Get Pampered: Locally and Culturally Inspired Spa Treatments in Phoenix

These luxurious therapies incorporate desert elements, American Indian healing doctrines and international influences.

Everyone deserves to be pampered once in a while and, when in Arizona, do as the Arizonans do. Valley spas offer culturally, seasonally and locally inspired body treatments. 

Aji Spa at Sheraton Wild Horse Pass Resort & Spa combines ancient Pima healing doctrines with traditional massage during the Thoachta treatment and the Pima Medicine Massage; The Spa at Talking Stick Resort utilizes a mesquite polish and prickly pear extract in its body therapies; and Jurlique Spa at FireSky Resort & Spa specializes in water therapy techniques with copper soaking tubs. 

Find tranquility during luxurious therapies at these eight resort spas.  

Aji Spa at Sheraton Wild Horse Pass

Pima and Maricopa Cultural Caretakers developed a menu of treatments at Aji Spa called the Indigenous Collection. Among options, the Nahtogig (“Four Directions”) exfoliating body treatment combines pomegranate, salt, honey and blue cornmeal to represent four elements: sunset, illumination, sandstorm and water. Thoachta (“Healing”), a mind-, body- and spirit-focused treatment, merges ancient Pima healing doctrines and traditional massage. 

The Spa at Camelback Inn

This spa’s locally inspired treatments include the Desert Nectar Honey Wrap, which uses Arizona honey, buttermilk and oats; an American Indian-influenced exfoliation and detoxification called the Adobe Clay Purification Treatment; and the Natural Agave Toning Wrap, utilizing prickly pear cactus gel and agave nectar oil. 

The Spa at Talking Stick Resort

Desert elements are used in several body therapies at The Spa at Talking Stick Resort, including the Sweet Mesquite & Honey treatment. Spa-goers are masked in jojoba butter and mesquite honey, cocooned in a soft cloth and given a facial massage. And during the Prickly Pear Blossom treatment, prickly pear extract, jojoba butter, sugar and essential oils are combined in a body wrap, and nut oil is used for a scalp massage.

VH Spa at Hotel Valley Ho

Among a menu of traditional and unique massages at VH Spa is the 90-minute Istanbul Hamman Experience, where Eastern aromatics including coffee, lemon blossom, quince and fig are incorporated into a full-body massage; and the Helsinki Nature body treatment applies an arctic berry body wrap followed by a warm birch wood back-and-shoulder massage.

VH Spa at Hotel Valley Ho

Luna Spa at The Scottsdale Resort at McCormick Ranch

Local inspiration is found in two body therapies at Luna Spa. The Desert Mineral Hydration and Luna Sonoran Body Rejuvenation treatments both incorporate agave body butter and a mask of Sedona red mud, but the Luna Sonoran Body Rejuvenation takes things a step further with a desert blossom sugar scrub. 

Well & Being at Fairmont Scottsdale Princess

Choose between nine 60-minute mud, scrub and bath treatments—Sedona Clay Mud Mask, Desert Salt Scrub, Sage & Lavender Bath—with locally sourced, detoxifying muds at Well & Being. For full-body experiences, the Desert Serenity Body Wrap utilizes jojoba oil, sage, canyon pine and mountain arnica; the Hacienda Retreat applies a yellow corn and lime body polish; and the 120-minute Havasupai Falls Rejuvenation uses salts sourced in Utah for a purifying scrub and jojoba body butter with hot riverbed stones during a relaxing massage.

Spa at Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale at Troon North

Enjoy a facial or scalp massage while covered in cocoa mole mud and wrapped in warm linens during the Cocoa Mole Energising Wrap. Or opt for the Spa at Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale Troon North’s signature Four Seasons In One, a seasonally inspired blend of treatments—exfoliation, massage and body wrap—with calming aromas for an extraordinary sensory experience.

Joya Spa at Omni Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Montelucia

The Arnica & Hot Towel Massage at this spa utilizes arnica, sage, lavender and spearmint extracts in conjunction with hot towels and a muscle-releasing massage for the perfect stress reliever. And scents of North African exotic blossoms used in the Moroccan Cleansing Ritual intertwine with a sugar scrub, application of a Rhassoul clay mask (mineral-rich Moroccan clay), and a foot treatment.

Joya Spa at Omni Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Montelucia