Miraval Resorts & Spas recently announced renovations, updates, and expansions across the brand’s resorts and spas: Miraval Arizona, Miraval Austin, and Miraval Berkshires. The three resorts unveiled enhancements that improve the guest experience and support Miraval’s mission of helping guests create a life in balance through mindfulness.
Miraval Arizona, set in Tucson’s Santa Catalina Mountains, unveiled a renovation of the property’s Cactus Flower Restaurant. The renovated dining space features natural elements including trees and cacti, combined with artisanal lighting, warm wood tones, and natural fabrics reflective of the surrounding desert landscape. These elements and design are intended to create a connection with nature and bring the soothing properties of the desert landscape indoors.
“We are thrilled to welcome guests to the renovated Cactus Flower Restaurant, where we’ve created a refreshing, elevated venue to support guests’ wellness journeys” says general manager Mark Stebbings. “Cactus Flower Restaurant is a space for guests to make meaningful connections, explore the core of mindfulness, and discover new cuisine while surrounded by the natural beauty of the mountain views and desert vistas.”
The lead design firm on the project, Smith Firestone Associates, was inspired by Arizona’s natural landscape, relying on an earth tone color palette to bring the outdoors in and make the dining space feel new, yet still connected to the resort’s overall design. The orange glow of sunset, sand-colored mountains, and green of the cactus are elements reflected within the materials, fabric, and furniture selections, which will continue to be updated through the end of the summer. Picture windows frame the Sonoran desertscape, offering stunning views of the flowering desert and majestic mountain range.
Many of the resort’s guest rooms also received upgrades using a similar palette, resulting in a fresh and modern space for guests to reflect and honor each day’s experiences.
Miraval Arizona’s Challenge Course has also been expanded to add eight new connected elements, from zip lines to ropes. This update adds new and exciting activities and experiences for guests to challenge themselves, face their fears, and learn new ways to boost their resilience.
At Miraval Austin, the new three-tiered Hill Country Challenge Course made its debut. Sprawling across 220 acres of protected land overlooking Lake Travis, the Challenge Course added six new activities to the resort’s outdoor adventure offerings. Immersing guests in the serene natural surroundings of the Balcones Canyonlands Preserve, the Challenge Course can be completed individually or in groups and provides new programming options for those who want to strengthen bonds and improve communication within their team.
The Challenge Course features tightropes, balance beams, and log crossings. With 29 unique features, it allows individuals and groups to leave their comfort zones and explore and play.
“As we see increased interest in both individuals who want to explore their boundaries and teams that want to unite, we’re excited to unveil this impressive Challenge Course, which reaffirms our commitment to serving our guests and their needs,” says general manager Sheri Morgan Muskin. “The Challenge Course encourages introspection and teaches valuable lessons on recognizing, accepting, and finding ways to create a life in balance, and I look forward to welcoming guests to have this key experience at Miraval Austin.”
The newest Miraval resort, Miraval Berkshires, recently announced the addition of several components of the former Wyndhurst Manor, including Wyndhurst Mansion featuring a historic fine-dining restaurant and three charming carriage houses to the Miraval Berkshires experience. The Wyndhurst Gilded Age mansion offers 10 newly renovated guest rooms and suites by the award-winning interior designer, Clodagh. The three adjacent carriage houses feature an additional 10 rooms and suites each and are ideal for multi-generational family travel with guests who are 18 years or older, getaways with friends, or corporate team retreats.
The mansion, which is the centerpiece of Miraval Berkshires’ 380-acre property, features a stately brick exterior and opulent interiors. It embodies the history of the Berkshires. Along with its 10 elegant guest rooms, the mansion offers direct access to the historic golf course. 1894 Fireside Bistro & Bar, named after the year the mansion was completed, is the mansion’s upscale restaurant offering Miraval Berkshires guests the option of a prix-fixe dining menu or separate tasting menu with wine pairings.
The mansion is also home to an open studio for creating art, reflection, and collaborative journaling overlooking the Berkshires Hills; a tearoom; a private boardroom; a grand ballroom; the Rose Terrace; and sprawling Great Lawn.
“We’re thrilled to expand the Miraval Berkshires experience to include the iconic Gilded Age mansion and carriage houses, which elevates the full breadth of amenities and wellness experiences, while also providing unique and historic accommodations and increased suite availability,” said general manager Vic Cappadona. “The addition of 1894 Bistro & Bar allows us to offer unique culinary concepts and programming to help our guests indulge in their culinary sense of wonder through nutrition and epicurean experiences.”