TUCSON, Ariz. -- The clarity and crispness of Tucson's high desert
air coupled with an average of 360 days of sunshine are only two
reasons why this city has historical associations with health and
For years, Tucson was sought out for its clean air and low
humidity by people suffering from tuberculosis and asthma. In its
early history, there were almost as many sanatoriums as there were
It's no wonder, then, that Tucson has become a significant spa
destination for many travelers with varying health and rejuvenation
Two award-winning spa resorts are situated in the Tucson area:
Canyon Ranch and Miraval -- Life in Balance.
Adding to Tucson's reputation as a spa destination was the
opening in December 2002 of the Elizabeth Arden Red Door Resort
Spa, one of three Arden spas in the U.S. connected with a resort.
In Tucson, it's the Westin La Paloma.
These major spa areas, plus others dotted along Tucson's
foothills -- the Westward Look Resort and Spa, the Loews Ventana
Canyon Resort and Spa and the Omni Tucson National Golf Resort --
provide Tucson with the reputation of "capital of spa destinations
in the Desert Southwest."
Miraval -- Life in Balance ("Life in Balance" is a Zen concept and
the resort's credo) added to its accolades this year by being voted
No. 1 U.S. Destination Spa by the Zagat Survey 2003.
Sprawled across 135 acres of the Sonoran Desert, Miraval has 106
guest rooms, four swimming pools, a Zen garden, a meditation
labyrinth, a Native American sweat lodge and a spa with more than
100 treatment choices.
Guests are free to create daily agendas to suit their needs and
moods. The programs include challenge activities, specialty
mindfulness workshops, Oriental movement, body work and massage
The Ultimate Package runs from Oct. 1 through May 15. Prices are
per person, per night, double, exclusive of tax and service
The seven-night plan starts at $2,999 and features casita
accommodations; a $95 credit toward a spa service or round of golf
per person per day; three meals daily; access to all scheduled
activities as well as the fitness center and swimming pools; and
Under the Mother-Daughter Special, valid through Dec. 20, mother
pays the full package rate of $520 and daughter pays half. The
above rate is based on a four-night stay, double occupancy, and
includes four $95 spa services to be shared.
Accommodations, meals and activities are the same as offered in
the seven-night package.
For information and reservations, call (800) 232-3969 or visit
www.miravalresort.com. Packages are commissionable at
On the northeast side of Tucson lies Canyon Ranch, a renowned
health resort that has garnered awards not only from the travel
industry but from the medical and mental health professions, as
The Health and Healing Center, a highlight of Canyon Ranch, is a
14,000-square-foot area where guests may opt for such physical
evaluations as a bone-density assessment and lifestyle counseling.
Complementary disciplines often include acupuncture and Chinese
Canyon Ranch offers four-and seven-night winter packages, valid
through June 5 and commissionable at 10%.
Four-night sampler rates, starting at $2,400 per person, double,
feature a $95 allowance for spa and sports services.
For details, call (800) 742-9000 or visit www.canyonranch.com.
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