Relaxing Real Estate: Spa Resorts

Spa Living, Literally

Oh the mud baths, seaweed wraps, mineral pools, deliciously hot hot tubs – the physical and emotional benefit you can get from a week at the local hot springs is the perfect way to recharge your batteries in today’s fast-paced society. For most of us though, a spa vacation is a luxury that can be very hard to afford. But what if you could take that relaxed utopia home with you? Well, it’s actually not too hard to do that. By buying into a residential spa community, you can enjoy the perks whenever you want them and be the envy of all your friends while you do it. Sure, it may mean everyone you have ever known will want to come and spend a week on your couch, but at least you won’t have to worry how to afford that spa vacation you used to worry about. Here are some of the country’s best spa communities, and they have properties for sale, so act now to reserve your spot in the hot tub. Photo credit: Thomas Wanhoff


Miraval Resorts - Tucson, Ariz.

While the development of residential golf communities reached its peak in the 1990s, the growing trend in holistic well-being has driven the evolution of luxury spa retreats into full-time residential "wellness communities" that have cropped up across the country. Partial and full ownership options are available at many of them. In Arizona’s Santa Catalina Mountains just north of Tucson, Miraval, a luxury spa resort that has been rated one of the top 10 Destination Spas in Travel + Leisure's 2010 readers poll, still has a couple of its 14 furnished private villas available for sale. Photo credit: Miraval


Miraval Resorts - Tucson, Ariz.

For an annual fee, Miraval Villa residents can access the pool, tennis and fitness center, they can participate in all classes and activities, enjoy concierge services and even get some basic housekeeping and property upkeep. Villa owners also get a 20% discount on spa treatments, dining and room service. Photo credit: Miraval


Miraval Resorts - Tucson, Ariz.

The villas here were designed by Seattle-based Mithun Architects to balance healthful living, sustainability and integration with the natural landscape. Each is LEED Silver-certified by the U.S. Green Building Council and they are fully furnished by New York-based interior designer Clodagh. Photo credit: Miraval


Miraval Resorts - Tucson, Ariz.

Villa 12 is one of those for sale, with a sticker price of $3.4 million. The 3,095 square feet of living space is designed for indoor/outdoor living, meditation and exercise in the dry desert air, with a two-bedroom main house and a one-bedroom guest house. Photo credit: Miraval


Miraval Resorts - Tucson, Ariz.

Off the main house is a covered patio with a gas fire pit, which overlooks a current pool (providing resistance so you can swim) and a private spa. Photo credit:  Miraval


Miraval Resorts - Tucson, Ariz.

The master suite includes a gas fireplace, steam shower and an outdoor garden with yet another shower. Photo credit: Miraval


Miraval Resorts - Tucson, Ariz.

Mountain views surround the brand new home, which was completed last year. Photo credit: Janell Jellison Properties


Miraval Resorts - Tucson, Ariz.

Even the guest house has its own private spa and meditation garden. Photo credit: Janell Jellison Properties


Carillon Hotel - Miami Beach, Fla.

If you’re not a huge fan of deserts and mountains, you can head down to Miami Beach for your spa life. The newly restored Miami Beach Art Deco monument, the Carillon Hotel, has 430 condos as private residences with exclusive access to all hotel and spa amenities. The views of the beach are matched by the view of the building itself, with towers designed by “starchitect” David Rockwell. Photo credit: Kevin Tomlinson


Carillon Hotel - Miami Beach, Fla.

The three-bedroom unit 104, listed for $1,795,000, has 2,165 square feet of private living space. Perks of ownership include monthly $100 credits toward spa services and another $100 credit toward restaurant usage. Residents have full access to the 75,000 three level gym and spa with 56 treatment rooms featuring a Finnish sauna, hydrotub, herbal sauna, crystal steam room, ice igloo, reflexology basins, heated loungers and “experience showers.” Photo credit: Kevin Tomlinson


Carillon Hotel - Miami Beach, Fla.

The three-bedroom condo is fully furnished and has floor to ceiling windows and a wraparound terrace with 873 square feet of outdoor living space. Photo credit: Kevin Tomlinson


Pronghorn Estates - Bend, Ore.

For the more rugged Northwestern outdoors experience, combined with the spa-golf residential formula, there is Pronghorn Estates in the desert of central Oregon. Fractional and full ownership options are available among the 289 “Estate Homesites.” The spa is the largest in the northwest with a full menu of luxury services that residents have exclusive access to. Private Jack Nicklaus- and Tom Fazio-designed golf courses also sit side by side on the site. Photo credit: Pronghorn


Pronghorn Estates - Bend, Ore.

Lot 40 is available for $4,499,000. Completed in 2006, it is designed to look like an old Northwestern homestead with solid timbers reinforced with fist-size nails. And if the relaxing spa treatments and endless games of golf don’t get your heart racing, organized adventure outings can be arranged, from white water rafter to dog-sled racing. Photo credit: Pronghorn


Pronghorn Estates - Bend, Ore.

The bathrooms have unique rockwork for all the fixtures and the tub was hand carved by an artist from New Mexico. Photo credit: Pronghorn


Pronghorn Estates - Bend, Ore.

The house is located at the end of the 5th fairway on the course that Jack Nicklaus designed. Photo credit: Pronghorn


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