15 Luxurious Spa Treatments for Your Trip to Phoenix

Agave body glows, restorative sleep rituals, crushed coffee beans: These Valley of the Sun spas and salons know how to pamper.

Perhaps you’ve noticed how beautiful the women in Scottsdale tend to be—so confident, strong and well put-together. Their dedication to Pilates and CrossFit deserves some of the credit; so do their resistance to waffles and hoagies.

But that top coat of coolness no matter the weather can often be traced to a ritualistic, self-imposed timeout in an Arizona spa or salon, and that’s something that, conveniently, money can buy. It’s just a matter of selecting an à la carte service that matches one’s mission.

Energize

The 50-minute Agave Body Glow at Agave, The Arizona Spa at The Westin Kierland Resort & Spa involves a exfoliation with citrus essential oils, followed by a rinse and a slathering of luxe body cream.

The 55-minute Jamaican Coffee Body Buff at Spa Lamar excites the skin and the senses through an all-over exfoliation with crushed coffee beans.

A 60-minute Vichy Treatment at The Spa at Gainey Village addresses bodily meridians with essential oils and six massaging shower heads.

De-Stress

The 60-minute Table Thai massage at The Spa at Camelback Inn is more participatory for the client than a traditional massage, but the intention is still the release of nagging tension. The client wears yoga or loose, leisure clothing while the therapist turns and tucks him/her into gentle but firm stretches.

The 80-minute Restorative Sleep Ritual at Joya Spa at Omni Scottsdale Resort at Montelucia helps guests pursue restful sack time with manipulations of pressure points on feet, hands and scalp, plus a massage using advantageous essential oils.

The 50-minute Escape at The Red Door includes a custom scrub and wrap in addition to a body- and scalp-massage.

The 60-minute Herbal Spice Body Scrub at Canyon Falls Spa & Salon enlists fall-ish fragrances like cinnamon, nutmeg and almond in a skin-buffing effort.

Joya Spa

Be Cool

The 50-minute Desert Rose Radiance at the Spa at the Boulders is an antidote to a current sunburn or a lifetime of sun worship. A mild exfoliation and soothing aloe mask are applied, then gently rinsed away and followed by a prickly pear and pomegranate facial finished with a hydrating slather of body lotion.

The 50-minute After-Sun Soother at the Sonoran Spa at the Four Seasons Resort at Scottsdale at Troon North also harnesses the cooling properties of aloe and cucumber in a wrap—and leaves the feet exposed for extra massage attention.

Four Seasons Scottsdale

Lighten the Load

The 80-minute Thermal Moor Mud Wrap and Massage at The Phoenician Spa at The Phoenician isn’t concerned with your daily Chardonnay consumption; a guest is smeared with moor mud, which, paradoxically, is said to have a cleansing effect.

Own the Room

The Brazilian Smoothing Blowout at Dolce Salon & Spa transforms frizz-inclined hair into soft, smooth tresses for as many as 12 weeks.

A shampoo and blow-dry styling at Vanity Blowout Bar can emulate such styles as Bollywood (full, bouncy waves), Rio (big hair!) or Monte Carlo (sassy and tousled).

The Diamonds are a Girl’s Best Friend manicure at Sundrops Nail Spot soaks hands in a gem-bottomed vessel, swaddles them in steamy-hot towels and massages them with citrus-rose lotion, then anoints fingertips with trendy lacquers.

A pedicure at terés nail bar begins with a soak in a “tea” customized for relief of pain, tension or congestion.

The Happy Feet pedicure at M3V can include a pedi and either a paraffin wax or cream mask for beat feet, an aloe mask or extra massage time.

Map: Spas Near Phoenix and Scottsdale

Lisa Polacheck
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