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August 2012

Spa Heaven in Arizona
The Phoenix area boasts 3 of the state’s best spa resorts
By Marcia Frost

Arizona Biltmore

Arizona is known for its spectacular mountains, glorious sunsets, year round warmth and phenomenal spa resorts. Three of these are located not far from each other in the area in and around Phoenix. Each has its own unique feel, accommodations and amenities, as well as some very unique spa treatments.

Arizona Biltmore, Royal Retreat
The Arizona Biltmore in Phoenix is a Waldorf Astoria Resort has been around since 1929 hosting everyone from Oprah to Obama. Even its beginnings were regal, with Frank Lloyd Wright working on the design and William Wrigley as a major investor.

The manicured grounds of the Biltmore are just beautiful. In fact, it was on the lawn here that John McCain made his presidential concession speech. Whether or not you are a candidate, you can definitely count on the royal treatment at the Arizona Biltmore Spa.

At this spa you can find a selection of offerings from facials and massages to whole body treatments. Try the Dream Catcher Aromatherapy Massage for the ultimate relaxation. Your masseuse will use a combination of hot stones, warm towels and gentle massage for 80 minutes of perfection. After you are done, hit the relaxation room for a cup of tea, or enjoy the whirlpools, sauna or steam room. The spa also has a fitness center with classes as well as tennis courts.

Beyond the spa, the Biltmore has year round events, including cooking classes in the winter , winemaker dinners in the fall and star-studded concerts in the summer during the annual Hollywood & Wine series. This summer brought in Dennis Quaid & the Sharks Memorial Day; Clint Black July 4th; and Gary Sinese and the Lieutenant Dan Band for Labor Day.

Sanctuary at Camelback

Sanctuary at Camelback, Amazing Casitas

When you pull up to the Sanctuary at Camelback in Paradise Valley, expect to be impressed with the spacious casitas on between the mountains. Each one offers sweeping views of the mountains, while giving you the comforts you need.

While you will most likely leave the Sanctuary at Camelback Spa feeling pampered, that is not the major goal here. The focus is on healing through the energy of the Camelback Mountain, with therapists ready to help you focus on wellness. The Sabai Foot Treatment, which includes a foot soak and lime and clay exfoliation, as well has a foot massage with an herbal poultice, is both a healing and detoxifying experience.

If you would like to make your stay at Sanctuary at Camelback even more special, be sure to ask about Satori before you arrive. The resort will be happy to personalize a wellness focused program for you. Whether you are looking to get ready for a triathlon or get into better shape, the Sanctuary at Camelback Spa can give you whatever you need to reach that goal. They also offer astrology, numerology, tarot card readings and event hypnotherapy.

The Boulders

The Boulders, the Ultimate Spa

The Boulders encompasses a world of its own in Scottsdale, Arizona. Like the Biltmore, this is also a Waldorf Astoria property, but it is set within the natural surrounds of the Southwest, including cacti, wildlife and, yes, boulders.

Accommodations here vary greatly in size and amenities, but once you get into the Golden Door Spa, you may not want to go back to your room at all. This spa encompasses everything a vacation should be, and then some.

Within 33,000 square feet, you can find a fitness center, movement center (the Yoga classes are heavenly), Labyrinth, Watsu, steam rooms, saunas, Japanese Soaking Baths, a full sized pool with whirlpool, a beauty salon and even a Golden Door Café, where you can find healthy (and delicious) breakfasts and lunches.

The “tea room” alone is bigger than most spas and it’s the perfect place to wait before or after your treatment, to be done in one of 24 rooms. The Lavender Zen Treatment is unbelievable, with lavender products used for a full body scrub, warm towel wipe down, hot quartz stone massage, wrap and feet and scalp massage.  

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