OPINION – If only St. George had a luxurious escape nearby that offered award-winning spa treatments and world class cuisine.
Oh wait … it does! Red Mountain Resort in Ivins, Utah is the ultimate pampering destination for your mind, body, and stomach. The best part? You don’t have to be an overnight guest in order to be their guest. All of the daytime spa, shop, and dining services at the resort are also available to locals. And while that may be common knowledge to some, I can guarantee that you don’t know just how much this illustrious getaway has to offer.
Let’s start with the Sagestone Spa and Salon. This three-story dome-shaped facility is home to over 50 custom spa treatments. Many of the treatments even highlight native ingredients through the use of local desert botanicals, honey, and healing mud, salt, and clay.
The average client at Sagestone prefers the signature customized massage, so I suggest trying the “diva for a day” package ($199) which includes the customized massage, any facial, a pedicure, and lunch at the restaurant on-site. Did I mention there are over 15 different facials to choose from? Whatever you choose, be prepared for some next level close-your-eyes tranquility.
Sagestone also has customized gentleman packages and treatments for all the real men out there that like to get pampered too.
If you’re looking to unwind through something more adventurous – Red Mountain also offers several outdoor group excursions including: Tai Chi on the rocks of Snow Canyon ($35 per person), Red Mountain yoga ($25 per person), horseback riding through Snow Canyon ($90 per person), and many more. You can even relax by the pool with your closest friends for an hour and receive calming hand massages while enjoying refreshing smoothies for only $15 per person.
While every treatment and activity is sure to be a memorable experience worth repeating, it’s the little luxury touches at Sagestone that combine to set the perfect scene. Just imagine yourself wrapped up in a cozy robe on an oversized lounge chair, sipping soothing hot tea in a hushed relaxation room – all while overlooking the gleaming red rock scenery through a giant glass window.
You’ll find yourself thinking, “It doesn’t get better than this.” And it really doesn’t. Well, until you enjoy your first meal at Red Mountain’s very own Canyon Breeze Restaurant.
Serving healthy menu options 7 days a week for breakfast, lunch, and dinner – Canyon Breeze is about as good as it gets. Breakfast and lunch are served through a lavish buffet, while dinner offers a three-course fine dining experience that you’ll never forget. The entrées change daily to ensure you always indulge in the freshest ingredients of the season.
The menu caters to all customers, providing gluten-free options, as well as anti-inflammatory dishes that help reduce pain and chronic illness. Those with food allergies or special diets can also be accommodated.
Perhaps the icing on the (organic) cake is the fact that Chad Luethje has returned as executive chef. Honestly, having the pleasure of trying any of Luethje’s culinary masterpieces should be added to your bucket list. With over 25 years of experience at high-end luxury resorts, Luethje has become a prestigious award-winning chef that we are lucky to have back in our own backyard.
You’ll discover why once you take your first bite of grilled wild Alaskan sockeye salmon or pan seared duck. For an extra fun-filled evening, go on the weekends and admire the live entertainment. Dinner reservations are always required, so be sure to call ahead.
Thanksgiving Day brunch will also be served at Canyon Breeze if you are looking to enjoy this year’s festive feast at a five star worthy destination.
Don’t ever leave the resort without stepping inside Red Mountain Outfitters store. This boutique is a hidden treasure that sells brand name workout apparel, hiking shoes, hydration packs, eclectic eyewear, and souvenir gifts.
You can even book a personalized shoe fitting with the store manager to find the perfect pair that best suits your adventure style. Locals also receive a 20 percent discount on all full priced store items, making window shopping here an even more enticing errand.
All things combined, Red Mountain Resort is truly extraordinary. So next time you’re dreaming about your next vacation, just remember you don’t need to travel far.
After all, there’s no place like home.
- Red Mountain Resort | Website
- Address: 1275 E. Red Mountain Circle, Ivins, UT
- Sagestone Spa & Salon | Telephone 435-652-5276
- Canyon Breeze Restaurant | Telephone 435-652-5728
- Red Mountain Outfitters Store | Telephone 435-652-5775
Ali Hill is an opinion columnist. The opinions stated in this article are her own, are not influenced through any advertising agreements with St. George News, and are not representative of St. George News.
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