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Spa Week Savings: Relax and Rejuvenate at Carillon Miami – A Wellness Resort

Thursday, October 12th, 2017 | Beauty, California Spas, Chicago Spas, Day Spas, Healing, Michigan spas, Miraval Spa, Rancho la Puerta, Relaxation, Skincare, Wellness Spas, Willow Stream Spa, facials, healthy living, massage, spa, stress relief, well-being, wellness | No Comments

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Spa Week is from October 16 – 22!
Where will you go?

Many resorts and spas offer Spa Week specials and we’re highlighting a few from the Carillon Miami – A Wellness Resort. We hope you’ll take advantage of these special priced offerings while traveling or locally.

Spa Week Specials at the Carillon include:

Margaret Dabbs Medical Dry Pedicure
This service was designed by Dr. Margaret Dabb. The dry foot pedicure avoids swelling and expansion, allowing a more precise treatment of the skin, cuticles, callouses and nails. Includes a foot and leg exfoliation.
55-minutes for $50.00*
*Regular price is $75

The Conscientious Aromatherapy Associates Facial
A combination of the finest pure essential oils and plant extracts are applied with specifically designed massage techniques to restore and recondition the skin, leaving the complexion smooth and luminous.
50-minutes for $50.00*
*Regular price is $165

Miami Beach Body Contour by Phytomer
A preliminary treatment of dry and dull skin, while also stimulating the lymphatic system and eliminating impurities and toxins. Finishes with a deeply hydrating cream that moisturizes the body.
50-minutes for $50.00*
Regular price  is $165

Well-being Haircut & Style
50-minutes for $50.00*
Regular price is $85+

NOTE: Please allow 24 hours notice for cancellation or rescheduling of services to avoid a 100% charge.

Carillon Miami - A Wellness Resort is located at 6801 Collins Avenue in Miami. The spa can be reached at: 866-276-2226

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Wellness News: Hyatt Hotels Corporation Acquires Miraval Group for $215M

Wednesday, January 18th, 2017 | Miraval Spa, well-being, wellness | No Comments

Hyatt Hotels Corporation Acquires Miraval

Wellness travel has been showing growth and it’s even more evident with today’s news that Chicago-based Hyatt Hotels Corporation has acquired Miraval Group.

Miraval has been one of the leading wellness-focused resorts in the U.S. and their programming has helped guests create a healthier and more balanced life.   Miraval recently acquired Travaasa Resort in Austin, Texas and Hyatt will continue redevelopment plans and will also pursue the acquisition and redevelopment of Cranwell Spa & Golf Resort in Lenox, MA.  In addition, Hyatt’s acquisition also includes the Miraval Life in Balance Spa brand at the Monarch Beach Resort in Dana Point, CA.

The acquisition includes an initial investment of $215 million for the Miraval brand and the resorts in Tucson and Austin. Hyatt expects to invest an additional $160 million over the next two to three years to fund the expansion of the Tucson resort, the redevelopment of the Austin resort and the acquisition and redevelopment of the Lenox resort. Hyatt will fund the investment with current operating cash flows and proceeds from the sale of existing assets, consistent with Hyatt’s asset recycling program.

According to Mark Hoplamazian, president and chief executive officer, Hyatt Hotels Corporation, “We know that wellness is an area that is becoming increasingly important to our guests and we share Miraval’s belief that wellness is more than fitness and nutrition – it’s a lifestyle. Adding Miraval to the Hyatt family creates a great opportunity to advance the Miraval brand expansion while building a greater depth of expertise in wellness and mindfulness.”

Miraval will form a distinct new wellness category within the Hyatt portfolio of brands.

Today’s announcement continues Hyatt’s commitment to a holistic health and wellness strategy as an extension of its purpose, to care for people so they can be their best. For example, since 2014, Hyatt chefs around the globe have been championing Food. Thoughtfully Sourced, Carefully Served, a program featuring menus evolved with an eye on sustainable health. This includes options such as grass-fed meats, sustainable seafood and organic fruits and vegetables. Additionally, many Hyatt hotels worldwide are offering more options for travelers to maintain a healthier routine, including healthy refreshments at arrival, curated in-room amenities, increased fitness offerings, expanded menus and nutritious to-go alternatives.

“Our shared purpose makes Hyatt the ideal acquisition partner,” said Rudnitsky. “This transaction will unlock Miraval’s full potential by joining us with one of the foremost global hospitality companies fully committed to wellness. Consistent with Hyatt’s strategy, Miraval offers destinations for guests who take an active role in seeking inspiration and self-improvement for a life in balance.”

In information received from Miraval, they say the experience will not change and that the specialists, instructors, guides, yogis, therapists and culinary team that guests have come to know and love will continue to guide, challenge, center and nourish guests on their journey.

Interested in visiting Miraval?

Contact our Wellness Travel Expert, Donna Adinolfi, for the latest insight, rates and assistance with planning your personal journey.

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10 Wellness Retreats to Create a Healthier Lifestyle

Friday, January 6th, 2017 | Adventure, Ayurveda, Beauty, California Spas, Canyon Ranch, Challenge Course, Cooking Schools, Destination Spas, Energy Work, Equine Therapy, Healing, Meditation, Mii Amo, Miraval Spa, Nutrition, Rancho la Puerta, Red Mountain Spa, Relaxation, Skincare, Weight Loss, Zipline, fitness, healthy living, hiking, massage, mindfulness, spa, stress relief, well-being | 1 Comment

Are you ready to take action and create positive change for your life?

Get ready to challenge yourself, nurture yourself and reinvent yourself using travel and spa as a ‘tool’ to wellness.

From Cali to the East Coast, these are some of the best in the world and 10 of the best wellness resorts in the U.S. (with one just over the border in Tecate, Mexico!).

What are Your Intentions for this New Year?

It starts here! Are you ready?

Canyon Ranch – Tucson, AZ and Lenox, MA

The healing power and energy of the Sonoran Desert and the tranquility of the Berkshires will inspire you to nourish, challenge and pamper yourself.  From hiking, biking, nutritious dining, workshops and consultations by wellness and medical experts to a full service spa for relaxation and renewal.  Trouble sleeping? Consider going to one of the sleep seminars or a private session with Dr. Param Dedhia, Director of Sleep Medicine.  Dr. Dedhia also championed the relaunch of the Weight Loss Program at the Life Enhancement Center. Programs at the Life Enhancement Center offer a small group opportunity to focus on your goals for one full week (Sunday-Sunday).  Perhaps you’re more interested in a Spiritual Journey.  Stress, Healing & Spiritual Awakening might be a good session for you with Spiritual Wellness provider, Pamela Dintaman and learn how the spiritual journey can help you with steps toward transforming your life.

Vera Via, Carlsbad, CA

Vera Via offers one of the most unique and intimate programs amongst destination/health spas. Since it’s in a ’boutique size’ setting at the Park Hyatt Aviara, the program helps guests accomplish specific  goals including weight reduction, overcoming stressors, personal fitness and programming for long lasting health and well-being.  Guests meet with their experts and create an individualized plan that helps them realize success during a stay with continued progress when guests are back home.  We know that treating the ‘whole’ person leads to long lasting results.   Melissa and Wyatt Chapman, Co-Founders of Vera Via, are committed to the success of the program along with their team.   There are several packages to choose from depending on your schedule and goals. There’s also a spa on property offering a la carte services.

Rancho la Puerta, Tecate, Mexico

Rancho la Puerta offers an abundance of fitness classes, hiking opportunities for the beginner to advanced, cooking demos, lectures and plenty of options for pampering in their health centers. Meals are nourishing and vegetarian and simply delicious.  The ‘rooms’ are really casitas and they’re spacious and decorated with folkloric Mexican art and they’re very comfortable. Take the time to ‘meander the paths’ at the Ranch and you might just find your life will open up to unlimited possibilities.  This is a beloved wellness resort and the original destination fitness resort and spa as it all started in 1940, founded by Edmond and Deborah Szekely.  Spa time?  Consider the Feldenkrais Method and Watsu.
More about the Ranch in this article.

Miraval Arizona, Tucson

Find inspiration and learn how to live in the moment.  Be present, rather than worry about the past or the future.  Different experiences present choices for nutrition, fitness, stress management and meditation.  Explore challenging activities, inspiring classes and relaxing moments to help you create a healthier lifestyle.  Some of my ‘go-to’ experts include Anne Parker as she helps me stay grounded and her perspective helps with my own transformation.  For a deep tissue massage, Stephen is my go-to and Lolita for her insight and nurturing style.  First time?  Consider the Equine Experience and be sure to experience the meditation options.
Miraval’s Life in Balance profile on us in this article.

Red Mountain Spa, St. George, Utah

This wellness resort is only 90-minutes from Las Vegas and is surrounded by majestic red mountains, vivid blue skies and the peaceful setting of the Utah desert.   Adventure awaits guests with activities such as hiking, kayaking, biking as well as healthy living classes, fitness, healthy dining and pampering spa services to soothe your body, mind and soul after a fulfilling day.  In addition to a great list of property hikes, you might want to consider a guided hike at Zion National Park Hike and explore deep canyons and sandstone cliffs.  Canyoneering and Rappelling are also offered.  At the spa, look at the Desert Dreams Ritual (night time bliss).
More about Red Mountain Spa in this article.

Lake Austin Spa Resort, Austin, TX

Located on Lake Austin in Texas Hill Country, this highly rated resort is a rare find in the Austin area and a unique setting for a destination spa.  It is truly like going to your best friend’s lake cottage!  Fitness classes, healthy living classes, nutritious and delicious dining are available.  If you’re looking for a unique program in healthy cooking, then the Culinary Experience is one to look into for an interactive experience, which is another opportunity to take action to create positive change in your life.  One of the best values is the Power of 7 program, a customized 7-day program
focused on your personal goals.  What about the spa?  Look at Texas Starry Night (pleasant dreams!).

Mii Amo, Sedona, AZ

Mii Amo, a Native American word meaning “journey,” is located at Enchantment Resort and surrounded by the awe-inspiring red rocks of Sedona.  There is a sense of healing and feeling of life-changing energy in this magical space in the desert.  There are different “journeys” or programs that you can choose from for a 3-, 4- or 7-night stay such as the Healthy Body in Balance, Spiritual Exploration, Transformational Wisdom.  Journeys include all meals, classes, activities and spa services.  A stunning and inspirational setting creates the stage for change.  At the spa:  consider the Psychic Massage and Hozhooji, the Mii amo Blessing (specialty service).

Hilton Head Health, Hilton Head, SC

Hilton Head Health (H3) has over 40 years of experience with their weight loss program and their newer Live Well Program.  Beginning on day one you’re assessed by H3’s fitness experts and given a personalized program, one that is effective and tailored to your needs.  Scheduling features healthy eating, fitness, behavioral health and they’re offered in private and small groups.  H3’s all-inclusive program is effective, empowering and fun.  At Indigo Spa, try the Fit and Firm Transformational Facial with Skin Authority products (best facial I ever had!).
More about my personal journey here.

Oaks at Ojai, Ojai, CA

Recently renovated and one of the best values in a destination spa vacation.  They offer up to 16 exercise classes and fitness activities per day, a 1000 calorie-a-day spa food plan, spa services, and healthy living classes and an opportunity for (mostly) women to make positive changes and return home renewed and rejuvenated.    The Dance Week and Mother/Daughter weeks are popular and their visiting speakers.  The Oaks is one of the most affordable retreats, which takes away even more stress.  At the spa, try the Joint Health Arnica Massage (or Aromatherapy Massage).

Cal-a-Vie, Vista, CA

Located in the rolling hills outside of San Diego, this intimate European villa-inspired resort offers guests the tools to create a more balanced lifestyle with nutritious meals, fitness classes, stress management classes and a luxurious spa.  Contemplate the changes you’re ready to make while doing a walking meditation in the labyrinth or within the quiet walls of their 400 year-old chapel.  The vineyards are beautiful and Cal-a-vie is simply beautiful.   Take time to walk the labyrinth.

Life is a Journey….that we can all agree upon.  Take the first step to create the positive change you desire and keep on walking!

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Having experienced all of these destination spas I’m happy to share more insight and details to help you on your path to wellness.
If you’d like to connect: Email me directly:   donna@mindfuladventures.com

Round-up of Black Friday and Cyber Monday Promotions for Top Wellness and Spa Resorts

Wednesday, November 23rd, 2016 | Adventure, Canyon Ranch, Destination Spas, Meditation, Mii Amo, Miraval Spa, Nutrition, Rancho la Puerta, Red Mountain Spa, Weight Loss, healthy living, hiking, massage, mindfulness, well-being | No Comments

Where will you go?

It’s that time of year when the Black Friday and Cyber Monday promotions come out and there are some great ones this year.  So if you’re thinking about a getaway for 2017 or even later this year, there are some great opportunities for savings and bonuses to help you save for your next wellness retreat.

Canyon Ranch

Canyon Ranch is offering a bonus voucher with a $500 Gift Card purchase on Monday, Nov. 28. This is a one day only promotion and these must be purchased online.  This is a great opportunity to offset the cost of your next wellness retreat at this world famous resort.

Purchase a gift card online Cyber Monday, November 28, 2016, and receive a bonus voucher, which you may use as a gift for someone or use yourself on a non-group stay in Tucson or Lenox.

Once you’re all set with your gift cards and bonus vouchers let’s connect and find the best options for your dates.

Red Mountain Resort & Spa

Red Mountain Resort is offering a 15% off promotion on their Essential Retreat and Essential Plus* for stays through March 31, 2017. Reservations and deposit required by Nov. 27.
*Essential Plus includes a spa allowance

Think about your dates and let’s connect.

Miraval Arizona

The Cyber Monday promo begins on Monday, November 28th and will allow for a $275 per person per night spa allowance that can be used for spa services, private sessions and fee-based activities.  The promotion is valid for travel through 2017 and must be reserved by December 6, 2016.

Contact me directly if you have dates in mind and I’ll review the best options and compare promotions.

Lake Austin Spa Resort

Lake Austin is offering Spa and Fitness Bonus ($400*) when you purchase a $2000 (or more) Overnight Gift Certificates by November 30, 2016.
*You mus stay overnight before March 31, 2017 to receive the Spa and Fitness Bonus.

Oaks at Ojai

Thinking of retreating at the Oaks at Ojai?
Purchase a $500 gift certificate (online) between Black Friday and Cyber Monday and you’ll receive their signature OaksSpa waffle robe.

There are several other promotions so let’s connect if this is on your radar and I’ll review the best options for your dates.
Stay in touch and visit our Facebook page @MindfulAdventures for updates on other wellness resorts and their upcoming promotions.

And, Small Business Saturday is coming up this weekend.
Thank you for your support!

7 Spa-Inspired Ways to Take Better Care of Yourself in the Busyness of Work-Life

Saturday, November 1st, 2014 | Adventure, California Spas, Canyon Ranch, Destination Spas, Healing, Healing Music, Meditation, Mii Amo, Miraval Spa, Nutrition, Rancho la Puerta, Red Mountain Spa, Relaxation, Weight Loss, fitness, gratitude, healthy living, hiking, joy, massage, mindfulness, spa, stress relief, well-being, wellness | No Comments

7 Ways to Take Better Care of Yourself in the Busyness of Work-Life

This past week was one of the busiest weeks I’ve had in the last several months, which is great, of course.  Writing about wellness spas and talking to others about the benefits of going to a wellness spa inspire me for many reasons and time away devoted to our health is invaluable.

Massage and other services are vital for our well-being, however what I love most about the spa industry is that it’s a lifestyle.  So while we can learn a lot about living healthier lives, implementing what we learned to our daily life is important.

The Spa Lifestyle (for me) is about Eating Healthy, Moving our Bodies, Going Outdoors, Meditation and Prayer and so much more. The busyness of this week reminded me of a few things to re-evaluate for my own health and perhaps they’ll remind you of the importance of taking care of yourself.  It isn’t selfish.  It’s necessary. And while my intention is to engage in all of these there are times that even our best intentions fail us.  So let’s get back on track together.

1.  Always take advantage of ’slow times’ to complete other goals.
This is something I always think about when I get really busy.  It also reminds me of a job I had years ago when I was told to enjoy the slow time because it was about to get very busy.  I know I tend to thrive in the energy of the busyness, however the lesson here is to take advantage of the ‘ebb’ in our lives and use the time to complete other tasks to avoid stressing over not having the time later.

2. Go to the gym in the morning because ‘later’ comes much too soon.
Old habits aren’t always easy to change, however this one has to.  I like to start my day with breakfast, followed by going through my emails and prioritizing tasks, etc.  My intention is to reward myself with going to the gym in the afternoon.  I’m sure you know how that’s been working out.  Obvious?  Yes.  Take care of this early.  No guilt later and I’m pretty sure we’ll feel more energized (without a second cup of coffee).

3. Always have a pitcher of water on your desk.
Last Christmas I purchased a water pitcher thinking I would keep it filled and on my desk everyday.  It worked for a little while and then I decided I’d just get up and down to get a glass of water to break up sitting so long.  Well, it’s truly best to keep the pitcher close at hand so that you’re staying hydrated throughout the day.  The more you drink your daily water, the more you’ll naturally get up!

4. Go outside, breathe in fresh air and connect with nature.
This is so important on so many levels.   I find that even when I’m engaged in my work flow there comes a time in the afternoon, usually about 4pm, that I have to go outside.   It may only be for about 10-20 minutes, yet the benefits last much longer.  Go outside!

5. Play music you love…music that inspires you.
I love most kinds of music and choose different kinds depending on what I’m working on.
Music inspires me.
Music gets me moving.
Music stirs my soul and helps my creative process.
What kind of music inspires you?

6. Read more and watch less (TV).
I’ll confess that I do have a few favorite TV shows.  Watching them distracts me from the challenges of life and yet I’ve been reading less and miss that time.  I love to read and most of what I read is in the self-help genre.
I have every book by Dr. Wayne Dyer, most from Louise Hay and Paulo Coelho and many, many others.   Reading helps me to slow down and immerse myself in the power of inspiring words.   It’s time to finish what I started.  What are you reading?

7. Eat Lunch!
More often than not I ‘forget’ to eat lunch.  That 4pm time comes along and I can’t help but wonder why I didn’t have something earlier.
It’s important to eat healthy and frequently during the day.  It’s a matter of taking just a few minutes and yet we get distracted by all of the busyness of our task-driven day.  With all of the cookbooks I have from my favorite spas like Miraval, Mii amo, Canyon Ranch, Rancho la Puerta, Red Mountain Spa, Cal-a-vie and Golden Door, there’s no excuse.   A good plan is bag some cut-up veggies, nuts, and whatever you’d like so they’re ready to grab.

I know these are obvious, however when you’re ‘in the flow’ it’s easy to put off doing what you know is best so this is a reminder for all of us. 

Now go outside, grab a bag of veggies and enjoy the day!

New Year, New You: A Wellness Retreat to Transform Your Life

Wednesday, September 10th, 2014 | Adventure, Beauty, Challenge Course, Destination Spas, Energy Work, Equine Therapy, Healing, Healing Music, Meditation, Miraval Spa, Nutrition, Relaxation, Skincare, Weight Loss, Zipline, facials, fitness, gratitude, healthy living, hiking, joy, love, massage, mindfulness, spa, stress relief, well-being, wellness | 1 Comment

Miraval Arizona

January is one of the best times to experience a destination spa retreat and if you’re looking to make 2015 one of your best years, then this might be the opportunity to do just that.   Miraval Arizona will be the setting for this four-night retreat from January 7 – 11, 2015.

Whether you’ve experienced Miraval before or are considering Miraval for the first time, journey with me for a few minutes and take a look at a few specially selected links, information, services and activities to help you learn more about one of the world’s best spas.

New Year, New You Flyer

“A Journey of a Thousand Miles Begins with a Single Step.” – Lao Tzu

Transformation Vacation:
Time away devoted to our health is invaluable, as we all know, and when you add inspiring lectures from Miraval’s specialists, healing spa services and a challenge course to go beyond self-imposed boundaries, you set the stage for a year of transformation.   You can use this time to focus on fitness and perhaps schedule a private session with Andrew Wolf, Miraval’s Exercise Physiologist or focus on healthier eating and learn from Miraval’s nutritionist, Junelle Lupiani and perhaps also consider a Resting Metabolic Rate Analysis and Personalized Nutrition Plan to help you meet your goals.

Let 2015 be the year that you learn how to manage stress and while you’re at it, learn the 7-Keys to Joy and Vitality from Anne Parker or consider using some of your allowance of resort credits for one of her private sessions like Activating Your Emotional Intelligence or a personal favorite, Mirror of the Soul.

A sample journey at Miraval – take a look at this short video to get a better feel of Miraval.

Mindful Eating at Miraval
Healthy menus utilizing locally sourced ingredients create an exceptional dining experience.  Eat better, live better, feel better.  Gourmet meals that are delicious and nutritious, even dessert.

Enjoy this Miraval recipe of Lemon-Glazed Blueberry Scones from their Sweet & Savory cookbook.

What about spa services?
There are many services to choose from including several outdoor treatments.

Aqua Zen
is one service you might want to consider because the pool is heated for this service done by a Watsu®-trained therapist. Your body is moved effortlessly through the warm waters of the specially designed pool (water invites complete relaxation to the massage, allowing your body to be manipulated and stretched with greater freedom than traditional massage).  This is suitable for non-swimmers.

If you’re looking for something really unique, then Nâga (created at Miraval) may be of interest.  This is offered only at the Spa at Miraval and evolved from the healing principals of Thai Massage. Your therapist uses strands of richly colored silk suspended from above as an extension of their body. The silks are used by your provider for entwining and gracefully suspending themselves as well as wrapping and supporting your body, taking you deeper into the stretches and releasing restrictions impairing full movement.

And maybe a massage is what you need after a day of hiking and yoga.  There are many to choose from including a Relaxation Massage, Deep Tissue, Hot Stone and more.   I love the Restorative Deep Tissue (with arnica) and I’m also a fan of Shamana Karma (under Ayurvedic services in the guide).  Sample Guide

There are many other classes and activities to choose from, including Miraval’s Equine Experience, which I recommend to all new to Miraval guests.  It can be so profound and a great way to start your Miraval journey as it offers you the opportunity to practice living in the moment – Mindfulness – the key philosophy of Miraval.

Be Restored.
Be Inspired.
Be Transformed.

(Space is limited and based on availability.  Review the flyer and feel free to email me with any questions.)

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International Spa Association Innovate Award Recipients 2013

Tuesday, September 3rd, 2013 | Destination Spas, Miraval Spa, well-being, wellness | No Comments

“My view is there’s no bad time to innovate.” ~ Jeff Bezos

I love being part of the spa industry for so many reasons and was thrilled to hear about the ISPA Innovate Award.  Members submitted their successful spa-related innovations for the chance to be recognized by their peers and the celebration will take place at the 2013 ISPA Conference & Expo this October.

““ISPA is excited to highlight some of the very talented and innovative spa professionals we have within our association,”” said ISPA President Lynne McNees. ““Not only would we like to applaud these individuals for thinking inventively, but as an association, we would like other members to hear about these winning ideas and perhaps this will grow even more innovative ideas.””

Congratulations to all of the ISPA Innovate Award recipients noted below.  The future of the spa industry is now, the possibilities for growth are unlimited and I’m inspired by these innovations.

Eau Palm Beach Resort & Spa, located in Lantana, FL
Innovation: Successful retail program that raised profits and increased employee morale
Represented by Catherine Warren, Spa Director

Fayez Spa, located in London, Ontario, Canada
Innovation: Marketing that positively impacted multiple stakeholders and dramatically increased retail sales
Represented by Fayez Tamba, Owner

Four Seasons Maui, located in Kihei, Hawaii
Innovation:  “‘Seniority”’ system for massage therapists that empowered therapists with priority booking
Represented by Pat Makozak, Senior Spa Director

Glen Ivy Hot Spring located in Corona, CA
Innovation:  Quality operating system that defines processes for continual improvement
Represented by Cristen Stier, CFO

Hiatus Spa + Retreat, located in Dallas, TX
Innovation:  Affordable monthly membership program tailored to guests personal needs
Represented by Casey Evans, Regional Director

Hutchinson Consulting, located in Sonoma, CA
Innovation:  Interactive website at the electronic heart of the global spa community called Our Spa Community
Represented by Lori Hutchinson, Founder and Co-Owner

JW Marriott San Antonio- Lantana Spa, located in San Antonio, TX
Innovation:  Farm-to-treatment table spa experience
Represented by Travis Anderson, Director of Spa

The Marsh, A Center for Balance and Fitness, located in Minnetonka, MN
Innovation:  Creation of trunk show partnerships with local artists for revenue generation
Represented by Arlene Robitshek, Retail Director

The Mirage Spa, located in Las Vegas, NV
Innovation: Integration of yoga program with a separate attraction that raised profits and hotel awareness
Represented by Stephanie Doud, Director of Spa, Salon & Pool Operations

Miraval Resort & Spa, located in Tucson, AZ
Innovation:  Online questionnaire called MyMiraval.com that generates recommended spa services, sessions and activities
Represented by Michael Tompkins, CEO

Phytomer Corporation, located in Salt Lake City, UT
Innovation: New process to treat waste water using a natural, sustainable resource
Represented by Lenette Casper, Phytomer USA’s President and CEO

School of Resort and Hospitality Management at Florida Gulf Coast University, located in Fort Myers, FL
Innovation:  Student-managed and operated on campus spa lab
Represented by Mary Wisnom, Professor and Spa Management Coordinator

Spa 4 the Pink, located in Denver, CO
Innovation:  Developed on-location spa days coupled with mindfulness at cancer centers
Represented by Julie Bach, Executive Director

The Spa at Charleston Place, located in Charleston, SC
Innovation: Cause-marketing campaign that promoted sun safety and skin cancer awareness for school children
Represented by Annette Sandford-Lopez, Director of the Health Club & Spa

The Spa at the Peabody, located in Orlando, FL
Innovation:  Initiatives that raised community awareness of ovarian cancer
Represented by Bill Toth, Spa Director

The ISPA Conference & Expo Innovate Sessions will be held on October 21 at 4 pm and October 23 at 3:30 pm at Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada, where the award recipients will share their innovations with ISPA Conference attendees.

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Miraval at Natirar – A destination spa comes to New Jersey

Saturday, August 24th, 2013 | Adventure, Challenge Course, Cooking Schools, Destination Spas, Miraval Spa, Nutrition, fitness, healthy living, wellness | 1 Comment

Arriving at Natirar
The anticipation continued to build as I made my way to Natirar in Somerset County, New Jersey, formerly owned by the King of Morocco.  Brimming with excitement I drove past the stone pillars and finally arrived at what will soon be Miraval at Natirar by early 2015.

Growing up in New Jersey I never ventured out to this lush and beautiful 500-acre park and it was such a pleasure to explore what Bob Wojtowicz, Founder of Natirar and Kim Wojtowicz, have created.  It was evident from first meeting both of them that it’s a labor of love and the passion for their vision was evident.   Knowing Miraval as well as I do, it was clear to me that both visions are aligned for wellness and life changing experiences.

A few days prior to visiting Natirar in Peapack-Gladstone, I had the pleasure of meeting with Michael Tompkins, Chief Executive Officer of Miraval Resort & Spa and he shared his excitement for the New Jersey expansion. “With so many of the Miraval Tucson guests residing in the Northeast, Natirar’s proximity to New York City and the surrounding region coupled with the extraordinary physical setting made it a natural choice for Miraval,” said Tompkins.  “Although the new property will offer the same level of luxury and authenticity as the Tucson property, each location within the Miraval brand is unique to its setting and will offer its own authentic experience.  We’re excited to be poised for growth, and are actively evaluating additional select locations across the U.S. at this time.”

Plans for Natirar
Plans include an 86-room luxury hotel, including restoration of the mansion suites as well as the addition of villas.   As my tour with Bob Wojtowicz began and as we approached the mansion I felt transported to another place and time and the protected view of the vibrant green rolling hills from the mansion was spectacular.  Plans for restoring the mansion to its former grandeur will soon be underway.  The mansion is rich in history as it was originally completed back in 1912 by architect Guy Lowell, known for his many designs including the Plaza Hotel in New York City.

The hills will soon be alive with a new 20,000 square foot spa with plans for a grass roof, a unique feature (in my opinion) to integrate nature even more as well as an infinity pool/water feature as you enter the spa. Continuing our tour we visited the expansive swimming pool and activity area and Miraval at Natirar will also include a yoga center.  One of the other features with Miraval at Natirar is the river that is about two-miles and meanders below the property, great for fly-fishing and winter-sports are possible too, like cross-country skiing. Miraval at Natirar will also offer activities that Miraval is known for including nutritional counseling, wellness classes, the Miraval Equine Experience and other signature activities.

Ninety Acres (left)

Anise Hyssop at the farm (center)

Cucumber Gazpacho (right)

The Farm
After touring the property with Bob Wojtowicz, I met with Kim Wojtowicz who runs the farm and what a farm! The 12-acre farm supplies Ninety Acres Culinary Center.  They also offer a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) vegetable box for members (offered from June to November).  Kim shared that the chefs like different kinds of herbs and vegetables from German striped tomatoes, to Adirondack blue potatoes to anise hyssop, which I tasted (big anise fan).  Natirar’s farm also raises sheep, pigs and chickens in a stress-free environment.  Organic berries and an abundance of herbs and beautiful flowers make up other areas of this 12-acre sustainable farm that will provide ingredients for both Miraval’s spa restaurant and Ninety Acres, their farm-to-table restaurant.

And, if you’re wondering about the name “Natirar,” it is an anagram for the Raritan River.

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Summer Spa Specials – Explore the Possibilities!

Tuesday, July 10th, 2012 | Adventure, Canyon Ranch, Challenge Course, Cooking Schools, Destination Spas, Healing, Meditation, Miraval Spa, Nutrition, Rancho la Puerta, Red Mountain Spa, Relaxation, Zipline, fitness, healthy living, joy, mindfulness, spa, wellness | No Comments

It’s been a hot summer so here are some cool savings at some of our favorite destination spas!

A Spa Getaway offers opportunities to focus on healthy living – engage in new fitness classes, improve your Yoga or Pilates practice, meditate, relax and reconnect with yourself.  Anything is possible at a destination spa.

Below is a sample of the summer promotions being offered at several of the top destination spas in the U.S. (and one just across the California border!).  If you’re ready to take the next step, please see the contact info below and let’s get started!

Canyon Ranch – Tucson, AZ
Special:  Students and Grads
Travel Dates:  Through August 31
Brief Details:  The first person pays the regular single occupancy rate and the student/grad stays free.
Spa/Services:  A spa allowance is included for the full-paying guest and may be shared between both guests.*
* Allowance varies based on number of nights and package chosen.

NOTE: Canyon Ranch offers other promotions including one for new guests (two sharing a room) as well as for Teachers, Nurses, Solo Travelers and local residents.
Promotions based on availability and subject to change.

Miraval – Tucson, AZ
Special:  Discover Miraval Package
Travel Dates:  Through September 19, 2012
Brief Details:  If you’re new to Miraval or thinking of returning and enjoying more of the activities vs spa services, then this is a great value for you.  Double occupancy rates start at $299 (plus tax & resort fess) per person per night and Single occupancy rates start at $349 (plus tax and resort fees) per night.
Spa/Services:  A spa allowance of $50 per night of stay is included.

Note:   Additional promotions including the 5-th night free is offered through 9/19 – based on availability.
Promotions based on availability and subject to change.

Rancho la Puerta, Tecate, Mexico
Special:  Family Weeks
Travel Dates:  August 4-11 and August 11-18

For Families with children 7-17 years of age – Your promotion:
Brief Details:  The rate for adults is $3000 per person (plus 8.14% tax) and the rate for children (ages 7-17) is $500 per child (plus 8.14% tax)*
*Each adult can bring up to two children for $500+tax each, staying in the same room. The third (or more) child per adult is $1000+tax each. Some restrictions apply.
Note: The regular schedule will be available as well as additional classes/activities for children.

For Adults traveling without children during these two special weeks – Your promotion:
Brief Details:  The rate is $3000 per adult (plus 8.14% tax) and includes -five- 50-minute massages*
* Not valid with Four-Hands massage

If you’ve been wanting to go to Rancho la Puerta on your own- this is a great opportunity for the summer since it’s open to all, not just families.  The regular schedule will be available.

Note:  If these dates don’t work for you, we can review other possible opportunities for other dates through 2012.
Promotions based on availability and subject to change.

Red Mountain Spa, Ivins, UT
Special:  Last Minute Savings
Travel Dates:  Through August 31, 2012*
Brief Details:  Midweek rates begin at $200 per person per night for double occupancy ($230 per person per night (Thursday, Friday, Saturday).  Single occupancy rates begin at $230 per night/midweek and $250 per night (Thursday, Fri, Sat).
*Based on availability and may not be available between 8/5-18 due to limited space/high occupancy
Promotions based on availability and subject to change.

“The journey of a Thousand Miles begins with a single step.” – Lao Tzu
Let’s get started!

donna@mindfuladventures.com for more details and to inquire about your travel dates.
You’ll also receive our bonus for stays of 3-nights or longer (7-nights at Rancho la Puerta)

Life is a journey…travel!

Have you heard about the BFF promo at Miraval Arizona?

Friday, February 24th, 2012 | Challenge Course, Destination Spas, Miraval Spa | No Comments

Are you ready to go to Miraval with your best friend?  Now is the time as this is a short term promotion that offers a savings for both of you.

Promo:  The first person pays the single occupancy rate and the second person pays 50% of that rate.
The total rate is then split equally so both friends pay the same.

This offer is available for stays through May 17, 2012 and based on availability.
It is also based on the Deluxe room or higher and other terms apply.  There’s a lot more information at this link – check out the full details.

While at Miraval, consider some of my favorite activities like Reflect and Transcend with Coach Leigh; Cultivating Resilience with Anne Parker and any of Tejpal’s classes.   I actually love all of the Experts at Miraval…and the food…and the classes and well, I could go on, however this is about you going with your best friend.

For services, have you tried Spirit Flight?  How about Taiz Sensorium?  Two highly sought after services at Miraval that require pre-booking.

Questions?  Send me a note as I’m happy to offer my insight.

See you at Miraval.

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