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“Vacation of my dreams”

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Canyon Ranch in Tucson
Ranked #2 of 130 Hotels in Tucson
Certificate of Excellence
Covington, Kentucky
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“Vacation of my dreams”
Reviewed 8 May 2014

Canyon Ranch is a Masterpiece! I went there for some well-deserved and much needed rest and relaxation and CR did not let me down! For people who think that it's simply a place to sit by the pool or get massages, OK... you can pretty much do that, if you so desire, but then you'd be missing out on so much more!! The number of daily "included" activities is exhausting (in a good way). The food is amazing, healthy, and plentiful. The Spa is like no other, and that facility alone is a dream! The Staff is exceedingly accommodating, friendly and make it seem as if they work for the best employer ever! The guest rooms are classically elegant, comfortable, quiet and inviting. I did not bring any amenities (shampoo, body wash, sunscreen, razors, detergent, Qtips, etc) with me, as I was told that everything that one would need is provided (and, boy, they weren't kidding!) The Life Enhancement Center is a hidden gem on its own merit. I could go on and on, but my fellow reviewers sum it all up very well. Yes, Canyon Ranch is pricey, but it's also Priceless! I cannot wait to go back there someday!

  • Stayed June 2013, travelled solo
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crsocial, General Manager at Canyon Ranch in Tucson, responded to this review, 10 May 2014
We are delighted to hear you enjoyed your vacation and took full advantage of the many invigorating activities we offer, in additional to relaxing. Thank you for sharing your stay on TripAdvisor, we appreciate your endorsement and compliments on our superb staff. We will look forward to welcoming you back again.
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Kyle Treat
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Reviewed 4 May 2014

I have done my share of traveling over the past several years, and I can say with confidence that my trip to Canyon Ranch was the best place I have ever visited.

Probably because it was more than just a vacation. Yes, I had a chance to rest, recharge my battery, and enjoy the stunning Tucson desert. But Canyon Ranch also helped to motivate me, find some degree of inner peace, and got me focused on living more healthfully again. It has been a few weeks since I visited, and I have continued to apply the exercise and nutrition lessons I learned at the Ranch.

I participated in the week-long weight loss program. Prior to visiting, I had lost all motivation to exercise and was eating very poorly. The lectures, exercise classes, and different programs offered during my visit have helped me get back on track. I came back with nutrition and exercise plans, a clear head, and a good understanding of what I needed to do to not only lose weight, but to find balance in my life.

The room I had was great, and the food was surprisingly good for "healthy" food. I could actually eat pancakes and chicken sausage each morning and not feel guilty! (The mesquite flour pancakes and chicken sausage were both awesome). There was a variety of activities to choose from each day, and while nearly all were great, I enjoyed just being able to catch up on some reading. I particularly enjoyed the demo kitchen lunches, the hiking, bird walk, and tennis. Got a nice haircut too!

Very few things to improve upon. Most employees were beyond nice and helpful. A couple that weren't as friendly, but they were a rarity. The maid service was good, but could maybe get some training on standard procedures. One day, my ice bucket would be emptied and a new plastic bag placed in it; the next day, it wouldn't be emptied; and on a third day, emptied but no plastic liner replacement. And sometimes my blunds were open and sometimes they weren't. Definitely no big deal, but want to give constructive criticism that could help.

I can't wait to return to Canyon Ranch...I think I will be doing so with great regularity.

Room Tip: If you are doing a program at the LEC, ask for a room in the 700's. These rooms are very close...
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  • Stayed April 2014, travelled solo
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crsocial, General Manager at Canyon Ranch in Tucson, responded to this review, 6 May 2014
I’m delighted that you chose to experience the focused Life Enhancement Program, fondly known as LEP on the Ranch, to regain focus on your personal wellness goals. The activities and gourmet healthy menu selections you described are just some of the many offerings we have available to help our guests explore what is joyful and inspiring about healthful living and vacationing. Thank you for your review, we appreciate hearing from our guests. Please stay in touch with your LEP team and best wishes on your continued journey to wellness. We look forward to welcoming you back again.
Healthy Regards,
Kyle Treat
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Bethesda, Maryland
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Reviewed 29 April 2014

There's so many things to do! ;-)) There are so many opportunities for healthy and fun activities that I have found over my ten years of coming here that I have to plan out a "strategy" of what I'm going to do before I get there. That way I get the most out of the trip and don't waste time (and money!) standing around trying to figure out what to do. Personally, I concentrate on hiking and biking every morning, and then swimming or running or doing some testing at the health and healing center; maybe also a health-related lecture or two around dinner time. And the Captains Tables are a great way to meet people at dinner. My advice for a first timer: work with the program advisors to get you started, and if you know someone who has been to the Ranch before, talk to them about how to work with the incredible number of activities to choose from. And then Enjoy!!!

Room Tip: Don't spend too much time in the room. Get out there and DO STUFF!!!
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  • Stayed April 2014, travelled as a couple
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crsocial, General Manager at Canyon Ranch in Tucson, responded to this review, 29 April 2014
Our program coordinators are experts in helping our guests plan the perfect health and wellness centered vacation. You are correct they are especially helpful for a first time guests. They also share their knowledge of new activities and assist in selecting personalized health and healing services for all our guests. Thank you for your continued support and sharing your vacation strategy and tips with TripAdvisor. We look forward to seeing you again very soon.
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Kyle Treat
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Reviewed 28 April 2014

A few months ago, my "significant other" and I spent 11 days at the Canyon Ranch Health Resort & Luxury Spa in Tucson. It was my first visit and her fourth. I had known others who had been there previously, and I had imagined a place where people went to get pampered with massages, facials, fancy diets and luxurious accommodations. I am pleased to report that it was far more than that, and it is why I am looking forward to going there again this year.

I am a very active 62-old who loves cycling, swimming, kayaking and tennis. On weekends, I referee soccer matches when time allows. I knew the Ranch would provide opportunities for vigorous exercise, but I didn't appreciate the diversity and quality of their outdoor and indoor offerings.

The exquisite mountain ranges surrounding Tucson made it easy to sign up for hikes at all fitness levels. I went hiking every other day, to altitudes exceeding 9,000 ft. There was spectacular scenery and good companionship to be had on these trips - typically lasting 3-5 hours. A guide at the front and one at the back of each group meant that we could proceed at any pace our abilities allowed. No one felt badly bringing up the rear - or dashing up too fast. Same for the bike rides around Tucson, with guides front and back. Some of the treks started at the Ranch, others started with a bus ride to a more remote location. Making new friends on these outings was just part of the fun.

The Ranch possesses a broad array of facilities from high-ropes and tennis courts to indoor squash and a broad range of swimming pools, not to mention world class fitness equipment. Throughout, the staff was highly competent and incredibly accommodating. They always found a way to get me what I asked for and made helpful suggestions along the way.

The quality and the diversity of the meals offered was outstanding and catered to most every taste. Nutritional information was provided for all the dishes and drinks and I found the portions very suitable. You can always ask for seconds on any items, but I rarely did. Don't ask for wine or beer, though: alcohol is never on the menu. Frankly, I didn't miss it at all. Their smoothies taste fabulous.

I tried new forms of wellness, including yoga and meditation. Again, the instructors were very welcoming to neophytes like me, and I have plans to continue doing both on my own. There were also recreational and social opportunities such as WallyBall and, after dinner, Bingo nights. Lots of fun and a great way to meet people from all over the US and Canada.

Contrary to my preconceptions, Canyon Ranch in Tucson is not just for pampering. It can be as rugged and challenging as mind and body allow.

Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
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crsocial, General Manager at Canyon Ranch in Tucson, responded to this review, 29 April 2014
Thank you for sharing your experience with us and the TripAdvisor community. I look forward to sharing with our staff your rave review and your new found enjoyment of meditation and yoga. These activities will certainly be a great wellness compliment to your current fitness practices. Often mentioned at the end of a stay is the camaraderie our guests feel with the staff and the many unexpected friendships that have been forged during hikes, fitness classes, meals, etc. It will be our pleasure to welcome you again next year.
Healthy regards,
Kyle Treat
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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Reviewed 27 April 2014

I spent the week at Canyon Ranch after having done Miraval last year. Both are absolutely excellent and recommended, but I thought I would provide some quick compare-and-contrast for those looking for a wellness week in Tucson. You can’t go wrong with either and both offer many of the same things: a combination of fitness, New Age/spirituality, self-help, wellness, healthy dining experiences, classes, lectures, hikes, etc.

Canyon Ranch costs significantly more than Miraval. What you get in return for the higher dollars: a) more options of what you can do (or eat) at any given moment, b) a much larger fitness center. CR’s emphasis is on fitness, which is the subject of most of the classes, but due to sheer volume of offerings available every hour, there’s also a respectable number of spirituality options (known to be Miraval’s focus) and also arts/crafts classes (a lot more than they have at Miraval). Both have ample choices at meals, but there are simply more options at Canyon Ranch (in addition to a higher number of choices on the menu, CR also has an omelet bar at breakfast, sandwich bar at lunch, a pasta bar at dinner). I found the grounds to be slightly nicer at CR (larger number and more interesting sculptures/art around the ranch), though to be fair, I visited CR in the spring, and Miraval in January, so the blooming spring flowers might be biasing me toward CR as a venue.

As mentioned above, CR is known to be more focused on fitness; Miraval on spirituality. That reputation is certainly true. The vibe at CR is more “get yourself healthy and balanced”; at Miraval more “find, center, and nurture yourself.” Both vibes are so similar that those who aren't wellness enthusiasts might not notice a big difference--or any difference; you can certainly spend all day at fitness classes/activities at Miraval, or all day doing spiritual/new age/mind-body things at CR. But there’s a slight difference in emphasis. At CR, I found that guests would go around talking about how many fitness classes they did that day, how hard they pushed themselves. At Miraval, guests would talk about what “new adventure” they tried for the first time to get rid of a fear (i.e., Zipline, ropes course) or to learn something about themselves (i.e., a lot of people do the Equine experience, which is learning about yourself through interaction with a horse—which CR has added too but is not a big thing at CR). CR has doctors onsite and you can get a complete physical etc. Guests at both do talk about the spa treatments they received, but probably slightly more emphasis on the spa and variety/uniqueness of treatments at Miraval (though CR has no shortage).

Both are certainly premium experiences. But Miraval *feels* more like a 5-star luxury hotel. The bedding is nicer at Miraval. The Miraval menus are certainly healthy, but have less a focus on health overall (i.e., not the same extent of clearly-demarcated vegan and gluten-free options) and felt a little more “foodie” in nature. The Miraval spa is smaller, but definitely feels more like a 5-star hotel spa; it has some nice elements like a fire pit lounge right outside of the jacuzzi/steam room/sauna area, beautiful balcony from the waiting room. The CR spa facilities have the benefit of being within the fitness center (I loved being able to go back and forth between the two so easily), but have a little bit of a large "in-and-out” feeling; there are a lot of staff in the spa facilities bustling about all the time (more than at Miraval), but they don’t have the focus on maintaining every detail. At Miraval, if there’s a used towel or water cup laying around for even a second in the spa, someone cleans it up. As soon as a shower has been used, someone cleans it up and replaces the towels. The fewer number of staff in the smaller Miraval spa have an OCD-like dedication to perfection and a pristine, seemingly untouched environment in every single detail, at every single moment. CR staff are overall great, but sometimes overlook small details; for example, after one of my massages, I couldn’t find my slippers, as they had been shoved underneath the massage table, and it was very dark. The very nice and effective therapist simply forgot to move them for me, or slightly un-dim the lights; this is just slightly clumsy and isn't something that usually happens when you pay a lot of money for a massage. None of this should be qualified as a negative — not the kind of thing you report to the person’s manager or complain about anywhere but a TripAdvisor review; it was an excellent massage in terms of his technical skills — but is the neglect of small items that isn’t quite “luxury experience” that you usually get with such a high price tag. I’ve used the spa as one point of comparison for this review, but, generally, I found that while the service staff at CR in every area (spa, restaurant, front desk, etc.) are professional, polite, friendly — they are certainly to be commended for a welcoming experience, and I enjoyed all my conversations with them a lot — they don’t have quite the polish that Miraval staff have. I wouldn’t hire the CR staff to work at the Ritz Carlton (for example) or another luxury brand right off the bat; they would need some additional training, and perhaps not all of them would make it. I would more likely hire the Miraval staff to do so right away; they would probably need less training to be Ritz Carlton-ready.

I don’t mean to say that these “5-star hotel details” at Miraval make it inherently better; it’s just a different experience. The flip side was that Miraval’s luxury feel probably was also what made it feel a little less relaxed and comfortable. The dining room at Miraval feels a little too fancy; dining (at every meal) feels a little more like an Event. The CR dining room isn’t as ornate — it’s part of a building called the Clubhouse, appropriately, and feels more like a “Ranch.” If you are a solo traveler, both are great options—everyone is friendly, you have plenty to keep you occupied and people to converse with, etc. However, CR felt somewhat more welcoming as a solo traveler. Even though the week that I visited Miraval had a high number of solo travelers (about 40% of the tables at dinner seemed to be solo diners), the staff seemed surprised that I was there by myself and would sometimes comment (“wow, you’re brave to be traveling alone” “there are more people traveling alone this week than usual"). I wouldn’t say CR necessarily has more solo travelers than Miraval, but it seemed more expected, and I think generally the relaxed atmosphere made it slightly more comfortable as a solo traveler. Perhaps due to the large number of options, even people who were in couples or groups at CR seem to split up across the day and sometimes even at meals, so there were just a lot more people doing things independently (not only the people traveling independently).

Additionally, part of what I enjoy about traveling solo and especially to wellness spas is the ability to be spontaneous — to decide at any given second what I feel like doing without having to plan in advance — and CR’s multitude of options is really ideal for that desire, as there is probably something (multiple things) always available to suit every mood and inclination. The fact that there are more options also means that they don’t book as quickly or as early as the options at Miraval; if you haven’t booked private appointments or reserved seats in limited classes at Miraval before you get there, you probably won’t be able to do them. At CR, it is certainly recommended that you book things in advance if you want to have all your first choices (if there's something you really want to do, book it in advance!!!), but there are so many options that it’s easier to change and sign-up for appointments at sessions somewhat last-minute, especially during the week (weekends more crowded).

These are nit-picky comparisons; you can’t go wrong with either. Both places seemed to have a ton of very passionate repeat guests and happy employees. I would absolutely visit both again, depending on what my priorities were at the moment and how much I wanted to spend. Also, I did not mention Red Mountain in this review since it is in St. George, Utah, not in Tucson (and therefore the comparison does not seem as relevant), and I was there less recently, but would note that they have some overlap clientele as a large destination wellness spa. Red Mountain has pretty much have all the same things as CR and Miraval (fitness classes, spa treatments, general wellness lectures, some spirituality, hiking, healthy food). But fewer class and lecture options per hour, fewer “unique” spa treatments and a less-extensive spa than both Tucson places. Where I think Red Mountain has the advantage: (a) value for the money, and by a LOT—very similar to CR and Miraval but for much less, (b) truly breath-taking scenery and range of outdoor activities; if you’re a big hiker, or want to prioritize outside opportunities, this is hands-down the place to go, (c) more focus on regimented health programs—I didn’t do any of these, but a lot of people I met did so, (d) probably best for solo travelers that want to meet people—communal dining table a lot more popular at Red Mountain than at the other places (and not paired with any kind of lecture or instruction or “meet staff”).

Room Tip: I was happy with room in the 550-range; great location close to both spa and clubhouse
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  • Stayed April 2014, travelled solo
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crsocial, General Manager at Canyon Ranch in Tucson, responded to this review, 29 April 2014
Thank you for taking the time to share your comparative experiences and for your compliments on our diverse menu of fitness activities, dining options, wellness and creative arts activities offered here at Canyon Ranch each and every day. We hope to welcome you back again soon.
Healthy regards,
Kyle Treat
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Atlanta, Georgia
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Reviewed 23 April 2014

I recently returned from a mother-daughter week at Canyon Ranch and what a good time we had. First of all, the climate in Tucson is amazing in early April and really encouraged us to get outside and get moving in general. So much has been said about the accommodations, staff and food--all of which are great, but the experience as a whole is what makes the stay. Being surrounded by people of all ages & varying physical conditions who have come to the same place to work at feeling better is very inspiring. If you need an extra "push" towards a healthy lifestyle, this is the place. I tried several fitness classes and especially enjoyed the a.m. power walks, Zumba and World Beat (Zumba with live percussion). The women's or co-ed stretch classes were a daily luxury. I also took a great hands-on cooking class and went "over the wall" for a beautiful 3.5 mile hike in Ventana Canyon. I really enjoyed the morning "Energize Your Soles" classes, which stretch and stimulate the feet for an effect that lasts all day. Save some time to get a terrific massage, a beauty treatment and just relax by the pool. By the time the sun went down, we fell fast asleep after a full day. Canyon Ranch is truly a vacation I have taken home with me!

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  • Stayed April 2014, travelled with family
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crsocial, General Manager at Canyon Ranch in Tucson, responded to this review, 30 April 2014
Fabulous! This is the feeling we hope to have our guests experience when returning home. Canyon Ranch is truly an inspirational wellness vacation supported by a tremendously talented staff. I am glad you got out on one of the spectacular hikes and remembered to take time to stretch and relax with a little pampering each day. Thank you for sharing your comments with the TripAdvisor community and we will look forward to welcoming you again in the future.
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Kyle Treat
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Reviewed 23 April 2014

What a wonderful experience. We picked the perfect location to enjoy nothing but tranquility. Do as much as you want or as little as you want. It's all about you and just being pampered. One lady said she's been there 61 times. That's twice a year. How fortunate she is and who would blame her. You must give this a try, it's fabulous.

Room Tip: I had a delightful room, next door to my friend. Just perfect. Always clean.
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  • Stayed April 2014, travelled with friends
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crsocial, General Manager at Canyon Ranch in Tucson, responded to this review, 24 April 2014
We appreciate you sharing your feeling of bliss and being pampered. Taking time to relax and slow down to focus on yourself is equally important as being physically fit and eating for wellness. It will be our pleasure to welcome you again in the future.
Healthy regards,
Kyle Treat
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Property: Canyon Ranch in Tucson
Address: 8600 E Rockcliff Rd, Tucson, AZ 85750-9733
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Region: United States > Arizona > Tucson
Amenities:
Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
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#1 Romantic Hotel in Tucson
#1 Spa Hotel in Tucson
#1 Luxury Hotel in Tucson
#1 Family Hotel in Tucson
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££££
Hotel Class:5 star — Canyon Ranch in Tucson 5*
Number of rooms: 180
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The Life Enhancement Program®, held year-round at our beautiful, self-contained Life Enhancement Center, has been called "the heart of Canyon Ranch." This weeklong experience provides you with professional guidance, hands-on learning and the practical tools you need to pursue your goals – whether you want to hone your athletic performance, tackle a health concern, lose weight or simply start living healthier. You’ll feel energized and empowered in fitness and movement classes, lively workshops, engaging lectures, outdoor activities and group discussions. Through private consultations with physicians, nutritionists, exercise physiologists, licensed therapists, healing energy practitioners and other health professionals, you’ll learn strategies for success. A generous allowance for spa, sports and integrative wellness services is included in your package, so you can customize your stay. Choose from specialty weeks like our Weight Loss Program, Focus on Mindfulness, or Life Enhancement for Couples. The Life Enhancement Program® is for everyone. Visit our website to learn more. ... more   less 
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