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10 Best Spas in Tucson: Relax and Rejuvenate in the Desert



With award-winning facilities and an expansive desert-inspired menu of spa therapies, it's hard to find a better retreat in Tucson than the Miraval Resort and Spa. None other than Oprah Winfrey has sung its praises. Miraval offers privacy, breath-taking desert views, and spa therapies designed to treat body, mind, and spirit.

Another of the city's award-winning spas is Hashani Spa, tucked away on Tucson's west side at the JW Marriott Tucson Starr Pass Resort and Spa. The gorgeous blue cabanas offer stunning views of the surrounding desert, and the spa menu includes unique offerings like the "farm to treatment table experience," which includes a nearly three-hour tour of the desert, followed by a creosote purifier body treatment.

If you can't make it to a luxury resort for a weekend of rejuvenation, never fear. Tucson has plenty of quality day spas for a quick infusion of pampering. Xanadu Salon and Spa is a luxe spa with head-to-toe treatment options. Whether you want a facial, wax, massage, or makeup services for a special night out on the town, the friendly spa staff is here to help.

For an eco-friendly mani-pedi, pay a visit to GreenToes, a charming day spa with a large assortment of all-natural beauty products.


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Xanadu Salon and Day Spa is one of Tucson's most popular beauty and wellness retreats. And why not? Whether you need the quick pick-me-up of a mani-pedi, or you're prepped for at day of head-to-to spa pampering, the friendly staff at Xanadu is prepared to make your spa dreams a reality. This clean, modern spa has one of the most expansive treatment menus in town. Wellness and beauty services include facials, body treatments, body scrubs, body wraps, waxing and makeup services, massage services, and detoxification rituals. Specialty services like eyelash extensions, permanent makeup, and airbrush makeup are also available for an infusion of instant glamour.

Recommended for Spas because: Xanadu Salon and Day Spa has one of the most comprehensive spa menus in Tucson.

Patricia's expert tip: This is the only spa in Tucson that offers head-to-toe wellness and beauty treatments.

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In a city full of spas and salons, Mia Bella Salon & Spa in Tucson stands out for its client-focused attention to service. The staff here are experts at making you feel relaxed and, yes, important. The spa focuses on providing unhurried treatments that address your concerns and preferences with care. Services offered at this day spa include men's and women's hair cuts, color ans styling. The salon also provides a full range of skin services, including customized facials, chemical peels, and eye treatments. A full menu of facial and body wax treatments and special occasion hair and makeup are also available.

Recommended for Spas because: Mia Bella Salon offers customized client care that is designed to help you unwind and leave happy.

Patricia's expert tip: Sign up for the salon's email list for vouchers for free services.

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Spa NiVa is a full-service salon and day spa that offers nearly every health and beauty treatment under the sun. Need to unwind with a massage? You'll find no less than seven different kinds of massages on the spa menu, including the four-hands massage, where two massage therapists work in synchronicity to provide all over body relaxation. Or maybe your nails could use some much-need attention? Spa NiVa has a full-service nail station and a staff of experienced technicians. Spa NiVa also offers a full range of skin services, including facials, peels, and even microdermabrasion. Other services include waxing and cosmetic skin injectables like Botox.

Recommended for Spas because: Spa NiVa is a full-service day spa with a friendly staff of experienced beauty professionals.

Patricia's expert tip: Try the Signature Spa Package, four hours of luxury that includes a massage, facial, and mani-pedi.

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Elements in Balance is an Aveda Concept Salon & Spa located on Tucson's Fourth Avenue. The salon and day spa uses products derived from nature, for the safest and highest quality ingredients. The spa menu includes aromatherapy, bodywork, facials, and salon services like manicures and pedicures. The friendly staff is well-versed in Aveda products and services, so you can be assured consistently good service and results. One of the most popular spa packages is the ultimate hydration spa day, which includes an herbal body wrap, nature massage, green science facial and plant peel, and spa pedicure. It's more than four hours of pure pampering heaven.

Recommended for Spas because: Elements in Balance is a must if you're a fan of Aveda products.

Patricia's expert tip: If you're looking for an Aveda concept salon and spa, this is one of the best in Tucson.

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The indigenous word for the saguaro cactus is "hashani," the inspiration for the decor here as well as the basis of some for the products they use. Rejuvenating body scrubs and wraps, invigorating facials and relaxing massages can incorporate desert botanicals for a complete location-specific experience. Truly a one-of-a-kind spa. If you love the desert, consider calling ahead to book a two-hour guided tour of Saguaro National Park with a guide from Hashani Spa. Guests are invited to learn more about the flora and fauna of the Sonoran Desert, followed by a Creosote Purifier body treatment, which exfoliates and improves circulation.

Recommended for Spas because: Hashani Spa is a luxury resort spa with unique, desert-inspired treatments.

Patricia's expert tip: For a unique spa ritual, opt for the Petals and Leaves ritual, which uses an exfoliating blue corn scrub to slough away dull, dry and dehydrated skin.

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Lotus Massage & Wellness Center is a Tucson original. The independently owned massage and wellness center offers a full menu of therapeutic massage and bodywork in a professional yet relaxing setting. The tranquility of the center's southwestern hospitality offers a calming retreat in the heart of midtown Tucson. The spa's professional massage therapists listen to your concerns and trouble spots to provide custom therapies. Guests who arrive for a one hour massage can expect to enjoy a full hour of treatment, with no time deducted for dressing and un-dressing. Enjoy soothing music during your massage in a comfortably, welcoming treatment room. The spa offers some of the most affordable massage treatments in town performed by licensed therapists.

Recommended for Spas because: Lotus Massage & Wellness Center offers high quality massage treatments in an affordable, professional and soothing space.

Patricia's expert tip: Although Lotus is not a full-service spa, this is a great destination for first-time spa-goers looking for a professional and calming massage.

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This charming, "eco-chic" day spa in Tucson is the perfect place to find your calm. The cushy seating, sleek and playful decor, and friendly, knowledgeable staff make this a welcoming retreat for a day of pampering and beauty. The name of the salon and spa reflects the focus on manicure and pedicures created with the finest, eco-friendly products. Along with mani-pedis, Greentoes is also your destination for facial or back facials, waxing, and massage. Signature facials and back facials use only Eminence products and a consultation with your esthetician to help produce the best results. Come here when you need a quick beauty boost.

Recommended for Spas because: GreenToes is a charming eco-friendly beauty boutique that specializes in manipedis.

Patricia's expert tip: Looking for a quick pick-me-up? Try the Express Mani, which includes a hand and arm massage.

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Salon Nouveau is an award-winning Tucson hair salon and day spa that has been helping guests look and feel their best since 1994. The staff at Salon Nouveau will help you leave feeling beautiful and glowing from the inside out. Enjoy un-rushed and careful services. The spa menu features head-to-toe services, including haircuts, color correction, styling, facials, waxing and nail treatments. For an important night on the town or special occasions, enjoy makeup, eyebrow tints and custom hair design. The spa has a 'no double booking' policy, so that guests are ensured careful and full attention.

Recommended for Spas because: Salon Nouveau is one of Tucson's perennial favorites, a day spa with a full menu of head-to-toe treatments.

Patricia's expert tip: First time facial? Try the Signature Facial, which includes a full skin analysis.

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Robert Markley Salon Spa is one of Tucson's most posh and stylish day spas, offering an expansive menu of salon and spa services. The spa uses Aveda products in a serene, modern and impeccably clean space. The menu offers hair cuts, styling and blow-outs for men and women. The facials include steam and extractions, with add-on options including plant peels and other specialty ingredients. Waxing, hair coloring, make up application (both basic, bridal and special occasion) are also available. For a relaxing visit, opt for one of the spa's massage therapies, which include hot stone and aromatherapy options. The salon spa is open Tuesday through Saturday, and welcomes walk-in guests.

Recommended for Spas because: Robert Markley Salon Spa offers chic, serene ambiance and a menu of luxurious yet still affordable day spa treatments and services.

Patricia's expert tip: Reservations are recommended, but walk-ins are always welcome.

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Miraval Life in Balance Resort & Spa


A top-notch resort catering to those who want a healthy, relaxing escape-from-it-all, Miraval is set on 130 acres. Accommodations consist of casita-style rooms arranged in five groups; all are completely equipped and most have private patios. In addition to a spa offering a full range of services from massage to waxing, the property features several leisure activities such as horseback riding, hiking, tennis and volleyball courts, croquet lawn, hot tubs and saunas, meditation gardens and lovely pools. All-inclusive rates cover virtually every expense, including round trip airport transportation. There are 106 rooms and suites at this luxury Tucson resort and spa.

Recommended for Spas because: Miraval is consistently ranked high on the list of the world's best spas.

Patricia's expert tip: Don't leave without giving the challenger course a try. It's designed to push your body - and spirit - to the limits.

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