Enchantment Resort & Mii amo Spa – Sedona, Arizona USA
Connect with Spirit
Connecting with your spirit may not sound like the definition of luxury travel, and perhaps it isn’t for some. For others though, the Enchantment Resort and Mii amo Spa may be the only place where heaven and earth meet, providing guests with an intelligent experience worthy of the Gods.
How much is peace of mind worth? Can a price tag be put on the healing process – eradication of your innermost tensions and stress points? Would you pay tens of thousands of dollars? If you answered yes but didn’t need to shell out all that cash and could still benefit from the results, then Enchantment is your destination.
Based in the foothills of Native American country in Sedona, Arizona, at Boynton Canyon, this is the land of “one’s path or journey” (in native Yuman ‘American Indian’ language that is the meaning of Mii amo). Enchantment’s 220 casita rooms – luxury and junior suites, guest rooms and conference locales cater to the discovery of self on several levels. Here the mind, body and spirit are nourished.
One’s sense of place in this part of the world is overpowering. The 16th century German artist Albrecht Duerer once said, “You know who you are when you know where you are.” Unlike many other spas in this region, Enchantment sits right under a nerve: the vortex at Boynton Canyon. This is a mystical area. It is here that Native Americans worshiped mother nature for her ethereal energy center(s) that supposedly swirl invisibly and influence our field of movement and thought.
The red rocks – what Arizona is most known for, what moviegoers for generations have witnessed in western flicks – stand majestically jutting up to the heavens. Walk about the property on secluded private roads or stand in awe on your terrace. The results are the same. You are humbled in the presence of the beauty. All the rooms are snug in the valley of Boynton designed in the adobe style with southwestern decor. Each terrace overlooks the base of the canyon – from sunset to sunrise. Juniper and pinion trees offer shade and a fragrance of mixed nuts and fresh garden edibles. The forests greet you creating a sense of calm pulchritude. Choose a one bedroom casa suite at $1,050.00 or a cozy fireplace in a sienna colored two bedroom suite starting at $1,525.00. The adjacent spa is designed in a post-modern Italian German manner. The adobe constructs blend with the modern architectural simplicity in harmonious accord. All areas of the property offer guests ample space and thus, time for contemplation, privacy and soul searching.
Great service is a given at the world’s best service establishments. Yet how is the sincerity of staff measured and felt by peremptory guests? At Enchantment, even the most imperious of guests will quickly acquiesce to a rural loquaciousness. The staff are truly appreciative to work here. They feel blessed, not just because of the economic downturn; because the solace echoed in the mountains infiltrates their very lives. Life here is a quiet undulating celebration. Little wonders are recognized. Buds on trees. Hawks flying high. Setting you up with plush towels by the pool and serving meals. Riding you in a golf cart to your suite. Reminding you of a spa appointment. Graciousness is the attitude.
Activities for All Tastes
Hiking in and around the earth’s energy centers is powerful and can be accessed daily through trails in the Secret Mountain Wilderness area. Over ten other locations including the famed mesa’s can be booked. Trails are rated from easy to strenuous and last anywhere from one hour to all day long. Packed lunches are made to order from the delectable chef Steve Sicinski. Read his cookbook Journey of Taste: Favorite Recipes from Mii amo Spa in Sedona. A cooking demo by the famed southwestern chef Steve Sicinski taught guests how to stir up butternut squash.
Every physical activity from pilates to power walking, yoga or tai chi are on offer. Wine tasting, watercolor painting, tea journeys to learn about the health benefits of the liquid, Apache teachings or Medicine walks are on offer here. Airplane, helicopter, jeep and truck sightseeing tours reveal the wonders of the nearby Grand Canyon or Sedona’s spectacular palette of submarine greens and orange hues. Over 50 types of daily things to do are organized at Enchantment Spa. Guests can keep busy from 7.00am for twelve hours if that’s what they seek.
Mii amo Spa
The sense of place influences your entire experience – a fusion of deep relaxation on a soul level to a cosmetic rejuvenation. The sublime takes form when you enter the Spa. In a circular yurt like meditation room you step into another world. Layers of grounded red rock dust line the floor.
Tremendous crystals and precious stones are placed around the perimeter or built into the paneled exotic wood slats that vertically align the yurt. Water flows over the main crystal used as a touching stone to begin the morning or evening guided meditation. The Spa is open from 6.00 until 22.00 every day of the week. A Four Elements is an excellent sampler of four sixty minute treatments: clay wrap, watsu, cinnamon facial and vibrational massage. For the entire exhaustive list of offerings see http://www.miiamo.com.
If I could spend more than two weeks a year at Enchantment I’d be in heaven. On earth! Unfortunately when I had to leave, there was a refrain heard not just by me, but by many other guests, “can’t we stay just a little bit longer?”, they sadly chorused.