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The Enchantmet Resort & Mii Amo Spa: Sedona

Mii Amo Spa has been voted the best destination spa in North America, Mexico and Caribbean by Conde Naste for two years in a row, and it is easy to see why. Located in Sedona, Arizona the Enchantment Resort and Mii Amo Spa has a special transformative energy about it. In Sedona, there are 4 energy vortexes and one of them is located on property. The Resort is nestled handsomely into the red rocks and therefore outdoor activities are plentiful in the area. There are hiking trails accessed on the property, mountain biking trails located nearby, tennis courts, outdoor swimming pools, croquet, pitch& putt and even hula hooping. In addition to all these activities one can do on property, guests can take excursions to the Grand Canyon, the mining town of Jerome or learn about the history of Sedona with the famous Pink Jeep Tours.

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Chiva Som: Haven of Life

Chiva SomA secluded world of beauty and serenity, Chiva-Som translates to mean “Haven of Life.” This beachfront health resort represents tranquility at its best with luxurious accommodations nestled within seven acres of lush tropical gardens. Chiva-Som welcomes you with unique Thai hospitality. Located in the Royal city of Hua Hin, the resort is less than three hours by car south of Bangkok.

Dedicated to revitalizing mind, body and spirit for total well being and vitality Chiva-Som offers extensive fitness, spa and holistic health facilities to help you relax, restore and rejuvenate.

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Kamalaya Holistic Wellness Spa: Koh Samui, Thailand

kamalaya beach 03-resizeKamalaya Koh Samui is a multi award winning wellness Sanctuary and Holistic spa ideally located amid a tropical landscape on the southern coastline of Koh Samui, Thailand. With lush tropical vegetation, ancient boulders, cascading streams and 1.5 miles of idyllic private beach, Kamalaya’s natural setting is an integral part of each guest’s experience. Centered around a monk’s cave that once served Buddhist monks as a place of meditation and spiritual retreat, Kamalaya’s essence is expressed in its name, ‘lotus (kamal) Realm (alaya)’, an ancient symbol for the growth and unfolding of the human spirit. 

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Ananda in the Himalayas: India

Ananda Yoga Ananda is a luxury wellness spa located in the Indian Himalayans. This peaceful and tranquil destination spa is located near the city of Rishikesh, which is India’s spiritual centre. Rishikesh was made famous by a visit from the Beatles in 1968. Ananda spreads across 30 acres surrounded by Sal forest and the holy Ganges River.
Why would you choose a destination spa for your vacation? The whole emphasis of the vacation can be placed on wellness and a change in lifestyle. This time is about finding new energy in an all nurturing environment while consulting with health experts in order to achieve personal goals such as detoxing, weight loss, relaxation or rejuvenation. In addition to the 8 wellness packages Ananda Spa offers, this Himalayan bliss is a great place to end a North India Itinerary.

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Miraval vs Canyon Ranch: Tucson, Arizona

In Tucson Arizona lies two Wellness Resorts each on one side of the Catalina Mountain Range. Carly and I have been able to experience both properties for a multiple night stay. We made sure to delve into the wide range of activities offered at the resorts to fully understand what makes them each special. Everyone we talk to want to understand for themselves what the major differences are. We have done our best to share with you our two experiences.

Let’s start with the history

Canyon Ranch HikingCanyon Ranch was started by Mel Zuckerman. He grew up with health issues as a child and was told he would never run due to his asthma. At one point in his life his doctor told him he needed to make a change in his lifestyle quickly or he wasn’t going to have too much time on this earth. Mel went to a health resort in the early 70’s and after been taken under the wing by a fitness instructor he learned the benefits of removing himself from his current environment and immersing himself around positive people looking to change their health. Soon after this experience he decide that he was going to start his own health resort. He took over a former working dude ranch and created a place for people from all over the world to improve their well-being. It was in 1979 that the first Canyon Ranch located in Tucson was created. Canyon Ranch has other locations in Lennox, Massachusetts, Miami, Florida, spas in the Palazzo in Las Vegas and aboard the Oceania Cruise Ships and Regent Seven Seas Cruise Ships.

Miraval is located on the other side of the Catalina Mountain Range and was first the location of Sierra Rehabilitation Centre. 15 years ago it was transformed into a health and healing resort and named Miraval. Most recently Miraval was bought by Steve & Jean Case who were first guests of Miraval and found it a truly transformative experience. For almost a decade now, Steve & Jean Case have had the pleasure of building on Miraval’s tremendous legacy, with the goal of taking the life-changing Miraval experiences to more people in more places.

The Similarities

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Como Shambhala Estate: Arrive, Breathe, Relax

Como shambhala Wellness Retreat Bali UbudNestled above a jungle covered gorge in near Ubud, Bali is COMO Shambahala Estate, COMO hotel's flagship residential wellness sanctuary that promises total commitment to your improved wellbeing. Through their holistic 360 degree approach, the Estate provides comprehensive lifestyle and curative programmes tailored to your individual aspirations - all designed to mend mind, body and spirit. Their Wellness Programs are desgined for stays fo different lengths - three, five or seven nights - with therapies focused on different purpses such as: Ayurvedic, Cleanse, Be Active (get fit), Stress Management, Rejuvenation and Oriental Medicine.

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