Whether or not you’re a lover of all things health, wellness and fitness, you will not regret your decision to stay at the Red Mountain Resort in Ivins, Utah. Tucked within the Red Mountains exists this uniquely alluring resort that boasts everything from an amazing wellness center to homemade and healthy cuisine to TWO lap pools. An triathlete myself, I really valued the wide array of fitness-oriented classes and activities, as well as the cuisine which truly set the standard for health and flavor. Each dish had the macros (calories, carb, fat, etc.) listed so that the guest didn’t have to do any of the thinking when it came to watching calories and could just enjoy. In fact, the food was so divine, they created their own cookbook full of recipes that you can purchase. I know that the book will be one of my staples in my kitchen from here on out!
But maybe you’re not the type of person that wants to spend their vacation working out and counting calories. Maybe you’re an athlete recovering from an injury, or perhaps you simply want to fully indulge and relax amidst nature. I thought I wanted to head to some hotel in the Moab, but after arriving here, I completely removed Moab from my list of places to travel next. Now don’t get me wrong, I’ve visited and camped in the Moab on several occasions and it’s a truly magical place, but there is something really special about having the red mountains and Snow Canyon State Park right at your fingertips. It’s easy to just sit on your porch and enjoy the view with a glass of fresh squeezed juice or wine and take it all in after an in-room, personalized massage. And then sunset comes and you head to the Canyon Breeze restaurant, sit outside and continue to take in the painted sky as the moon rises.
In all honesty, I could have stayed here for 10 days and still not have done all that I wanted to. From kayaking to horseback riding, canyoneering and visiting their animal sanctuary, to rock climbing, art tours, lap swims, a fully equipped gym and an array of classes, there is so much to do, you’ll never feel bored. The rooms allowed for ultimate relaxation, with some of them offering a kitchen option, to cook your own meals. Perhaps I’ll come back for one of their wellness retreats after my Ironman. Either way, do not miss at least stoping by the Red Mountain Resort for a meal on your way through Utah.
The overall rating that I gave the Red Mountain Resort is n 8/10.
What I loved: Their attention to detail when it came to wholesome and healthy cuisine, their array of activities and classes, including two lap pools and a fully equipped gym.
What Set It Back: No much! Would have loved a bit more attention to detail on the sustainability element of the hotel.
Overall: THE hotel to travel to to experience rural nature in some of America’s most pristine landscapes and also feel healthy while doing so!
What makes a sustainable or regenerative hotel? A reverse osmosis water system, farm to table produce, supporting local dairy and meat farmers, engaging with local non-profit or community organization endeavors to address an issue within the country or community, energy efficient lighting, low pressure water systems, recycling, employing locals and offering fair and equal pay, replanting what was lost during the construction, use of biofuel (for boats), engaging guests in local cultural experiences and making them aware of environmental and cultural needs, LEED Certification, educating staff on importance of sustainability (turning off lights, observing for wasteful practices, etc.), reducing bathroom amenities waste (using bamboo toothbrushes instead, locally made/organic soap, shampoo and conditioner that help the environment), the list goes on.