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10 Best Spas in Scottsdale: Where to Find Your Bliss in the Desert



The desert has always been a place for retreat and contemplation, and that's exactly what you'll find at our top spa picks in Scottsdale.

If you've ever wanted to experience the traditional healing ritual of a Turkish bath, book an appointment at Joya Spa at the Montelucia Resort. The Joya Spa is home to Arizona's only hammam, a classic spa amenity that has been in use for thousands of years.

For a hip, decadent spa experience, Bliss Spa at the W Scottsdale simply can't be beat. This sleek spa includes a nail lounge, seven treatment rooms, a lounge, and a brownie buffet. That's right - you can have your brownie and eat it, too - while you blissfully relax in the spa's chic lounge.

The Center for Well-Being at The Phoenician is a full-service spa featuring advanced skin treatments, holistic massage, full wellness packages and a soothing meditation atrium. 

Even if you're not staying at Talking Stick Resort, it's worth making the short drive to take in the view at The Spa at Talking Stick Resort. The luxury spa space features amazing floor-to-ceiling views of the lush Sonoran Desert. Spa treatments here feature indigenous desert ingredients to soothe and heal, and the many treatments also incorporate the healing traditions of the Pima-Maricopa Community. 

 Scottsdale is also home to dozens of great day spas, including New Serenity Spa. If you need a pick-me-up, but don't have time for a lengthy resort stay, try the half-day relaxation package at New Serenity Spa, which includes a massage and facial.


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If you're looking for a peaceful retreat in the desert - or just a few hours of rest and rejuvenation - Spa Lamar has your ticket. This Scottsdale day spa is an island-inspired spa with a full menu of exotic spa treatments and therapies. The spa has co-ed spa status, and about 50 percent of the clientele are male. This has made Spa Lamar one of the most popular spa retreats for couples. The 14,000-square-foot facility has many resort-style amenities, including sauna, steam room, outdoor cooling pool, and whirlpool. Aside from massage, facial, and body wrap treatments, the spa also has a yoga studio and salon.

Recommended for Spas because: Spa Lamar offers a fun, chic co-ed spa experience, with a full host of resort-style amenities.

Patricia's expert tip: Spa Lamar is a co-ed day spa, making this a popular destination for couples.

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The Well & Being Spa (formerly the Willow Stream Spa) is a luxurious sanctuary at the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess. The spa and wellness services are designed to give you an all-over, holistic and nurturing experience designed to promote your overall well-being. Guests can enjoy men's and women's private changing areas and locker storage, a wet steam room, eucalyptus inhalation room, Swedish dry sauna, cold plunge pool, hot therapeutic whirlpool, and a Swiss pool. Spa guests also enjoy fitness center access, co-ed grotto waterfall, and a rooftop adults-only pool with private cabanas. Healthy spa cuisine is also served at the spa atrium, perfect for a nourishing treat in between treatments.

Recommended for Spas because: Well & Being Spa offers holistic spa services in a luxury resort setting.

Patricia's expert tip: Plan on arriving 45 minutes early to enjoy the spa's amenities.

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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 a Mediterranean-inspired spa getaway with a full menu of herbal-infused treatments.

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.

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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 is an award-winning resort with the only hammam, or Turkish bath, in Arizona.

Patricia's expert tip: The Joyambrosia sugar scrub is Joya's signature body polish, a luxurious exfoliating scrub.

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Bliss Spa is one of Scottsdale's hippest spas, located on the ground level of the posh W Scottsdale. With more than 4,000 square feet of facilities, including a retail beauty boutique, a sleek nail lounge with two manicure and two pedicure stations, seven treatment rooms and men's and women's lounges, this is the perfect destination for de-stressing and rejuvenating. Not only will you get pampered, Bliss Spa offers extra amenities like cool rhythm and blues music in the background and a legendary brownie buffet. Yes, that's right - nibble on gourmet brownies while you relax. Prepare for a fun, upbeat and extremely cool spa experience at Bliss Spa.

Recommended for Spas because: Bliss Spa offers a fun, chic spa getaway with a winning menu of amenities.

Patricia's expert tip: Don't miss the legendary brownie buffet!

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Spa Avania at the Hyatt Regency Resort and Spa in Scottsdale makes frequent appearances on lists of the best spas in the country. And why not? This luxurious spa uses a unique holistic approach that marries science and art to create a total-immersion spa experience. Personalized treatment offerings are created to complement the cyclical needs of your body throughout the day. Spa Avania has also has a full menu of unique treatments, including mineral water therapy, diet consultation, antioxidant treatments, synchronized music styling, as well as classic spa treatments like facials, body wraps, and massage.

Recommended for Spas because: Spa Avania is a luxury spa that uses science-based spa treatments to complement your whole body healing.

Patricia's expert tip: The ultimate spa experience is the Journey, four hours of massage, wrap, facial, and pedicure.

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Mozaik Skin & Body has been providing high quality facials, massages and other healing treatments since 2004. The spa's 3,600 square foot facility features a pleasant waiting lounge, salon area, relaxation rooms, and state of the art equipment. This well-loved day spa has a huge menu of offerings, including specialty facials, massage, body treatments, hair services, airbrush tanning and more. The therapists and salon experts here are friendly, knowledgeable and helpful. The spa shop carries a wide assortment of professional skin care and beauty products, so you can carry on self-care treatments at home.

Recommended for Spas because: Mozaik Skin & Body is a well-regarded Scottsdale day spa offering a full range of skin, body and hair treatments that will leave you glowing.

Patricia's expert tip: Need a facial? Mozaik Skin & Body has a full range of facials to targeting all kinds of skin issues.

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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.

Recommended for Spas because: The Spa at Talking Stick Resort is a luxury resort spa that uses desert-inspired spa treatments and indigenous desert ingredients.

Patricia's expert tip: You'll definitely want to make sure to arrive early to enjoy the floor-to-ceiling window views and the spacious steam room.

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Nestled in the luxurious surroundings of the beautiful Phoenician Resort, this luxury spa has everything to help you unwind. Salon services, fitness center, facials, mud treatments, and a range of body massage are among the services available. Some of the highlights here include holistic massage, body treatments, hot stone rituals, state-of-the-art facials, body wraps and full well-being packages. The 22,000 square-foot spa features 24 private treatment rooms, a Waters Bar, a private consultation room and a beautiful meditation atrium. Salon Mila next door conveniently attends to all your hair and beauty needs.

Recommended for Spas because: The Center for Well-Being at The Phoenician is a top Scottsdale spa offering cutting-edge facials, holistic massage and other wellness treatments.

Patricia's expert tip: Get your skin glowing with the Phoenician's Finest Facial, an advanced skin treatment featuring Vitamin C and an oxygen infusion of antioxidants.

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New Serenity Spa - Facial and Massage in Scottsdale


Heal your body, mind, and spirit at New Serenity Spa, a Scottsdale day spa that has been a Valley favorite since 2008. Facials and massages are a specialty here, especially the Serenity Facial and Massage. The Serenity Facial is not your standard facial, either. This signature facial incorporates aspects of both traditional facial and massage into one treatment. The spa uses Image and Rhoda Allison products, which are also available for purchase. If you need to unwind, ask the staff about the half-day and full-day relaxation packages. Other spa treatments include yoga, couples massage, candlelight meditation, waxing, skincare seminars, and massage classes for couples.

Recommended for Spas because: New Serenity Spa offers relaxation packages in a comfortable day spa setting.

Patricia's expert tip: New Serenity Spa offers a half-day relaxation package that is ideal for unwinding in the desert.

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