Miraval Retreat: A Wellness Getaway

Last Novemeber, I was lucky enough to be invited down to Arizona to visit the amazing desert oasis that is Miraval. And to top it off I got to travel with two my best blogger babes @justdimpleit and @gofitjo, it was a retreat I will never forget. Today I’m so excited to share my thoughts, what we did while we were there, and give you a full on review of my stay! Before I really dive into this I will say that our stay was complimentary, however, I am not being paid to write this blog post and all opinions are my own. Enjoy! 

If you’ve never heard of Miraval then you’re in for a real treat. Miraval is a health and wellness resort with daily workout offerings, an incredible spa, several amazing pools, and delicious and healthy food. You go here to relax, unwind, unplug, and live your life in balance. And you leave more relaxed than ever before. 

From when we got picked up at the Tuscon airport our experience was magical. The entire staff really goes above and beyond to make your stay amazing. We arrived early in the morning and got on the shuttle to head to the resort, along the way we picked up several others staying at local hotels, and then we made the hour-long drive to Miraval. 

When we arrived we were greeted with the most amazing house-made cider and then were escorted into the check-in area to sign paperwork (note: they have a cell phone policy in hopes you will truly unplug and designated areas you can talk on your phone). Once we checked in we took a walking tour of the grounds to get acquainted with the property. I highly suggest doing this as it’s a bit confusing at first to figure out where everything is.

Our room wasn’t ready yet so we stored our luggage and made our way to find lunch. One very convienent thing about Miraval is all the food is included in your stay. Any alcoholic drinks you decide you want are not included but you can just charge to your room, making things really easy. Lunch was so yummy and relaxing as we finished lunch we explored our schedule and the offerings over the next few days while we were there. 

Before we left for our trip we had picked out and scheduled our spa services and a few experiences. I highly recommend scheduling spa services and any extra activities that aren’t included before you arrive so you can make sure you get to experience everything you want to while you’re there. 

After lunch, we spent some time relaxing in the sun by the pool and catching up with one another while we waited for our room to be ready.

When our room was finally ready, so we left the pool area and made our way to the most stunning accommodations. We stayed in one of the properties Retreat homes, The Gratitude. With a stunning view of the mountains, a private pool, jacuzzi, a gourmet kitchen, 3 bedrooms, and 3 full bathroom, the girls and I were in heaven the second we walked through the door.

Before we knew it was time to go get ready for dinner! They suggest making a reservation for dinner when you have breakfast so we ended up doing that each day based on our schedules.

The dinner menu is the same every evening and has a lovely variety to choose from and they have specials as well each night! And don’t forget to order dessert, obviously the best part of any meal! After dinner, we all made our way to the spa for our first appointments. 

The spa at Miraval is quite large and as soon as you check in you can bundle up in a comfy robe and spa shoes and then sit by the fire while you wait for your massage therapist to call your name.  The first massage I picked was the NLV Nurture Massage, which was one of the best experiences I’ve ever had. It took place in one of their outdoor room (however it was at night and chilly so it was enclosed) and the journey began with a full body salt scrub and then a mask was applied. As the mask sat the therapist did a foot and head massage. I showered off the mask in the amazing outdoor shower and then it was back on the table for an hour long massage! It was one of the most relaxing spa experiences of my life.  

The next morning we woke up and enjoyed breakfast in the dining room. They had a menu for breakfast as well as a beautiful buffet of breakfast offerings, all of which were delicious! Miraval also has a smoothie bar that is open all day with great grab-and-go options if your schedule doesn’t allow for a full sit down breakfast. After breakfast, Jo headed off for her mountain biking class and Rachel and I went off to walk around the resort and take photos.

Later that day the three of us met back up to take a floating meditation class in the yoga yurt. It was seriously one of the most magical meditations I’ve ever done. You are wrapped in hanging silk (like you would use if doing aerial yoga) from the ceiling and you can sit or lay for the entire meditation. I highly recommend adding this to your itinerary. I usually can’t sit still in mediation and this sort of forced me and it was life-changing. I feel like I was able to fully relax and soak up all the goodness that mediation has to offer.

After that euphoric experience, we all wandered back to the spa for more amazing treatments. I had the Sun Goddess Facial and the Thai Foot and Leg Massage, both of which were amazing but I really loved the facial. I left with a serious glow. Then it was off to a late dinner at their bar (which had my favorite type of food like tacos and burgers haha) and then back to our little abode to snuggle up by the fire with a glass of wine. And then off to another amazing night of sleep. Basically, at Miraval, it’s eat, spa, workout, sleep, and repeat! And I could have done that for an entire week straight with zero complaints!


Our third day was filled with more of the same! I took a walk/hike around the property, had an amazing deep tissue massage and then tried the Mindful Hair and Scalp Renewal which was nice but I wish I would have picked another massage instead! Then it was time for us to pack up and head home the next morning! We all wished we could have stayed longer and enjoyed another day in the sun and at the spa.

If you couldn’t tell by this entire blog post, I’m in love with Miraval and can’t wait to go back one day! It’s the most relaxing experience I’ve ever had and I left feeling renewed, inspired, and centered. It’s so important to take care of yourself in this crazy life we are all living. Miraval would be perfect for a girls trip, a mother and daughter getaway or even a romantic getaway. Although I will say most of the clientele at Miraval were women on a girls trip! But anyone who loves self-care, wellness, and retreating would love and appreciate a Miraval Getaway!

Have you all ever been to Miraval? If so, I’d love to know your favorite part below in the comments!

xx,
Britney

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14 comments

  1. wow. those pictures are beautiful. you are such an beautiful woman with so much confidence and i aspire to be even a little bit like you!!! thank you for sharing your journey and letting us stock you 👀😂

  2. Sounds like my next girls trip getaway needs to be in Arizona! We love checking out new resorts & spas. Plus the food looks amaze… & that’s a must too!

    p.s. I love your photog/editing style in every post

  3. I’ve been dying to go on a spa weekend with my girlfriends nd this looks so relaxing! You are killing it in these pics! They’re always so uplifting! Xo

  4. Wow this is making me want to gather up all my girlfriends and take a soul searching getaway!!! Honestly ever a since I saw your insta story of Bali I’ve been wanting to take a trip with my girls or by myself and just rejuvenate my soul!! I’m a huge yoga person (as long as it’s like lay and stretch yoga) but the food is where it’s at!!! Totally checking this place out 💕

  5. This sounds like my kind of trip!!! Literally all of my fav things!! Felt like this blog post took my there for a little bit 💕✨🛀🏽

  6. I’ve never been but what takeaways would you give someone who cannot afford a wellness retreat but wants to re-center themselves?

  7. This sounds so amazing. Super off topic but I’ve always wanted to try aerial yoga, just saw you mention it in the little paragraph about meditation. Any suggestions or tips for someone going for there first time and what to expect?

  8. I so love reading this and hearing about this amazing trip! I’m so jealous!! It sounds like an amazing moment just to relax and unwind with your gal pals. Your photos are amazing and I love how carefree and confident you look in your pics. Your posts brighten my feed everyday and I’m in love with your authenticity and spark for life. I’m on a similar weight and health journey right now and you’re such an inspiration! I look at you and think “how beautiful and womanly is she” and realize that your body is a healthy and attainable place to be! Which only makes me work harder! Sending love and positivity ❤️

  9. I so love seeing this amazing trip! Jealous!! I think it’s so important to take the time to unwind with your gals and treat yourself! You look so stunning and powerful in the pics. I absolutely adore the way you just radiate positivity!!

  10. I’ve never heard of this but it’s something I need to look into more ASAP! I’m going to Tucson for the first time (actually first thing ever going to Arizona) next month, but this might just give me a reason to book another trip.

  11. I’m going to Tucson for the first time next month! This just might give me a reason to book another trip there. The flight from LA is super short and inexpensive, so this would be a great getaway.

  12. I lived most of my life in Arizona and never went to the Mireval Spa. It’s definitely on my to-do list the next time I go back! It looks so peaceful and relaxing. Love it!😍

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