I just returned from Miraval and while I can understand some of the mixed reviews, I had an overall positive experience. I'll start with the good:
The food setup is very good. Breakfast and lunch are buffet-style. You can have the buffet and/or order from some menu selections. The dinner menu changes daily and if you don't like the choices, they have an alternative menu. The food is very healthy and you can order as much as you want. And I love the smoothie/ latte bar that is open most of the day. It's really nice that they don't nickel and dime you on the food.
The rooms are very nice with comfortable beds. The property as a whole is very well-appointed. The common areas are cozy with big fireplaces and couches.
The spa is nice, although not knock-your-socks-off. They have a very comfortable "quiet room" with chaises and cashmere blankets. The locker room is typical and there are many treatment options. You should book ahead, but I was able to make several changes without a problem once I arrived. The best part is that the spa stays open until 9 or 10pm. I would recommend booking spa appts in the evening, since there are so many activities during the day. I would recommend David for thai massage, Amy for facial, and Manny for anything.
Ok--now for the not-so-good:
There are so many classes available at Miraval that it can be overwhelming. If you try to do many of the classes, it would be very regimented like a bad cruise ship. And some of the classes fill up quickly, so I missed some things I was interested in. I think part of my problem was that I was only there for the weekend. It might be better to go for 4 days or so, to really be able to experience what they have to offer without being stressed out.
One of the "mindfulness" classes I did attend was the low point of my trip. I was hoping they would offer some helpful tips for "being in the moment", but instead it was kind of like an amateur group-therapy session, where everyone sits around in a circle and shares. People were crying over bizarre things and it was a huge downer. I think Miraval must draw quite a few maladjusted people there looking for meaning. I was just there with a friend for a relaxing spa weekend. Needless to say, next time I would stick to the yoga, meditation and spa. Maybe a nice cooking class.
As a sidenote, there were a surprising number of men at Miraval. It was nice to see that it's not just for the ladies.
I hope this review is helpful! I would probably return to MIraval, with some different expectations and a slightly different itinerary.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Situated in the warm shade of the Santa Catalina Mountains in northern Tucson, on 400 acres of idyllic land, Miraval Resort & Spa is an award-winning luxury destination retreat dedicated to opening eyes, minds, and hearts. Personalized attention, sumptuous casita-style guest accommodations, and the Life in Balance Spa continuously help Miraval garner accolades from SpaFinder, Travel + Leisure, and Condé Nast Traveler.Miraval’s innovative Life in Balance Spa features unique, mind-body treatments such as Spirit Flight, Naga Thai, and Utopia. Outside of the spa, additional rejuvenating experiences such as healthful cuisine prepared by award-winning chefs, integrative wellness programs, fitness pursuits, and challenge activities are designed to physically and spiritually reconnect Miraval guests on the path to a life in balance. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
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