Perhaps Miraval guests enjoy such memorably distinct experiences because there is no prescribed experience or plan here. With its dizzying array of spa rituals, fitness offerings, adventures and artistic opportunities guests truly chart their own ways. Thus, “Personal breakthroughs arise organically,” Marxer says.
“The decisions we make and the behaviors we choose have much more to do with our well-being than any prescribed routine,” he continues. “Some people come to sit by the pool and have cocktails, without a lick of exercise or introspection, while others confront physical and emotional fears head-on. At different times in life you need different things.”
After all, when guests go back home, they’ll be confronted with critical life choices every day. Miraval not only proffers countless routes to improved well-being, but it aims to get guests thinking harder about using less, and living sustainably and ever more mindfully. “Just as life is what you make it,” Marxer says, “a Miraval experience is how you interpret it.”
Open since: 1995
Size: 16,000 square feet
Facilities: Reception; boutique; quiet room; his-and-hers locker rooms with steam room, sauna and Jacuzzi; outdoor women’s lounge; 23 treatment rooms (including 6 outdoor and 4 wet rooms); VIP spa suite; 3 pedi/2 mani stations; Naga Studios; Aqua Zen pool; outdoor hot tubs and reflexology pool
No. of employees: About 70
Product lines: Body Bliss, Clarins, Dr. Dennis Gross, EmerginC, Red Flower
Most popular treatments: Acupuncture, reflexology, Spirit Flight, Thai massage
Katie O’Reilly is DAYSPA’s managing editor.
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