Story Posted On: December 23, 2008
When my daughter Cheryl announced that she planned to fulfill a dream and celebrate her 40th birthday at Canyon Ranch in Tucson I congratulated her. Then she said she was treating me. I was stunned and thrilled. For weeks I kept saying to myself I am going to Canyon Ranch and felt the same excitement as when I was first told. Each time I spoke with Cheryl I thanked her for the precious gift. I would sit and wonder what my experience would be at Canyon Ranch.
Cheryl’s husband Tom knew about the surprise for several months and decided he would gladly care for their three young daughters while Cheryl and I were vacationing. He is definitely a kind, loving husband, dad and son-in-law.
When the day came for us to catch our 6 a.m. flight from Detroit we were so excited we barely felt tired. When we arrived at the Tucson airport we were greeted by a gracious young man carrying a sign with our names and that’s when the magic began. The van trip to Canyon Ranch went well, smoothly and all. Then we entered Canyon Ranch. Wow. My senses became so alive. The view of the desert was personified. It looked and felt like a heavenly zone. The setting was perfect for creating comfort and renewal. The entire facility was magnificent and so was the staff. Our greeter made us feel so very welcomed with a special orientation tour. Within a short time we were familiar with where to eat, exercise, get pampered and get settled in our room. As for our shared room, it was beautifully designed and very comfortable, like being at home.
My vacation at Canyon Ranch was one of the best in my life. I loved having a one-on-one connection with Cheryl enjoying the spiritually based programs, having spa time, eating delicious, nutritious food and exercising as much as we wanted. We had a happy time sharing what we both love to do and all we had to do was show up. The combination of our activities helped me to sleep like a baby at night and wake up feeling refreshed.
I wish to thank several people I really appreciate. To my loving and most generous daughter, Cheryl and son-in-law Tom for treating me to Canyon Ranch and Jonathan, my dear husband, thank you for caring for our business, home and dogs while I was away. Next, thank you to Enid and Mel for creating and maintaining a healthy spa/wellness center for renewal and healing.
Speaking for both of us, all our needs were met with your gracious staff and lecturers. Yes, indeed we plan to return to Canyon Ranch.