canyon ranch

With its new­est ad­di­tion in turkey, canyon Ranch fur­ther em­braces its 40-year his­tory of­fer­ing whole­ness, health, spir­i­tu­al­ity – and lux­ury. Debbi K. Kick­ham gets up close and per­sonal at this world-fa­mous spa.

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The quin­tes­sen­tial Amer­i­can health ex­pe­ri­ence ex­pands to Turkey.

canyon Ranch is not your typ­i­cal des­ti­na­tion spa where you can take one or two fit­ness classes and then get a plain-vanilla mas­sage. this uber-spa and win­ner of travel awards too nu­mer­ous to men­tion is in a world league of its own, of­fer­ing an in­te­gra­tive, com­pre­hen­sive ap­proach to your well­be­ing.

on a typ­i­cal three-night stay, for ex­am­ple, at its lo­ca­tions in tuc­son, ari­zona or lenox, Mas­sachusetts, you can choose from about 300 ac­tiv­i­ties, 200 ser­vices and 70 lec­tures. You can also sched­ule ap­point­ments with pro­fes­sion­als who in­clude regis­tered nurses, doc­tors, acupunc­tur­ists, nu­tri­tion­ists and li­censed ther­a­pists.

You want rest and re­lax­ation? check. how about a plan to stop smok­ing, lose weight or con­front sleep disor­ders? easy. What about ad­dress­ing chronic health is­sues such as di­a­betes or high blood pres­sure? Done.

“peo­ple have an in­ten­tion when they come here,” ex­plains em­i­lie Goudey, Gen­eral Man­ager of canyon Ranch in lenox. “from there, we cus­tomise

classes, lec­tures and ser­vices and we put a pro­gramme to­gether.”

led by Vice chair­man Richard car­mona, MD, 17th Sur­geon Gen­eral of the United States (2002-2006), and Mark lipo­nis, MD, canyon Ranch cor­po­rate Med­i­cal Di­rec­tor, canyon Ranch’s physi­cians col­lab­o­rate with its other health pro­fes­sion­als to pro­vide a per­son­alised ap­proach to wellness, in Western and non-tra­di­tional ways.

it’s no won­der that canyon Ranch has a boom­ing re­peat busi­ness, and is pop­u­lar among the well-heeled – many of whom some­times fly into lenox on he­li­copters or zoom in on their pri­vate jets. it is also not un­usual to find af­flu­ent guests who stay for weeks at a time, to sim­ply lose weight or learn a health­ier life­style. (on one of my trips there, i met a stressed-out new York ceo who chose 21 days in lenox in­stead of three va­ca­tion weeks in europe.)

i’m lucky to say that i’ve vis­ited canyon Ranch in lenox at least 10 times in the past 20 years. ev­ery day is jam-packed with fit­ness classes, com­ple­mented with lec­tures on health, wellness and spir­i­tu­al­ity, in­clud­ing those by au­thor and ex­ec­u­tive life coach Jerry pos­ner, who gives ac­claimed pre­sen­ta­tions about cre­at­ing mir­a­cles in your life. (he uses the movie ‘the Wizard of oz’ as his tem­plate, urg­ing at­ten­dees to prop­erly utilise their brains, heart and courage, as he hands out hu­mor­ous cards that serve as daily re­minders.)

a cor­nu­copia of classes

You name it, you’ll find it at canyon Ranch in lenox.

ex­er­cise? Dur­ing a typ­i­cal day, you’ll en­joy count­less pro­grammes such as yoga, cy­cling, mus­cle con­di­tion­ing, ket­tle­bell, car­dio, ropes chal­lenges, fenc­ing, barre work­outs, rac­quet­ball — or a sim­ple work­out in the huge gym, along with a swim in the in­door or out­door pool.

Be­cause of its lo­ca­tion on bu­colic grounds, you can also en­joy out­door ac­tiv­i­ties such as hik­ing, kayak­ing, ca­noe­ing and more.

Spir­i­tu­al­ity? it’s ac­counted for — in abun­dance. classes and lec­tures are a-plenty in sub­jects such as med­i­ta­tion, mind­ful­ness, syn­chronic­ity, re­lax­ation, grief work, and there are even 12-step re­cov­ery meet­ings. Knit­ting classes, tarot card read­ings and bingo (very pop­u­lar) are also avail­able.

posh pam­per­ings? the full Monty of silken ser­vices in­cludes ev­ery­thing from over-the-top mas­sages, fa­cials and re­flex­ol­ogy, to Ja­panese and fin­nish rit­u­als, to the fa­mous can­dlelit eu­pho­ria: a $320 100-minute body and scalp mas­sage, body mask and aro­mather­apy soak.

eat, treat and be pe­tite

for its gourmet cui­sine alone, canyon Ranch is a di­eter’s dream. the de­li­cious food here has had the fat and calo­ries kicked out of it, so you re­ally can in­dulge with­out guilt. ev­ery­one goes crazy for the home­made choco­late chip cook­ies — chewy, moist and filled with im­ported calle­baut choco­late – for just 85 calo­ries each. the menus all list calo­rie counts, carbs, fat grams and more, so you can eas­ily as­cer­tain your daily al­lot­ment. Veg­eta­bles, moun­tains of fresh fruits, sal­ads and dress­ings abound. if you’re per­nick­ety about your plate, you’ll be pleased with the yummy choices, which are all as healthy as is hu­manly pos­si­ble. for snacks, the trail bars (to be lusted af­ter) are 130 calo­ries each, and you can have them any­time you want. Don’t miss the daily ‘lunch and learn’ cook­ing demos that are as ed­u­ca­tional as they are en­ter­tain­ing – and tasty.

the canyon Ranch tour of beauty, fit­ness and well­be­ing will soon be avail­able in turkey. cash­mere-care treat­ments and ameni­ties will be of­fered at the new canyon Ranch Wellness Re­sort at Ka­plankaya, open­ing in July 2016. it is nes­tled on the breath­tak­ing South aegean coast known as the turk­ish Riviera. here, the re­sort will of­fer treat­ments to in­cor­po­rate its sur­round­ings, in­clud­ing, of course, turk­ish ham­mam, and an aloe sun wrap fea­tur­ing rose quartz crys­tals. Says canyon Ranch ceo Su­san Docherty: “With its breath­tak­ing beau­ti­fully nat­u­ral land­scape and an­cient, heal­ing lands, it is the idyl­lic lo­ca­tion for our first in­ter­na­tional im­mer­sion des­ti­na­tion, and will re­de­fine the con­cept of a lux­ury wellness ex­pe­ri­ence.”

Slated to open in 2017 is canyon Ranch Bin­tan, a re­sort and liv­ing com­mu­nity with the trea­sure Bay de­vel­op­ment in in­done­sia.

at this point, shouldn’t “canyon Ranch” be your mantra?

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01 tran­quil re­flec­tion at lenox 02 Stun­ning sur­rounds on the turk­ish Riviera 03 De­li­cious healthy cui­sine 04 lenox’s Belle­fontaine Mansion 04 pam­pered with a cou­ple’s mas­sage 04

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