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SFA Design and PHX Architecture have taken the wraps off The Retreat, a new series of exclusive private suites the firms created at the Miraval Arizona Resort & Spa in Tucson. Set on one of the resort’s highest vistas overlooking the Santa Catalina Mountains, the 22 wellness-focused accommodations showcase textured fabrics, wooden floors and custom furniture that the designers say make the spaces feel grounded and balanced.

“[Our team] drew inspiration from the Sonoran desert to infuse a sophisticated, organic and luxurious design aesthetic into The Retreat at Miraval Villas,” says Rosie Feinberg, principal designer, SFA Design, which has offices in Los Angeles and Santa Barbara, California, as well as New York. “Juxtaposed with the vast, natural landscape, the villas feature an earthy color palette, which provides a sense of calm and relaxation.”

Erik Peterson, president of Scottsdale, Arizona-based PHX Architecture, adds: “The Retreat had to take on a special relationship with nature by blurring the inside to outside living. We created space that enhances one’s enjoyment and peace with the natural beauty that surrounds the center. The property itself allows for breathtaking views of the mountain ranges. Our team designed The Retreat to allow every villa a view. We wanted to create timeless pieces of architecture that look like they have always been part of the desert, yet also afford moments of striking beauty.”

Ranging from 600 to 3,120 sq. ft., the new accommodations are comprised of four categories: Reflection (one-bedroom), Unity (two-bedroom), Gratitude (three-bedroom) and Solace (studio). All of the suites feature Miraval’s signature bedding, a spa bath with a free-standing soaking tub, an indoor-outdoor shower and a private patio with a hot tub and fire pit. Sleep-enhancing amenities such as a pillow menu and a communal canvas and journal for guests to share their experiences are also on tap.

In addition, the Reflection, Unity and Gratitude suites are home to gourmet kitchens and dining space designed for culinary programming, as well as private pools and intimate lounge areas that designers say encourage small groups to connect. A custom mural by Farmboy of a Navajo sand mandala adorns the focal wall of the dining room, serving as a tribute to the area’s Native American heritage.

“The Retreat at Miraval Arizona exemplifies our vision [of providing a haven for guests to grow mentally, spiritually and emotionally], offering a peaceful ambiance and exclusive experiences designed to inspire each guest to live a healthier, more mindful lifestyle,” says Marc Ellin, global head of Miraval Group.

In January of last year, the Miraval Group was acquired by an affiliate of Hyatt Hotels Corp., which now oversees the operations of Miraval Arizona Resort & Spa. Prior to the recent addition of The Retreat, the 400-acre property completed a multimillion dollar renovation of its guestrooms, fitness center and select public spaces in 2016.


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