Just returned from my on-the-fly solo recharge at Canyon Ranch in Lenox---first solo trip ever and, I must say, this was a great place to do it (but still would prefer to go with a girlfriend the next time).
-no force socializing--can dine alone or even order room service if preferred
-classes are truly wonderful! Took some beginner level pilates and yoga classes that were just fab. Never thought of myself as someone who would try or be interested in yoga but the instructors, I am told, are trained at Kripalu, are very knowledgable and approachable. The stretch without the mysticism (now if I can just find something like this near me....).
-the food is a pro and a con. Bountiful and yummy. I am probably the only person who gained 2 pounds while here, regardless of the umpteen hours of exercising I did. Seriously tasty, not gourmet, but still, for the most part, a little too good.
-rooms are very clean and quiet. Did not see a single bug in my room while there (but honestly, passed out a 9:30 every night following my day of self-pampering).
-laundry service at every wing
-nice trails on the property
-extremely friendly service everywhere, from the kitchen staff to the concierge
-great organized hikes and bike rides
-every class is more challenging (but not necessarily harder) than it says it will be (both a pro and a con)
-program advisors are very informative and helpful--pick their brains!
-within walking distance to Lenox (I would say 15minute safe walk on a well paved sidewalk)
-the property is immaculate and gorgeous
-outdoor and indoor tennis courts are pristine
-transportation to/from the Albany Amtrak is wonderful!
-maid service can be slow
-body treatments that boast a 50 minute massage to end the treatment are not accurate--worst treatment ever and had to rebook a real massage that was great (avoid Karen)
-no alcohol (they do say you can bring your own (hint)
-not enough time to do everything you want to do (within a reasonable budget!)
Will definitely be back, either alone or with the girls!
upper level rooms
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September 12, 2011
How wonderful that you chose Canyon Ranch in Lenox for your “first solo trip ever” – and that you had a great experience. We appreciate your comments both positive and negative as we continually work to offer our guests the highest level of service. While we do not serve alcohol at our immersion resorts, we do offer biodynamic wines and organic spirits at our Miami Beach Hotel & Spa and SpaClub in Las Vegas. This beverage program is receiving great feedback from guests – definitely give it a try if/when you are in the area. We truly appreciate that you care enough to share your thoughts with us and hope to welcome you again soon!
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