Monday, November 07, 2011

Red Mountain Resort - a Healthful Getaway!

I get a great many PR pitches.

Most get deleted almost instantaneously, but this one caught my eye.

It was for a resort in St. George, Utah, called Red Mountain Resort, and while I'm pretty sure they practice some questionable woo with some of their treatments or recommendations (for instance they offer nonsensical "detoxification"), it still looks quite interesting.

Sports, hiking, fitness, fancy spa stuff, beautiful accommodations complemented by what appears to be luxurious, yet calorie reduced, dining, where all entrees and desserts are lower than 550 calories.

Some examples?

• Deconstructed Blueberry Cheesecake (266 calories) with blueberries and graham cracker crust

• Chocolate Fondue with Bananas, Strawberries, and Pineapple (223 calories)

• Jerk Seasoned Roasted Quail with goat cheese and agave pomegranate glaze served on a bed of wild rice pilaf (389 calories)

• Scallops and Orecchiette Pasta, with crimini mushrooms, diced tomatoes, poblano pepper, shallots, dark chili powder, white wine, lime juice & cilantro (341 calories)

• Southwestern Bison Medallions with sautéed onions and bell peppers served on red skin potatoes with chives (304 calories)

• Quinoa, Vegetables, & Feta Cheese with asparagus, red and yellow bell peppers, leeks and garbanzo beans (276 calories)

• Peach Upside Down Cake (192 calories) topped with brown sugar, cinnamon, and nutmeg

• Prickly Pear BBQ Pork Loin topped with leek straws served on smoky cheddar cheese polenta wedge (382 calories)
Sadly the PR pitch didn't come with any perks for me to enjoy were I to write about it, but it's an interesting sign of the times that this type of resort is able to thrive.

Sure contrasts sharply with the average don't move and eat as much as humanly possible vacation that most of us tend towards.

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  1. I'm kind of skeptical on the food (portions must be TINY for those calorie counts) but it does look like a beautiful place and my kind of vacation for sure! When I took my kids to Disney two years ago, the travel agent remarked that I was the first Disney client she'd ever had who asked her to recommend the hotels with the biggest, most well-equipped, open-all-hours gyms, and that's how I chose where to stay.

  2. Roman Korol7:36 am

    Very nice indeed. That looks like a 50-metre swimming pool in the foreground, eminently suitable for doing lots of healthful laps. All these features would appeal, I am guessing, to people who already lead a healthy lifestyle and not to the average Joe Sixpack sporting the usual jelly belly. It certainly points the way to what life could be. I hope their business decision was the right one, and wish them well!

  3. I would avoid any "spa" vacation that limited my calories! Rather, I choose to enjoy the culinary delights of the culture I am exploring, and enjoy the terrain by foot or by bicycle.

  4. Copy/Paste6:00 pm

    There are other great wellness resorts out there also. Actually, the Westin brand is all about wellness now, they have good menus and wellness programs (look for the one in Arizona and the one in Cancun).

    There's others at the Caribbean too, where you can try different cultures with conscious.

  5. Anonymous9:40 am

    I work with someone who stayed there last year and had a wonderful experience. It's on my bucket list of spa vacations!