Could you imagine it is possible to feel joy and have “fun” while exercising hard and eating delicious low-fat food during a “healthy” vacation in the warm Arizona desert?  Recently my husband Ron and I did just that at the world-famous Canyon Ranch Health Resort in Tucson.

Our days began with sunrise guided exercise walks or guided hikes in the beautiful Sonoran Desert surrounding the 70 acre Canyon Ranch site.  All levels of exercise ability are accommodated in separate groups from “strolling” walkers to 8-mile runners or very experienced hikers.   We met other men, women, couples, and singles of all ages sharing the common goal to learn and practice wellness.  Many told me they return to Canyon Ranch 1 or 2 times a year for a “tune-up” on their good health.

We were busy all day with dozens of class choices ranging from exercising with personal trainers in the huge gym facilities to my step-outside-your-comfort-zone in the “World Beat” exercise dance class featuring music with “live” drummers performing.  Swimming, indoor cycling, outdoor mountain-biking, yoga, meditation, photography, hands-on cooking classes, Zumba, Wally Ball, tennis, golf practice facilities, jewelry-making and water-color classes are some of the many activities available every day. The award-winning Canyon Ranch Spa offers every imaginable treatment and massage therapy.  Every guest designs their own schedule around their personal interests.

In complimentary evening lectures from Canyon Ranch physicians we learned the latest medical research on topics like “Minimum Exercise for Maximum Results”; “The Real Skinny on Weight Management” and “Optimal Wellness and Peak Performance for Everyone”.  For guests seeking more in-depth medical treatment there are weight-loss and executive health tracks that include medical testing programs at the Canyon Ranch Life Enhancement Center.

I think the best way to describe Canyon Ranch is that it’s a cross between an adult fun summer camp and a healthy living boot camp. After just 5 days we felt rejuvenated and connected to goals for living longer and better.  We had fun, we lost some weight and we gained knowledge about our personal health and wellness.

When booking your Canyon Ranch stay with Stellar Travel you’ll receive these exclusive Virtuoso benefits:

  • One level room upgrade at time of booking, subject to availability
  • An additional allowance of up to $400 (depending on length of stay) to enjoy extra spa or integrative wellness services

For more information about a Canyon Ranch experience contact Susan Bluhm at

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