Two seasoned travel advisors of Santa Barbara Travel, Kathy Reimer and Tina Slimp, recently visited the world’s premier health resort, Canyon Ranch in Tucson, Arizona for four glorious days. A true destination resort, Canyon Ranch is located in the sunny Sonoran desert with close access to canyons and the beautiful Santa Catalina Mountains where outside activities such as hiking, biking, swimming and outside dining are possible all year-round. The all-inclusive resort offers a variety of wellness packages that include accommodations, all you can eat dining, activities and classes, use of all facilities, gratuities and airport transfers between the Tucson airport and the property.
With a plethora of spa services, exercise, health and lifestyle sessions to choose from, you can make your stay what you want it to be. You will have the opportunity of pre-planning your Canyon Ranch vacation with a program advisor one month prior to your arrival. Depending on what you enjoy and what you would like to focus on, a program advisor will customize your daily schedule.
Both Tina and Kathy opted for a private consultation with a doctor to learn about a healthier lifestyle and integrating exercise into their busy schedules. They also took advantage of the resort’s daily cooking demonstrations offered by entertaining, yet informative chefs. They learned how to cook with alternative oils and ingredients, in place of butter and fattening marinades. Healthy entrees such as the Canyon Ranch’s mouth-watering Asian Braised Flank Steak with Bok Choy made low calorie cooking look easy. Tina felt that portion control was essential for healthy eating, and noticed that all food served throughout the resort was served in measured portions.
The largest spa ever! Kathy was in awe when she first laid eyes on the 80,000 square foot, luxury spa. Housing state-of-the-art cardio and weight rooms, private sunbathing decks, dance, yoga, and Pilates/GYROTRONICS® studios, polar bear dunk, infra-red sauna…the list goes on…just where does one begin. Luckily classes begin at 6 a.m. and go into the evening allowing you plenty of time to exercise and relax.
Taking advantage of the outdoors, Tina and Kathy chose to work out each day on the underwater treadmill in the “L shaped” pool, one of Canyon Ranch’s 4 pools. Kathy enjoyed the early morning 2 mile desert walks as well as strolling through the calming meditation garden. The desert flowers and cacti are in full bloom in the spring with a spectacular show of colors.
Canyon Ranch offers something for everyone with a wide selection of engaging wellness programs that can vary from weight loss, health assessment and preventive care, stress management, detox, surgery recovery, spiritual health to continuing education credits for physicians and nurses. Additionally, this desert oasis is equipped to handle small groups (birthdays, family reunions, social getaways) to corporate retreats of up to 80 guests. Whatever your health-related interest or passion, you are likely to find it at Canyon Ranch.
Contact Santa Barbara Travel to for valued added amenities at Canyon Ranch Tucson such as a room upgrade, $50 credit to use toward a Health & Healing service, and early check-in/late check-out or special group rates.
Downtown Santa Barbara: Contact Tina by calling 805.966.3116 or email her directly
Ventura Office: Contact Kathy by calling 805.650.6999 or email her directly