By Alison Lewis
Nestled in southwestern Utah’s Red Rock Bluffs, you’ll find pure romance, beauty and relaxation at one of the country’s most breathtaking natural settings. Red Mountain Resort, whose theme is “inspired adventure,” is a one-of-a-kind active destination retreat that encourages guests to pursue health, wellness, balance, joy and peace. Specializing in hiking, this resort features a comprehensive selection of fitness classes, programs, outdoor adventures, creative cuisine and personal discovery seminars.
Take a private outdoor landscape photography workshop, cooking class with the chef or simply lounge by the pool after a morning walk, run or hike. If you’re looking for something more challenging, try canyoneering—a combination of hiking, climbing, scrambling and rappelling. No experience is required; just some teamwork and a sense of adventure.
If you just want to take a hike to the next level, all of the guides will give you inspiration and confidence for adventure. Don’t miss the Zion National Park Hiking Adventure at one of the most scenic natural wonders of the world, where deep canyons, sandstone cliffs and stunning vistas will move you. Experience the West Zion Jeep Tour, go mountain biking or head to Ivins no-kill animal shelter to enjoy a 1.5-mile hike along the base of the Red Mountain with a shelter puppy of your choice.
Activities are endless here, but choose to do as much or as little as you like. Take a gentle or active yoga class with your loved one after a tough workout, experience hydra challenge (a high-energy workout in the pool that is a blast for men and women) or try “Drums Alive,” a rhythmic cardiovascular workout and stress reliever. After a day of healthy adventure, lie with your favorite person on one of the many on-property hammocks, or spend the afternoon at Sagestone Spa & Salon and try a couples massage, Melting Honey Hot Stone Massage treatment or Orange-Cream Pumpkin Pie pedicure.
Each meal is better than the previous one here, and the cuisine at Red Mountain will wow you. Start your morning with a buffet breakfast that includes endless healthful choices, from vegetable quiches to a trilogy of grains (awesome on top of oatmeal) and ginger-kamut pancakes (don’t forget the prickly pear syrup!). At lunch, you will find an array of every salad, protein and breads so delicious that you can’t help going back for seconds. Dine from a dinner menu with live guitar accompaniment, and enjoy a glass of wine or one of the chef’s specialty cocktails. Head back to your room, and relax by the fireplace as you plan your next adventure. What are you waiting for?
Red Mountain Resort is conveniently located 30 minutes from St. George Municipal Airport (a short flight from Salt Lake City) or a two-hour drive from Las Vegas International airport. (435) 673-4906; redmountainresort.com
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