Experience one of the best resorts in Red Rock Country.
By ALISON LEWIS
IF YOU ARE IN NEED OF A COMPLETE GETAWAY to rejuvenate your mind and body, put L’Auberge de Sedona on your list. I was completely exhausted when I arrived, coming off major deadlines, an 80-hour workweek and single mom duties. I arrived at my creek-side cottage next to Oak Creek in Sedona’s Red Rock Country, ready to relax to the core. The first night, I dined on my patio, enjoying Scottish salmon with golden and red beets amidst the sycamore trees and bright stars. During the next two nights, I slept a total of 23 hours in this peaceful place, an ideal spot for me to totally unwind.
The elegant cottage featured an in-room fireplace and outdoor cedar-lined shower. (I never showered indoors during my stay.) For breakfast, I started with yogurt with fruit and homemade granola. As I ate outdoors, I saw ducks passing by with their ducklings. For lunch, I dined poolside after picking up the telephone and placing a quick order. I recommend the signature margarita paired with the mixed greens salad with fresh mozzarella, avocado and basil-pine nut vinaigrette. For dinner, the chef’s regional American cuisine with a hint of Mediterranean influences satiated. Don’t miss the tasting menu; I recommend fresh red snapper with red quinoa and pickled kale, a seasonal salad with strawberries and goat cheese and the virgin pineapple-basil cocktail.
Spa The spa at L’Auberge de Sedona is a place to bring your body back into balance and a state of harmony. I enjoyed two of the resort’s newest spa treatments. The first was the Quiet Mind, inspired by the Quiet Mind flower blend from Lotus Wei. This treatment is designed for guests who are learning to turn off their minds to best experience the massage. My therapist, Brandon, told me that most people have such a difficult time unwinding that the therapists usually have to fight against guests to get them to relax. The treatment begins with several relaxation techniques. (I was inspired by the breathing ones.) The massage includes the use of essences of germanium, bird of paradise and passion flower—all said to promote letting go and encouraging the dissolution of muscle tension. As the mind calms, a deeply relaxing massage takes over—truly one of the best massages I’ve ever experienced. The Feet in the Creek Treatment is perfect for those like me who love being outdoors while being pampered at the same time. This treatment allows you to reconnect with nature and yourself. I started by wading into the water, feeling the creek sand between my toes while I breathed in the Sedona air. After that, I was accompanied to a lounge chair beside the creek, where I soaked my feet in a tub of water and fresh rose petals while listening to the rushing water. Next, I received a head, neck and shoulder massage followed by a foot reflexology treatment with L’Auberge’s signature L’Apothecary flower essence serum (a blend of rose, rosemary and lemon blossoms). Reflexology is said to help reduce stress and aid in overall sense of well-being. I felt amazing after this treatment (and I believe it cured my stress and back pain as well). (855) 905-5745; lauberge.com
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L’APOTHECARY BLENDING STATION This might have been the most fun and unique part of my trip. I was one of the first to experience this new spa activity. I had the opportunity to blend my own organic herbal bath salts and scrubs with Lotus Wei products and L’Auberge’s signature essence and aromatherapy. Lotus Wei hand-collects exotic flower essences worldwide and infuses them into transformative elixirs, mists, skin serums and natural perfumes. Flower essences are bio-energetic infusions of flowers that work with the body’s acupuncture meridians to enhance clarity, peace and happiness. Design your bath salt, body scrub or body oils while learning about the healing aspects of fragrant herbs and flowers. I made a sugar scrub consisting of roses, lavender, rose hips, cardamom and cacao. (It’s my favorite shower product ever.) “The vision behind creating a new spa concept was inspired by our natural surroundings and the connection our guests make with the creek during their visit,” said Greg Hanss, L’Auberge de Sedona’s Managing Director. “We wanted to create a way for guests to take a piece of Sedona and their visit home by infusing the essence of the creek with local flower and plant botanicals.”
FULL-MOON MEDITATION Head to the edge of the creek with a yoga instructor and a flashlight, where you’ll sit and meditate for 10 minutes. Then go inside, where you’ll make a list of the things that don’t serve you anymore and burn the piece of paper in the fire. Lay in savasana (corpse pose) while you listen to Native American flute sounds to clear the mind and soothe the soul.
RED ROCK HIKE Enjoy the outdoors in one of nature’s most spectacular settings to vortex sites including Bell Rock, Airport Loop and Cathedral Rock.
GM JOG Join the general manager for an early run through Sedona’s beautiful trails.
HEALING CHINESE TEA TASTING Savor rare Chinese teas and learn about their therapeutic benefits. You’ll leave energized.
EVENING STARGAZING Join a local astronomer as he leads you to the starry wonders of Sedona.
DUCK FEEDING Participate in this fun activity every morning beside the creek.
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