The 9 Best Arizona Spas of 2021

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The Spa, Canyon Ranch Tucson

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Best Overall: The Spa, Canyon Ranch Tucson

The Spa, Canyon Ranch Tucson

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Nestled in the foothills of Tucson’s Santa Catalina Mountains, all-inclusive Canyon Ranch Tucson has been setting the bar for wellness retreats since 1979. The goal is to inspire people to adopt healthier lifestyles by giving them a space in which to work on their physical and mental well-being. The Spa sprawls across 80,000 square feet and includes everything from treatment rooms to saunas, steam rooms, yoga studios, an indoor cycling gym, and more. There are over 650 spa services to choose from.

Canyon Ranch is about more than massages and facials, however. Licensed therapists, physicians, nutritionists, and meditation coaches are on hand to give expert advice. Spend a night at the sleep lab and discover the secrets for sleeping soundly, or nourish your soul with a morning in the Spiritual Wellness Center. The spa also offers seven-day wellness programs with themes ranging from weight loss to achieving mindfulness in the modern world. All food is organic and there are vegan and gluten-free options at every meal. 

Runner-Up, Best Overall: Life in Balance Spa, Miraval Arizona

Life in Balance Spa, Miraval Arizona

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Located in the mountains outside Tucson, the all-inclusive Miraval Arizona welcomes guests to 400 scenic acres. And at the resort's heart is the award-winning Life in Balance Spa. Here, you can experience treatments from all over the world, from Ayurvedic and Thai massages to Qi grounding rituals. Outdoor services are a particular highlight, and take place in private tents with astonishing Sonoran landscape views. All packages at Miraval Arizona include credits for spending at the spa or on private sessions with the resort’s wellness experts.

Packages also include luxurious accommodation in casita-style rooms, suites or villas; and healthy cuisine created with seasonal ingredients from Miraval’s own organic gardens and beehives. Each week, there are over 120 complimentary activities to choose from, including wellness lectures, meditation, art classes, hiking expeditions, and culinary courses. At Purple Sage Ranch, you can take part in equine therapy, designed to improve communication or heal fear and trauma. The resort also boasts three swimming pools and a 24-hour fitness center.

Best Luxury: Well & Being Spa, Fairmont Scottsdale Princess

Well & Being Spa, Fairmont Scottsdale Princess

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Although all of the spas on this list are luxurious, AAA Five-Diamond Fairmont Scottsdale Princess takes the concept to new heights. The hotel is a masterpiece of Spanish colonial architecture, with wide open spaces that invite the beauty of the surrounding Sonoran Desert into every moment. Inspired by a secret Grand Canyon oasis, Well & Being Spa is an adults-only sanctuary complete with lush greenery and sparkling pools. Signature services range from Himalayan salt stone massages to singing bowl sound therapy and aerial yoga classes.

The spa complex is extensive, with amenities such as a Swedish dry sauna, a eucalyptus inhalation room, a grotto waterfall pool and a therapeutic whirlpool at your disposal. Healthy spa cuisine is served in the garden atrium or by the breathtaking rooftop pool. Beyond the spa, a wander around the hotel’s landscaped grounds reveals six swimming pools (one with its own private white sand shore), two 18-hole championship golf courses and no fewer than five top-ranked Arizona bars and restaurants.

Best Boutique: L’Apothecary Spa, L’Auberge de Sedona

L’Apothecary Spa, L’Auberge de Sedona

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Those in search of a more intimate spa experience should consider a stay at L’Auberge de Sedona, a boutique resort located in the heart of Sedona’s magnificent Red Rock country. Like the rest of the hotel, L’Apothecary Spa is heavily influenced by its location beneath a canopy of sycamore trees on the banks of Oak Creek. A spiritual connection with nature is explored in signature treatments like Forest Bathing and Feet in the Creek, while an apothecary-style blending station lets you create your own soaks and scrubs using local botanicals, herbs, and oils.

In addition to facials, body treatments, and massages, the spa offers sound healing and reflexology. You can also arrange private yoga and meditation classes. In between sessions, unwind in your lodge-style guest room or luxury cottage. Some have Jacuzzi tubs, others have outdoor cedar showers and/or cozy fireplaces. The cuisine at both of L’Auberge de Sedona’s gourmet restaurants is also inspired by nature, with many dishes featuring ingredients foraged from the property’s rustic surroundings.

Best Retreat: Mii amo

Mii amo

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Mii amo has just 16 luxury rooms, and the only way to stay is on a three-, four- or seven-night retreat that covers all your costs from accommodation to meals and spa credits. The resort is framed by Sedona’s Warrior Rock and Kachina Woman spires, and channels the ancient energy of these awe-inspiring structures into your daily experiences. At the spa, treatments draw inspiration from Thai, Swedish, Ayurvedic and Native American traditions.

Guests can also take part in an astounding array of complimentary activities. Explore your spiritual side with guided meditations, energy clearing sessions and astrology readings. Hike through the surrounding canyons, learn the art of healthy cooking or sign up for a photography class. At Mii amo Café, you’ll dine alongside your fellow guests at a community table with a view of the exhibition kitchen. Here, organic ingredients are transformed into delectable dishes. All casitas have spa bathrooms while some have whirlpools and private massage areas.

Best Native American: Aji Spa, Sheraton Grand at Wild Horse Pass

Aji Spa, Sheraton Grand at Wild Horse Pass

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Part of the Gila River Indian Community, the Sheraton Grand at Wild Horse Pass is Native American-owned and heavily influenced by the culture of its local tribes. At Aji Spa, rich references to the legends of the Pima and the Maricopa are evident throughout. Cultural Caretakers from both tribes developed the spa’s Indigenous Collection, which includes a Pima Medicine Massage and Ho’ishp (a sacred prickly pear body treatment). Some of the spa’s full and half-day packages combine treatments with unique cultural experiences.

Opt for the Mustangs & Massage package, for example, and spend the morning riding through ancient tribal lands in search of wild horses. When you get home, saddle-weary muscles will be soothed by an indulgent Aji Massage. The spa has its own healthy restaurant – one of six on the property. Of these, Kai is the only AAA Five Diamond/Forbes Five Star restaurant in Arizona. Other hotel highlights include the Koli Equestrian Center, Whirlwind Golf Club, four swimming pools and the Sheraton Adventure Club for kids. 

Best Asian: Sanctuary Spa, Sanctuary Camelback Mountain Resort & Spa

Sanctuary Spa, Sanctuary Camelback Mountain Resort & Spa

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Sanctuary Camelback Mountain Resort & Spa commands stunning views of the Paradise Valley area and invokes the ancient wisdom of the east in its Asian-inspired spa. Choose from an impressive range of traditional Thai and Japanese massages, achieve well-being under the expert hands of a Reiki practitioner or submit to a Coconut Sumatra Body Ritual. Other specialized treatments at Sanctuary Spa range from acupuncture and hypnotherapy to tarot readings, astrology consultations, and numerology sessions.

Twelve indoor and outdoor treatment rooms surround a tranquil Zen meditation garden complete with a reflecting pond. Throughout the rest of the property, there are countless amenities designed to benefit body and mind – from the saltwater lap pool to the three Deco-Turf championship tennis courts. The spa’s Asian theme continues at elements restaurant, where farm-fresh American cuisine is served with an exotic eastern twist. Meanwhile, jade bar is your go-to for signature cocktails and live music; while Spa Suites are the accommodation option of choice thanks to their private outdoor soaking tubs.

Best Moroccan: Joya Spa, Omni Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Montelucia

Joya Spa, Omni Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Montelucia

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Also located in Paradise Valley, Omni Scottsdale Resort & Spa uses the arid beauty of its surroundings to add authenticity to its Andalusian theme. Expect grand archways, tranquil fountains and blooming gardens reminiscent of Spain’s Alhambra palace. These Moorish influences are echoed at Joya Spa, the Moroccan-inspired sanctuary at the hotel’s heart. From the Hand of Fatima that hangs outside every treatment room to the Moroccan argan oil and mint used in many of the massages, facials and body wraps, North African influences abound.

For added authenticity, try the Hammam Experience or the Moroccan Orange Blossom Ritual. Other spa services range from acupuncture and IV therapy to cupping, meditation, and hypnotherapy. All spa guests have exclusive access to Joya Terrace, a rooftop restaurant and relaxation area complete with a swimming pool and breathtaking mountain views. There are four other restaurants located throughout the hotel, most with a Spanish or Mexican theme. Other facilities include a fitness center and two additional swimming pools – one of them modeled after a Moroccan kasbah.

Best Corporate: The Spa, Boulders Resort & Spa, Curio Collection by Hilton

The Spa, Boulders Resort & Spa, Curio Collection by Hilton

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Boulders Resort & Spa is located in Carefree; and even if you have to mix business and pleasure, that’s exactly how you’ll feel during your time there. With stellar meeting facilities and a world-class spa, this is the ideal choice for a corporate retreat. Spend your mornings hosting a business event in one of 15 meeting rooms; and your afternoons unwinding at The Spa. The facility sprawls across 33,000 square feet and includes 24 treatment rooms, an adults-only pool, steam rooms, saunas, and a meditation labyrinth.

Many of the spa’s massages and treatments employ desert botanicals such as jojoba, aloe, and prickly pear. If you find yourself in need of spiritual healing after a stressful day of business negotiations, consider a chakra balancing or private meditation session instead. Boulders Resort & Spa also offers a slew of adventurous outdoor activities, including boulder climbing and guided Sonoran Desert hikes. Alternatively, it's possible to network with potential clients on one of two championship golf courses or over tequila and tacos at Spotted Donkey Cantina.

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