Few things were as strange as Michael Jackson…until is mother, Katherine, went missing. Her disappearance—already quite bizarre—became downright weird when she showed up after ten days with no clue! she blamed the whole thing on a strange man, claiming to be affiliated with her doctor, who knocked on her door and instructed her to stay in a luxury spa in Tucson, Arizona for days on end.
The same exact time the rest of her kids were putting on a UNITY concert in New Mexico. Also weird was that the spa held her cell phone and iPad so that she was not in communication with the outside world.
Buy her story or don’t…believe she’s that naive or don’t…but the dear old lady scored one the biggest Jackson scandals since Michael passed. So far Miraval Spa, the critically acclaimed Arizona spa she was at, hasn’t said anything about why they didn’t let grandma Jackson know the whole world, including the grandkids she’s legally responsible for, were looking for her. There’s way more shade going on here than any cactus in Arizona can rightfully claim, but actually, when you begin to learn about the place that’s called one of the destination spas by places like Travel + Leisure Magazine, you can pretty much make up your mind on what happened.
Basically, think summer camp, rich hippy, bougie boho bungalow. Or just think happy pills. Whatever. A few years ago, the Ellen show filmed there and they’ve got a Native American Kiva to help cleanse your soul.
Miraval is the kind of place where you can design and make your own prayer beads from stones gathered from all around the world. Where you ride horses through spiritual desert, eat everything organic, and spend all day in things like Body Renewal Rituals or getting Emerginc Organic Facials. The menu of choices is deep with expansive ranges in areas like art and photography, integrative wellness, meditation, exercise, pilotes and yoga, outdoor challenges, sports and skin care. If you ever had enough money, living here is the equivalent to swallowing 10-day time release percoset.
And there you have it. Katherine Jackson stayed there because it’s a way better pill to swallow than than a Jackson UNITY concert in New Mexico.
Matt Bell is a New York based travel and style writer who contributes regularly to Esquire.com and Essential Homme Magazine. He has also written for Out.com, Next Magazine, American Spa Magazine and was the Senior Editor for Genre Magazine.
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