Visit one of the many top spas in the desert…here are five of the best Arizona-inspired spa treatments we’re loving now.
What was once the Wild West is now a place of refinement, with some of the best spa treatments you can experience. With these treatments, you can lather yourself in mud, crystals, agave and more for some rejuvenation and refreshment—desert style.
AN ALCHEMY MUD & CRYSTAL WRAP AT THE BILTMORE
The Arizona Biltmore
One thing about the desert—the soil is different. Indigenous mud has long been celebrated for its ability to detoxify and soften skin, improve circulation and generally ease life’s aches and pains.
The Arizona Biltmore is a luxury desert oasis resort with seven spacious pools and a spa with enough amenities to give you a full day of pampering. One of our favorite massages is the Alchemy Mud and Crystal wrap that is paired with essential oils and a crystal specifically chosen to enhance the energy of your unique treatment. You can deepen your experience by adding on a 25- to 50-minute astrology reading, with an expert who blends birth-charts and cosmic forces into personal revelations.
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BLACK ROSE FACIAL AT THE SISLEY PARIS SPA, FAIRMONT SCOTTSDALE PRINCESS
The Fairmont Princess
The Desert Rose is found in select places throughout the world. The Chinese call it the “flower of wealth,” because of their belief in its good fortune. Among many cultures, the rose is a symbol of fertility and youth.
The Fairmont Princess resort in Scottsdale offers some of the best spa treatments around with their Black Rose Facial, a naturally rose-scented gentle journey that relaxes the face, smooths features and reveals the skin’s radiance. The complexion feels fresher, the skin looks hydrated and signs of fatigue and age are smoothed away.
Within the Sisley Paris Spa, a spa within the spa, you can also enjoy complimentary access to facilities like the sauna, steam room, Swiss shower, private rooftop pool, hot and cold plunge pool, waterfall grotto and aromatherapy room.
AGAVE TONING WRAP AT THE CAMELBACK INN SPA
Located in the beautiful Camelback Inn, this desert-style treatment begins with a full-body exfoliation using a sea salt scrub containing Vitamin E and alfalfa leaf for smoothing the skin’s surface. Prickly pear cactus gel is applied with extracts of ginger root, paprika and carrageenan to promote circulation and bring a vibrant glow to the skin.
If that wasn’t enough, a full scalp massage and gentle release of facial pressure points will further relax you. Then, the body is drenched with a moisturizing agave nectar oil infused with plant extracts, sandalwood, barley and amurense bark that will hydrate and plump the skin to minimize the appearance of wrinkles.
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HIMALAYAN SALT STONE RITUAL AT THE PHOENICIAN SPA
Within one of Arizona’s most luxurious hotels, The Phoenician, is a spa that offers some of the best spa treatments available and has been rated with five stars by Forbes . The Himalayan Salt Stone Ritual massage nourishes the body and relaxes the mind using warmth.
This treatment utilizes 84 essential nutrients and minerals within the Himalayan salt, found within the desert of Pakistan, and the 100 percent pure salt will remineralize your skin to deliver an increased level of wellness. This provides deep relaxation, improved sleep, reduced inflammation and leaves you with a sense of emotional peace.
A CITRUS RITUAL AT THE ALVADORA SPA IN ROYAL PALMS RESORT
Royal Palms, Photography by Michael Baxter
When you think of desert, cactus likely comes to mind. But the soil and climate is also perfect for growing citrus. With the Alvadora Spa in the luxurious Royal Palms Resort in Phoenix, you can submerge yourself with a signature citrus ritual. Enjoy a full-body exfoliation, while water gently cascades from above. Next, relax in the garden tub and private patio area featuring a raindrop shower. This ritual is completed with a customized massage.
Now go enjoy some self-care, desert style.
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