Spa Road Trip: Where to Spa in Scottsdale, Phoenix, and Valleywide
Wellness lovers agree: Enhanced by a Sonoran Desert landscape, Arizona’s Scottsdale and Phoenix regions spotlight a spa scene with luxury resort and outdoor fitness collections that sizzle. Whether golfing on one of the many championship courses and hiking Camelback Mountain are what you fancy, or receiving a relaxing (and refreshing!) massage following a day basking in the arid heat and checking out the flourishing art scene, these cities make up a hot wellness market that readies visitors for a true southwestern spa experience.
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Elements Massage Valleywide
Elements Massage studios in the Greater Phoenix Arizona area are dedicated to providing all-natural approaches to whole body wellness based on the medically proven methods of massage therapy. Not all massage is created equal and at Elements Massage, we employ skilled, licensed therapists that talk to you and consider your needs to deliver a positive and satisfying therapeutic experience. Come experience the Elements Massage difference! We offer a variety of massage options tailored to address your needs: deep tissue; prenatal; Swedish; hot stone; sports; and trigger point.
Locations: Chandler Village; Chandler West; Chaparral Scottsdale; Gilbert; Glendale; Northeast Scottsdale; Paradise Valley Phoenix; Peoria Arrowhead; Scottsdale Promenade
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Alvadora Spa at Royal Palms Resort and Spa – Phoenix, AZ
Alvadora Spa at Royal Palms Resort brings a Mediterranean essence to the desert, complemented by eight-foot waterfall showers, romantic fireplaces, and select treatment rooms with private indoor-outdoor courtyards; spa therapies like the Signore’s Facial (50 mins.; from $140) are Mediterranean-inspired also. As well, you’re welcome to try Alvadora Spa’s café, 24-hour pool, and 24-hour fitness center—or perhaps the most opulent of wellness accommodations: the resort’s Alvadora Spa Suites or Spa Villa.
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Elizabeth Arden Red Door Spa at The Wigwam Resort – Litchfield Park, AZ
The Wigwam may boast award-winning dining and multiple championship golf courses and swimming pools, but what really catches our attention is its Elizabeth Arden Red Door Spa. Outdoors, find a private coed lap pool with a surrounding courtyard; inside, feel at ease with a comfortable vibe created from leather sofas and southwestern-inspired armoires. Amenities include three couple’s suites with Jacuzzi tubs, showers, and private balconies or patios with outdoor showers, and signature Red Door treatments are available (the Hydra-Quench Remineralizing Body Wrap [$135] may be a good choice in the desert setting!).
Learn more about Elizabeth Arden Red Door Spa at The Wigwam Resort.
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Joya Spa at Omni Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Montelucia– Paradise Valley, AZ
The Sylvia Sepielli-designed Joya Spa at Omni Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Montelucia casts a mysterious allure with intriguing services like the detoxifying hammam circuit and interiors evocative of Moroccan deserts and Andalusia. Here, you’re greeted with the fragrant Joyambrosia signature scent—rich with rare cactus flower essences—and quartz crystal elements, lavish pieces of jewelry, and products with gem and flower extracts (not to mention a salon, fitness center, juice bar, and rooftop pool and terrace overlooking Camelback Mountain)—sounds bewitching, right?
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Revive Spa at JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort and Spa – Phoenix, AZ
In this desert setting, Revive Spa takes a refreshing approach, with water as its inspiration. The centerpiece of the two-story lobby rotunda is H20 flowing directly underneath the open skylight two stories above. Following a treatment at the 28,000-square-foot spa, you can take a dip in the Sanctuary Pool (savoring organic dishes at Spa Bistro is another option!). Relaxation rooms feature fireplaces and outdoor patios, locker rooms have alfresco showers, and a menu of therapies spotlights desert-type treatments like the Turquoise Blue Sage Body Ritual (80 mins.; $225) and Mesquite Clay Wrap (50 mins.; $145).
Learn more about Revive Spa at JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort and Spa.
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Sanctuary Camelback Mountain Resort and Spa – Paradise Valley, AZ
We think the picture says it all—pure serenity at this AAA Four Diamond resort perched on Camelback Mountain. The 53-acre Sanctuary Camelback Mountain Resort & Spa includes an Asian-inspired, award-winning spa, complete with a Zen meditation garden, reflecting pond, indoor/outdoor treatment rooms, the stone-walled Sanctum hideaway, and Watsu® pool. Try a service under the “specialized treatment” category like the Golden Lotus Balancing Ritual (90 mins; $240), a fitness and nutrition consultation, or a Pilates or meditation class in the fitness center and movement studio.
Learn more about Sanctuary Camelback Mountain Resort & Spa.
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Spa Avania at Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Resort and Spa at Gainey Ranch – Scottsdale, AZ
Spa Avania, or “tranquil” in Greek, is designed to be an enlightening experience, as holistic treatments are inspired by natural light, as well as music, diet, mineral water therapy, and your own body’s internal clock. What does that mean exactly? Expect awakening treatments come morning, balancing ones by midday, and calming ones to wind down the evening. A fitness center offers LifeFitness equipment, an outdoor coed heated pool contains French Celtic minerals, and outdoor spaces comprise a lotus pond, waterfall, and trellis-covered relaxation lounge; offsite, enjoy 27 holes of championship golf and a 2.5-acre water playground.
Learn more about Spa Avania at Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Resort and Spa at Gainey Ranch.
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The Centre for Well-Being Spa at The Phoenician, a Luxury Collection Resort – Scottsdale, AZ
Fashioned from soft textures and colorful hues, The Centre for Well-Being Spa blends elements of the local desert surroundings into its design, as well as its treatment menu. Rituals such as the Desert Serenity Scrub, Wrap, and Massage (110 mins.) utilize native southwestern healing practices and highlight desert plants and minerals, while tranquil spaces like the meditation atrium inspire reflection. The treatment menu here is a vast one—and comprises fitness consultations, massage, skin-care services, and mind/body and alternative therapies, including tarot readings, cupping, acupuncture, meditation, astrology, and hypnotherapy.
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The Spa at Camelback Inn at JW Marriott Camelback Inn Resort & Spa - Scottsdale, AZ
At the base of Mummy Mountain, overlooking Camelback Mountain, sits the historic Inn—and its 30,000-square-foot spa. There’s a plethora of highlights to enjoy at this hacienda-style wellness sanctuary: Turkish steam rooms, Finnish saunas, solariums, relaxation lounges, whirlpools, a health food restaurant, skin-care boutique, outdoor lap pool, and fitness center. Signature treatments pay homage to the desert’s healing plants, herbs, and ingredients—the Desert Nectar Honey Wrap uses pure Arizona honey, while the Natural Agave Toning Wrap consists of prickly pear cactus gel and agave nectar oil.
Learn more about the Spa at Camelback Inn at JW Marriott Camelback Inn Resort & Spa.
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Well & Being at Willow Stream, Fairmont Scottsdale Princess – Scottsdale, AZ
Well & Being at Willow Stream, Fairmont Scottsdale Princess, believes that every journey is unique. Ample offerings are available, from fitness/training programs (including aerial hammock yoga!) and meditation to cooking classes and golf-focused therapies–and an open-air reflection atrium, Havasupai Waterfall running over Sedona’s red stones, and select treatment rooms with private patios are just some of the amenities that promote introspection. And if the treatment and activity menus don’t captivate you, the irresistible landscape—the rocky McDowell Mountains on one side and the Sonoran Desert on the other—definitely will.
Learn more about Well & Being at Willow Stream, Fairmont Scottsdale Princess.
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