By Tom Connor, Brand Ave. Studios contributing writer.
The secret to aging with independence, dignity, and grace can be found in none other than St. George, Utah.
With its mild, arid weather and natural beauty, the region has long been known as a year-round outdoor recreation destination. But seniors looking to continue their life journeys in style are being drawn to Ovation Sienna Hills in this southwestern part of the state in increasing numbers.
That’s because the upscale retirement community is designed around enjoying retirement and celebrating lives well-lived.
In fact, the Ovation campus is like one grand resort, featuring four restaurants, concierge services, a rooftop clubhouse, convenience store, pickleball court, theater, fitness center and pool, among other pleasures and conveniences.
What independent-minded seniors find when they come to Ovation Sienna Hills are modern apartments and villas designed in contemporary desert-resort style — picture traditional stone, stucco and wood timbering — with an abundance of high-end amenities and services.
The independent living Villas are nestled in a private, secure neighborhood of open-plan homes that can be rented on a month-to-month basis with no mandatory buy-in.
Ovation at Sienna Hills Villas and apartments come in six different floor plans ranging from 1,280 to 1,316 square feet. All feature smart appliances, internet connections and voice-activated lighting controls. In addition to the 25 two-bedroom, two-bath Villas, independent living options include one- and two-bedroom apartments, spacious kitchens with high-end appliances, and wood-burning fireplaces.
But living independent lives to the fullest means more than conveniences and style. Health and fitness are of vital importance at Ovation Sienna Hills.
“Exercise physiologists design and execute our wellness program,” said director of sales Sarah Fox. “This includes everything from fitness classes to educational seminars on wellness. In addition, our partners have an on-site physical therapist who allows residents to receive rehabilitation services in their own homes.”
At the state-of-the-art fitness center and in the warm-water pool, the community’s wellness team offers daily classes in everything from yoga and water aerobics to balance and mobility exercises. Residents also get enjoyable workouts drumming on exercise balls and tossing balloons.
Beyond being physically fit as a means of remaining independent, however, the classes and activities at Ovation Sienna Hills are also opportunities to socialize and stay mentally and emotionally fit.
Socializing is a major benefit of living at Ovation Sienna Hills, with nearly endless opportunities for mingling at events and activities that include live concerts, pool parties, outings, and meals with new friends and neighbors.
Residents get to enjoy their favorite dishes at Lorraine’s Kitchen, enjoy comfort food at Miller’s or grab a quick bite at Bees’ Knees Bistro. Ovation at Sienna Hills’ senior living campus also features a fine dining restaurant, an event space and catering service. In addition to locally sourced ingredients for authentic Southwestern cuisine, dining options cater to alternative diets while keeping the menu fresh with seasonal and daily specials.