Scottsdale, Arizona is a beautiful place to visit, especially during the pre- and post-summer months when the weather feels like summer but isn’t scorching hot. It’s a golfer’s paradise, with top-rated courses in every part of town, and with that there are also gorgeous hotels with spas you could spend days relaxing at. There are so many great spas to choose from in the Scottsdale area, many of which offer views of the nearby Camelback Mountain. Read on for three recommendations for the ultimate spa day.
Sanctuary Resort & Spa
The Sanctuary Resort & Spa, located in Scottsdale’s Paradise Valley, is an award-winning luxury resort set right within Camelback Mountain, with unbeatable views in every direction. Whether you are staying there or not, visiting the spa at the resort is a relaxing experience you won’t want to miss. There’s a lengthy menu of Asian-inspired treatments to choose from, including everything from signature treatments, massages, skincare and body treatments, fitness classes, outdoor adventures and Satori wellness retreats. The Sanctuary Spa has twelve indoor and outdoor treatment rooms, a movement studio, an outdoor Watsu pool and the Zen meditation garden – and with all of that, there’s no way you’ll leave with one bit of stress. Because this spa has so much to offer, you should plan on getting there before your treatments and sticking around to relax afterward.
Signature treatment to try: Luk Pra Kope, which means “to massage with medicinal herbs.” It begins with a foot scrub with Thai clay and fresh lime. Then your masseuse steams organic herbs and massages and presses them onto your body’s energy pathways. You’ll end up with soothed muscles, increased circulation and refreshed skin. If you’re visiting with friends, the Girlfriend Getaway package is the perfect option for a full day of relaxation. You’ll start with your choice of a 60-minute massage, then a 60-minute facial, and topped off with a mani-pedi, updo, blow dry and style for a night out on the town. And there are plenty of day packages with treatments for relaxation, rejuvenation, tranquility, motherhood, romance and more. And saving the best for last, the Satori Wellness Retreat, is a full journey with everything from fitness and spa services, to delicious meals and relaxation in your own casita.
The Spa at Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale at Troon North
Send your significant other off to gold at the Troon North Golf Club and take the day to yourself at the Spa at Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale, located just down the street. Hidden within the beautiful landscape of this desert hotel, you’ll enter the spa, which offers services including massages, body wraps, hair, makeup and nails – everything needed for a day of me-time pampering. There are several different packages that combine different massages, facials and other treatments, some of which also include a spa lunch. The Couple’s Suite Indulgence is a must for honeymooners, and the Sweet Sixteen includes a makeup lesson that’s the perfect post-facial treat for a teenager. If you’re not staying at the Four Seasons, you can still get access to all of the resort’s picturesque pools before or after your 50-minute spa treatment. The pool staff are incredibly attentive and will take care of you for the day.
Signature treatment to try: Sticks and Stones, which uses heat, salt stones and bamboo sticks to customize pressure during your massage based on your preferences. The bamboo sticks are smooth and when paired with the hot stones, you are left feeling nice and relaxed. The Aroma Design Bar is also a unique experience, where you get to custom-blend your own body butter or polish with essential oils and then experience a spa treatment with it. And you can’t go wrong with the Renewing Scalp Experience, which is a relaxing scalp and neck massage followed by a shampoo and conditioner.
Palo Verde Spa & Apothecary
The Andaz Scottsdale Resort – and Palo Verde Spa & Apothecary located within it – are brand new and are absolutely worth adding to your lists of destinations to check out in Scottsdale. The resort is a unique concept, with 200+ bungalow-style guestrooms and suites that make it feel like you’re in your own private oasis rather than a hotel. The resort has stunning views of Camelback Mountain and the Turquoise Pool is the perfect place for sunbathing. The Palo Verde Spa prides itself on offering personalized treatments based on your preferences, using botanicals and natural aromatics from the local desert region.
Signature treatment to try: Camelback Custom Massage. You’ll get to pick out an oil blend from the desert blending bar, such as wild chaparral or prickly pear, to be used during your 60- or 90-minute massage. The Citrus Splash is also a great option, as Arizona is known for citrus and this body scrub uses just that – a lemon body scrub, orange essence body souffle and a rosemary lime scalp massage. Can’t decide which treatment you want and have time to spare? Go with the Andaz Package Work of Art, which will give you 20 percent off a combination of three treatments.