Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Canyon Ranch - much more than a spa!

I've just returned from Canyon Ranch in Tucson, Arizona. This was my 10th visit in as many years and it maintains its status as a top spa resort in my book! The word 'spa' does not begin to describe it. It is a "health resort" where you can try all types of fitness classes, hike in the morning, bike in the afternoon, meditate, have a full medical evaluation by some of the country's best doctors, and finish the evening with the most delicious piece of warm chocolate cake with creme anglaise. Oh yes, I will not forget to mention the spa treatments! All types of massages, facials and body treatments are available. I love the basic Canyon Ranch body massage, but if you want something really special, try the Canyon Stone massage or the Thai massage. It's a pleasurable way to while away 100 minutes!

A typical day might be an early morning walk, followed by a nutritious (and delicious!) breakfast, cardio class, stretch class, strength class, lunch, maybe a lecture on Astrology or Orthotics, relax by the pool or do more classes. The ever-helpful Program Advisors assist each individual guest in planning his or her stay and they will make suggestions of how to get the most out of the Ranch, depending on what the guest is looking for. Different people will take away different things from their experiences, whether it's a physical change, spiritual change or just pure relaxation that they came for.

I always try something new each time I visit, either a new class, fitness challenge or spa treatment. This year I went to the Desert Drumming class. The best way to describe it is a room full of gals beating on large fit balls with wooden drumsticks. It was fun, and somewhat amusing as we followed the instructor's choreography of beating our own, and our neighbors' balls, to the music. Last year I tried the Goat Butter body treatment. It was a wonderful way to end an active day: being slathered in a rich goat butter from head to toe, wrapped in warm towels, and lowered into a water-bed to relax for 30 minutes. It was a great floating sensation, and my skin had never been so soft afterward!

The Travel Specialists at Bee Kalt Travel can help you book your next spa vacation at the Canyon Ranch!
Receive complimentary upgrades and special amenities when booking with us.

For more information call 248-288-9600 or email: travel@beekalt.com

Monday, September 13, 2010

Yoga Cruise

I have always greeted September with mixed emotions. It signifies the end of summer for us in the Midwest - the end of lazy days and time to get down to work. However, the start of a new school year is always very exciting. A new year, a fresh start, and new beginnings. I think about what positive changes I can make for the coming year. This has led me to combine two of my favorite activities: cruising and yoga!

I invite you to join me, and Suzanna Ran of Yoga Therapy of Michigan, for a transformational experience aboard the Radiance of the Seas. Sail into the New Year relaxed and rejuvenated. Sunrise and sunset yoga classes will be offered as well as workshops in Ayurveda, the ancient Indian healing science. Learn the importance of keeping your body and mind in balance and harmony.
Trip date: January 13 - 17, 2011
Pricing from $550 per person, based on double occupancy

Contact me today for more information! Space is limited.
email: shari@beekalt.com
Telephone: 248-288-9600
See our website: www.beekalt.com