May 13th, 2013
Photo Courtesy, Enchantment Resort
Our recent trip to Enchantment Resort and Spa in Sedona was to present an award to Chef Corey Shoemaker. While there, I couldn’t dare pass up an opportunity experience the spa itself, considered one of the best destination spas in the world. Initially, I had to talk my husband, Norm, into this adventure… after his treatment, he was converted.
When visiting a spa, my goal is always to have a signature treatment. I learned that Mii amo is the Native American meaning for journey and reflecting the life-enhancing experience of transformation in health, emotions, and spiritual renewal. Therefore, the 90-minute Sedona Clay Wrap was my choice, as well as my therapist Kim’s recommendation.
Living in Sedona, there is an Oxford botanist who exclusively makes the spa’s oils, lotions, and digs locally for red Sedona clay. This clay already has anti-inflammatory properties, and he adds minerals and antioxidants to detoxify your body. Cocoa powder is also added for a softening and smoothing antioxidant agent that heals and surrounds you with a pleasurable aroma.
This treatment started with a dry brush and light exfoliation, followed by a generous application of the special clay. Then I showered. Next came mineral-rich oil and lotion, which included orange, juniper, pine, and four different types of sage. While this was all soaking into my body, my feet and hands were massaged fully. Sheer bliss!
Our time was limited, but the spa provides something for everyone. They have taken the time and effort to incorporate local Native American traditions and features into many offerings. If you check out their website, you’ll see they offerprograms in health and wellness; massage; ayurvedic experience; couples treatments and shared services; connecting with spirit; mindfulness; aquawork; skin care; body treatments; mother-to-be-treatments; specialty services; and fitness. The spa offers all types of packages and you enjoy a wonderful experience in an enchanting luxury atmosphere.
We only spent two nights at Enchantment Resort and Spa. We would have enjoyed a longer visit. When we return, I am going to have to try one of their facials and massages. For those of you who need a short get-a-way or a long escape, Enchantment is your answer.
Freelance travel writer Maralyn D. Hill, The Epicurean Explorer, is Past President of the International Food Wine & Travel Writers Association. Maralyn focuses on food, spas, travel, and wine, while still covering meetings, incentives, and corporate assignments.