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Rejuvenate in the Southwest — Ultimate Spa Retreats in Phoenix

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Written by Sucheta Rawal

This blog post was updated on August 3, 2023.

With its luxurious resorts offering exclusive experiences, Arizona attracts travelers who not only want to 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. In Phoenix, 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.

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 after those flights to Phoenix with a special Boulders stone massage using ancient basalt stones, blue cypress, and vetiver oil blends. Then, reflect in the labyrinth or meditate in a Tipi built by the local Native American community.

Try 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.

Indulge in 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!

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Cleanse with the 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’ll receive a chamomile and pumice body scrub, a warm herbal bath, birch-bud extract, a nourishing face treatment, and a heated bote (crystal-concentrated) stone massage.

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, a 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.

Relax with a Sonoran Sea Facial

CIVANA Carefree is the first sustainable wellness resort to open in the greater Phoenix area and uses solar energy and water harvesting to keep the building running. 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.


Q: How do I choose the right spa retreat in Phoenix for my needs? 

A: Choosing the right spa retreat depends on your preferences and wellness goals. Consider factors such as the type of treatments offered, the ambiance, and the expertise of the therapists. Research the retreats, read reviews, and reach out to them directly to get a better understanding of what they offer and how it aligns with your needs.

Q: Are the spa treatments at these retreats suitable for all ages? 

A: Yes, the spa treatments at these retreats are designed to cater to a wide range of age groups. However, some treatments may have age restrictions or require parental consent for minors. It’s always best to inquire with the retreat beforehand to ensure they can accommodate your specific requirements.

Q: Can I book spa retreat packages for couples or groups? 

A: Absolutely! Many spa retreats offer packages specifically tailored for couples or groups. These packages often include shared treatments, private relaxation areas, and other amenities to enhance the overall experience. Check with the retreats for their available packages and special offers.

Q: Are the spa retreats in Phoenix open year-round? 

A: Yes, most spa retreats in Phoenix are open year-round, allowing you to enjoy their services regardless of the season. However, it’s recommended to check with the retreats directly or visit their websites for any seasonal closures or special operating hours.

Q: Can I combine my spa retreat experience with other activities in Phoenix? 

A: Absolutely! Phoenix offers a wide range of attractions and activities that can complement your spa retreat experience. From hiking through picturesque trails to exploring vibrant art galleries, there’s something for everyone. Check with the retreats or local tourism websites for recommendations on activities that can enhance your overall stay in Phoenix.

Q: How far in advance should I book my spa retreat? 

A: It’s advisable to book your spa retreat well in advance, especially if you have specific dates or preferences. Many retreats have limited availability, especially during peak seasons, so securing your reservation ahead of time ensures you get the dates and treatments you desire. It’s recommended to book at least a few weeks in advance to guarantee your spot.

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.