Hotel Review: Miraval in Tucson, AZ

Do you need a break? A holiday from your current stressful routine? Do you need some “YOU” time? If yes, consider a trip to Miraval!

After creating this travel website in record time (2.5 weeks!), and having a fun adventure in Colorado, I felt I needed a respite. I didn’t know where to go, so I asked a friend and my travel advisor to assist, and I ended up at Miraval!

I had never been to Tucson, Arizona before, though I had been to other parts of AZ for spa experiences, and I was ready for something new and different. I welcomed this new experience by traveling on Southwest Airlines for my first time too!

I arrived in Tucson early in the morning, and a private driver was waiting to take me to Miraval. There is a free shuttle included in the price of your stay, but I elected to schedule a separate private transfer for an additional $135. José was my driver, and he was friendly, and we talked almost the whole ride, which was about an hour!

When we pulled up to the resort, Kayla was there to greet me with a cold beverage and a smile. Instantly, I felt relaxed. When I checked-in, Yvonne was patient, helpful and kind, and she was able to book three treatments for the day on the spot and even though it was before 10a, she escorted me to my ready room.

I booked a Sunrise Room, primarily for the outdoor shower and deep soaking tub, both of which I enjoyed immensely!

Spacious master bath with an indoor and outdoor shower, plus deep soaking tub!

Spacious master bath with an indoor and outdoor shower, plus deep soaking tub!

The Sunrise rooms are in the 600’s, and a little bit of a walk from the main resort area. Also, the pathways are not paved, only loose gravel and rocks, so if you choose one of these delightful rooms, bring proper shoes or sturdy flip-flops, like OluKai slippers with a substantial sole.

Do you like to sleep? If yes, the beds were lovely! The beds have been described in many reviews as “marshmallows” and I completely agree! The duvets were fluffy; the pillows were super soft and with a featherbed base, it’s heavenly! While it could have been argued that these beds are too soft, I slept so well!

Marshmallow beds!

Marshmallow beds!

Onto more yumminess, the food was stellar!
All meals were delicious, well-prepared, and if you have any restrictions, they will fully take care of you! I ate all my meals except for one in the “Chef’s Alcove” which was the main dining area.

Chef's Alcove dining - the food was excellent!

Chef’s Alcove dining – the food was excellent!

If you like to Spa, you will not be disappointed there either! While it can get quite busy on the weekends, there are lots of places to relax and chill, including a steam room, sauna, jacuzzi, head outside and you can relax on shaded loungers or sit comfortably in the sun. There is also a quiet room with a view of the mountains and an outdoor lounging area with the same spectacular view!

Your path to serenity...

Your path to serenity…

Relaxing mountain views and healing turquoise!

Relaxing mountain views and healing turquoise!

I had five spa treatments while I was there and all of them were excellent! So much so, when I return I will know who to book in advance! For body massages, including reflexology, I recommend Manny! For Facials, I recommend Victoria and Kim!

I had two “alternative” treatments; a reading with Alexandra Nicol, and a Brennan Energy Healing with Tejpal. My experience with both women was enlightening!

And because I know I need to step my game up with photography since creating this site, I scheduled two photography sessions with Nancy Shroeder, who also leads the Evening Photography Walks! They were fantastic because a DSLR was provided for me to practice on and I could use it during my stay! Nancy is extremely knowledgeable, and I learned so much about using the iPhone camera in addition to the DSLR!

Do you like to challenge yourself? There’s a variety of ways you can do so! Climbing walls, tightropes, ziplines, ladders, and hiking are all options!

A challenge course with a view!

A challenge course with a view!

The grounds were also thoughtfully curated. The Bird Ramada was an excellent place to relax and bird watch. There were three pools so that you could spread out! And with lots of sculptures and water features, it was clear; Zen is the goal for your stay.

Miraval Collage - Clockwise from top left: Hummingbird at rest, water features, Mark Twain gazing, cactus with prickly pear, two dragonflies meeting, heart rock, and lovely views all around!

Miraval Collage – Clockwise from top left: Hummingbird at rest, water features, Mark Twain gazing, cactus with prickly pear, two dragonflies meeting, heart rock, and lovely views all around!

Albeit I had a few technical glitches and disappointing experiences with some staff, my overall experience was great, and I would return. So, enjoy your stay!

Until next time, thanks for reading and Happy Travels!

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