The legendary Canyon Ranch in Tucson is the quintessential resort for rejuvenation, taking stock of your health and priorities and beginning a new chapter in healthful living. The enchanting, soulful Sonoran desert has something to do with this. A number of resorts and hotels in Tucson have caught on to the vibe and are making the best of it.
The beauty of a resort is having everything at your fingertips so you can concentrate on why you're there. That's why many visitors who come to Tucson to study the health benefits of desert plants, yoga and purposeful living stay at Canyon Ranch.The world-renowned health resort is all-inclusive, and you can sign up in advance for exactly the type of experience you want. Canyon Ranch employees pamper you with hot-stone massages and mud baths while you learn about the latest in diets, nutrition and spiritual healing. You can receive one-on-one or group coaching in "life enhancement,'' running the gamut from facing loss to weight control. A "lifestyle concierge'' is available for a personal consultation at check-in.
Westward Look Resort
The Westward Look Resort was built in 1912 as an expansive, hacienda-style home for William and Maria Watson, then got a second life as a dude ranch. In the 1970s, the resort's dining room was renamed the Gold Room and featured tuxedo-wearing waiters serving Continental cuisine. Today, the restaurant has evolved into a casually elegant style with menus that reflect local Southwestern ingredients. This eclectic resort also has a spa featuring therapies inspired by the desert and its abundant wildlife nearby.
The Lodge at Ventana Canyon
Sixteen miles outside of Tucson, in the foothills of the Santa Catalina Mountains, sits the Lodge at Ventana Canyon. The 600-acre setting, a private country club and lodge with 50 suites and 36 holes of golf, is spectacular. The two 18-hole championship courses were designed by Tom Fazio. The lodge has been a AAA Four Diamond property for 14 years in a row. Guest suites are large -- 800 to 1,500 square feet -- and offer touches like full kitchens, large bathrooms and private patios.
If an authentic Arizona boutique hotel is what you're after, the Arizona Inn might be the answer. The resort hotel is spread over 14 acres of gardens, fountains, and lawn, but it sits in the heart of downtown Tucson. The same family has owned the inn since it opened in 1930. The rooms and suites have undergone updating since then, but they've kept their "original warmth, privacy, comfort and charm,'' according to the inn's website. The inn is included in the Conde Nast Traveler Gold List and Travel and Leisure's Top 500 Hotels in the World.
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