s own kitchen garden in order to better connect guests with the food they eat.

 Desert Waves Yoga: Paddleboard Yoga is very popular and is an extremely effective workout, especially to strengthen the core and improve balance. In order to offer a similar workout in its water-less desert environment, Miraval introduced Desert Waves Yoga using a special Indo Board. The Indo Board looks like a surfboard and features a curved bottom to stimulate waves.

This brings yoga to a challenging new level because core engagement and muscular strength are a must in order to stay on the board in the yoga postures. Guests can further challenge themselves in this class by adding a round disk called an IndoFlo Balance Cushion beneath the board to create more of a rocking motion and a bit less stability.

 Fresh Start Smoothie Workshop: Led by on-site nutritionist Angela Onsgard, R.D, Miraval’s first-ever educational smoothie class teaches guests about the different types of juices and smoothies, which are healthiest, and what ingredients can provide the most nutrients and health benefits.

 Absolute Gravity: Bodyweight training is all the rage for 2015, and rightly so – it is extremely effective at improving strength and movement, but without the constraints of a gym or bulky equipment. In this high energy cardio, strength and flexibility workout, guests will learn how their body, breath and gravity are all they need for an intense bodyweight training workout. Moreover, they can take these tools home with them for a fun workout that can be done anywhere at any time.

 Sonoran Desert Walking Tour: The Sonoran Desert surrounding Miraval is not typically what people think of when they hear the word “desert.” Unlike the beautiful, sandy desolation of the Sahara, the Sonoran desert is much greener, boasting one of the highest bio-diversities of flora and fauna in North America. On this walking tour, Exercise Physiologist and botany enthusiast Andrew Wolf takes guests on a tour of the resort’s surroundings, guiding them through the area’s natural beauty and showing them how the plants and animals have adapted to the desert’s landscape in order to survive.

 Digital Detox: In this interactive class, guests work with Anne Parker to examine what roles their phones, tablets, computers, etc. play in their lives and how these devices are impacting their brains and bodies. Guests learn how to shift their relationships with their devices in order to live a more mindful, productive and happy life.
“For 20 years, Miraval has enjoyed a stellar reputation as the thought leader in health, wellness and spa, and our unmatched list of offerings reflects the latest trends and research in these areas,” said Laura McIver, vice president and general manager of Miraval Resort & Spa. “These five new programs give guests exactly what they’re looking for – a complete mind/body recharge that sets guests on a solid path for a healthy, mindful lifestyle.”
In addition to introducing these five new programs, Miraval’s acclaimed Life in Balance Spa with Clarins recently debuted an exclusive treatment – Energy Flow – that combines Clarins' scientifically-advanced formulas with the healing power of touch to balance the mind and body. Additionally, Miraval is unveiling a multi-million dollar rooms renovation in October 2015, featuring a fresh, natural aesthetic inspired by the resort’s stunning desert surroundings, as well as special details that aid sleep. For more information on the resort, its extensive programming and the acclaimed Miraval Life in Balance Spa with Clarins, please visit www.miravalresorts.com.

About Miraval Arizona
Situated in the warm shade of the Santa Catalina Mountains in northern Tucson, AZ, on 400 acres of idyllic land, Miraval is a top-rated all-inclusive destination resort and spa dedicated to helping guests live life in the moment. Since 1995 the property has been consistently ranked as one of the world’s top
destination spas by Travel + Leisure, SpaFinder and Condé Nast Traveler. Offering an array of dynamic growth and development programs, one-of-a-kind, luxurious spa treatments, authentic, flavorful and healthful cuisine as well as an expert staff of renowned wellbeing specialists, Miraval helps to open eyes, minds and hearts. In 2012, the resort unveiled the Miraval Life in Balance Spa with Clarins, a state-of-the-art oasis designed to transform guests both physically and emotionally. For more information visit miravalresorts.com
MIRAVAL RESORT & SPA ANNOUNCES THE APPOINTMENT OF BRANDON CATHEY AS EXECUTIVE CHEF
Posted August 21, 2015
Chef Brandon brings passion and unique style to Miraval's top rated kitchen
(Tucson, AZ) – Miraval Resort & Spa, is pleased to announce that Brandon Cathey has been appointed Executive Chef of the award-winning wellness destination. In this role, Cathey will be responsible for curating the menu and overseeing the kitchen at Miraval’s renowned Cactus Flower Restaurant.

Chef Cathey comes to Miraval with over 15 years of experience running culinary operations at top hotels. Before joining Miraval, Cathey served as Executive Chef at the Hotel Congress in Tucson, where he was responsible for menu development and catering for special events.

Prior to his role at the Hotel Congress, Chef Cathey served as Banquet Chef at Loews Ventana Canyon, Chef de Cuisine at Flying V at Loews Ventana Canyon and Executive Sous Chef at Maynard’s Market and Kitchen. Chef Cathey began his career as a Banquet Chef at the Bavarian Inn in Sheperdstown, West Virginia working directly under Certified German Master Chef Wolfgang Vomend.

“We are so pleased to have such an established and passionate chef at the helm of Miraval’s kitchens,” said Laura McIver, vice president and general manager of Miraval. "Chef Brandon has wholeheartedly embraced Miraval’s ‘Eat Real’ culinary philosophy, and his use of fresh, natural and locally-sourced ingredients nourishes our guests and inspires them to eat mindfully and healthfully even after they leave Miraval’s grounds.”

About Miraval Arizona

Situated in the warm shade of the Santa Catalina Mountains in northern Tucson, AZ, on 400 acres of idyllic land, Miraval is a top-rated all-inclusive destination resort and spa dedicated to helping guests live life in the moment. Since 1995 the property has been consistently ranked as one of the world’s top destination spas by Travel + Leisure, SpaFinder and Condé Nast Traveler. Offering an array of dynamic growth and development programs, one-of-a-kind, luxurious spa treatments, authentic, flavorful and healthful cuisine as well as an expert staff of renowned wellbeing specialists, Miraval helps to open eyes, minds and hearts. In 2012, the resort unveiled the Miraval Life in Balance Spa with Clarins, a state-of-the-art oasis designed to transform guests both physically and emotionally. For more information visit miravalresorts.com.
Miraval Resort & Spa Leaps into 2014 by Giving Back
Posted April 14, 2014
Tucson’s Acclaimed Destination Spa Gives the Gift of Healing to Those Most in Need
March 4, 2014 (Tucson, AZ) – Miraval Resort & Spa, the award-winning destination spa in Tucson, AZ, today announces its largest-ever charitable endeavor “Miraval Gives Back,” a program designed to give the gift of wellness to individuals who may not otherwise have the opportunity to visit the famed resort. Launching March 4, 2014, Miraval’s newest program was born out of the resort’s belief in providing guests with life changing wellness experiences.

Striking a particularly fine chord, Miraval Gives Back aims to help some of the people most in need of a weekend of wellness – those bravely facing challenging, life-altering events, but lacking the resources to book a stay. This program provides each of these chosen individuals with the opportunity to receive expert advice and instruction on topics such as how to manage stress, develop more stable sleep patterns and achieve a more mindful and present lifestyle. Additionally the guests are able to participate in a range of fitness classes, outdoor activities, meditative sessions and innovative spa services to heal themselves both physically and emotionally. To be considered for Miraval Gives Back, nominees must have their names submitted by a friend or loved one along with a 500-description by the nominator about the struggles they have and/or are currently encountering.

“Helping guests cultivate a mindful, healthy lifestyle is the cornerstone of the Miraval philosophy,” says Michael Tompkins, CEO of Miraval Resort & Spa. “However, not everyone is fortunate enough to be able to visit our resort to relax, recover and rejuvenate. “Miraval Gives Back” enables us to offer a Miraval experience to those that need it most.”

To complete an application, nominators are instructed to go to Miraval’s website (http://www.miravalresorts.com/overview/miraval_gives_back/) and enter their loved one’s name and his/her personal story. A special committee at Miraval reviews the applications, chooses a winner each month, and creates a custom Miraval experience that will serve as a catalyst for life-altering change for the individual. During the three-night inclusive stay, the chosen individual will experience private sessions, spa services and challenge activities that have been hand-picked by the Miraval staff and specialists to meet his/her specific needs and address head-on the life challenge he/she has been enduring. Recipients of a “Miraval Gives Back” stay will leave the resort recharged and equipped to make positive, lasting life changes.

About Miraval

Situated in the warm shade of the Santa Catalina Mountains in northern Tucson, AZ, on 400 acres of idyllic land, Miraval is a top-rated all-inclusive destination resort and spa dedicated to helping guests live life in the moment. Since 1995 the property has been consistently ranked as one of the world’s top destination spas by Travel + Leisure, SpaFinder and Condé Nast Traveler. Offering an array of dynamic growth and development programs, one-of-a-kind, luxurious spa treatments, authentic, flavorful and healthful cuisine as well as an expert staff of renowned wellbeing specialists, Miraval helps to open eyes, minds and hearts. In 2012, the resort unveiled the Miraval Life in Balance Spa with Clarins, a state-of-the-art oasis designed to transform guests both physically and emotionally. For more information, visit miravalresorts.com.
At Miraval resort, guests tackle fears with cowboy therapy
Posted February 22, 2013
(Featured article in USA Today. For full article including images go to http://www.usatoday.com/story/travel/destinations/2013/02/21/stars-gravitate-to-miraval-spa-near-tucson/1937991/)
TUCSON -- Oprah Winfrey had a big ahhhh! moment here, and Mel Gibson worked with cowboy-hatted therapist Wyatt Webb in the resort's famed "Equine Experience."

Miraval Resort & Spa draws celebrities who want to get their lives into balance or lose weight, but it also has gained a large following among the nation's wellness-minded.

Over Presidents Day weekend, Miraval was at capacity, and its renovated spa booked the most appointments in the resort's 17-year history. Thanks to more aggressive marketing and healthy word of mouth, Miraval is on the path to its best year ever.

The destination spa in the Sonoran Desert with the Santa Catalina Mountains as scenic backdrop is considered one of the finest, in the company of others that draw discerning U.S. spagoers including The Golden Door outside San Diego; Rancho La Puerta in Tecate, Mexico; and Canyon Ranch health resorts in Tucson and Lenox, Mass., to name a few. SpaFinder.com users recently anointed it their favorite destination spa in North America for the second year in a row, one of Miraval's many honors. It also was the 2012 SpaFinder favorite in the "Girlfriend Getaway/Bachelorette," "Going Solo" and "Outdoor Adventure" categories.

Miraval CEO Michael Tompkins says he gets "50 to 70 letters a month about how people's lives were changed" on more than 400 acres dotted with cactus and palm trees, gurgling stream and waterfalls, and chirping birds creating a soothing soundtrack. Guests range from groups of female friends, to couples relaxing, to the newly divorced or bereaved, to those trying to shed pounds or destructive habits.

With an emphasis on innovative mind/body treatments and classes and living well in each moment, Miraval has "created something unique, and it's affordable," says Susie Ellis, an industry veteran and president of SpaFinder Wellness.

The newer Catalina Rooms face the mountains and boast gas fireplaces and outdoor showers.(Photo: Steven Meckler, Miraval)
A body/mind workout

What makes Miraval special?

Deprivation is not on the menu. Alcohol is served, which is rare in the U.S. spa world. Some people like to have a drink at home or on vacation, and Miraval is "about choice," says Tompkins, a 46-year-old former registered nurse. Unlike a traditional destination spa, Miraval serves unlimited helpings — calorie counts are displayed, but it's up to the guest to decide what and how much to eat.

Being met at the Tucson airport by a placard-carrying driver makes anyone feel like a VIP. Transfers are included in Miraval rates, which start at about $350 a person a day, double, before tax and resort fee, and include $50 a day per person toward classes and spa treatments. Rates can be lower via promotions or when Miraval is spotlighted on websites such as ruelala.com.

After a 55-minute drive, the white Miraval van pulls into a circular drive on the rural outskirts of Tucson outside a beige, stucco building that houses the reception area, lounges with gas fireplaces, a restaurant, coffee/smoothie stand (snacks included in rates) and raftered bar and lounge of the sort seen in many a Southwest resort.

It's my second visit: I first stayed in 2005 after Miraval was bought by investors including AOL co-founder and former Miraval guest Steve Case. He and wife Jean now are the owners.

On this unannounced stay, the welcome is as cheery as in 2005, before Winfrey shined the spotlight on Miraval in 2007 and fellow talk host Ellen DeGeneres followed suit. The atmosphere, though, is more harried, and the resort more crowded.

A greeter shows the way to room 405 (it's dark, and the patio overlooks other rooms). After I express displeasure, she tries to find another available for three nights. But on this holiday weekend, it's impossible. Seasoned guests advise visiting during the summer off-season if tranquility is a concern.

Standard rooms are small but updated, featuring white duvet-covered beds with down pillows made for cocooning. Those who crave luxury should book a contemporary Catalina Room or suite overlooking the mountains, with picture windows and gas fireplaces, starting at about $500 daily, double. Miraval also has 16 elegant villas; three can be rented at rates starting at $1,500 a person a day in winter and under $1,000 in summer.

Smorgasbord of services

Rates include use of spa facilities, including steam room and sauna and heated outdoor pool.

All meals and snacks are covered. Food is a star, with breakfast and lunch buffets serving up fresh raspberries, salads, omelets, muesli, and dozens of creative dishes, such as Thai chicken salad and a version of Mexican pozole soup with pork and cilantro. Dinners might feature crab cakes, pasta dishes, steak or shrimp cocktail. The food is better than it was seven years ago.

Most rates include spa/activity credits, and the glossy pamphlet that showcases them is as thick as a college curriculum. No stressful tipping; staffers are paid more to compensate.

The nearly 200 activities and treatments offered each week range from standing on a 35-foot pole and jumping, while harnessed, to conquer fear (it's free), to mind-quieting meditation and Chinese Qigong (free), to an innovative treatment dreamed up by two Miraval staffers called NAGA Thai. Using long silk scarves, they stretch stiff muscles and walk on guests' backs to release their tension. That, like other spa treatments here, is not cheap ($295 for 100 minutes, $215 for 50 minutes). A 50-minute, deep-tissue massage, usually excellent, is $175.

Miraval, which partners with leading integrative wellness physician Andrew Weil and offers in-depth lifestyle consultations with a doctor, is constantly adding new treatments, from surviving loss, to coping with menopause, to learning chef skills. "It's not just exercise and eating healthy, Miraval offers something more," SpaFinder's Ellis says.

Wyatt Webb began equine therapy counseling troubled youths. He now works with guests of all ages and temperaments, including stars such as Mel Gibson and Ellen DeGeneres.(Photo: Miraval)
Shooing away anxiety

A signature offering is the "Equine Experience" (complimentary), in which participants groom a horse while learning about dealing with fear and frustration. Created by therapist Wyatt Webb, who used horses to treat troubled adolescents, it has become so popular that Webb now gives group "It's Not About the Horse" sessions at $150 a person as well as private sessions.

It wasn't about the money, Tompkins says. "People were coming in to see Wyatt, and we couldn't meet demand. So Wyatt trained staffers (to do the Equine Experience) and created 'It's Not About the Horse.' It's probably one of our biggest revenue growths."

Celebs like Winfrey and Gibson have approached a horse tethered in a dusty corral. Webb, looking like he's straight out of Bonanza or Crazy Heart with a snowy beard, brown leather vest and cowboy boots, sizes up each participant with soul-piercing eyes.

The task is to pick up the horse's hooves and clean them with a pick. Sounds easy, but the process reveals fears, doubts and aspects of a participant's character he or she may not want to face.

In this Saturday group class, a 29-year-old scared of horses worries she is hurting the docile animal. Webb asks if she typically puts her needs second. She shakily completes the task, then starts sobbing. Turns out she feels guilty in the crossfire of her parents' divorce. Later, a social worker turns her anxiety about horses and the years spent nurturing others instead of herself into a breakthrough moment, crying unaccustomed tears.

"I've seen NFL footballers break down in three minutes," Miraval's Tompkins says.

As a former equestrian used to cleaning hooves, I can't get the horse to lift his at first, just as in my last visit. After watching the social worker and being inspired by her, I finally succeed, not really knowing why. Miraval provided the questions — and the opportunity to look inside for the answers.
Miraval Resort & Spa Honored with Industry Awards Year After Year
Posted January 25, 2013
January 2013 (Tucson, AZ) — Miraval Resort & Spa consistently ranks as a top destination spa year after year. In 2012 alone, the property garnered 24 awards ranging from Favorite Spa in the United States by Spafinder’s Readers’ Choice Awards to industry honors of Best Spa Design by Hospitality Design Magazine. Most recently, Miraval was selected a World’s Best Places to Stay on the Condé Nast Traveler 2013 Gold List.

Miraval is renowned for its innovative programs and classes, celebrated experts and life enhancing offerings. “We have worked hard to continue to deliver the best possible spa experience and are honored to be recognized with these awards which reflect our dedication to our craft,” said Michael Tompkins, CEO of Miraval Resort & Spa. “To be recognized by spa enthusiasts, who have broad spa experience and discerning taste, makes these awards that much more special.”

As an established innovator in the health and wellness industry, Miraval continues to lead the way with new, cutting-edge programming; dynamic workshops and partnerships; and unrivaled spa experiences. To learn more about Miraval’s offerings visit www.miravalresorts.com .

2012 Honors
SpaFinder’s Readers’ Choice Awards- “Crystal Award- Favorite Spa in North America,” “Favorite Spa in United States,” “Best for Girlfriend Getaway & Bachelorettes,” “Best for Going Solo,” “Best for Outdoor Adventure”
SpaFinder’s Editors’ Picks- “Favorite Beauty & Wellness Products of 2012 (Mindful Eating)”
SpaFinder’s Editors’ Picks- “Around the World in 80 Spas: North America”
Celebrated Living Platinum List- #10 Best Spa
Arizona Business Magazine, Arizona’s Best Hotels and Resorts Awards- Best Spa
Arizona Lodging & Tourism 2012 Stars of the Industry Awards- “Good Earthkeeping”, “Community Service”
Hospitality Design Magazine - Grand Prize Best Design
American Spa, Professional’s Choice Awards- “Favorite Destination Spa,” “Favorite Selection of Retail Offerings at a Spa,” “Favorite Spa Cuisine,” “Favorite Health and Fitness”
DAYSPA - Top Honors 2012
Travel+Leisure World’s Best Awards- #8 Best Destination Spa
Travel+Leisure- One of America's Best All-Inclusive Resorts
Condé Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Awards, June 2012 - Top 100 Resort Spas in the US (#72)
Condé Nast Gold List 2012 - The World's Best Places to Stay
Trip Advisor- Certificate of Excellence Award
Tucson Lifestyle Magazine, Best of the City 2012 - Best Spa Resort
Arizona Lodging & Tourism- 2012 Stars of the Industry Awards
U.S. News Travel, Best Hotels in the USA - #16 Best Hotel in Arizona

About Miraval
Situated in the warm shade of the Santa Catalina Mountains in northern Tucson, AZ, on 400 acres of idyllic land, Miraval is a top-rated all-inclusive destination resort and spa dedicated to helping guests live life in the moment. Since 1995 the property has been consistently ranked as one of the world’s top destination spas by Travel+Leisure, SpaFinder and Condé Nast Traveler. Offering an array of dynamic growth and development programs, one-of-a-kind, luxurious spa treatments, authentic, flavorful and healthful cuisine as well as an expert staff of renowned wellbeing specialists, Miraval helps to open eyes, minds and hearts. In 2012, the resort unveiled the Miraval Life in Balance Spa with Clarins, a state-of-the-art oasis designed to transform guests both physically and emotionally. For more information visit miravalresorts.com