The historic Wigwam resort in west Phoenix is home to the swanky LeMonds Aveda Salon. 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.
Recommended for Spas because: LeMonds Aveda Salon at the Wigwam offers one of the most luxurious spa experiences on the west side.
Patricia's expert tip: After a long day of sightseeing in Arizona, try the Desert Hot Stone Massage, which uses classic massage techniques and warm desert stones to relax and nurture your skin and muscles.
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.
Recommended for Spas because: Revive Spa offers a relaxing spa experience with a desert-inspired spa menu, water features, and luxurious treatment rooms.
Patricia's expert tip: Revive Spa has a boutique so you can take the spa experience home with you.
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.
Recommended for Spas because: The Spa at Sanctuary is an Asian-inspired spa retreat with beautiful surroundings, including a watsu pool and meditation garden.
Patricia's expert tip: One of the spa's most popular offerings is the Satori Wellness Retreat, a four-day customized wellness package that includes healthy meals, an individualized fitness program, and unique spa services.
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Sometimes the road to beauty isn't all that bad. A day at the Tocaloma Spa, for example, is a day of skin pampering, muscle relaxing, tension soothing ecstacy. Enter the spa with the troubles of the world on your shoulders, and by the end of your Desert Clay Body Wrap or Aromatherapy massage, your worries will be long forgotten. Come for the massage, and stay for the hair and nail services to end your day and leave you ready for the night. With A Different Point of View on property, you will be ready for dinner with a view while looking your best.
Recommended for Spas because: Plenty for your family to do while you head out to the spa.
Patricia's expert tip: Be sure to take advantage of the seasonal treatments offered to give a twist to your normal routine.
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.
Recommended for Spas because: Joya Spa offers Moroccan-inspired spa therapies, including the only Turkish bath in Arizona.
Patricia's expert tip: The Joyambrosia sugar scrub is Joya's signature body polish, a luxurious exfoliating scrub.
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.
Recommended for Spas because: The Arizona Biltmore Resort & Spa offers one of the city's most luxurious spa experiences.
Patricia's expert tip: Booking your spa day two weeks ahead of your visit 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.
Recommended for Spas because: Alvadora Spa offers Mediterranean-inspired spa treatments in one of the city's most beautiful resort settings.
Patricia's expert tip: Don't have time for a full day of pampering? Get a refreshing boost with the Express Facial. You'll be in and out in less than an hour.
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.
Recommended for Spas because: The Center for Well-Being offers comprehensive spa treatments with an emphasis on whole-body wellness and healing.
Patricia's expert tip: Planning a special night out? Stop by next door at Salon Mila for a glamour makeover.
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.
Recommended for Spas because: The Spa at Talking Stick Resort offers spa guests a uniquely Arizonan spa menu, expansive 14th floor views, and top-notch service.
Patricia's expert tip: The Desert Healing Massage is great after a long day of sightseeing.
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.
Recommended for Spas because: Aji Spa is one of the only places in Arizona offering authentic Pima healing and wellness rituals.
Patricia's expert tip: For a Southwestern spa experience, try a spa treatment from the Indigenous Collection.