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Canyon Ranch to Build Spa Condo/Hotel Tower in Chicago

Posted: June 27, 2007

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Though not intended as primary-care providers for the building's residents, the medical staff will offer physical exams and coordinate exercise and other health-related programs, Kelly said.

They will mirror the medical services available at the 18-year-old, privately held spa in Tucson, Ariz. The company has a combined staff of 21 physicians and PhDs in health-related fields there and at a sister facility in Lennox, Mass. It also collaborates on some programs with the Cleveland Clinic.

Canyon Ranch is hardly alone in believing that spa visitors want to take home that lifestyle. Miraval, Life in Balance, is a Canyon Ranch competitor in Tucson that's undertaking a 365-unit condo conversion on the Upper East Side of Manhattan.

Called Miraval Living, the condos' spa-wellness services will include a "personal adviser" to coordinate residents' appointments for more than 100 wellness-oriented amenities from golf conditioning to sexuality seminars, said spokeswoman Amanda Miller. And it's scouting other cities, including Chicago.

The International Spa Association, a trade group in Lexington, Ky., said a "spa-residential real estate boom" took off early last year, with at least a dozen projects in the works around the country.