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.