September 9, 2014 | By Jeri Donovan
For close to 35 years, Canyon Ranch Tucson has embodied the true spirit of wellness vacationing. I recently had the opportunity to experience the wellness marvels of this magnificent property. And, I must say that from the moment I was met at the Tucson airport to be escorted to the ranch, I knew that I was poised to step forward and embrace a very special wellness experience.
New to Tucson, I was in awe of the mountain ranges that encircled the area and was absolutely delighted to see the desert beauty.
It stood out to me immediately that Canyon Ranch is a destination spa resort that considers creating a personalized wellness vacation for each individual guest as a top priority. Ranch personnel strongly recommend that you meet with a Program Advisor as soon as you arrive. I completely agree with this and would go so far as to say that YOU MUST take advantage of this individualized care ASAP. You will be so glad that you did. With just a few brief questions, my advisor was very quickly able to assess my needs and suggest a myriad of excellent recommendations to create my own ultimate wellness vacation. I happily signed up for classes on meditation, painting, harnessing intuition, nutrition guidance and brain power. Plus, my advisor gave some terrific advice on which hikes were a “must do” and she was definitely spot on.
My fitness classes included Buff Buddha, Cardio Circuit, Yin Yoga, Above and Below the Belt and Indoor Cycling, as well as usage of the weights and cardio machines. The staff in the weight and cardio room are ever so helpful and brought fresh towels and cold water. One word of caution, it is very easy to feel compelled to do and try everything as there are so many outstanding choices of activities, but remember to balance your time with some rest and relaxation and be sure to schedule at least one spa treatment. My 80 minute massage was divine.
I must also say that dining was a treat at Canyon Ranch. My meals in the main dining room and the more casual, poolside Double U Café were utterly delightful. It was a sublime combination of flavors, textures, and seasoning with outstanding nutrition.
Do I recommend Canyon Ranch for a wellness vacation? Indeed, I do! At Well Traveled, we would be happy to make all the arrangements for you.