February 7th, 2012
In Greek mythology, the Phoenix rises from the flames to be born anew.
This year, although we didn't light ourselves on fire, we visited the deserts of Phoenix to kick-start our own health re-incarnation.
At the vast The Boulders Resort, we rode bikes around the five mile desert circuit, played tennis on the clay courts, rambled up the hills to see the amazing 12 million-year-old boulder formations up close, and jogged the nature path, with sightings of bright red cardinals and families of cottontail rabbits.
A vitamin-C facial in the world-class spa facility had our skin glowing anew, and all that was left to do was to cozy up in front of the wood burning fireplace at our private casita and plan for the morning.
Sunrise yoga? Because tomorrow is a brand new day…. —Sarah Bancroft
The Boulders Resort, a Waldorf Astoria Resort, 34631 N Tom Darlington Dr., Carefree, Arizona, 480-488-9009, www.theboulders.com