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Ultimate Spa Retreats in Phoenix

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Written by Sucheta Rawal

With its luxurious resorts offering exclusive experiences, Arizona attracts travelers who want to not only hike, bike and explore the sunny outdoors by day, but also unwind with good food and soothing spa treatments in the evening. The state’s dazzling desert scenery is the perfect backdrop to refresh, recharge, and get away from the stresses of everyday life. Phoenix is one of the easiest cities to get to in Arizona, especially with American Airlines recently adding new direct flights to Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport. And once you’re there you don’t have to drive far to experience the desert, spa, and city life. Here you can get a Thoachta healing by a Native American shaman, meditate in a tiki hut, watch the sunset in the desert botanical gardens and detox your mind, body, and spirit in just a weekend.

Here are a few unique experiences in and around Phoenix so you can have the ultimate spa getaway.

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Let go of your worries with traditional Thoachta healing

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Operated entirely in partnership with the Native-American community and situated on the Gila River Indian Community, Sheraton Grand at Wild Horse Pass incorporates Native American traditions in its décor, spa, cuisine, and management. At Aji Spa, you can get a unique Thoachta healing by a shaman who combines traditional massage, polarity, and ancient Pima healing doctrines. After the 2-hour session, you’ll feel like you had a spiritual consultation with a therapist AND a psychic!

Get your inner spirit to shine with a gemstone healing facial

In this 100% natural, vegan experience at The Phoenician, crystals and gemstones are placed on and around the body for healing energy, bringing peace, clarity, spiritual solace, and physical well-being. A gem polish exfoliation is followed by an enzyme peel, rose quartz gem clay application, and orange blossom oxygen infusion. Golden ice globes over a collagen mask complete the service after which you will feel like a million bucks.

Roll out the kinks with a stone massage


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Consistently named in the top 10 hotels and spas in Arizona, the 33,000-square foot Boulders Resort & Spa stands next to 12-million-year-old boulder formations. Therapies are infused with ingredients from the boulder-strewn desert environment. Unravel your knotted muscles with a special Boulders stone massage using ancient basalt stones, and blue cypress, and vetiver oil blends. Then reflect in the labyrinth or meditate in a Tipi built by the local Native-American community.

Pour out the impurities with Sami Zen water treatment

There are 41 treatment rooms at the serene JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort & Spa with a recurring water theme featuring water-based treatment services. The signature Sami Zen treatment fuses time-honored traditions and customs of Japanese Zen and Sweden’s native people (the Sami), into a deeply relaxing experience choreographed to evocative Sami joik music. During the 90-minute ritual, you will receive a chamomile and pumice body scrub, warm herbal bath, birch-bud extract, a nourishing face treatment, and a heated bote (crystal concentrated) stone massage.

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Suspend your tensions on a wall pulley


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Distinctively designed river-rocked tiles, Sedona sandstone interiors, and waterfalls inspired by the Grand Canyon’s Havasupai Falls make Well & Being Spa (at the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess) the perfect place to pamper yourself. Along with their regular spa menu, you can also experience innovative programs such as float fit yoga, wall yoga, singing bowl sound therapy, Himalayan salt stone massage, and B12 infusions. After defying gravity with Wall Pulley, a new suspension trainer class, relax in the eucalyptus inhalation room or grab a drink at the scenic rooftop pool.

Ride a wave of calmness with a Sonoran Sea Facial

CIVANA Carefree is the first sustainable wellness resort to open in the greater Phoenix area (opening fall 2018) and uses solar energy and water harvesting for its spa building. Ethically sourced rose quartz crystals, protective turquoise, and obsidian are woven throughout the Sonoran Sea Facial treatment lending their energetic and chakra-balancing properties. After your treatment, the Yoga Lawn is the perfect place to watch the sunrise over the mountains.

Are you desperately in need of a spiritual reboot? Don’t hesitate — start looking for flights to Phoenix so that you can enjoy these amazing spas ASAP!

Know of any other great spa experiences in Phoenix? Tell us about them in the comments.


About the author

Sucheta Rawal

Sucheta is an award winning food and travel writer who has traveled to 60+ countries and is on a mission to see the entire world. She is also the founder of the nonprofit organization, Go Eat Give, which promotes cultural awareness through food, travel and volunteering. Sucheta is the author of a series of children's books on travel, "Beato Goes To" that teach kids about different countries and cultures.