Canyon Ranch Health Resort – Tucson, Arizona, U.S.A.
A World-Class Wellness Center
A pioneer among co-ed fitness resorts in the United States, Canyon Ranch opened in 1979 and has gone on to become one of North America’s most famous health and well-being meccas.
Set amid a gorgeous 150-acre spread of Sonoran Desert landscape in the foothills of the Santa Catalina Mountains it consistently garners top ratings from travel and spa magazines.
The nonstop roster of complimentary (but optional) programs, classes, and pursuits can seem intimidating at first, until you figure out that, if you want, you can do nothing more than laze by any of the three outdoor pools all day.
Workouts are aimed at fitness of body, mind, and soul: In addition to more than fifty fitness classes daily, activities range from invigorating 6 A.M. 8-mile power hikes through saguaro-studded hills to evening discussions led by guest lecturers who explore an endless variety of topics.
Buff, traffic-stopping bodies are far outnumbered by more average types who come to escape high-stress lives and unhealthy habits.
Spa treatments are a paramount ingredient of the ranch’s all-around approach to good health-who can resist the massage with crushed pearls or deep moisturizing goat butter? – and the Southwest accented cuisine is memorable, with daily demos that prove you, too, can reproduce the chefs specialties.
In fact, the philosophy behind Canyon Ranch is that it provides guests with a vacation they can bring home with them-though that doesn’t stop many guests from coming back for a return visit.
For East Coasters who don’t want to go west, the spa also has a beautifully sited and equally Iauded sister facility in the Berkshire Mountains of Massachusetts
What: hotel, experience
Where: 8600 E. Rockcliff Rd. (30 minutes from the Tucson airport). Tel 800-742-9000 or 520-749-9000, fax 520-749-7755; www.canyonranch.com.
Cost: high season 4-night minimum package