Red Mountain Resort 1275 E. Red Mountain Circle, in Ivins (near St. George), (877) 246-4453, (435) 673-4905. 82 rooms, 48 villa suites; up to 210 guests. 1 indoor pool, 1 outdoor pool; 3 hot tubs. 3 meals/day included. Pets ok. $230+/person/night (no minimum); no surcharge for singles; high season is Sept-Nov.
This highly rated spa resort is set on 55 acres abutting a beautiful red-rock canyon. The modern terra cotta-colored, pueblo-inspired compound consists of low-rise buildings that blend in nicely. Everything you need to relax, renew, and rediscover your passion for adventure awaits. Morning hikes through the surrounding crimson rocks and in nearby Snow Mountain State Park lure hikers of all levels. I took one hike along Anasazi Ridge to see an impressive group of petroglyphs,
and another one that led to a reputed vortex where we laid down our yoga mats on a warm flat rock and meditated to the sound of a flute being played by our multi-talented guide.
Healthful cuisine reflects a focus on fitness, and the well-prepared meals are presented with an artful eye. A staff member says, “We don’t advocate deprivation. Individuals should be empowered to make their own choices.” A nutrition key to calories is provided for each item along with information regarding which is gluten free, dairy free, kosher, vegetarian, or vegan and more. Lunch and breakfast are self-serve, while dinner is selected from a menu. Fresh fruit and both hot and cold drinks are always available between scheduled meals.
Rooms are simple but comfortable, each with a deep soaking tub; more expensive villas are also more spacious and luxurious. Sagestone Spa operates within a geodesic dome and offers a menu of health and beauty treatments as well as some mineral cures (many incorporate native therapies and indigenous plants unique to southern Utah). Separate men's and women's areas have saunas, steam rooms and lounges. An assortment of yoga, fitness, and personal discovery classes are scheduled throughout the day in a Wellness Center, and personal trainers are at the ready to create custom workouts. Many activities are included in the basic price, while others are additional.
A large spiral labyrinth is spectacular to walk at dusk. Trips to the nearby national parks and monuments—Zion, Bryce Canyon--can be arranged, and golf, tennis, and stables are nearby. Bike rentals are available, and addictive hammocks are scattered throughout the grounds. Guests do become very fond of the property, and many return annually.
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image and video c2012 Carole Terwilliger Meyers