Many hotels and resorts, especially those with soothing on-site spas, thoughtfully offer special “mindful menus” in their restaurants — in addition to their regular menus — with an emphasis on refined clean cuisine. Here’s the skinny on five restaurant spa menus that are heavy on health-centric options designed for wellness-conscious diners. Think of it as yum meets om.
Elements at Sanctuary Camelback Mountain, Paradise Valley, Arizona
Executive chef and Food Network star Beau MacMillan flaunts farm-to-table American fare with Asian accents in his health-conscious Spa Bento Boxes available to diners in the hotel’s Elements restaurant — whether or not you get a rub and wrap in the spa. The Japanese boxes feature seasonal, local farmed and organic ingredients and dishes like miso salmon, barbecue tofu, grilled chicken, and fire roasted shrimp, and each is served with brown rice, steamed veggies, and pickled cucumber salad. Make a reservation at Elements at Sanctuary Camelback Mountain.
Lobby Lounge at Four Seasons Hotel Westlake, Westlake Village, California
The robust Sustained Living Menu is offered to diners who “embrace wellness, longevity, and sustainability” in the Lobby Lounge restaurant. Most popular of the dishes is the Quinoa Garden Bowl with torn herbs, pistachio, roasted tinker bell peppers, blistered tomato, spicy Thai avocado puree, charred corn, and housemade harissa vinaigrette. A sought-out sustained living morning op is the Breakfast Quesadilla created with egg whites, mozzarella cheese, spinach, sundried tomatoes, green onions, low-carb wheat tortilla. Make a reservation at Lobby Lounge at Four Seasons Hotel Westlake.
AVEO Table + Bar at The Monarch Beach Resort, Dana Point, California
Take charge of your health and order off the Miraval Mindful Eating Menu at this Mediterranean restaurant and bar with executive chef Collin Thornton minding the kitchen. Especially popular for nutrient-dense diners is the Coastal Salad — grilled hearts of palm, avocado, heirloom cherry tomatoes, frisée, Cali citrus black olive oil vinaigrette (and a grilled chicken breast option). Save room for the Whole Grain Carrot Cake with citrus pineapple and avocado cream. Make a reservation at AVEO Table + Bar at The Monarch Beach Resort.
Seasons at The Ocean House Restaurant, Watch Hill, Rhode Island
You’ll be tempted to order one of executive chef Nicolas Bour’s popular (and calorie-rich) entrees, but for a more health-conscious meal, (yet with the same mind-bending ocean views) go with a Bento Box off the spa cuisine menu. You’ll custom-build your box — select a protein (choices include herb-roasted fillet of salmon, grilled marinated Murray’s Chicken Breast or soy ginger glazed tofu) and either the Avondale Bento (smoked farro, Rhode Island mushrooms, roasted tomatoes, ratatouille, and spinach salad with dried apricots, pecans, and white balsamic) or the Napatree Bento (quinoa risotto, steamed spinach with toasted sunflower seeds, lemon, and chickpea salad). Make a reservation at Seasons at The Ocean House Restaurant.
Apex at Montage Deer Valley Restaurant, Park City, Utah
This mountain resort’s signature restaurant features a special spa menu for a shout-out to a marvelous mindful you. One particular standout is the Construct Your Own Salad — a healthy option where you pick and choose your ingredients for a salad (including scarlet quinoa, baby kale, heirloom tomatoes, chickpeas, alfalfa sprouts, dried blueberries, goat cheese, free range chicken breast, Skuna Bay salmon, and chilled shrimp). Make a reservation at Apex at Montage Deer Valley Restaurant.
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Laurie Bain Wilson is a Boston-based journalist, author, and essayist who writes often about travel, food, and baseball. Find her on Twitter @laurieheather.
Photo credit: Chip Riegel (Seasons at The Ocean House Restaurant).