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Spa Experience 8/27/15 Beauty Kliniek, San Diego, CA

I was lucky to get a spa treatment at Beauty Kliniek, last Thursday. The treatment was a re-gift from my present host, a birthday present for me. I’ve experienced many years of giving and receiving therapies, in spas, resorts,  chiropractic offices, and  private practice. On one hand, I am discerning after my 37 years of doing the work professionally myself, but on the other hand, I am easy to please and not directive when I am the receiver.

I was very impressed with how extensive the offerings are here, all the services and the space itself. I asked for and received a tour before my session. The spa is 8000 sq. feet with a Beauty/hair salon, a day spa, a wellness center, a eucalyptus stream room, an infared sauna, lockers rooms, a Vichy shower for body treatments, a hydrotherapy tub, whirlpool pedicure thrones, a couples massage room, a spa boutique, a classroom and two relaxation areas.

Here are some pictures:

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This is the entrance. It is in a small shopping area on the NE corner of Regents Road and Governor Drive.

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Here is part of the lobby/entrance.  This area includes the receptionist desk, chairs and several shelves and counters with make up and other items for sale.

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Here is the salon.  They offer full hair salon services, waxing, nails, make up , all in different areas. They even offer laser hair removal, Photo Genesis and medical laser treatments, Laser genesis, botox, collagen, fillers and other medical beauty/anti-aging treatments.

They have treatment rooms where they offer various facials, and micro-current facial sculpting, too.

Their body treatment list is extensive with various body wraps, salt glow scrubs, and a hydrotherapy tub. They offer deep tissue massage, hot stone massage, Hawaiian Lomi ke Ah Hoku massage, clinical aromatherapy, pregnancy massage, Thai massage, reflexology and manual lymph drainage.

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This is the couple’s massage room.

I had signed up for the combo massage, which the spa menu stated included craniosacral, energy balancing, reflexology, tui na, acupressure and several other modalities including Swedish.  I am trained in several therapies myself and have received numerous ones over the years, including that list, and only really noticed receiving swedish and deep tissue work in my massage last Thursday. I felt a little disappointed that there wasn’t reflexology and energy balancing, however, I was very pleased with the work I received. Tasia, was my therapist, and I found her pressure firm, nurturing and confident.  The table was VERY comfy and the treatment included nice touches like a warm towel on my back after that area was massaged, a warm towel under my neck when I was face up, a warm pad on my belly, and a warm towel on my feet after the treatment was complete.

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This was my room.

Along with the above treatments, they have treatments and packages that focus on slimming, detoxing, spa treatments, colon hydrotherapy, packages for Brides, Executive packages, and anything from a few hours long package to all day, including a light lunch.

They focus on the whole body and to support that, they also offer yoga and other classes, wellness programs and acupuncture.

There are two relaxation areas I saw, both set up with water, fruit and hot tea. The chairs were very comfy to relax in.

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They actually mix their own aromatherapy blends according to the needs of the client.

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When I checked in, I was led to the women’s locker room where I was given a locker with a key, clean slippers and a comfy robe. There was a changing room, a shower area, bathroom, sink area and they had all the amenities anyone could want to freshen up to return out into the world.

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Here is the classroom:

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I liked that they offered many supplements, aromatherapy oils, lotions, and other beauty/relaxation support items for sale, to support the benefits achieved at the spa.

If you are in the San Diego area, come check out this award winning day spa. They are celebrating their 33rd anniversary in Oct.!

http://www.beautykliniek.com/index.html

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Sheraton Carlsbad Resort and Ocean Pearl Spa, Carlsbad, CA

On Tuesday I received a tour of the Sheraton Carlsbad Resort and the onsite Ocean Pearl Spa in Carlsbad, CA. http://www.sheratoncarlsbad.com/    http://www.oceanpearlspa.com/home 

I have been a holistic therapist, trainer and coach for over 34 years, and have worked in various resorts, so being able to tour a spa is always a special treat. And what a treat this small yet elegant spa is to see. They are  dedicated to using mostly  organic products in all of their treatments and a few of the lines are produced locally.  The spa director, Carol Holguin, described the Kimberly Parry Organics line produced locally, how Kimberly makes up the batches when ordered so they are fresh and how they’ve been able to go to the facility and ask for additions and alterations to the various ingredients to produce signature products for their treatments.  All body treatments are done with Kimberly’s line and all facial treatments are performed with either the Kimberly Perry line or the Hungarian line, Ilike, which is made up  of fruits, vegetables and herbs.  Several lines are carried in the lobby for purchase, too.

Carol also showed us a device used for non-invasive face lifts, called nuface, using a microcurrent.  She has used it and says in five minutes it produces visible results. This is available for purchase in their lobby. She also showed us poultices filled with herbal pearls that are used to perform both massages and facials, a signature treatment.

The spa has 2 facial rooms, 6 massage rooms, including a couples massage room; a manicure/pedicure station that looks out to the lovely pool;  locker and relaxation areas for both men and woman; a eucalyptus steam room.

Various massages, body treatments, and facials are available alone or in a package.  I love how dedicated they are to organic product;  water conservation and other green initiatives;  and all they do to support local guests as well as guests of the resort.  During the summer they have bi-monthly happy hour offerings with various treatments, vendors, and food. During the off season these are offered monthly.  Oct. 4th-6th, they are offering a weekend of wellness with classes, workshops, treatments, and wellness consultations.  My favorite was the special of a  lunch, use of the pool, steam room, outdoor hot-tub and fitness center, all for only $5 added to the purchase of a 50 min. treatment. Most resorts charge a fee of $25 for spa, pool and fitness center use alone.  They also cater to small groups, wedding groups, etc.

Here are some pictures of the spa. All are photos taken from their website except for the photo of the women’s locker room.

Women rest area website photo fitness center website photo Lobby websit photo Manicure station website photo Women locker room

I was quite impressed with the Sheraton Carlsbad resort as well. They are connected with the MarBrisa time share, too, so guests are welcome to use the main pool as well as pools connected with the time share.  They are in the process of building some new timeshare units which adjoin the new two pool area called “The Cove”. The cove is a lovely area with what will eventually be a family pool and an adult pool, a bar, outdoor pool and ping pong tables, and food service at the pool, plus several lounge areas. The pool can be partially rented out for groups.

The first and last photo are of the main pool. The last photo is taken from the website and includes a picture of the rooms.  The other three photos are of the Cove and the new MarBrisa time share units.

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The Sheraton Carlsbad is located right next to Legoland and has a private entrance to it, plus special rates to explore it.  I love the Mediterranean architecture and how lovely the landscaping is throughout the property. They are also next door to the Crossings Golf course. The resort has ocean views and all rooms have patios and balconies that face beautiful scenes of flowers and gardens, the ocean, the canyon or the fairway.  There is a large conference center and many companies hold meetings and retreats here as well as having business travelers stay here. There is 40,000 sq ft of meeting and event space for corporate retreats, weddings and other large gatherings. There are several outdoor spaces available as a sweet wedding setting.

Looking toward conference center and entrance Conference Center

Their Twenty/20 restaurant has recently been remodeled and has 5200 sq. feet of space, of which 1700 is outdoor dining with views of the Pacific Ocean. The setting is elegant yet casual.  They use local organic produce as much as possible.  I love the resorts dedication to green initiatives such as the Blink recharging system for electrical cars, use of recycled paper products, organically grown flowers, green transportation, sustainable food options, china service for meetings to avoid all the waste that often accompanies these events.  They even donate left over food.   These are photos from their website.

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The rooms range from 488 sq. ft to 915 ft. for the Presidential suite.  Prices start at $199 per night and go up to $639, plus a $12 fee for internet, paper, resort activities, and use of fitness center.  There are 250 rooms. They are pet friendly.

These are photos taken from the website:

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I highly recommend these facilities for locals as well as guests either visiting Lego Land, or wanting a mid-range lovely resort option for their ocean vacation.  The airport is close by and soon there will be major airline service there, in addition to the computer jets.  It is very close to the ocean near the I-5 interstate and there is transportation offered to the beach and other local attractions!

Cal-a-vie Resort, Vista, CA

On Friday, I was given a very delightful and through tour of the Cal-a-Vie resort. http://www.cal-a-vie.com/.

As part of my 34 years of researching wellness centers and resorts, I had researched this resort several years ago.  It opened in 1985 more as an upscale weight loss resort.  With the purchase and restoration of the spa by the present owners, Terri and John Havens, it truly feels and looks like a small French village. With the 200 acres of  hilly countryside , just 40 miles north of San Diego, the small orange grove that honors frequent guests and the grape orchards, you feel like you are in another country.  This very private  luxury spa resort treats its guests to a 5:1 ratio, and the extra attention and care is seen in every aspect of this place.

The first photo is of the Chapel and L-Orangerie, originally part of a Carmelite monastery in Dijon, France, built in the early 1700’s and brought over piece by piece to be rebuilt on the grounds.  The other picture is of the rolling hills and orchards seen from the Chapel grounds.

View of chapel and L'Orangerie  View east from chapel

When you enter through the front gate, you will see the Ted Robinson style private golf course to the east.

Front gate Aug 23 2013 Golf course

The entire resort is furnished with 17th, 18th and 19th Century antiques purchased by the Havens and shipped back to the resort for furnishings as well as to sell to guests at their antique store.  I loved how each room is unique with it’s different couches, light fixtures, tables, etc.  My favorite was the wood used on many of the floors, pine barn wood taken from an old world barn.

Here is a photo of the floor and antique storeroom.

Old world wood floors Antiques in storage room

The chapel and L’Orangerie are very special buildings, with a great history.  The chapel is used for meditation, weddings, yoga, and other small gatherings. It has no electricity so everything is done by candlelight.  The L’Orangerie is used for corporate retreats and meetings, weddings, and other gatherings. It’s demonstration kitchen is used to instruct guests in simple techniques they can take home to use for healthy meals. The meals demonstrated are then cooked right there and provided to the attending guests.

Here are pictures of the inside of the chapel, the foyer of L’Orangerie (a Cal-a-Vie photo), plaques on both of them, the demonstration kitchen and the wonderful lawn outside the L’Orangerie which provides a lovely space for weddings.

Plaque on L-Orangerie Demo kitchen in L'Orangerie Inside chapel Lawn outside L-Orangerie L'orangerie foyer Cal-a-vie photo L'Orangerie reception hall Plaque on Chapel

There are 32 Mediterranean style villas including 7 suites.  The rooms run from 500 sq. ft. to 800 sq. ft for the suites. Each room has a private sun deck or balcony. The bathrooms have a jacuzzi tub and separate shower, and heated limestone floors.  The rooms are furnished with unique French antiques and lighting fixtures.  Rooms are cleaned with green cleaning products only. Guests come for 3, 4 and 7 day visits.  A 7 day stay runs from $8295 – $8795; 4 days from $5295-$5795; and 3 days from $3995-$4395 plus tax.  These rates include all meals and snacks, several spa therapies or golf, all classes,  fitness facilities and recreational activities.  There are special rates for 2 people signing up together. Guests are limited to 18 years and above.

Here are some pictures of the outside and inside of the guest rooms.  The first photo is provided by Cal-a-Vie, a picture of a suite;  the next two are ones I took of the outside; the next one is provided by Cal-a-Vie, a picture of the inside of a guest room; and the last one is one I took of the inside of a guest room.

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The executive Chef, Curtis Cooke, formerly of the  Golden Door resort, uses organic and local sustainable produce as much as possible and meals are served in the dining room, the outside patio of the dining room, the demonstration kitchen, in rooms when requested and even in the sweet room in the working windmill.  The windmill room is offered to newlyweds, to  have some time alone after their wedding and before moving on to the reception. There is no alcohol served with meals. Guests may bring alcohol to have in their rooms only. An on staff dietician is available for private consultation and teaches nutrition classes and gives lectures. The new chef is working to expand the organic garden onsite.

The first photo is taken of the windmill room, the second picture is of the dining hall, the next one is of the outside pizza oven and organic garden,  and lastly, a photo of the outside patio and pond.

Room inside windmill Dining room Pizza oven and organic garden Pond and outside dining outside dining hall

The focus of this resort is on providing guests with activities, instruction, therapies, cooking classes, etc. for relaxation, retreat, an opportunity to get back in shape and create a new healthier lifestyle they can continue when they return home.  Guests fill out a questionnaire when they first register and then go through an interview upon arrival. During this interview they are asked about their particular health and fitness goals, past exercise routines, and needs, so that a personalized daily schedule can be created for them. Daily fitness classes aren’t scheduled ahead of time but rather created to meet the needs of the guests for that week.  There are daily hikes, over 100 exercise classes, 20 mind/body classes; including pilates, spinning, yoga, walks, an Olympic sized pool and a smaller pool, water classes, meditation, tai chi, Qi gong, tennis on a clay court, sand volleyball, basketball, other lawn games, and of course the golf course.  The fitness center is as luxurious as all the other buildings, looking much different than any other fitness center I’ve seen. There is even a labyrinth!

Below is a picture of the recreation courts, tennis court,  labyrinth, the library and lobby of the fitness center and the Olympic sized pool.

Sand volley ball basket ball court other games Clay tennis court Labyrinth Library in Fitness center Lobby of fitness center Olympic pool and administration building

As the resort focuses on creating a stress free environment, they provide windbreakers, rain gear, gray sweat shirts and pants, t-shirts, shorts, robes, bath shoes, and  bedroom slippers so that guests don’t have to worry about packing. There is a boutique that sells anything else you might need.  There are guest speakers and themed weeks throughout the year.

As therapies are a big part of this program, there are over 60 daily spa therapeutic treatments and services offered at the salon and spa.  Some of the spa offerings are reiki, Thai massage, shiatsu, vibrational therapy, cranial sacral, acupuncture, facials, body wraps and various massage modalities.  The spa rooms are beautiful, spacious and have the same elegant furnishings that are throughout this resort.

The first photo is the registration lobby, and then a Cal-a-Vie photo of the inside of the lobby and lastly, a sweet hot tub for relaxation.

Spa Building Front lobby Cal-a-vie photo Relaxation place

My pictures don’t do this place justice so please go to their website for more information or better yet, book a retreat for yourself!

Optimum Health Institute, Lemon Grove, CA

This is another one of the wellness centers that I researched years ago so it was a treat to finally get to visit.  I have a friend who has worked here before so that gave me an introduction as well. Today I attended their weekly open house, orientation, and meal. Even though I was a visitor and not someone attending their program, I was welcomed just the same. I found everyone there very warm and welcoming.

The program was initially started  as Robert P. Nees, Sr., his wife, Pamela and their friend, Raychel Solomon, met at a class teaching God-centered mental techniques for healing the whole person, taught by Robert’s brother, the Reverend Russell Nees.  Raychel traveled to the Hippocrates of Boston center and learned Essene based dietary and cleansing practices and brought these back to add to the program.  They then created Hippocrates West,  a not for profit mind-body-spiritual healing center.

Soon they recognized the need for a stronger spiritual base so they transferred the assets to The Free Sacred Trinity Church, a Christian church rooted in Essence traditions.  The healing center became a mission of the church and in 1977 the name was changed to the Health Institute of San Diego and then in 1983 it was changed to the Optimum Institute. Although the Institute is connected to this church, they do not hold services and hold space for any and all religious and spiritual traditions.

The center was started in a home and quickly outgrew those facilities and they moved to their present location, which they have expanded over the years.  They have been at their present location for 36 years. They average around 100-120 guests per week.

The focus of this program is to cleanse and nourish the body with diet, fasting, exercise,; quiet and focus the mind with journaling and meditation; and teach the guest tools so they take these healthy practices back into their lives. Although this isn’t a medical facility, many healings have taken place over the years after guests have attended the classes and taken these practices back into their lives, including guests arriving with stage 4 cancer given 2 weeks to live.  The idea is to detox the body/mind/spirit and then give the body what it needs to rebuild a healthy system, not just for a week or month but for a healthy future. People seem to return over and over and some guests end up living on the property and/or returning to work there.

The program is 21 days long and can be attended at one time or a week or two at a time.  There is the CA campus and two in Austin, TX.  There are 40 classes offered per week.

Week 1 -Body/mind/spirit connection

Week 2- Tools for healthier choices

Week 3- Take home skills

The cleansing is done with wheat grass grown on the property and juiced just before use by the guests; enemas, wheat grass implants, and gentle exercise and stretches.  Massage, reiki, reflexology, salt glow body treatment, body wrap, colon hydrotherapy and chiropractic care are available on site as well.

The food is all organic, fresh and raw, some grown on the property.  All the water on the property is filtered and the drinking water is filtered twice and then the ph is balanced, too.Classes are taught in how to prepare the food, too.  Guests are taught how to grow and juice wheat grass.  There are gardens to rest or walk in, a jacuzzi, a pool, a library, a night for movies, a store, a chapel, groups, ceremonies, and Friday night live sharing of talents.   All the guests seemed very honoring and supportive of each other.

The program costs $955.00 per week.  The accommodation prices range from $475-$1195 single occupancy for a room,  $370 and up for a room in a shared townhouse, and $645 for a 2 Bdr. townhouse. I’m assuming these prices are per week.

The dinner meal I shared with them consisted of: Cucumber and tomato salad, Broccoli Salad delight, Humus, Sprouts, Green salad, celery sticks, zucchini sticks and crackers made from dehydrated zucchini slices with some spices. There were salad dressings, various sprouts, lentils, spices and nuts to add to the meal. No salt or sugar is used at all. The entire meal was raw food.

These are pictures of the patios, a courtyard and some rooms.

 

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This is the front lawn and office, the dining room and a lecture room and the door to the chapel for meditation and contemplation.

Office and front lawn Dining room and lecture room Door to chapel

 

This is the organic gardens and avocado trees, the greenhouse where wheat grass is grown and the memorial garden.

Organic garden Green house Memorial garden

 

For further information you can check out their website at: http://www.optimumhealth.org/

 

Chopra Center, Carlsbad, CA

Chopra Center

 

Yesterday I went to visit The Chopra Center, in Carlsbad, CA. This is one of the wellness centers I had researched online a few years ago so I wanted to see it in person. I attempted to set up a tour, also, of the La Costa Resort and Spa, where the Chopra center is housed, but after leaving 3 voice mails with 3 different marketing people, and a voice mail and email with the marketing manager, I received no response and after two weeks gave up. I did drive up and receive a 5 min. tour of the center though. I wasn’t allowed to take pictures, nor did they offer for me to grab photos off the website. So if you want pictures, you can look at their website http://www.chopra.com/welcome-chopra-center

The draw for this center is of course that it was founded and is run by Deepak Chopra.   He founded this in 1996.  Many of the participants in his classes and workshops stay at La Costa but they also can stay in other local resorts and catch shuttles to the center. I recommend the Park Hyatt Aviara, instead, which I toured yesterday and will soon post pictures of, as they were much more accommodating. http://parkaviara.hyatt.com/en/hotel/home.html?k_clickid=1476c819-5e87-08c9-0a1b-00005154048c&src=agn_smg_prk_ppc_google_ss_propertyspecific_sanpa_parkhyattaviara.

One of the drawing points of this center is that there are classes available online as well as in person, workplace wellness is offered via various teachers trained through the center,  and it offers teaching training to those desiring to be trained in one or all of the tracks they focus upon.  Locals can come to occasional talks they have there, too. The Center offers medical consultations, Ayurveda body treatments, online counseling, retreats, programs and a store at the site and online. There are only 7 treatment rooms but if there are more therapies scheduled, they use the La Costa spa for the overflow.

The Center consists of medical consultation offices, a waiting room, store, two meditation rooms, a classroom, and treatment rooms. That is all.  But their offerings are intended to powerfully immerse participants in full mind-body-spiritual programs for profound transformation and provide tools to take back into daily life and relationships.

A few of the programs I found on the website were as follows:

Music and meditation – 6 or 7 day program cost $2175

Journey into healing -$2075 for a week

Perfect health (their signature program) – $3375 for 6 days (Includes a medical consultation, cooking classes, treatments, classes, meditation, yoga and is available in a 10 day program, too)

Emotional Freedom – 3 day $1175.

There were also various weekend programs mentioned as well.

 

 

The Oaks at Ojai, Ojai, CA

I went to tour the Oaks in July.  I walked around on my own some and then joined their orientation tour for new guests at the spa.  In the orientation were a few guests who had been there before and the spa has a high percentage of returning guests. One woman had been on one of their cruises and along with that she was given 2 free nights at the spa.

Sheila Cluff, an international fitness expert, founded the spa 36 years ago. It is considered a destination spa and it’s main focus is healthy weight loss, wellness and conscious eating.  The daily rate includes 15 fitness classes a day, 3 calorie conscious meals and healthy snacks.  The majority of the guests are women.

There are 46 rooms with an occupancy of 78 guests.  The rates start at $199 a day double occupancy to $345, depending upon the room size and $269 to $319 single occupancy.   Along with the offered fitness classes, there are daily guided hikes and walks for people of all fitness levels, cardio and weight lifting equipment, pilates equipment, an indoor and outdoor hot tub, steam room, sauna, outdoor pool and nightly lectures and activities.

The Spa is located in the center of town on Ojai Ave.  The meals will accommodate vegetarians as well as various food allergies per request. The menus are posted and guests are invited to contact the staff if they need something else or don’t like what is on the menu.  There are cooking demos to assist the guests in continuing their healthy eating habits upon returning home.

The spa offers various massage and reiki therapies,  facials, body treatments, a salon, along with fitness and body composition consultations.  Life awareness coaching and wellness training is offered as well.

Throughout the year various theme and focus weeks are offered.  Cruises are offered that include fitness and weight loss classes.

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Casa de la Luna Retreat, Ojai, CA

I’ve been talking to Margaret Elliott, the owner of Casa de la Luna Retreat for 5 years about ways we could collaborate.  I finally got to meet her and see her retreat center in early July.  Margaret started out renting a house on the property and then when the owner decided to sell, Margaret purchased it and has since then turned it into a retreat center. Her vision is to also include an organic farm near by, and expand the offerings of workshops, ceremonies, events and partnering at the center.  She loves to connect up with other eco-villages and wellness centers around the world.  She has offered up her space for free to various spiritual teachers off and on over the years.  She is very warm and generous.

Casa de la Luna sits on almost 4 acres with produce trees, organic gardens, horses, oak trees and redwood trees.  There is a residential compound consisting of  5 private lodging units with 10 large bedrooms, 15 bathrooms, 5 kitchens including a large industrial kitchen,  and a large event room that holds up to 60 people. The event room has recording, live streaming, editing, and screening capabilities and Margaret is skilled in all of this and offers its use to the public.  The rooms can hold up to 20 people for retreats, reunions and other gatherings. There is a large ceremonial/event lawn that has held many public ceremonies, weddings, and other gatherings.   There are other indoor/outdoor event areas. The retreat center is used for transformation, education, outreach and healing. There are treatment rooms located on the property, too.

Come check it out, or if you are interested in investing, please contact Margaret at http://www.casadelaluna.org/

The photos are not mine.

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Canyon Ranch, Tucson, AZ

In Dec. I went with a friend to tour Canyon Ranch. We received an extensive tour, with a wonderful young man leading the way. He had been working there a little while and loved working there, was pleased with how supported he felt there, how much they encouraged him to grow.

Canyon Ranch was created by it’s owner who still lives in a home on the property, right a midst the rest of the offered lodgings. I was impressed with this.  There are several Canyon ranch facilities in different locations including 2 resorts, one hotel and spa in Florida, and 3 spa clubs at other hotels.  I liked the concept of this family starting this one resort and seeing how much it has grown and expanded to other locations. That must be quite fulfilling. Canyon Ranch Tucson was originally a working ranch, then from the 1930’s to 1970’s, it was a guest ranch.  It now consists of 200 acres including a housing development with the owners able to have access to the spa and activities.

It is nestled at the south side of the Santa Catalina Mountains, near Sabino Canyon.   Facilities include regular rooms to a  2700 sq. feet 2 bdr. home.  The rates are all inclusive and include use of all classes, meals, facilities. They start at $3030 for 4 nights, including $650 service allowance to $6500 for 4 days, depending upon room size chosen.  One of the great room amenities is your choice of pillows from the 20 pillow menu.  for someone who has purchased numerous therapeutic pillows and even attempted to make my own pillow, I loved this offering. The young man told us that there are people who come and stay for a month at a time or more, no matter the cost.

There are 4 swimming pools, including a watsu pool and aquatic therapy pools.  There are three food venues, with all nutritional information and ingredients listed on the menus, with various diet restrictions honored. There are regular cooking classes to teach guests how to cook using more healthy ingredients. No alcohol is served but you are allowed to bring alcohol with you and consume it in your room. The resort is a cell phone free zone.

Their spa, salon, and fitness facilities are VERY extensive, including a large staff of medical professionals, MD’s, chiropractic, acupuncturists, hypnotherapists and others.  You are able to choose your therapies or join in one of the various programs.  There is even a gait and footwear analysis.  The spa also has metaphysical offerings including astrology, tarot, clairvoyant readings, crystal energy sessions, Feng Shui, handwriting analysis, and numerology.  There are various spiritual programs, life enhancement programs and creative arts activities.

While I was there they were building a new ropes course to include in their fitness programs and business offerings.  They have hikes, horse back riding and other outdoor activities.

I was having such a good time on the tour that I only took a few pictures afterwards, so am including a few pictures from their website instead.

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The Scottsdale Princess, Scottsdale, AZ

I went to see the Scottsdale Princess in Feb.  They gave me a map and I just walked around on my own.  I did receive a tour of the spa and fitness center. This is a newer resort and is a 5 diamond resort.  It has a newly added 53,000 sq foot ballroom and conference center and caters to business meetings, events and business travelers.

The resort has 4 restaurants and a lounge; 2 18 hole golf courses; 2 fitness centers (one free, one fee based); tennis courts; 2 catch and release fishing lagoons; 5 pools, one of them with 2 200 ft. water slides; a kids club and Family adventure center with a playground, sports courts various activities and games and seasonal dive in movies.

The spa and wellness center was my favorite part of the resort.  There was an adult lap pool; various fitness classes including simulated surfing; numerous  therapies including different massages, reiki , craniosacral , body and facial treatments; a salon; 2 wellness MD’s to create a wellness program; and my top favorite, a series of “waterfalls”, with varying water intensities,   that you stood under for neck and shoulder massage.

There are 649 rooms ranging in size from 525 sq. feet to 3150 sq feet and rooms start at $149 per night.

Photos are of the rooms, swimming pool and Wellness center.

Tower at hotel rooms Entrance to the spa, fitness center and Authentic Mexican food restaurant Fountain and hotel rooms Hotel room Pool and lagoon at the Princess

 

 

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