Miraval Berkshires in 36 Hours
I've never written a post solely about a resort, but there's a first time for everything and seeing how new this resort & spa was, I thought it would be a fun one to write about! Keep reading for my review, experience and tips on staying at Miraval Berkshires Resort & Spa.
Best Time to Visit Miraval Berkshires Resort & Spa
Miraval Berkshires is located in Lenox, Massachusetts, which is about an hour drive from both Albany Airport (ALB) and Hartford Airport (BDL), either of which, the resort will have a driver come pick you up from complimentarily. My mom and I stayed from a Monday to Wednesday in January so the weather was intense, to say the least, but we hardly ever had to encounter the outdoors, and the resort was at less than 30% capacity so oftentimes, it felt we had whole areas to ourselves. We enjoyed the calmness and privacy the resort had this time of year, but if you want to get outside more, I definitely recommend waiting to visit the Berkshires in the summer. They had an indoor jacuzzi and an indoor/outdoor pool, but there was a whole outdoor pool/deck, outdoor picnic tables and more that haven't been touched in, what looked like, a long time.
On the contrary, there are two other Miraval resorts, one in Austin, Texas and one in Tucson, Arizona, which I'm sure are a lot more weather-friendly in the winter, but I think there's something so beautiful about being able to experience/see the winter wonderland that is the Berkshires without having to deal with the repercussions of the snow. I can imagine the dry heat of Arizona in the summer has a similar unpleasantness about it that the Berkshires do in the winter, so whichever way you choose, I would think about timing.
Activities at Miraval Berkshires Resort & Spa
Though we spent 0% of our time outside, we still thoroughly enjoyed our experience with yoga and meditation classes. They also offered music therapy (like Tibetan Tones), workout classes (like aqua cardio, barre and pilates), unique experiences (like cardio drumming and seminars), culinary experiences (like shucking oysters and coffee tastings) and outdoor classes (like archery and snow shoe hiking). Some of the classes cost an additional amount but most are included in the rate.
Plus, the resort gives a $175 credit per person per night to spend on other things like additional cost activities and spa treatments. We used our credits on probiotic facials and loved it!
Note that even in the winter, they offer outdoor activity options like hiking, barn tours and hatchet throwing for those brave enough to endure the negative degree weather, but alas, we are Floridians and thus, the only time we stepped outside was to enter and exit the airport.
Booking a Stay at Miraval Berkshires Resort & Spa
Not sure what all these food pictures have to do with booking a stay, but they had to be featured so here we are.
I actually booked our stay during a BOGO points offer that World of Hyatt was doing, where if you booked one night using points, you got another night for free. We only stayed two nights, but if you booked two nights, you would have gotten two additional nights for free and so on. I wasn't previously a World of Hyatt member, but thankfully, my Chase Sapphire Preferred card's rewards points have a 1:1 ratio conversion with World of Hyatt points. In other words, 45,000 Chase Ultimate Rewards points = 45,000 World of Hyatt points (which is what I used to book this stay). You can also book Miraval Berkshires Resort & Spa directly on their website.
For more details on Chase Sapphire Preferred card benefits, click here.
Other notes about Miraval Berkshires Resort & Spa
The only food & beverage not included was alcohol, but there was a bar on property and a wine/drink list at dinner. The food options were amazing, but they're on the healthier side and smaller portions, so don't feel bad to ask for more than one serving of something because it's all included!