The practice of mindfulness is the cornerstone of every stay at Miraval Arizona Resort. Guests are invited to write a short note to themselves describing their "AHA" moment and reflecting on how they felt during their visit. Departing guests are directed to leave the self-addressed note at the front desk; the staff will mail it to them in three months where they'll find a pleasant surprise awaiting in their mailbox. This allows the guest to reflect back on their experience. And of course to spark the idea that it's time to book another stay at Miraval!
Here is the note I composed to myself to help me remember my recent Miraval experience. I'll look forward to receiving it via postal mail in January when winter is swirling around me and I may have forgotten some of my favorite or "AHA" moments.
"It's been three months since you've left the bubble of Miraval. Don't let your stay be out of sight, out of mind. There are a few things you'll want to remember when your shoulders get tense, stressful moments set in and your next trip is just a little too far away":
- Remember how friendly the people were and how easy it was to connect with other guests on the hikes, in classes and dining at the Miraval table. As you wandered around the resort, reconnecting with newly formed relationships was rewarding and satisfying.
- You resisted temptation to overschedule yourself with the myriad of offerings. You "got it" - the whole "life in balance" thing and how it was OK to not be doing something productive at every minute. You sat by the pool, intentionally and with purpose. You mindfully read for pleasure. You went to the spa, even when you didn't have an appointment, each night just to sit by the fire or under a plush blanket in the quiet room or to close your eyes and sip a cup of chocolate mint truffle tea.
- You tried new experiences: a new food (sunchokes), a new activity (rock climbing wall) and different classes (photography and the Miraval Equine Experience). Some of these new experiences took you way outside of your comfort zone. Some were less uncomfortable than you anticipated. You are a better person for having had these new experiences.
- Some of the Miraval experiences humbled you. The rock climbing was much harder than it looks. You were grateful that your session was private and thankful for your wonderful instructor, Matthew.
- The food was amazing! You ate too much of the fresh and healthful food prepared with care and presented with an artistic flare. You were reminded (again) what a proper portion size looks like. The nightly flat bread pizzas were fantastic. Dessert was perfect.
- October is the perfect month to visit Southern Arizona. Low 80's are plenty warm and the cool night are refreshing and welcome at the end of a hot day.
- One of your favorite moments was the evening you spent on the spa's outdoor terrace beside a copper fire bowl gazing up at the Hunter's Moon in the starry night sky.
- No cell phones in public, while anxiety producing at first, was a really good thing.
- The down comforter and pillows were the best ever; like puffy marshmallows.
- It's not about the horse. Really, it's not.
As is common in the travel industry, the writer was provided with a discounted media rate at Miraval Arizona Resort that included accommodations, dining, spa treatments, classes and activities to introduce the writer to the destination. The writer's opinions are her own.