When shelling out big bucks to get your mind and body in balance, it pays to know which spas give out the special treatment. Fortunately, we know a few. Make that 10.
5700 East McDonald Drive in Paradise Valley
The aptly named Sanctuary Camelback Mountain Resort & Spa, an Asian-inspired retreat, is perched above the city, secluded in thick bamboo, and features a reflecting pond and zen meditation garden. The Eastern-style services include tok sen vibration therapy ($255), reiki healing ($165), sabai foot massage ($165), and luk pra kope herbal massage ($320). A new feature premiering summer 2016 is the Spa House, a private mountain home sleeping up to 16 and including massage tables, a movement studio, and a 350-square-foot private patio. A Spa Concierge and Sensei in Residence are at the ready, plus exclusive Spa House classes.
Joya Scottsdale Spa in Arizona
4949 East Lincoln Drive in Paradise Valley
The Joya Spa at the Montelucia Resort in Paradise Valley is a Hammam-inspired luxury spa featuring strong Moroccan influences combined with New Age treatments and age-old customs. The spa is named after the night-blooming cactus flower near its entrance, and offers numerous services, including massages and facials, infused with its signature scent. At Joya Spa, you can get everything from your run-of-the-mill pampering to cupping ($195), IV therapy ($155), and hypnotherapy ($159).
The Spa at Camelback Inn
5402 East Lincoln Drive in Scottsdale
The spa at the Camelback Inn is all about simplicity. Having removed any cheesy gimmicks about spirituality, the planets aligning, or the haziness of your aura, the Camelback Inn's spa can focus all its energy on making its clients feel completely relaxed. Since the spa is tucked away against the backdrop of Mummy Mountain, it makes sense that it offers some desert-style services like the Desert Nectar Honey Wrap ($155), Sonoran Rose Facial ($160), and Native Hot Stone Massage ($165).
7500 East Doubletree Ranch Road in Scottsdale
It’s all about the “science of time” at Spa Avania – part of the Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Gainey Ranch – which means they’ve designed their spa experience to tick along with the body’s internal clock. Spa Avania spans nearly three acres, and it’ll have to in order to fit the French Celtic Mineral Pool, state-of-the-art fitness center, and the Himalayan Salt Room. Sign up for a 60-minute Herbal Poultice Massage ($165), a 90-minute Sacred Nature Facial ($225), or a 60-minute Desert Essence Body Wrap ($165).
Well & Being Spa
7575 East Princess Drive in Scottsdale
The size of the Fairmont Princess in Scottsdale can be a bit daunting, but if you can navigate your way to the Well & Being at Willow Stream, your journey will be well worth it. This resort spa puts equal emphasis on physical and mental well being, with fitness classes like Aerial Hammock Yoga ($55 daily access fee, additional $8 for aerial yoga). It also offers pampering treatments including massages, facials, body wraps, body scrubs, hydrotherapy baths, and a detoxifying mud bar.