JUN 2017

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Page 57 of 100 • june 2017 • [ 55 ] COURTESY MIRAVAL Staff set the tone immediately, proff ering a chilled glass of carrot, ginger and apple juice as I made my way to the front desk. Next, they gave me a quick tour of the facilities before showing me to my stylish accommodations, complete with cute patio and bathroom stocked with ESPA toiletries. Guest rooms at some retreat-style resorts eschew modern conveniences, but at Miraval they come with big-screen TVs, coff ee makers and Wi-Fi. There was just enough time to take it all in before heading to dinner at the Cactus Flower restaurant, which also serves healthy-but-gourmet breakfast and lunch buff ets. Dishes, which use locally sourced ingredients, skew low on calories, fat and sodium but high on fl avor: I enjoyed butternut squash and coconut bisque, chile relleno and vegan praline ice cream on the fi rst night alone. Thanks to a room service menu—complete with wine—plus a daytime selection of sandwiches, fruit and snacks at the Palm Court Café, guests never go hungry here. Despite making good of every opportunity to eat during my three-day stay, I somehow managed to lose a couple of pounds. Grounds for Appeal The next morning, after a deep sleep in my marshmallow-soft bed, I had my fi rst chance to explore the property. Nestled in the foothills of the Santa Catalina Mountains— "Miraval" loosely translates to "view of the valley" in Spanish—the 400-acre grounds are home to cacti, wildfl owers, and wildlife including roadrunners and rabbits. Casitas named for local cacti and plants are dotted along winding pathways, which also off er access to several pools, a Body Mindfulness Center, yoga studio, climbing wall, tennis courts, and other fi tness and wellness facilities. A series of lavishly appointed villas host guests seeking optimal privacy; more are scheduled to open later this year. "Miraval" loosely translates to "view of the valley" in Spanish. DID YOU KNOW Palm Court Café

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