The second night of our stay at
Enchantment Resort in Sedona, Ariz., just after a Thai table
massage at the resort's on-site Mii amo destination spa, my wife
and I entered into a surprisingly deep discussion about our lives.
And the next
morning at breakfast, the couple with whom we ate did not appear
particularly unnerved or uncomfortable when we cautiously shared
details of our soul-searching experience the night
That may be
because Enchantment Resort, in the middle of Arizona's dramatic Red
Rock country, is also in the heart of Boynton Canyon. The canyon is
considered by New Age devotees to be one of the world's great
spiritual energy vortices, right up there with Stonehenge and Machu
late-night, probing conversation. And thus a perfect spot for a
luxury spa and resort vacation for anyone seeking a "higher"
"It's an amazing
place," said Paulette Silber, who leads daily vortex walks and
classes in qigong, Chinese movement meditation.
to quantum physics when she discussed the canyon and the
rejuvenating sensations guests at Enchantment experience. Of
course, it could all simply be the result of the area's astonishing
R.J., an on-site
Native American teacher, explained that Boynton Canyon is sacred to
Native American tribes because they consider it their Garden of
Yavapai-Apache woman made love to the sun here and created the
tribes of the Americas," R.J. said. "People seem to open up at
Enchantment in ways they never did before."
A fellow guest at
Enchantment asked me, "How long have you been coming here?" We were
watching the morning sun highlight the hues of the
"First time," I
"I've been coming
for years," he said in reply. "I belong here."
Enchantment is a
70-acre, 220-room property studded with 71 low, adobe-style casitas
-- all with uninterrupted canyon views.
staff at the resort, a member of the Leading Hotels of the World
and Preferred Hotels and Resorts, makes guests feel at home.
Management has appointed the resort with Native American and
It has also
embarked on an admirable foray into ecology, offering environmental
programs from guided tours of the night sky with an astronomer to
joint activities with the U.S. Forest Service.
hiking, horseback riding, tennis and hiking are very popular guest
pastimes. The central clubhouse boasts two restaurants, game rooms,
a gift shop and a heated outdoor patio.
Mii amo Spa
Treatments at Mii
amo Spa go beyond pampering. They treat the whole person, combining
ancient Native American healing with New Age and Eastern
Mii amo, a Native
American term meaning "journey" or "to go forward," is 24,000
square feet of Southwest pueblo snuggled against the natural slope
of the canyon. The facility enjoys an aura of tranquility thanks to
design -- use of adobe brick, indigenous stone and natural light
and water -- as much as to the treatments offered.
of the spa is the Crystal Grotto, a womb-like meditation space with
a crystal mandala decoration, and the indoor pool, which is ringed
by sitting areas and a fireplace.
A cafe offers an
eclectic cuisine of grains, seasonal produce and fresh meats as
well as cooking demonstrations.
Mii amo's spa
menu includes several kinds of facials, Ayurvedic treatments,
complex massages and spiritually based therapies like Re-Balance
and Body Wisdom sessions. There are nutrition and fitness programs
and themed retreats like the Mother-Daughter and Summer Solstice
My Thai table
massage, performed by a very strong female massage therapist,
stretched and kneaded my body into improbable shapes. And my
masseuse made me laugh. Mii amo doesn't take itself too
are on the "cutting edge" with an emphasis on creating harmony with
self and nature as a lofty goal. But for a luxury destination spa,
Mii amo is unpretentious and friendly, which itself can be a
The spa has 14
guest rooms, in the form of adobe-type casitas, and two deluxe spa
What it will cost
Nightly rates at
Enchantment, single or double, range from $350 to $450 for a casita
bedroom, $450 to $550 for a casita junior suite and $1,225 to
$1,525 for a two-bedroom hacienda suite. Rates don't include taxes
and fees. Kids under age 12 stay free.
travel agent fam rates run from $155 to $175 per night.
Mii amo Spa
offers three-, four- and seven-night packages. Packages include
accommodations, three meals daily, use of all facilities and basic
spa treatments. Casita accommodations begin at $1,785 per night.
Spa suites start at $2,235.
There are no
industry rates at Mii amo. Enchantment and Mii amo both pay agents
10% on most stays.
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