Add some outdoor fun to your next girlfriend getaway at Utah’s Red Mountain Resort
Manis and pedis and mimosas are lovely. Shopping with girlfriends can be a blast. But really, women are so much more. And a girl trip can be, too.
Instead of simply nail polish, champagne and OJ, how about rappelling off a dramatic red cliff, hiking through black lava rock, working up a sweat in the weight room and splashing in a pool with a backdrop of mystical mountains?
That’s what you’ll find at Utah’s Red Mountain Resort, where active, healthy girlfriend trips are a special offering. The St. George resort, a short drive from Zion National Park, is open to anyone— not just groups of women, of course—who craves something different, something more for his or her next vacation. With its unique blend of luxury and health, guests can plan their own customized adventures, depending on their goals, but one common thread runs through all of the offerings: Everything is designed to help you inch closer toward optimal health—mentally, physically and spiritually.
The healthy food served is included in the retreat package; in fact, many guests come to Red Mountain to lose weight or kick-start a lifestyle change. Meet with coaches to craft a wellness plan, enroll in yoga classes (or 50 other fitness classes per week), take a nutrition seminar or classes on cooking and stress management, go for a bike ride and then head to the spa to massage those sore muscles. The award-winning, full-service Sagestone Spa offers many unique services inspired by the area’s ancient health rituals that use locally sourced ingredients.
Start the day with a sunrise challenge hike, which begins by the light of a flashlight and takes you to the best spot in the canyon to watch the desert sun rise over the earth. At the end of the day, for something quirky, sign up for the nighttime “ghost” tour of the area to learn more about its history and legends.
If you must pick just one activity, make sure it’s sunset rappelling; no rock climbing experience necessary. Guides will connect you to a harness and help you step backward off cliffs of incrementally steeper grades. Besides the astonishing views, expect to grow stronger both physically and (especially) mentally. For something calmer, candlelight gentle yoga will relax your body and mind right before bed.
Red Mountain serves as an ideally located home base to explore Utah’s many area parks. Zion is a given, but there’s also Bryce Canyon National Park and Snow Canyon State Park just a quarter-mile away. Mountains beckon you from all directions—and they make the resort feel as if it’s tucked away in its own protected world.
In fact, there’s something otherworldly about the grounds here. Walk past acres of curious mounds of dried volcanic ash and wind through a meditation labyrinth constructed out of rocks. The resort itself is scattered across an expansive campus and seamlessly blends in with the rock canyons. Hiking trails will bring you right up close to the peaks.
When you need to relax, you’ll find hammocks scattered throughout the grounds, soothing waterfall features, multiple swimming pools (both indoor and out) and oversized, 600-square-foot bathrooms in the villas with heavenly soaking tubs. If you’re traveling with others, booking one of the 24 villa suites is the best bet. Some offer a fireplace, full kitchen and walk-out patio that leads straight to the pool.
Red Mountain boasts a long list of awards, including being named one of travelchannel.com’s top 10 all-inclusive resorts for 2015 and one of Fodor Travel’s top six fitness and wellness resorts in 2014. It was voted the No. 1 destination spa by Travel & Leisure’s World’s Best Awards a few years ago.
those accolades come as no surprise. Red Mountain’s adventure concierge makes it effortless to piece together a life-changing, healthy vacation— be it a solo trip, romantic getaway, fitness push through the summer or a girl trip like no other. DLM
Set amid the red rock cliffs and canyons of southern Utah, RED MOUNTAIN RESORT, in St. George, offers customized adventures, healthy dining, guided hikes, fitness classes, wellness lectures, spa treatments and more. Adventure packages start at $270 per night; wellness packages start at $995 per person for a four-day, three-night experience. The Girlfriends’ Getaway Retreat starts at $380 per person per night for a four-day, three-night trip for three or four women in a two-bedroom villa.