America's Healthiest Spas: The Winners


By Elena Rover
From Health magazine


Canyon Ranch
Tucson, Ariz., and Lenox, Mass.
800-742-9000 or www.canyonranch.com


Canyon Ranch helped pioneer the healthy spa concept in 1979 and still does it better than anyplace else. Healthy, delicious food? Check. Top-notch skin care? Doris Day, the dermatologist on our panel (meet all of our judges), rates this spa a perfect 10.

In the fitness category, Jo Hannafin, MD, gives Canyon Ranchs offerings, which range from restorative yoga to hard-core hiking, the highest score of any spa we evaluated. Our judges also love the staffs high level of accreditation and training. (The place is crawling with doctors.) A nurse tailors a schedule to help you meet your health goals, from lowering cholesterol to beating insomnia, and may also suggest tests like a mammogram or a stride analysis—all done on-site.

“Canyon Ranch has the high standards that other spas strive to match,” says Melisse Gelula, editor in chief of Luxury SpaFinder Interactive. Choose between desert (the 240-guest Tucson spa) and mountains (the 200-guest Lenox location, tucked into the Berkshires), both of which take maximum advantage of the natural beauty.

Dont miss: Yamuna Body Rolling, done with special balls to build strength, flexibility, and balance.

Cost: $5,130 and up per week, per person, double occupancy, at Lenox ($5,750 at Tucson), including meals and some treatments and wellness services. Lenox also offers a three-night stay starting at $2,040.


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Last Updated: June 18, 2008

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