Over the course of two decades, Miraval, the wellness retreat outside Tucson, Arizona, has become synonymous with mindfulness. It’s the place to go when you want to eat better, breathe better, feel better. And while that’s true, the resort, located on 400 acres of cactus and canyonland in the remote foothills of the Santa Catalina Mountains, may not be quite what you expect. We broke down the preconceptions:
Cactus Flower Restaurant
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2. The food is plentiful (and delicious)
Call it detox minus the deprivation. The chefs at Cactus Flower Restaurant create seasonally sourced, flavorful dishes that stay true to the mindful eating ethos: Think smoked clams with garden herbs, not juice cleanses. There’s a cooking school where you can learn healthier approaches to bring back home. And yes, they serve alcohol.
3. It’s not just for the ladies.
Miraval may be a favorite for girls’ getaways, but there are plenty of adrenaline-pumping activities that will challenge the most manly of men. Rock climbing, hiking, mountain biking—even beekeeping!—all in the gorgeously rough-hewn desert surroundings. Afterwards, the spa offers guy-tailored massages, body scrubs and salon services.