Nestled in the Berkshires, Canyon Ranch is by far one of the most well-equipped hotels for overall health & wellness in the U.S. I was lucky enough to spend a few days at the Canyon Ranch Lenox location in Massachusetts. There’s just so much to cover, I don’t even know where to begin. I’ve divided my review up into Grounds, Food, Spa, & Fitness, so you can get an overall feel of the hotel at large.
The hotel rooms are quite standard and perhaps a little older, yet very comfortable. The grounds are stunning and houses the historic background of the once-burnt-down Bellefontaine Mansion. My personal favorite part about the grounds was that you could walk around in a robe and slippers all day if your heart desires.
No room service or mini bar at this hotel! Canyon Ranch follows more of a traditional approach to healthy eating with calorie counts next to all items on the menu. I keep a kosher diet and the staff was very well informed on the requirements. I was also given the option to purchase kosher meats prior to arriving to ensure I was as comfortable as can be. The dining room offers a full salad bar and you can order as much (or as little) as you want, and it’s all included in your package. The food was overall delicious, diversified, and allows room to splurge on desserts and gluten-free baked goods.
The spa treatments are, in my opinion, where Canyon Ranch shines. The treatment brochure is more of a novel than a list, and has something for everyone. From medical procedures to energy healing and massages, there is nothing lacking in this department. I started my stay off with an Ashiatsu Massage, a 50-minute barefoot massage where the therapist uses her heels to dig into problem areas. It’s similar to a deep tissue massage, but with even more pressure and minimal use of hands. The following day I did a Hydrating Facial, which was more relaxing than anything else. And finally, I finished off my stay with a cleansing Lymphatic Massage to help increase blood circulation and get the toxins flowing out of my body. When the therapist would massage a lymph node associated with blood flow in the stomach, I would hear my stomach working to get the blood flowing. It was amazing to see and feel how the body responds so quickly, and with just the right touch.
There are a handful of classes going on at all hours of the day and it’s up to you to choose what type of fitness you’re feeling that day. I was looking for more muscle building and meditative classes, so I chose pilates, barre, and yoga. If you’re looking for more intense workouts, Canyon Ranch offers hiking, running, HIIT, and so many other options. The yoga was undoubtedly the highlight of my trip, I even wrote a post about my eye-opening experience here.
Now Canyon Ranch is not for everyone, especially if you’re not ready to disconnect and let go of the real world. There’s not much to do off the property and cell phones are not allowed in common areas. It’s best to visit when you’re ready to fully immerse yourself in all that the program has to offer. If you want to lose weight it’ll most likely happen here and without the presence of green juice and kale, as I’m not sure I saw either of these on my week away. Canyon Ranch is definitely the place to go if you’re looking for a wellness weekend getaway.
P.S. Everything is included and its a no tipping resort. Good luck in choosing your next vacation spot!