Miraval Life in Balance Spa

A wellness-minded retreat in Orange County
Miraval Life in Balance Spa may be the new wellness-minded spa on the Southern California coast, but it’s far from unseasoned. In fact, it’s the second (and only) location of Tucson’s renowned Miraval Resort & Spa, a place that pioneered the mind-meets-body philosophy so prevalent in luxury spas today.

Devotees of the brand will recognize the deluxe menu of spa treatments and personal growth programs that seek to make life more enjoyable when physical, emotional, social, spiritual and intellectual components are in balance.

Located within Monarch Beach Resort in Dana Point, Miraval debuted 24 beautifully appointed treatment rooms, a shop, a healthy cuisine café and a luxurious new spa menu — expect 70 wellness treatments calibrated to relax, refresh and renew your mind, body and spirit.
Our Inspector's Highlights
  • The 30,000-square-foot Orange Country spa (equidistant between San Diego and Los Angeles) aims to rejuvenate and revitalize you physically and emotionally through the healing traditions of the meditative sessions and innovative spa services.
  • Succulents and cacti, native to California and the surrounding states, add a natural piece of the desert throughout the interior.
  • As you step into the spa’s entryway, you’ll experience a sense of calm. The thoughtful, enveloping décor features low ceilings, warm lighting and long corridors hewn with different shades of light and stones set in horizontal bricks.
  • Participate in private workouts designed to achieve personal goals or join a group session, of which there are many to choose. Sign up for mindful spinning, a beachside boot camp or cardio drumming, which blends aerobic movements with the rhythm of drums.
  • Highly trained aestheticians and staff will guide groups into a refreshed state of mind with treatments that range from makeup application, manicures and pedicures to a private happy hour yoga and full access to spa amenities—the ideal retreat for wedding parties or a girls’ day out.
Things to Know
  • Orange is said to represent happiness, joy and pleasure, and you’ll see pops of the color in the plush seating area adorned with tangerine-colored pillows.
  • The most popular treatments first developed at the spa’s flagship location in Tucson are available here, too.
  • There are a slew of innovative Pilates and yoga classes available— think doing yoga on top of a paddleboard or taking a Pilates class designed specifically for golfers.
  • Couples seeking to be pulled closer together can sign up for a combination of activities like a Mindful Relationships program, a relaxing spa retreat and private partner aerial yoga.
The Treatments
  • Unique options include Signature Miraval Treatments that draw on ancient therapeutic practices, such as the 80-minute Shamana-Karma, an Ayurvedic-inspired ritual intended to purify the spirit and increase immunity while releasing tense muscles and energizing the mind.
  • While there are quite a few facials to choose from, we’re partial to the Sea Oxygen Facial, which uses sea minerals to restore balance to skin.
  • Another treatment inspired by the spa’s oceanside setting is the Sea Salt Serenity, which involves a sea salt and oil scrub, a massage using crystal salt stones and a therapeutic scalp massage.
  • You’ll also find plenty of top-notch manis and pedis, couple’s experiences, sports-themed treatments (think deep tissue massages), maternity and even teen-specific services on the spa menu.
The Facilities
  • The plush amenities certainty don’t hurt — while the day away in the spa’s steam room, sauna, whirlpool, tranquility lounge and lap pool.
  • The Pacific Coast setting is an idyllic backdrop to activities encouraging mind and body strength and balance, whether the path begins in the spa’s yoga studio, culinary café or with assistance from a personal trainer.
  • Hallways are no afterthought here — soft, relaxing nature sounds are played through the sound system and alluring earthy scents like cedar wood, mint and lemon waft through the air as you travel throughout the spa.
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Getting There
1 Monarch Beach Resort N, Dana Point, CA 92629
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