10 Best Spas in Phoenix for Blissing Out in the Desert

The best Phoenix spas are known for natural spa treatments inspired by the serenity and beauty of the city's natural environments.

This is what you'll find at Aji Spa, located at the Sheraton Wild Horse Pass Resort and Spa. The spa menu includes traditional Pima and Maricopa Indian wellness treatments, including an 80-minute pond indigenous water massage that will gently loosen your spine, relax your muscles, and increase your flexibility. Of course, the full-service spa is also an excellent destination for traditional European beauty and wellness treatments. 

Another quintessentially Arizona spa experience awaits at the Arizona Biltmore Resort and Spa, a legendary resort with Frank Lloyd Wright-influenced design that has been welcoming spa-goers since 1929. The premier spa package is The Wright Combination, a six-hour pampering session that includes a massage, body wrap, facial, manipedi, and even a healthy spa lunch.

The Centre for Well-Being at The Phoenician Resort has been one of the city's top spa destinations since the resort opened its doors in the late 1980s. The spa features a meditation atrium and 24 private rooms, and a pretty comprehensive spa menu that includes massage, facials, body treatments, and even some services devoted to helping you find your intuition. 

For personal service in a charming downtown Phoenix cottage, stop by The Roose Parlour and Salon, which features an array of beauty and massage treatments in a cozy and inviting space. 

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Revive Spa at the JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort and Spa in north Phoenix is a 28,000 square foot sanctuary with 41 beautiful treatment rooms. A spa lobby with a two-story rotunda greets you upon arrival, with the gentle sound of flowing water tricking from the spa's central water feature setting the mood for a day of ease and relaxation. Facials, body wraps, and massages inspired by the natural elements of the desert fill out the spa menu. There's also a full-service salon where you can get a hair cut, color, manicure or spa pedicure. A spa bistro offers tasty, healthy pick-me-ups in between treatments.

The historic Wigwam resort in west Phoenix is home to the swanky Red Door Spa. The salon is decorated with warm, Southwestern-inspired leather sofas, armoires and wood floors that feel both rustic and luxurious. The 26,000-square foot spa has a private, co-ed pool, sauna and steam room, 15 treatment rooms, three couples suites with Jacuzzis, plush chair and private balconies and patios. There are also relaxation rooms and separate men's and women's locker rooms. The spa menu features facials, body treatments, and massages, all of which incorporate natural ingredients and the latest scientific wellness research. A boutique and beauty salon are also on site.

This AAA Four Diamond Resort is perched on scenic Camelback Mountain, giving lucky guests ample opportunity to drink in the gorgeous desert sunsets. This 53-acre luxury Scottsdale resort features mountain and spa casitas, and an Asian-inspired spa featuring signature facials, body wraps and massages. Relax in the meditation garden and watsu pool, play some tennis, or follow one of the walking trails to explore Camelback Mountain. There is also a state-of-the-art fitness center and movement studio where you can practice pilates, meditation, yoga, fitness and nutrition consultations. This boutique resort spa is famously tranquil, yet still within easy reach of Scottsdale shopping, arts and cultures, and of course, golf.

Joya Spa at Omni Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Montelucia
Photo courtesy of Omni Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Montelucia

The award-winning Moroccan inspired Joya Spa is located at the Omni Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Montelucia in Paradise Valley, just north of Phoenix. The spa is home to the only hammam, or Turkish bath, in Arizona, a classic spa amenity that has been used for thousands of years. One of the centerpieces of the spa experience at Joya is the Hammam Experience, which includes a brisk scrub using traditional Herbal Black Soap applied with a Kassa cloth. The treatment is said to increase circulation, improve balance and strengthen the immune system. Massage therapy, facial, body treatments, naturopathic services, and alternative therapies are also available.

The Roose Parlour and Salon is a cozy day spa and salon tucked away in a historical house in downtown Phoenix. This is the place to go when you're looking for a break from hotel resort spas, but still want the full spa experience. The talented spa therapists and artists on staff will make you feel at home. Services provided include hair and nail treatments, facials, massages and head-to-toe body treatments. The staff's extensive knowledge of hair, nail and skin products - and the inviting, soothing ambiance - will leave you glowing and feeling brand new, both inside and out.

Take a break from the mundane, and enjoy a day of luxury at this phenomenal resort spa. From facials and manicures to cascading whirlpools and body therapies, it provides the cure for whatever ails you. Serenity and indulgence await within the 22,000-square-foot spa. Since 1929, people have been escaping to this classic desert retreat, which features spa packages, a salon, and an expansive spa treatment menu. One of the most popular spa packages is The Wright Combination, which includes an 80-minuted Dreamcatcher aromatherapy massage, cooling vitality wrap, rose quartz facial, manicure, pedicure, and a spa lunch. The whole spa experience lasts a blissful six hours. Booking at least two weeks in advance is recommended.

Frequently topping the list of the city's best spas, the Alvadora Spa benefits from one of the best locations in town: the Royal Palms Resort and Spa in east Phoenix. Old World-style architecture and serene garden paths set the mood at Alvadora Spa, where the luxury spa menu is loaded with Mediterranean-inspired treatments featuring warm-weather elements like citrus, eucalyptus, juniper and lavender. Signature skin treatments include the Alvadora Signature Facial, Citrus Grove Facial, Calming Facial, Express Facial and Signore's Facial. A wide range of massage therapies are also available. Come for the spa and stay for the beautiful, calming surroundings.

The Center for Well-Being at the Phoenician Resort blends Old World spa therapies with unique spa services inspired by the natural healing elements of the Sonoran Desert. The expansive spa menu includes holistic massage, hot stone rituals, body treatments, facials, and body wraps. f your body's natural rhythms at our soothing spa resort in Scottsdale. Along with full service spa services, the 22,000 square-foot facility features 24 private treatment rooms, a private consultation room, fitness classes, weight training and cardiovascular studios, a Waters Bar, and a Meditation Atrium. If you're looking for a spa that places focus on whole body wellness, the Center for Well-Being should be your first choice.

The Spa at Talking Stick Resort is a 13,000 square foot, open-air spa on the 14th floor of Scottsdale's Talking Stick Resort. In a city known for its breadth of award-winning spas, this spa stands out for its amazing views of the Scottsdale valley, as well as a spa menu that evokes the healing traditions of the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community. Many of the spa treatments feature herbs and rituals indigenous to the Sonoran Desert and the rich heritage of Pima-Maricopa healing traditions. The spa has showers, a pre-treatment serenity lounge, steam room and a fitness facility. The Desert Healing massage is highly recommended. During the treatment, raw Pima cotton poultices are filled with warm desert herbs to create soothing aromas, and the expert massage therapists apply rhythmic pressure along the body's energy pathways. Overall, expect top-notch service and amazing views.

The Sheraton Wild Horse Pass Resort and Spa is home to Aji Spa, a 17,500 square foot state-of-the-art facility located on the Gila River Indian Community. The Aji Spa ("aji" is the Pima word for sanctuary) offers a unique spa experience that blends stunning, desert-inspired architecture with signature spa treatments that incorporated indigenous Southwestern elements and ingredients. Try the ACHK massage, or pond indigenous water treatment. The 80-minute treatment takes place at the spa pond, where gentle movement, massage and stretching will leave you feeling relaxed and rejuvenated. Along with authentic Pima rituals, the spa menu also includes Swedish massage and other traditional spa treatments.


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