Miramonte Resort & Spa Named No. 1 Resort Spa in North America by the Readers of Conde Nast Traveler Magazine

Conde Nast Traveler magazine ranks THE WELL Spa at Miramonte Resort & Spa in Palm Springs, the No 1 Resort Spa in North America. The Spa received an overall 96.1 rating out of 100 with 'staff' being noted as its strongest asset.

The readers of Conde Nast Traveler (http://www.concierge.com/cntraveler/articles/502470)magazine have spoken and THE WELL Spa (http://www.concierge.com/cntraveler/articles/502470) at Miramonte Resort & Spa (http://www.miramonteresort.com/) was named the No. 1 Resort Spa in North America by the benevolent travel publication in its annual Spa Poll. To commemorate this special award, THE WELL is offering a complimentary facial cocktail of specially mixed elixirs to anyone who mentions the award when booking a spa appointment.

“From the time THE WELL (http://www.miramonteresort.com/luxury-spa-resort/palm-desert-spas.php) was built in 2004, it was our intent to create a centerpiece of the resort for wellness and rejuvenation,” said Stan Kantowski, general manager of Miramonte Resort & Spa (http://www.miramonteresort.com/). “It’s a great compliment to be recognized for the thoughtful approach we took to build the spa and then, more importantly, the experience our guests have when they visit THE WELL.”

THE WELL (http://www.miramonteresort.com/luxury-spa-resort/palm-desert-spas.php)was one of more than 200 spas in North America recognized in the annual Spa Poll (http://www.concierge.com/cntraveler/articles/502470). The spa received high marks in all categories scoring 96.1 out of 100 overall to capture to top Resort Spas honor. THE WELL received its highest ranking (98.7) for its staff led by Spa Director Jennifer Di Francesco.

“We have an amazing team of associates at The WELL,” said Di Francesco. “Our team is trained to enter each guest interaction with the right intention, and to be focused and committed to each guest in the moment. This has resulted in guests being able to refocus their attention and spend more time on thoughts of health and happiness during their visit to THE WELL.”

Built as the centerpiece for the Mediterranean-inspired Miramonte Resort, THE WELL Spa is reminiscent of a beautifully appointed Italian home and invites guests to step inside and shed the concerns of everyday life. The 14,000-square-foot, two-story building encompasses a variety of intimate spaces, including five outdoor and nine indoor relaxations suites, which boast details such as Vichy showers with tables built from 100-year-old acacia trees, carved in the shape of mangrove leaves. Outside, a waterfall grotto allows guests to lie upon a sculpted stone chaise lounge immersed in a shallow stream of water much like lounging in a natural riverbed, as well as a 98-degree Watsu pool and a 102-degree salt water Jacuzzi. Four private poolside cabanas, each with a private patio, sit adjacent to the pools and are ideal for couples’ treatments.

Among THE WELL Spa’s many unique qualities are two simple actions that illustrate how the smallest gestures can impart the greatest meaning. Before a treatment begins, guests are offered a velvet bag that contains numerous stones within it and asked to select one. Bearing words such as “Relax” and “Let Go,” the stones are reminders for guests to focus on what brought them to the spa and enjoy the experience. At the end of a treatment, instead of telling you it’s done, therapists simply ring Tibetan bells softly three times—an aural cue that doesn’t disrupt the guest’s blissful state.

In selecting their treatments, guests at THE WELL have a multitude of luxurious massages, body and skin treatments, baths, and rituals from which to choose. Before beginning, guests can indulge in a 15-minute Foot Ritual, which helps relax the body and mind, preparing one for a treatment. THE WELL also offers the Bagno Vino (Wine Bath) to guests before a massage, facial, or body treatment. Guests soak in a potent wine mixture rich in vitamins, which hydrates the skin, and those choosing a 45-minute treatment experience an underwater massage and exfoliation or lotion application (15 or 45 minutes, $45-120).

Renowned for its innovative and romantic couples treatments, THE WELL is a perfect spot for side-by-side massages or a bath for two on a private balcony looking out toward the majestic Santa Rosa Mountains. Among the most indulgent and fun of the spa’s offerings, the Pittura Festa, or “painting party,” uses colorful, therapeutic muds and clays that are brushed on the body, face, and hair. Guests can develop their artistic and romantic side with a significant other by applying vibrantly colored muds to each other and letting them dry in the warm desert sun before enjoying a couples massage. This very interactive treatment is also perfect for bachelorette parties and girlfriends getaways (45-90 minutes, $145-$335).

Guests staying at Miramonte also may wish to join any number of the complimentary wellness classes. Led daily, these “journeys,” as they are known on property, teach guests ways to slow down and enjoy life while also promoting health and well-being. Among those offered are yoga and Hydro Yo Chi, which integrates yoga and tai chi based exercises in the 98-degree spa pool and is ideal for building balance and flexibility.

Miramonte Resort & Spa is one of more than 30 independent, upscale hotels, resorts and conference centers managed by Destination Hotels & Resorts, which is consistently rated one of the top 10 independent hospitality management companies in the United States. The company has developed a variety of initiatives to better serve its communities, stakeholders and customers including Destination Earth, an environmental sustainability program, and the Destination Delivers guest loyalty program, which provides the best available offers to members. Destination operates properties in key metropolitan areas and resort markets including Washington, D.C., Denver, San Diego, Santa Fe, Aspen, Palm Springs, Houston and Lake Tahoe. Destination is a subsidiary of Los Angeles-based investment, development and management firm Lowe Enterprises. For more information on the properties in the Destination Hotels & Resorts collection, please visit www.destinationhotels.com or to join Destination Delivers, visit www.destinationdelivers.com.