With near-constant temperatures and a dry climate throughout the year, as well as a history of attracting alternative healers, the state of Arizona is able to boast some of the country’s best spas. The sheer number of spas located throughout the state mean that many spa directors are able to share ideas and ingredients, constantly raising the bar and trying to stand out from the competition. OROGOLD takes a look at some of the most relaxing spas in Arizona.
Canyon Ranch, Tucson
Located in the foothills of Tucson, Canyon Ranch is one of the best spas in the USA, and has won the Conde Nast Travelers Magazine Best Destination Spa Award an impressive ten times! Their spa building measures 80,000 square foot, and has 41 treatment rooms, giving you an idea of the size of this place. With over 50 different fitness classes each day, massages, medical programs, and traditional alternative treatments, you will no doubt find something that appeals to you. Every client will receive a wellness profile, allowing the medical, nutritional, behavioral and fitness experts to create personalized wellness programs for each guest, giving them valuable tools that they will be able to take home with them.
The Center for Well-Being, The Phoenician, Scottsdale
The Center for Well-Being is a spa that takes a no-nonsense approach to its treatments, choosing not to offer certain ones, such as a hot stone massage, because they believe that it lacks therapeutic value. This Scottsdale spa has 24 private treatment rooms, weight training and cardiovascular studios, a salon, a Meditation Atrium, and more, while offering over 75 different massage, skin care and wellness treatments. The spa firmly believes in natural healing, and places a strong emphasis on diet and lifestyle modification, teaching guests how to use food as medicine. For those of you who are looking for spa treatments that are always result-driven, this is the spa that OROGOLD would recommend.
Golden Door Spa, The Boulders, Scottsdale
The original Golden Door Spa is located in Escondido, California, and this one in Scottsdale has created the perfect balance of treatments, making use of classics from California as well as indigenous treatments from Arizona. From the Native American Raindrop Therapy to the Turquoise Wrap, there are some truly unique treatments to be found here. The spa measures 33,000 square feet, with expansive windows showing off the massive granite boulders just outside. The flowing water and curving white walls only add to the relaxing atmosphere, and their indoor/outdoor cafe serves some of the tastiest spa cuisines that we have tasted, featuring deliciously healthy Southwestern dishes.
Arizona is most definitely spa mecca, and with hundreds of spas throughout the state, you are never too far away from a relaxing treatment. With so many treatment options available, both international as well as traditionally local, there really is something for everybody, whether you want a quick afternoon massage or an indulgent week of pampering.