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T he Miraval Arizona Resort & Spa overlooks the Santa Catalina Mountain range outside Tucson, where rugged peaks and foothills glow pink as the sun sets to the west. The resort's Agave Yoga Center faces this show—though guests might be too blissed-out to notice. During guid- ed floating meditation sessions in the Agave studio, participants settle into silky fabrics suspended from the ceiling and relax to the rich, resonant tones of crystal bowls. The goal is to concentrate on the breath, without following stressful feelings. "This isn't about stopping your thoughts. Thinking is part of being alive. Instead, you want to recognize your feelings and gently refocus on the moment," says Miraval yoga and meditation facilitator Jes Gale. This kind of insightful instruction and attentive service, all in an idyllic set- ting, make the 400-acre Arizona property one of the world's top spa and wellness destinations. Ellen DeGeneres and Oprah Winfrey have featured Miraval on their shows; the "Real Housewives of New Jersey" cast traveled west to participate in the property's equine programs. The red-carpet treat- ment extends to every Miraval guest, starting with complimentary transport from Tucson International Airport and fresh-pressed juice at check-in. True to its "life in balance" motto, the resort presents a robust fitness, nutrition and integrative wellness menu, plus outdoor adventures and spa services. Many are bundled in the all-inclusive nightly rate that also covers dining and gratuities, and all encourage self-discovery and personal growth. "Guests may come first for a vacation or spa experience, but once they're here, they realize how much they can learn about themselves," says Miraval MIRAVAL ARIZONA RESORT AND SPA Tu c s o n , A r i z o n a B Y R E N E E B R I N C K S D E S T I N A T I O N S C A R M E L M A G A Z I N E • W I N T E R 2 0 1 6 199 Photos: Courtesy of Miraval Arizona Resort and Spa

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