Tucson holds a trove of Sonoran Desert beauty, Southwestern insights and a fascinating history. It is increasingly recognized for its influential culinary scene and is a prominent art-enthusiasts’ destination.
Among bountiful reasons to spend a few days in the desert is the pursuit of tranquility—found here at its many ultra-luxurious resort spas, a few of which are nationally acclaimed. Travelers seeking spa-centered vacations where they can relax and renew relinquish all cares while indulging in desert-inspired treatments.
After a hike through the Catalina Mountains, soak up the Triple Rose Hydrating Body Treatment at The Red Door Spa by Elizabeth Arden at Westin La Paloma. Or freshen up during the Petals and Leaves Ritual’s exfoliating scrub, mud bath and massage at Hashani Spa at JW Marriott Tucson Starr Pass Resort & Spa before venturing out on the town to browse the art galleries and dig into locally inspired dishes at downtown eateries.
Whether you’re here for a spa retreat or you’re seeking a couple hours of pampering during your stay, these resort spas will leave you with a new appreciation for the desert lifestyle.
Life in Balance Spa at Miraval Arizona Resort & Spa
Even before your treatment, Life in Balance Spa aims to help you relax with its tranquil architectural elements representative of the surrounding desert landscapes—plus a stunning view of the Catalina Mountains. Among dozens of treatment options, desert-inspired therapies include the Sonoran Body Polish with mineral salts and desert herbs, and the Sweet or Savory Desert Succulents treatment with a prickly pear or rosemary-mint exfoliation followed by a moisturizing body butter. Soak into your surroundings during one of the outdoor exclusives, like the Bountiful Earth treatment, which incorporates a Moroccan rose body wash, an Asian-inspired exfoliation, a Yucatán coco-mole clay wrap, a lime silk oil massage and cedarwood-juniper body butter.
The Spa at Canyon Ranch
The 80,000-square-foot spa complex at Canyon Ranch includes private sunbathing decks, a relaxation center and amenity-filled locker rooms. Healing techniques incorporate hydrotherapy tubs, and the signature WaveMotion Bodywork treatment utilizes a WaveMotion table for a feeling of weightlessness. Ten Ayurvedic and Asian-inspired therapies target a variety of wellness goals such as addressing chronic fatigue, high stress levels and fibromyalgia. The locally inspired Desert Drench body wrap moisturizes the skin with aloe and saguaro blossoms, while the Desert Ritual treatment takes things a step further, cleansing, exfoliating and hydrating with the inclusion of white sage, prickly pear, honey and jojoba.
Hashani Spa at JW Marriott Tucson Starr Pass Resort & Spa
Nestled at the base of Tucson Mountain Park is Hashani Spa. Before your spa session, unwind in the steam room, outdoor whirlpool or relaxation room. Specialties here are the Cupping, Reiki and Zen Shiatsu sessions, among other alternative treatments. Notable to its location, the Petals and Leaves Ritual combines a blue corn exfoliating scrub, a bath in Sedona-sourced mud, an essential oil scalp treatment with sweet orange and jasmine, and a massage using organic goats milk shea butter. And the popular Arizona Copper Peptide Ritual includes an age-defying facial and a body wrap using desert mud and red seaweed.
The Spa at Omni Tucson National Resort
Surrounded by lush golf course greens, guests take a dip in the zero-edge pool and spend a few moments out on the terrace before entering their scheduled spa sessions at The Spa at Omni Tucson National Resort. Quickly reach a state of Zen with double the hand power during the Four Hands Massage, or take a trip to the islands with the Hawaiian Noni Wrap, incorporating coconut milk and the healing powers of the Hawaiian Noni plant, or the Island Journey body scrub, utilizing a papaya-pineapple exfoliant and a coconut moisturizer.
Hiapsi Spa at Casino Del Sol Resort
At Hiapsi Spa— Hiapsi meaning “heart and soul”—Yaqui health and healing rituals are introduced during various massage, facial and body treatments. Among signature body treatments, the Naavo Taaka Body Treatment utilizes cactus fruit seeds as an exfoliant, the Southwest Aguacate Body Treatment incorporates an avocado body polish, and guests are wrapped in a warm sheet soaked in healing herbs that are aimed to draw out stress and impurities during the Native American Herbal Therapy.
The Red Door Spa by Elizabeth Arden at Westin La Paloma
Amenities at The Red Door Spa by Elizabeth Arden include eucalyptus saunas, private whirlpools and a hydrotherapy room. Facials are highly sought after here—the Ultimate Arden and Red Door Signature facials among them—and luxurious body therapies include the Vita-rich Body Treatment with omega-rich olive oil, the Triple Rose Hydrating Body Treatment incorporating rose oil and body cream, and the Mint Julep Body Treatment with a citrus-grass salt scrub and shea butter infused with mint-julep and lavender.
Lakeside Spa at Loews Ventana Canyon Resort
Two signature treatments are standouts at Lakeside Spa. During the Sedona Sacred Ritual, a Cedarwood Citrus Desert Salt Body Polish cleanses the skin for the application of the Sedona-sourced red clay wrap. Next, a Desert Dew Facial Serotherapy is used during a face, scalp and neck massage while scents of white sage and rhythms of American Indian music fill the room. Once rinsed, a citrus-cedarwood-jojoba body lotion hydrates and soothes. And during the Aloe Vera and Blue Corn Skin Healer, the two ingredients are blended and used to purify and polish; afterwards, the Desert Dew lotion is applied and a face, neck and scalp massage is performed using the Desert Dew Facial Serotherapy—a blend of extracts from 11 plants.