The autumn sun lit the red rocks as I turned off Arizona Highway 89A onto the narrow paved roads leading to Enchantment Resort. I was invited for a short sample stay at Mii amo Spa, annually selected as one of the top destination spas in the world by Travel + Leisure magazine readers.
Opened in 2001, Mii amo Spa was a welcome addition to upscale Enchantment Resort in Boynton Canyon, its own private red rock mecca in western Sedona. Adobe-colored casitas, junior suites, the clubhouse and Mii amo Spa are in natural harmony with the canyon’s red rock vertical walls visible from many buildings. Everything about this magical place emits subdued class from check-in to bellmen whisking guests around in quiet electric golf carts to massage therapists in mandarin-style uniforms. Rather than sirens, freeway traffic and noisy airplanes, guests enjoy nighttime silence. During the day I heard twittering birds and gray squirrels scampering though leaves.
Mii amo Spa takes its name from the Native American word for Journey . . . reflecting the life-enhancing experience of physical health, emotional well being and spiritual renewal. An adult facility for those 16 and up, Mii amo boasts 25 indoor and outdoor treatment areas, 16 guest rooms, a trendy workout studio, a library, a retail boutique, as well as locker rooms with saunas, whirlpools and eucalyptus steam rooms. Because only Mii amo and Enchantment guests use the spa facilities, guests do not feel rushed or crowded.
The feeling of relaxed elegance extends to guest rooms spaced out among the spacious wooded grounds. My junior suite had a living area with a kiva-style gas fireplace, king bed, as well as a spacious bathroom with separate shower and garden-style tub.
Mii amo guests can choose from multi-level menu of 85 spa treatments in categories such as aqua work, health & wellness, skin care, body treatments, spiritual connection and massages. After a few hours busy caeeer women with families feel their tensions unraveling like a spool of thread.
Before I knew it, I, too, was losing myself in the red rocks aura. Like many resort buildings, the window in my treatment room had a close-up view of a majestic red rock wall. During my lymphatic massage, Lynette said she knows 43 different treatments and continually updates her education. She suggested dry brushing to stimulate my sluggish lymph system.
Enchantment Resort has no shortage of water features. At Mii amo Spa, guests can use an indoor pool or a heated outdoor pool and whirlpool. The indoor pool is bookended by a waterfall at one end and an open relaxation area with a wood-burning fireplace at the other. Another heated outdoor swimming pool and whirlpool at the clubhouse are open 24/7.
Each morning and most evenings guests gather in the Crystal Grotto, a round room with a sand floor and a hole opening to the sky used for meditation and contemplation.
Besides spa treatments, Mii amo guests can choose from a plethora of wellness and recreational activities. Classes and lectures range from traditional Native American healing methods to aromatherapy, cooking, tea tasting, healthy aging, yoga and Pilates. Outdoor enthusiasts can power hike, mountain bike, play tennis or pitch ‘n putt golf, or take an off-road Jeep ride.
Food is an adventure in Enchantment Resort’s restaurants. Featuring fresh and nutritious contemporary cuisine, Mii amo Café serves three meals daily with an ever-changing menu. Breakfast choices include Hopi blue corn waffles, granola with fresh berries, organic egg frittata and tofu scramble. In addition to striking red-rock views, guests at a special 16-seat table can watch chefs prepare food.
Known for its dramatic 180-degree red rock canyon views and patio dining, reservations are a must at Yavapai Restaurant. Savvy diners time their dinner reservation to watch Mother Nature’s light show as the sun sets on the red rocks.
Yavapai’s wine list is extensive and far reaching. An astute sommelier assists with food and wine paring. Appetizers include sautéed mushrooms, lobster tacos and foie gras. Creative chefs enhance entrees such as lamb shank, bison tenderloin and artic char with seasonings from their own herb garden. Guests frequently return for Sunday brunch.
Mother Nature’s magic continues after dark when hundreds of stars appear brighter and closer than in cities. Enroute to dinner at Yavapai Restaurant, I saw a deer taking a shortcut between buildings.
Employees throughout the Spa and Resort exude a respectful and friendly demeanor. I expected Mii amo Spa to be a magical place, and it was. Its programs work well for so many guests because the seasoned professional staff emphasizes practical strategies for people with hectic lives.
Mii amo Spa offers three, four and seven night programs including two spa treatments per day, meals at Mii amo Café, classes and use of facilities.
CruisinGal Pat Woods lives and writes in Arizona.