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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 Kelley Siefert
Director of National Accounts: Kelley Siefert
Website: miravalresorts.com
Elite Rating
Planner Rating: 4.6
Chain Independent
Opened 1996
Guest Rooms 118
Kings/Suites/Doubles 58 / 12 / 48
Room Rates High $499 - 1069 Low $289 - 839
High Season High Season Low Season Low Season Shoulder Season Shoulder Season
JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Max Group Size 175

Fees/Taxes

Resort Fee 20%
Room Tax 12.05%
Sales Tax NA

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Meeting Space

Largest Meeting Room 3,323ft²
Indoor Meeting Space 6,623ft²
Indoor/Outdoor Meeting Space 22,206ft²

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
and audiovisual equipment and support for meetings and presentations.

Recreation:

Five pools
newly renovated spa
fitness center
yoga
Pilates
tennis
hiking
mountain biking
challenge course
high and low ropes courses
climbing wall
meditation labyrinth
lectures
and more than 100 guided activities.

Nearby:

The Golf Club at Vistoso
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
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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 1,500 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 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.
Miraval Resort & Spa and Whole Journeys Launch New, Active Excursions Cultivating Mindfulness and Cultural Connection
Posted April 14, 2014
Experiential Trips through Peru and Italy Inspire Healthy Minds and Bodies
March 10, 2014 (Tucson, AZ) – Miraval Resort & Spa is launching a new series of experiential excursions with Whole Journeys, Whole Foods Market’s new travel company. These once-in-a-lifetime adventures through Pachamama, Peru and Tuscany, Italy offer intimate, hands-on interactions with local chefs, farmers, producers and food artisans, while incorporating daily yoga and meditation for guests to travel the Miraval way – living life in the moment and growing as individuals with each new experience.

Called Whole Journeys with Miraval, these meticulously curated departures offer signatures from both brands, including a mutual commitment to promoting mind-body wellness. Whole Journey’s strength in sharing the culture and traditions of food combines with Miraval’s philosophy of mindfulness for unique itineraries and intimately local experiences. Guests can experience the world with fresh eyes, a calm spirit and a clear mind.

With leadership from MaryGrace Naughton, Miraval’s specialist in yoga, meditation and mindfulness, guests will hike through the most breathtaking corners of the globe, cook with local experts, tour small farms and markets, and meet the vibrant characters of each food community. Daily mindfulness workshops, including Energy Yoga and Loving-Kindness meditation, will promote personal exploration and improve energy levels, mood control, mental clarity and a feeling of oneness with the environment.

“We launched Miraval Journeys last year to give our guests the chance to explore the world mindfully, showing that travel doesn’t have to be stressful, and that it can be a meditative and wholly enriching experience,” says Michael G. Tompkins, President and CEO of Miraval Resort & Spa. “Whole Journeys, a likeminded pioneer in mindful travel, is an ideal partner, as we are both motivated to provide incredible, life-changing opportunities that encourage a healthy and balanced lifestyle.”

“Since Whole Journeys helps travelers connect deeply to the food we eat and the cultures it comes from, we embraced the opportunity to incorporate Miraval’s similar approach to wellness and inward connection,” said Kathy Dragon, Executive Director of Whole
Journeys. “While the majority of our itineraries offer an active component such as walking, hiking, rafting or cycling, Miraval’s leadership in yoga and meditation brings exciting new options for our guests.”
Whole Journeys with Miraval 2014 itineraries currently available for booking include:
• Pachamama’s Peru: Hiking and Wellness with Miraval: August 17-25, 2014 – From $5,495 per person
• Mindful Exploration in Tuscany with Miraval, Italy: October 7-11, 2014 – From $4,000 per person

For more information about Whole Journeys with Miraval, or to book, please visit miravalresorts.com or call 888-833-6177.

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.
About Whole Foods Market®

Founded in 1978 in Austin, Texas, Whole Foods Market (wholefoodsmarket.com, NASDAQ: WFM), is the leading natural and organic food retailer. As America’s first national certified organic grocer, Whole Foods Market was named “America’s Healthiest Grocery Store” by Health magazine. The company's motto, “Whole Foods, Whole People, Whole Planet”™ captures its mission to ensure customer satisfaction and health, Team Member excellence and happiness, enhanced shareholder value, community support and environmental improvement. Thanks to the company’s more than 80,000 Team Members, Whole Foods Market has been ranked as one of the “100 Best Companies to Work For” in America by FORTUNE magazine for 17 consecutive years. In fiscal year 2013, the company had sales of approximately $13 billion and currently has more than 370 stores in the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom.
Miraval will open 1 hour from NYC
Posted May 29, 2013
Miraval Resort & Spa, Tucson, Arizona, has announced plans to develop Miraval at Natirar on the Natirar estate in Somerset County, New Jersey.
Formerly owned by the King of Morocco, Miraval at Natirar is expected to open sometime in 2014 within the rolling hills of a 500-acre park, less than an hour from New York City.

When complete, Miraval at Natirar will boast an 86-room luxury hotel with suites in Natirar’s historic mansion, a state-of-the-art 20,000 square foot spa, a 10,000 square foot wellness pavilion, a 4,000 square foot yoga center, a spa restaurant featuring Miraval spa cuisine as well as a series of meeting facilities.

The Natirar resort development project presently consists of the Ninety Acres Culinary Center, a 12-acre sustainable farm, banquet and catering facilities, and a private membership club.
“We have continuously looked for ways to bring the Miraval mindset and lifestyle to new people in new places,” said Jean and Steve Case, owners of Miraval.

“The Miraval brand and its wellness philosophy are wholly aligned with the Natirar vision: to offer a lifestyle that delivers balance and wellness, helping guests and members reconnect and rejuvenate their minds, bodies, and spirits,” said Bob Wojtowicz, founder of Natirar.

Miraval at Natirar will offer signature Miraval activities including The Miraval Equine Experience and Quantum Leap, nutritional counseling and wellness lectures, as well as spa treatments that are reflective of the new location.
Miraval Resort & Spa Announces Chef's Night In Summer Chef Series
Posted April 22, 2013
What the Nation's Top Culinary Talent Cook to Feel Well
April 2013 (Tucson, AZ) — Since its debut in 1995, Miraval has upheld a powerfully simple vision: life is more meaningful and enjoyable when physical, emotional, spiritual, social and intellectual components are in harmony. The way we nourish ourselves is no exception. From nutrition lectures to cooking and baking classes, the culinary programming at Miraval aims to teach guests the techniques by which they can foster healthy relationships with food.

This summer, as part of its ever expanding portfolio of culinary programs, Miraval is thrilled to announce the launch of ‘Chef’s Night In’, a limited-time offering led by three of the country’s foremost restaurant chefs and food personalities including Jody Adams (Boston: TRADE, Rialto), Brooke Williamson (Los Angeles: Hudson House, The Tripel), and Alex Guarnaschelli (New York: Butter, The Darby). Offered for just one weekend in June, July and August, the series focuses not on the chefs’ rich, decadent recipes, but instead gives Miraval guests a rare peek into the foods and ingredients that these celebrated chefs enjoy cooking for themselves and their families on their (rare) nights off. Through a series of cooking classes, informational lunch sessions, and signature dishes featured on the Miraval Restaurant menu, the chefs’ mindful approaches to cooking will come to life as they share the secrets of the food they enjoy eating to bring their bodies into balance.

“We are thrilled to offer the ‘Chef’s Night In’ series to our guests this summer,” said Michael G. Tompkins, Chief Executive Officer, Miraval Resort & Spa. “The series is a natural fit with our existing culinary programming, and we’re delighted that our guests will have the opportunity to learn about the not-often-seen, mindful culinary habits of these accomplished women.”

Summer 2013 Schedule:
• Jody Adams: June 28th – 29th
• Brooke Williamson: July 19th – 20th
• Alex Guarnaschelli: August 23rd – 24th

Available only to Miraval guests, cooking classes are $198 and include wine pairings. Complimentary informational lunch sessions are available on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information and to book ‘Chef’s Night In,’ visit www.miravalresorts.com.

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.
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
MINDFUL EATING COOKBOOK
Posted April 2, 2012
PREORDER YOUR COPY
The official release is May 2012 but that doesn't mean you have towait until then to secure your copy. The book is now available forpreorder on Amazon.com and Barnes & Noble.

ABOUT THE BOOK
We're thrilled to announce the much-anticipated release of the new Miraval cookbook, Mindful Eating (Hay House, May 2012). Our guests have been requesting a cookbook for years, and we are thrilled to be able to deliver such a comprehensive cookbook. Written under the direction of Executive Chef Chad Luethje and our culinary, beverage, and nutrition teams, the book contains two hundred beautifully clean recipes and simple techniques for readers to use at home, giving you the tools to make smarter choices with a better understanding of portion size, ingredients, and cooking practices.Each dish represents an invitation to eat and drink the Miraval way, examining the art of reacquainting oneself with hunger and letting it cue mindful eating, rather than feeding one’s emotions.

With recipes for peanut butter (made with carrots) and Caesar salad dressing (made with silken tofu), the spirit of Mindful Eating is not deprivation, but rather the use of unexpected techniques and flavor and texture blends combining to a gratifying effect.An entire chapter of the book contains mindful cocktail recipes, exemplifying the resort’s guiding philosophy that all choices, when made mindfully, are healthy and acceptable.

WHAT DOES MICHAEL SAY ABOUT THE BOOK?
“Mindful Eating is a new first for Miraval, and with all the emphasis that we place on diet, wellness, and life-betterment, this was a logical step for the property,” said Michael G. Tompkins, President and General Manager of Miraval Resort & Spa. “With the Mindful Eating cookbook, guests can now incorporate our delicious and healthful cuisine and cocktails into their everyday lives with ease and purpose.”
LIFE IN BALANCE SPA
Posted April 2, 2012
THE CONCEPT

With a focus on sustainability, the new spa’s luxury is not about excess, opulence, or lavishness but rather embraces the mantra “Life Enhancing Minimalism”.Working in harmony with renowned Mithun Architects and Clodagh Design – the same team who helped create the Villas at Miraval that completely sold out in fall of 2011 – Miraval is crafting a physical environment that reinforces the spa’s connection to the earth, creating a seamless blend of indoor and outdoor relaxation spaces.

“The Miraval Life in Balance Spa with Clarins is the next step in the Miraval Journey, and we are excited to see this inspiring project take shape,” said Michael Tompkins, President & General Manager of Miraval Resort & Spa. “The balance, growth and development we see our guests experience every day has been a true inspiration to everyone at Miraval, and is something we have strived to recreate through the new spa.”

ARCHITECTURE & DESIGN

The Miraval Life in Balance Spa with Clarins mirrors an authentic experience of the Arizona desert through its strong connection to the spirit of its rugged landscape.On the entrance wall of the spa building, there is a giant symbol in oxidized steel and healing copper with a turquoise stone center, announcing the approach to the gate to wellness.

All the senses and elements have been enlisted in a cavalcade of design and natural elements. A trough filled with highly tactile pebbles - called a ziggurat – and a giant bowl of round stones, welcomes and encourages guests to build cairns of the kind which dot the desert landscape.The welcome walkway leads to a long reflecting pool of water which reflects the Arizona sky where one will find an outdoor haven of fragrant native plantings; sage, wild lavender, and deer grass. An intimate view of the Catalina Mountains, fortifying in its beautiful simplicity is on view from a plush chaise, the ever changing sunset reflected on the huge glazed wall.In the evening, a fire bowl is lit, symbolizing the sense of community and shared experience that is key to Miraval.

A smoke grey concrete pad at the ancient wood door creates a threshold to the reception hall. On one side the orientation desk is clad with a twenty five foot slice of a fallen cedar tree. Behind it a corrugated papier mache art wall by Louise Crandell vibrates with the intense color of oxidized copper, a native metal.The massive stucco walls of the spa are colored the rich tone of mesquite bark, blending into the desert. Inviting chairs and sofas are grouped in front of a metal clad two sided fireplace. A huge glass wall offers ever changing views of the Catalina Mountains. To the side of the orientation/reception desk, light flickers mysteriously, casting shadows over a graphite glass wall, from a lit water trough at its base. A vast portal lined with aged reclaimed cedar leads to the spa treatment rooms.

“Design and architecture are not just disciplines, but also healing arts that support and enhance the spirit as well as the body,” said Clodagh, principal of Clodagh Design. "The Miraval Life in Balance Spa with Clarins is no exception, with thoughtful designs that impact guests in life-enhancing and sustainable ways.”

PARTNERSHIP WITH CLARINS

Clarins, the #1 European prestige skincare company was founded 60 years ago in Paris by Jacques Courtin-Clarins, a massage therapist and doctor who always believed in the healing power of touch. In the last six decades, the brand has evolved to become the most trusted European skincare authority for women all over the world and one of the most recognized Spa brands. The guiding principles of the founder hold fast today; offering customized skincare regimes, cutting edge botanical science and spa treatments that rely only on the hands and professional grade products for optimal results.

“The guests at Miraval are savvy spa consumers seeking the highest quality treatments in the unique environment. Clarins collaboration with Miraval honors our spa heritage, unique massage techniques and innovative products. It is a partnership of excellence between two companies who share the same philosophy of total well-being and unparalleled service,” says Christian Courtin-Clarins, Chairman of Clarins Group Supervisory Board.

The partnership of Clarins and Miraval is a natural marriage. Each brand is founded on listening, healing and superior service. A leader in fusion spa services, Miraval will unveil exclusive Clarins-inspired treatments using the brand’s revolutionary PRO Formula products. Over 30 new offerings have been created for the “Life in Balance Spa with Clarins.” Each is designed to go beyond the skin’s surface to awaken the senses and create balance through well-being.

A menu of additional exclusive new Clarins treatments will also be available at a new private area within the spa, the “Miraval Spa Suite.” Offering a totally private experience, a custom door leads to a desert view garden and private bath and shower, where one can lunch beside the fire or soak in the in-ground hot tub surrounded by desert greenery. One can shower under the stars and even have a nap on the deep loungers flanking the water.

As in nature, spring 2012 will bring rebirth and renewal to Miraval, a fresh start built on the wisdom of what it has learned from its past but with a clean slate to create anew. That is the ultimate gift it can give to its guests:life-long learning, inspiration, and optimism for the future.
HEEDING ITS OWN ADVICE: MIRAVAL’S PATH TO SELF-IMPROVEMENT
Posted February 16, 2012
Miraval & Clarins announce partnership with new Life in Balance Spa
February 2012 (TUCSON, AZ) – Over a quarter of a million guests have come to Miraval since its opening in 1995, seeking not merely massages and facials, but a path to self-improvement and life change. Over the course of its sixteen year history, Miraval has become the top-rated destination spa in the United States; winning endless magazine awards and praise from Hollywood’s top stars. This May, Miraval unveils a new “Life in Balance Spa with Clarins” designed to transform guests both physically and emotionally using nurture, rest and renewal.

With a focus on sustainability, the new spa’s luxury is not about excess, opulence, or lavishness but rather embraces the mantra “Life Enhancing Minimalism”. Working in harmony with renowned Mithun Architects and Clodagh Design – the same team who helped create the Villas at Miraval that completely sold out in fall of 2011 – Miraval is crafting a physical environment that reinforces the spa’s connection to the earth, creating a seamless blend of indoor and outdoor relaxation spaces.

“Miraval is a special place, which has special meaning to everyone who visits. Our new spa will meet that high standard, and provide another way in which guests can restore balance in their lives and bring mindfulness into everything that they do,” says Steve Case, owner of Miraval. Miraval Chairman and CEO Philippe Bourguignon adds, “The new spa’s inspired design combined with Miraval’s creative, mindful touch, give new meaning to the word balance and the pleasure it brings our guests.”

Clarins, the #1 European prestige skincare company was founded 60 years ago in Paris by Jacques Courtin-Clarins, a massage therapist and doctor who always believed in the healing power of touch. In the last six decades, the brand has evolved to become the most trusted European skincare authority for women all over the world and one of the most recognized Spa brands. The guiding principles of the founder hold fast today; offering customized skincare regimes, cutting edge botanical science and spa treatments that rely only on the hands and professional grade products for optimal results.

“The guests at Miraval are savvy spa consumers seeking the highest quality treatments in the unique environment. Clarins collaboration with Miraval honors our spa heritage, unique massage techniques and innovative products. It is a partnership of excellence between two companies who share the same philosophy of total well-being and unparalleled service,” says Christian Courtin-Clarins, Chairman of Clarins Group Supervisory Board.

The partnership of Clarins and Miraval is a natural marriage. Each brand is founded on listening, healing and superior service. A leader in fusion spa services, Miraval will unveil exclusive Clarins-inspired treatments using the brand’s revolutionary PRO Formula products. Over 30 new offerings have been created for the “Life in Balance Spa with Clarins.” Each is designed to go beyond the skin’s surface to awaken the senses and create balance through well-being.

A menu of additional exclusive new Clarins treatments will also be available at a new private area within the spa, the “Miraval Spa Suite.” Offering a totally private experience, a custom door leads to a desert view garden and private bath and shower, where one can lunch beside the fire or soak in the in-ground hot tub surrounded by desert greenery. One can shower under the stars and even have a nap on the deep loungers flanking the water.

As in nature, spring 2012 will bring rebirth and renewal to Miraval, a fresh start built on the wisdom of what it has learned from its past but with a clean slate to create anew. That is the ultimate gift it can give to its guests: life-long learning, inspiration, and optimism for the future.

About Miraval
Miraval is dedicated to making life more magnificent. Since opening in 1995 Miraval has been consistently rated the #1 destination spa by Travel + Leisure, SpaFinder and Condé Nast Traveler. The partnership with Clarins and debut of the new Life in Balance Spa with Clarins, opening in May 2012, will take the acclaimed property to the next level, solidifying Miraval as the premiere destination resort and spa in the world. The new spa will house new exclusive treatments by Clarins, the plant-based prestige skincare company founded in Paris in 1954. Built in harmony with the healing power of its Sonoran desert surroundings, the spa will transform its guests both physically and emotionally, create balance and promote a sense of well-being.
Miraval resort unveils two partnerships
Posted December 16, 2010
Donna Tunney
Thu, 16 December 2010

Miraval Arizona, The destination spa resort in Tucson, is collaborating with National Geographic Expeditions and Lindblad Expeditions on two vacation programs that combine nature explorations and photography with yoga, meditation and other wellness initiatives.

"We are thrilled to partner with such highly regarded and innovative forces within the travel industry", said Michael Tompkins, president and general manager of Miraval Arizona. "National Geographic Expeditions, Lindblad Expeditions and Miraval share a similar commitment to offering life-changing experiences."

In partnership with National Geographic Expeditions, Miraval is offering a series of four-day photography workshops in Tucson, where participants learn to take magazine-quality photos through edit-and-critique sessions with National Geographic photographers.

Clients set out on daily excursions to photograph mountain vistas, the Sonoran Desert and the historical district of Tucson. When not behind a lens, they can take advantage of the spa resources at Miraval.
Miraval Arizona Announces New Collaborations with National Geographic Expeditions and Lindblad Expeditions
Posted December 1, 2010
Miraval Arizona, the top-rated destination spa resort located in Tucson, today announced new collaborations with National Geographic Expeditions and Lindblad Expeditions. The strategic alliance with two world-renowned exploration pioneers emphasizes Miraval's continued commitment to creating one-of-a-kind offerings for its guests. As an established innovator in the health and wellness industry, Miraval Arizona continues to lead the way with new, cutting-edge programming and innovative In-Depth Explorations from unrivaled Specialists.

In partnership with National Geographic Expeditions, Miraval is offering a series of four-day photography workshops in Tucson where participants learn to take magazine-quality photos through edit-and-critique sessions with National Geographic photographers. Guests set out on daily excursions to photograph stunning mountain vistas, the stark beauty of the Sonoran Desert, and the historic downtown district of Tucson. They zoom in on Native American petroglyphs and capture images of the age-old Navajo hoop dance during a private performance. When not behind a lens, guests can take advantage of fabulous spa resources and an unrivaled team of well-being specialists to help recharge body, mind and spirit.

Upcoming 2011 dates include: February 24-27 (sold out), March 31-April 3 and October 13-16. Due to overwhelming response, the additional date of October 27-30 has been added.

"We are thrilled to partner with such highly regarded and innovative forces within the travel industry," said Michael Tompkins, President and General Manager of Miraval Arizona. "National Geographic Expeditions, Lindblad Expeditions and Miraval share a similar commitment to offering life-changing experiences."

For those looking for an overseas adventure, Miraval has partnered with Lindblad Expeditions for an "Island Odyssey" aboard the National Geographic Explorer, a 17-day expedition exploring the Azores and Madeira islands (both belonging to Portugal) the Canary Islands (Spain) and the Isles of Scilly in England. As part of the Skills@Sea program, a Miraval specialist will join the team of expedition leaders to offer signature classes such as Breathwork, Yoga, Meditation and Mindful Stress Mastery. The at-sea program will enable Miraval to introduce itself to a new audience as well as offer an additional kind of experience to its loyal guests. This expedition departs on May 2, 2011.

For more information on Miraval or to reserve your space for the National Geographic Photography Workshop, call 877.644.9457 or visit miravalresorts.com. Additional information on the National Geographic Photography Workshop in Tucson can be found at nationalgeographicexpeditions.com/tucson or by calling 866.797.4686. For more information about the Island Odyssey voyage, please visit expeditions.com.

About Miraval Arizona
Miraval® is dedicated to making life more magnificent. Created in 1996, Miraval's flagship resort in Tucson, Arizona, has been consistently rated the #1 by Travel + Leisure, SpaFinder and Conde Nast Traveler. Miraval offers an array of "Clue-In"™ self-discovery and development activities and "Chill-Out"™ spa services, all of which reflect Miraval's core philosophy of living life in the moment. The brand is expanding its reach through its network of leading Specialists and its creation of fully-integrated inspired living communities.
Spa Resorts Use 'Naked Table,' Yoga to Lure Companies
Posted October 20, 2010
October 20, 2010, 2:48 PM EDT
By Nadja Brandt

Oct. 20 (Bloomberg) -- Spa resorts such as Vermont's Stowe Mountain Lodge and the Broadmoor in Colorado are using wall climbing, carpentry classes and yoga to lure corporate clients accustomed to little more than free breakfast as a hotel perk.

Stowe Mountain has boosted its corporate group bookings with such programs as the "Naked Table Project," in which participants learn to build furniture from scratch. At the Miraval Arizona Resort & Spa in Tucson, guests can use meeting breaks to walk a tightrope or jump from a 25-foot (8-meter) pole, an activity known as the "Quantum Leap."

Luxury hotels, hurt more than their cheaper competitors by last year's U.S. recession, are working to reverse a drop in demand from business travelers. Spa resorts, upscale properties with a focus on health treatments and other recreational activities, are among those that have had the toughest time booking corporations, which became thriftier during the slump.

"These have been challenging times, but during these last two years, our programs have helped to attract corporate groups," said Morgan Fukumoto, a spokeswoman for Stowe Mountain in Stowe, Vermont. "They look for more team-building activities and to get a great value for their money."

Hotel occupancies in the top 25 U.S. markets climbed to 65 percent this year through August from 61 percent a year earlier, according to Smith Travel Research Inc. of Hendersonville, Tennessee. Luxury properties, which include spa resorts, showed the biggest increases, with occupancies rising to 67 percent from 62 percent.

Trailblazers Meeting

Chains including Marriott International Inc., Blackstone Group LP's Hilton Worldwide and Hyatt Hotels Corp. have offered complimentary breakfast and Internet access to attract corporate customers. At Miraval -- majority owned by Revolution LLC, the investment company run by AOL Inc. co-founder Steve Case -- guests can test their skills on an obstacle course.

That spurred the front office of the National Basketball Association's Portland Trailblazers to hold its annual teambuilding conference at the 118-room resort two years in a row. The group, when not in meetings to discuss the upcoming season, built camaraderie by balancing on an oversized teeter- totter and scaling a 15-foot wall.

"The whole team tried to get over this wall," said Traci Reandeau, the Trailblazers' vice president of human resources. "You have to use everybody's strengths, so it's not like you could just step on head coach Nate McMillan, who's pretty tall, to get over it."

Spending Stifled

Obstacle courses and carpentry classes may not be enough to help corporate travel return to its 2007 peak as the economic slump continues to stifle spending. Revenue per available room at U.S. luxury hotels plunged 24 percent last year, the most of any industry segment, according to Smith Travel.

"A lot of the hotels are cognizant of the idea to not lower rates but instead offer value," said Christine Lai, executive strategy director for Santa Barbara, California-based Elite Meetings International Inc., which connects hotels with conference planners. "There was definitely the AIG effect."

Companies have sought to avoid appearances of excess following the 2008 bailout of American International Group Inc., she said. AIG was criticized by lawmakers for rewarding agents with a $440,000 trip to a California resort less than a week after the insurer got its first government bailout. The company canceled about 160 resort events costing a total of $80 million after congressional hearings in October 2008.

'Still Restraint'

"There is still restraint in corporate spending, although it's nowhere near where it was six months ago," said Patrick Scholes, an analyst at FBR Capital Markets in New York. "The problem is corporate meetings are often planned far in advance, so even if the hesitation is lessening, it may still take a year or two until some of these will actually take place."

For Reandeau of the Trailblazers, the visits to Miraval weren't only for entertainment. The resort's activities, which included contests such as chili and barbeque cook-offs, helped with team-building, she said.

"These retreats ensure that there's a connection there -- that we're all on the same page," Reandeau said. "It's not just fun but, we think, necessary."

Miraval last year added to its regular corporate offerings a four-day executive program, during which participants receive lessons from Tony Schwartz, a management expert, on boosting energy levels within their companies. The resort charges $3,000 plus tax per person for the program, said Michael Tompkins, general manager of the Arizona resort.

Google, Toyota

The resort has hosted executives from companies including Bank of America Corp., Google Inc., Sony Corp. and Toyota Motor Corp., Tompkins said. Half of the available executive courses have been booked for the remainder of the year, and about 10 percent have been reserved for 2011, he said.

The Sanderling Resort & Spa, in North Carolina's Outer Banks, will begin offering butchering workshops to its corporate and leisure guests next month, said Laura Millett, a spokeswoman for the hotel. Guests will "meet their meat" as a German master butcher takes them through the process of selecting and cutting meat from steer, hogs, lambs and other animals at a nearby organic farm, the hotel said today in a statement.

At W Hotels, Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide Inc.'s high-end boutique brand, business clients can learn how to cook, knit or be a disc jockey, according to the chain's website. At Stowe Mountain, where groups can get maple-infused hand and foot massages during business meetings, corporate programs have been successful enough to help spur the 139-room hotel to open an additional 179 rooms in December, Fukumoto said.

Rise in Reservations

Corporate reservations for the year are up 34 percent from 2009, she said. About 30 percent of Stowe Mountain's bookings are from business groups, with the rest from leisure travelers. The resort is trying to shift the ratio to 50-50, Fukumoto said.

Joie de Vivre Hospitality, a San Francisco-based boutique hotelier with 35 properties, started its "Joy of Meetings" initiative in January 2009, with bubble-blowing sessions to relieve stress and yoga classes "to stimulate endorphins and energy," according to the company's website. Guests can also fly kites and make s'mores, the campout dessert made from graham crackers, chocolate and marshmallows.

The program has helped Joie de Vivre boost business this year, Carole Manning-Kim, corporate director of national sales and marketing, said in an e-mail.

At the Broadmoor in Colorado Springs, Colorado, which promises corporate clients a full refund if they aren't satisfied, groups can participate in fly-fishing and whitewater- rafting excursions. Bookings for 2011 show a 15 percent increase in business-group demand from this year, said John Washko, vice president of sales and marketing.

About 65 percent of visitors at the closely held Broadmoor are corporate clients, he said.

"After what we've just come through, we've seen the C- level customer looking more and more for something outside of the set standard golf-and-spa event," Washko said.
Miraval Arizona Introduces New Loyalty Program
Posted April 7, 2010
Miraval Arizona, the top-rated destination spa resort located in Tucson, today announced the launch of a new loyalty program called Authentic Circle. The three levels of Authentic Circle are Step, Run, and Fly which is based on the idea that you will want to Step into the 'world of wonderful you' before you Run, let alone before you Fly.

Authentic Circle is a robust rewards program offering three levels of membership for loyal guests and owners of Miraval residences, based on frequency of stays and overall commitment to Miraval. Exclusive benefits include room upgrades, priority access to activities, invitation to Authentic Circle events and resort credits. Members will also have access to a dedicated team of Authentic Circle Advisors providing exceptional personalized service. Additional privileges include discounts on spa services, boutique purchases and private consultations with Miraval Specialists as well as a complimentary subscription to Miraval's new e-magazine featuring a priority preview of exclusive offers, tips and news.

"Our Authentic Circle program embodies our drive to make our guest experience the most positive and memorable it can be each and every day," said Philippe Bourguignon, CEO of Miraval. "We are privileged to give back to our most loyal guests and expect Authentic Circle to meet, and exceed, their expectations."

The Authentic Circle program is just one of the recent investments that have been made to further enhance the Miraval guest experience. The resort recently launched a new brand identity campaign including a new website, ad campaign and collateral. New programs were also introduced in early 2010 including a new Desert Sky Zipline, Dragon Yoga, Partner Yoga, adventure excursions as well as Art and Music at Miraval.

For more details about the Authentic Circle membership, please visit www.miravalresorts.com/authenticcircle.
Clodagh Design Wins Gold Key Award For Excellence For Miraval's Catalina Suites
Posted January 11, 2010
TUCSON, AZ, November 2009 - Clodagh Design was recognized in the 29th Annual Gold Key Awards for Excellence in the category of Guest Rooms for Miraval Arizona's recently unveiled Catalina Suites. The Awards are sponsored by Interior Design + HOTELS magazine and are announced annually in conjunction with The International Hotel/Motel & Restaurant Show (IH/M&RS) in New York City.

More than 225,000 submissions were cast this year from a panel of renowned industry experts representing 24 countries from around the world. Finalists were selected on the basis of practicality, aesthetics, and functionality of design. Expert judges included Gerner Kronick + Valcarcel, Architects, PC; Michael Silberstein, Crowne Plaza Times Square; and Michael Whiteman.

In addition to its existing 102 guest rooms, Miraval recently added 16 ecologicallydesigned rooms known as the Catalina Rooms and Suites, with interiors designed by Clodagh and architecture by Mithun, which received LEED certification by the U.S. Green Building Council. The rooms' dcor suggests sustainability and tranquility and utilizes ecologically‐conscious products such as rammed earth, non‐toxic, water based adhesives and recycled and renewable materials.

Miraval's belief in mindfulness and conscious living are expressed in the eco-sensitive design elements of the new sustainable rooms, echoing the resort's commitment to environmental responsibility and respect of the natural environment. In creating a destination that exists harmoniously with the natural world, Miraval Arizona hopes to foster guests' awareness of the beautiful desert landscape that surrounds them.

"Miraval is proud of the great successes achieved through our partnership with Clodagh," said Michael Tompkins, Miraval's General Manager. "The Catalina Suites are a notable example of aesthetically pleasing "eco‐chic" design and we are greatly honored to be acknowledged with this prestigious award."

ABOUT MIRAVAL
Miraval is the innovator in living and feeling better. Created in 1996, Miraval's flagship resort in Tucson, Arizona has been consistently rated #1 by Travel + Leisure, Zagat Survey and Cond Nast Traveler. Miraval, a proponent of choice, offers over 150 uniquely vibrant programs and activities, all of which reflect Miraval's core philosophy of living life in the moment. The brand is expanding its reach through its network of prestigious specialists and its creation of fully
integrated inspired living communities, beginning with the introduction of Miraval Living, New York in 2007.

For more information on packages or to make a reservation, please visit [url]www.miravalresorts.com[/url] or call 1-800-232-3969.
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Miraval Arizona Recognized In Six Categories In Spafinder's Readers' Choice Awards
Posted January 8, 2010
Destination Resort + Spa Receives Honors in Six "Best of" Categories

TUCSON, AZ, October 2009 - SpaFinder announced the winners of its prestigious 2009 Readers' Choice Awards today, with Miraval Arizona Resort and Spa placing within the top ten resorts in six categories. SpaFinder is a global spa and wellness resource that connects millions of wellness-focused consumers with thousands of spas worldwide. Based on votes submitted by readers of SpaFinder publications, including Spafinder.com, the awards represent the most comprehensive consumer assessment of the global spa market available today.

As an established innovator in teh health and wellness arena, Miraval Arizona continues to lead the way with new, cutting-edge programming and innovative workshops from world-renowned experts, lending to its top-ten ranking in numerous SpaFinder categories from "Best Cuisine" to "Best for Mind-Body-Spirit." Miraval's accolades include:

BEST CUISINE + BEST COOKING CLASS
Chef Chad Luethje's innovative cuisine and the resort's Creative & Mindful Cooking Immersion workshops are recognized with the resort's win in the "Best Cuisine" and "Best Cooking Classes" categories. From programming that invites guests to dine with Miraval's nutritionists to learn to eat with awareness to cooking classes with Chef Luethje on how to spice up your cooking in a healthy way, Miraval excels at sharing ideas for easy, healthy living.

BEST SPA FOR MEN
As more men are traveling to destination spas, particularly for stress relief and adventure, Miraval Arizona has enhanced its outdoor adventure activities and challenge programming. From the high-rope courses to a nighttime climbing wall, Miraval offers a holistic oasis for men and women alike.

BEST FOR YOGA
Miraval's "Breath" experience merges healing, stress mastery, mindfulness and self-awareness through a number of comprehensive yoga practices, engineered for beginners through the most experienced yogis. Led by a team of experts including traditional Native American practitioner Tony Redhouse and Natasha Korshak, Miraval's Director of Mindfulness Educations, Miraval's slate of yoga programming is unparalleled.

BEST FOR MIND-BODY-SPIRIT
Perhaps best known for its holistic programming, Miraval supplies guests with an extensive range of workshops and activities for exploring and embracing the individual's state of mind. With renowned experts such as Miraval's Director of Integrative Health and Healing, Dr. Andrew Weil, and his popular integrated healing seminars, and Wyatt Webb's one-of-a-kind Equine Experience that provides profound insight into communication within relationships, Miraval offers a range of varied, intuitive programming.

BEST FOR GOING SOLO
Miraval is an ideal resort for the individual traveler seeking a uniquely personal experience. Miraval's activities are created with the individual in mind, from the daring, thrill-seeking challenge courses to the serene, therapeutic spa services. With more than 60 ways to unwind, Miraval provides numerous opportunities for the solo traveler to relish the Miraval experience.

About Miraval
Miraval is the innovator in living and feeling better. Created in 1996, Miraval's flagship resort in Tucson, Arizona has been consistently rated #1by Travel + Leisure, Zagat Survey and Conde Nast Traveler. Miraval, a proponent of choice, offers over 150 uniquely vibrant programs and activities, all of which reflect Miraval's core philosophy of living life in the moment. The brand is expanding its reach through its network of prestiqious specialists and its creation of fully integrated inspired living communities, beginning with the introduction of Miraval Living, New York in 2007.

For more information on packages or to make a reservation, please visit [url]www.miravalresorts.com[/url] or call 1-800-232-3969.

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Miraval Arizona Wins Top Honors In Spa Magazine's Annual Silver Sage Readers' Choice Awards
Posted January 7, 2010
TUCSON, AZ, OCTOBER 2009 - Miraval Arizona is proud to announce that it has been named 'Favorite Destination Spa' and 'Favorite Eco / Green Spa' in Spa magazine's third annual Silver Sage Readers' Choice Awards. This year, more than 100,000 votes were cast in the magazine's awards. The November / December 2009 issue of Spa, which highlights these spectacular locations, will be available on newsstands nationwide October 20.

Miraval is a world-renowned destination spa and resort. Nestled in Souther Arizona's Santa Catalina Mountains, Miraval offers innocative daily activities and programs in the areas of fitness, nutrition, creative expression and adventure. Additionally, the resort offers more than 100 different body, facial and salon treatments - both traditional and original - which aid guests in their journey toward renewal.

Miraval provides guests with the greatest number of choices possible to ensure that they receive a truly customized experience. Each Miraval program complements the next, offering a genuinely unique getaway that helps guests heighten their sense of awareness and allows them to experience Miraval's core philosophy of living in the moment.

Additionally, Miraval recently added 16 ecologically-designed guest rooms, designed by Mithun and Clodagh, which received LEED certification by the U.S. Green Building Council. Eco-sensitive products such as rammed earth, non-toxic, low-VOC paints and recycled and renewable materials were utilized throughout the rooms' decor.

Miraval is renowned for its innovative programs and classes, celebrated experts and value-added offerings, all of which lend to the resort's recent acclaim. "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," said Michael Tompkins, General Manager of Miraval Arizona. "To be recognized by Spa readers, who have broad spa experience and discerning taste, makes these awards that much more special."

ABOUT MIRAVAL
Miraval is the innovator of living and feeling better. Created in 1996, Miraval's flagship resort in Tucson, Arizona has been consistently rated #1 by Travel + Leisure, Zagat Survey and Conde Nast Traveler. Miraval, a proponent of choice, offers over 150 uniquely vibrant programs and activities, all of which reflect Miraval's core philosophy of living life in the moment. The brand is expanding its reach through its network of prestigious specialists and its creation of fully integrated inspired living communities, beginning with the introduction of Miraval Living, New York, in 2007.

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Miraval Arizona Selected As Top 10 Destination Spa By Travel + Leisure
Posted January 6, 2010
'Wellness Resort Receives Top Honors in 2009 World's Best Spas Reader's Poll.'

TUCSON, AZ, September 30, 2009 - Travel + Leisure magazine recently released the results of its annual World's Best Spas reader's poll, in which Miraval Arizona Resort and Spa was recognized as the third-highest rated destination spa in the world.

Miraval Arizona offers an incredibly diverse range of life-changing programs and activities, from exhilarating ropes courses and yoga, to backcountry bike riding and healthy cooking workshops, all designed to help guests recharge, relax, and transform their lives. Miraval guests can participate in informative workshops with the resort's acclaimed experts and unparalleled signature programming, such as The Equine Experience with Wyatt Webb, as well as experience the top-rated Spa at Miraval, which offers massage, facial and body treatments and a full service salon.

Fresh programming, world renowned experts and a notable 110,000 square foot expansion play into Miraval's top honor. "We are grateful that our guests continue to value all that Miraval has to offer," said Michael Tompkins, General Manager of Miraval Arizona. "From our unique workshops to our challenge courses and fantastic cuisine, we look forward to expanding and sharing more and more of the Miraval experience."

The World's Best Spas survey results are based on data collected in the 2009 World's Best Awards reader's survey. The 2009 results are available on [url]www.travelandleisure.com/worldsbest[/url] and in Travel + Leisure's October issue.

ABOUT MIRAVAL
Miraval is the innovator in living and feeling better. Created in 1996, Miraval's flagship resort in Tucson, Arizona has consistently been highly-rated by Travel + Leisure, Zagat Survey and Conde Nast Traveler. Miraval, a proponent of choice, offers more than 150 uniquiely vibrant programs and activities, all of which reflect Miraval's core philosophy of living life in the moment. The brand is expanding its reach through its network of prestigious specialists and its creation of fully integrated inspired living communities, beginning with the introduction of Miraval Living in New York City.

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