Thursday, February 12, 2009

Canyon Ranch Miami Beach

Over the 24 months of our internship program, Nicole and I will have the privilege of visiting all the Canyon Ranch properties. As luck would have it, we joined just a few months before the opening of the first Canyon Ranch Living property in Miami Beach, Florida and let me tell you, it is amazing!

When Nicole and I first arrived in Miami, we were delighted by the beauty of Florida and could easily see the draw it held for winter-weary visitors. We were greeted by gorgeous water, a nice warm breeze and a Latin flare and culture that was completely different from that of Southern Arizona. Of course, this first impression was dwarfed by our introduction to the historic Carillon Hotel and the white and blue towers that were soon to be the latest offering from Canyon Ranch.

Our first morning, we were introduced to all the hardworking Canyon Ranch Miami Beach staff who were tirelessly putting the finishing touches on the operations, programming, and even construction details before the soft opening a few weeks away. Despite the stress and the endless task list, the team made it a point to come together every morning and spend 15 minutes as a group either meditating or practicing tai chi or some other form of mindfulness to start the day out right. Although this practice in itself is a great way to start a day, it didn’t hurt that you could see a never-ending green/blue ocean, hear the waves crash against the shore (as the entire property is only a stone’s throw away from the water), and feel the wind gently cleanse your soul before the day began.

After meditation, Nicole and I received our first tour of Canyon Ranch Miami Beach and for the first time I was truly sad to be an employee because all I wanted to do was stay there as a guest. The fitness area had the latest equipment from strength training machines that recorded your reps, sets, and weight used (to compare and record electronically your customized plan created by an exercise physiologist) to Expresso Bikes that allow you to race other people in different cities through a computer game that is displayed on a flat panel screen on your bike. If that doesn’t entice you to get into the gym, then maybe the unobstructed view of the Atlantic Ocean and Beach just might, where I often saw on windy days, Kiteboarders putting the ocean breeze to good use.

Then there’s the spa. I was like a kid in a candy store when I saw how many different offerings the spa provided. There was an herbal laconium, a Finnish sauna, crystal steam room, igloo room, hydrospas, experiential rains (think of a shower with different settings from monsoon to rain forest and accompanying light and sound effects), and heated lounges. The intent of these offerings is not only to pamper the guest, but to deliver the Aquavana experience. Aquavana is a process of enveloping your body in alternating treatments of hot and cold treatments, which has been shown to relax your muscles, enrich your blood with oxygen, and rid your body of toxins.

There’s so much more to talk about including the unbelievable cuisine offered in the Canyon Ranch Grill, leading edge technology for preventive medicine in our health and healing department, the seemingly hundreds of massages available, rock climbing, and everything else Canyon Ranch is known for, but I’ve simply run out of space.

All I can say is you’ll have to try it out for yourself to truly understand what I’m talking about and trust me, the trip will be worth it

Live healthy!

Ken Morris

3 comments:

Aleks said...

Hey Ken we just returned from Miami and had an amazing time there. Your description really captured it. But as you know there is no place like Canyon Ranch Tucson!! The Miami Ranch is beautiful and modern and has all the latest but as a good friend of ours would say " It's kind of like buying a Rolex knockoff on the streets of New York, it looks great, it tells time but it ain't a Rolex!" . Maybe some folks will get excited about the Ranch in Miami and come see the real deal in Tucson. All though there are some similarities it just isn't the same.

I do need to say though that the staff is great and being on the Ocean is very cool but we missed the Catalina Mountains and the great Canyon Ranch hikes. The food is amazing, just think Tucson Menu with a little Cuban spice thrown in topped off with Organic wine. But we kind of prefer the alcohol free policy in Tucson a whole lot. It makes for a much more serene atmosphere not to mention healthier.

But if anyone needs a healthy beach fix Canyon Ranch Miami is the place to go. Don't miss the Espresso Bikes, they are very cool! Can you bring some of them back to Tucson next visit?

Tim Collins
Canyon Ranch Homeowner

Clarissa Fellner said...

I have been fortunate enough to be a guest at Canyon Ranch many times over the years. My first trip was at the age of fourteen and now, at 34, I have to say I love living the Canyon Ranch lifestyle. I have always said that my wish would be for everyone to get to experience Canyon Ranch at least one time. I am a believer and I know how life changing it can be. Canyon Ranch Miami has a different vibe but it is Canyon Ranch, through and through. From the moment you arrive, the staff makes you feel like you've just come home...and they are actually happy to see you. It certainly is not as "controlled" as the properties in Lenox and Tucson but they offer many of the same concepts. The food is delicious (as always). If you make it there an absolute must is the Devils on Horseback. This simple appetizer is one of the most delightful things I have ever eaten and if you are feeling extra crazy, the cocktails are sinfully delicious and miraculously organic. I don't know who concocks these wonderful ideas but they are brilliant. The views are breathtaking, the gym rocks and the spa, well it's Canyon Ranch so yes, the spa delivers. Another can't miss, is the store down in the lobby. Treasures at prices that will blow your mind. I couldn't stop shopping & at those prices, I didn't have to. Eat, drink, be merry and add Canyon Ranch Miami to your list of "must do's".

Clarissa Fellner

Clarissa Fellner said...

I have been fortunate enough to be a guest at Canyon Ranch many times over the years. My first trip was at the age of fourteen and now, at 34, I have to say I love living the Canyon Ranch lifestyle. I have always said that my wish would be for everyone to get to experience Canyon Ranch at least one time. I am a believer and I know how life changing it can be. Canyon Ranch Miami has a different vibe but it is Canyon Ranch, through and through. From the moment you arrive, the staff makes you feel like you've just come home...and they are actually happy to see you. It certainly is not as "controlled" as the properties in Lenox and Tucson but they offer many of the same concepts. The food is delicious (as always). If you make it there an absolute must is the Devils on Horseback. This simple appetizer is one of the most delightful things I have ever eaten and if you are feeling extra crazy, the cocktails are sinfully delicious and miraculously organic. I don't know who concocks these wonderful ideas but they are brilliant. The views are breathtaking, the gym rocks and the spa, well it's Canyon Ranch so yes, the spa delivers. Another can't miss, is the store down in the lobby. Treasures at prices that will blow your mind. I couldn't stop shopping & at those prices, I didn't have to. Eat, drink, be merry and add Canyon Ranch Miami to your list of "must do's".

Clarissa Fellner