Contributing Monkie G Monkie
Published on April 1, 2010
A modern green gem rising up out of the Sonoran desert. That might be the best way to describe the Miraval. A resort spa designed by the architecture firm Miraval. Mithun’s design of 16 new single family villas at Miraval’s Tucson, Arizona resort combine the desert’s rich human history with environmentally intelligent practices and brings Miraval’s physical environment in line with its award-winning spa experience, so their site says.
The interesting part of the villa’s design for me are the Rammed Earth walls. Using the dirt from the property to create the walls, the architects, where able to give the villa’s a timeless feeling. Rammed Earth is one of the oldest building techniques known to man. But unfortunately isn’t used very often in modern buildings, because of strict city building codes.
Details about the resort:
Nestled at the base of the stunning Catalina Mountains, Miraval Arizona’s 400 acres of lush Sonoran Desert creates an inspiring backdrop that is warm and welcoming any time of the year. The luxurious accommodations and world renowned spa, have lead the readers of Travel & Leisure, SpaFinder and Conde Nast to vote Miraval the #1 spa in the world, year after year. The award winning cuisine is created with our fundamental belief that healthy ingredients can also mean exquisite flavor. A complete selection of daily programs, both indoor and outdoor, in areas such as fitness, meditation, nutrition, relationships and more, help individuals learn new ways to live and feel better. For time to relax or explore, to spend time with loved ones or with yourself, Miraval provides hundreds of experiences that make every individual’s time at Miraval unique and unforgettable.
118 recently renovated luxurious rooms on 400 lush acres set against the backdrop of the Santa Catalina Mountains
World-class spa, whirlpool, quiet room, steam room and sauna with new Outdoor Treatment Rooms
Body Mindfulness Center featuring Olympic lap pool and state-of-the-art equipment including Cybex and Woodway machines, treadmills, life cycles, Stair Masters and free weights
On-site Challenge Course with climbing wall, hiking and mountain biking
Swimming pool areas including a tri-level pool with cascading waterfalls, accupressure stone walk and whirlpool
Access to golf is 20 minutes away at the Golf Club at Vistoso, an 18-hole, par 72, Tom Weiskopf-designed course playing to 6,905 yards
Agave Yoga Center and Yucca Pilates studio
Zen and desert gardens with labyrinth and panoramic Kiva