Miraval Resort Spa | Tucson

John and I really enjoyed our time at Miraval in Tucson. It’s great on all levels, including the cute bunnies, horses, swimming, delicious and healthy food (& margaritas) and Wyatt Web.

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Miraval Trip to Eastern Europe October 2012

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Miraval | Bunnies, Horses and You

I once had a boss (hi Nick at Clorox) whose mantra was “it’s all about you,”  speaking about the customer.  Couple that with the focus on the customer and service that I learned at Consumers Liquor from my dad, and I live that sentiment day in and day out.

Miraval Equine Experience
Miraval Equine Experience. Josh, Leo & John

Miraval is known for their Equine Experience. Their tag line is “It’s Not About the Horse.” Right – it’s about You. People go to Miraval to do Yoga, to swim, to get massage treatments, to meet with specialists from every conceivable spectrum of Wellness.  And people go to hang out with some horses for a couple of hours. That’s my partner John and me in the pic with the granddaddy horse there whose name is Leo. He’s 25.  The idea in plain words is to try to understand the concept of confidence and how one interacts with others. The session ends up with you as a horse trainer. Will the horse do what you want her to, or not? Is that what real life is about? Anyway, it’s pretty cool, even if you’re a born cynic like me.

Miraval Bunnies in Residence
Miraval Bunnies in Residence

And of course the bunnies… Those cute little critters everywhere! Here are 2 to contemplate.

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Miraval Rabbits

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Miraval | Heathful Gourmet Dining & Nature

I’m sitting on my porch and a lizard is scurrying up the tree right here in front of me. There are little (I assume baby) bunnies everywhere, although now at 2PM they’re likely in their holes. These adorable little creatures should be out in a couple of hours. There are butterflies, lots of birds and yesterday I saw a few horses [that deserves another post] and a horny toad.

Geez. My post before I left San Francisco was really a bit angry and very cynical. I apologize!  We’ve now been at Miraval 48 hours and it’s very different than I expected. All these people are really into fitness and health.  When I was told the dress was very casual and that people wore athletic gear to the restaurant I really didn’t belive it all that much.  But then people come here to do spa stuff — a lot of spa stuff. While this lifestyle is not for me I can totally get it. And as far as the ‘way out’ stuff like astrology, I think you really need to look for it. It’s barely noticeable.

So I’m pretty relaxed now I’d say. I’ve napped a lot, had a spa treatment and the biggest and best surprise of all, is that I’ve dined very very well.

Miraval Berries
Berries at Miraval

I’m always comparing restaurants when I travel to San Francisco because that’s where I live, and it’s hard to live up to those standards. Miraval does a really great job at that. The chef, Chad Luethje, is awesome. He really is.  The cuisine is creative, it’s tasty, it’s healthful and it makes you think about what you usually eat and what you could eat. What we eat is a choice, and I think we tend to forget that with our busy lives. We’re also used to eating that which our culture has told us to eat for as many years as we are old. So when you don’t get a piece of fish smothered with sauce, but instead just grilled with a fruit-vegi salsa, it’s a great wake up call that you can choose what you want.  I hope that lesson comes home with me.

More later about spa treatments, equine experience and whatever else I’ve yet to experience.

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Miraval | View from my Patio
Miraval | View from my Patio

Miraval | a review prequel

Tomorrow at 6AM my partner John & I are catching a United flight to Phoenix and then driving to Miraval.  The Miraval Arizona Resort and Spa is one of the most exclusive spas in the country. Up until a year ago I never heard of it, despite the fact I claim to be one of the more knowledgable luxury focused travel advisors around. I just haven’t been big on spas. Hell, I live in San Francisco – if I want a massage with hot stones or an ayurvedic facial I don’t have to go very far. I just have to go to the Four Seasons Maui. It’s easier to get to than Tucson anyway, at least from San Francisco. But it’s just a 2 hour drive from Phoenix and I love Tucson. It’s really a beautiful and very distinctive place.

I’m sorry. Do I seem a little cynical? It’s my job! If my clients are going to spend their hard-earned, their spouse’s hard-earned or inherited money, they trust me to steer them in the right direction.  The fellow in the photo isn’t me, but it’s going to be me in about 24-48 hours. I’ve actually never had a stone massage, and it sounds pretty good. I did have an Ayurvedic facial at the Four Seasons Maui in December and it was awesome. It’s going to be hard to beat that place!  The part that makes me a little concerned is the fellow with the horse  and how the horse helps one learn to communicate, and the psychic astrologer.  I”m OK with yoga – I like that.

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Did you know that Oprah stayed at Miraval? I have a fair number of very sophisticated clients who live in or around Oklahoma City and they told me, and not at the same time.  Here’s the link to the video on oprah.com about it.    According to Oprah’s site,

” It’s a life-changing adventure at one of Oprah’s favorite places! Sixty warrior women , each bearing her own story, come together at the Miraval Resort to enjoy a week of soul searching and spa treatment in return for the hard times they’ve endured. Join Oprah and Gayle in meeting these mothers, daughters and wives as they begin the ultimate girls’ getaway.

And if I didn’t mention, their New Life in Balance Spa just opened which was the impetus for my invite! Enjoy the video and picture me there. I promise to blog from Miraval unless it’s so relaxing I just sleep.

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 If you’d like to learn more about luxury travel and our services, please contact Josh Friedman Luxury Travel in San Francisco’s Financial District via phone at 415.987.0372  or email: josh [at] joshfriedmantravel [dot] com. Follow him on Twitter and Facebook, too.

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