August 15, 2005
Prior to our booking our 4 night stay, we looked through their extensive and informative website (www.coyotemoonresort.com). It gave us a clear idea of what the philosophy of this establishment was all about, going beyond a spa with good food and a menu of spa treatments. The resort is also very environmentally conscious and in touch with the earth. After speaking to them directly, we were emailed an extensive questionnaire to assist them in providing a stay with them that was tailored to our interests and desires. Questions included dietary needs and concerns (they were sure to leave the mushrooms off my meals), desired activities (from yoga classes and star gazing to morning hikes and an excursion to the Arizona Sonara Desert Museum), and desired spa treatments. Upon arrival, our spa treatments had already been scheduled (one per night stay) as well as a sign up book for activities offered that were also scheduled around our spa treatment.
This was low season for the resort but I believe the owners and staff would be equally as attentive during their peak season. The chef even came to the dining room at several meals to converse with the guests. Meals were exceptional. Not only were they healthier than many of your nicer restaurants, the portions were more than adequate, and the flavor exceptional.
I experienced a Swedish massage, reiki, and a facial. All were outstanding but I what I will remember with the most fondness is the hot-stones massage. While I have had this type of massage before, massage therapist Steve had the most incredible hands and intuition.
While many might try to go here for a weekend, I highly suggest at least a four night stay. It wasn’t until the third morning that I began to really relax. It would have been a shame to have left on the day that I was just beginning to settle into that sense of calm. I prefer to not return to a place that I have visited before because there are so many other places I want to visit. Coyote Moon, however, will be a definite return visit.
From journal A Week in Arizona