REVIEW: Sedona Rouge Hotel & Spa

••• Sedona Rouge 

Sedona Rouge Hotel & Spa is a great choice for people looking for sophisticated decor, spectacular views, and top-quality spa treatments at an affordable price. It fronts on a busy commercial strip in West Sedona, but the rear views are of Sedona's spectacular red rock cliffs.

Located two hours north of Phoenix and Scottsdale, Sedona is a unique destination known for its  vortexes, spiraling centers of subtle energy emanating from the earth that make it a spiritually powerful place.

Native Americans considered this landscape so sacred that it was a place of spiritual retreat and vision–not a place to live. Today it's a magnet for spiritual seekers–signs for psychics, crystals and vortex maps are everywhere. But even if you're a skeptic, it's still one of the most enchantingly beautiful landscapes in the country.

Spa lovers will find some wonderful therapists and spa treatments at Sedona Rouge Hotel & Spa, a surprisingly urbane property that combines both modern and Mediterranean influences. Half of the 77 rooms and suites have dramatic views of Thunder Mountain right behind the property. The rooms have comfy beds and big flat screen TVs, and gas fireplace. You may be able to hear a bit of traffic noise because the doors open to the outside instead of a hallway. And some rooms have a shower while you may be longing for a tub. 

Intuitive Treatments at Sedona Rouge

Set right behind the hotel in an earth-tone building, The Spa at Sedona Rouge has 8 treatment rooms and a spacious, modern feel.

Just as you might expect in Sedona, it offers intuitive treatments like Touching Essence, which "combines hands-on healing with breath work, deep relaxation, guided imagery, psychic attunement, dialogue and clearing of family patterns like hypnotherapy, psychic readings, or past life regression." There's also the Seven Rising Start Healing System–available for you or a pet.

 

The Spa at Sedona Rouge also offers Ayurvedic services, including a lifestyle consultation, shirodhara, abhyanga (a warm oil massage), herbal body scrub and a heart chakra healing.  But you can also get great massage, facials and body treatments from highly skilled therapists, many of whom used to work at Mii Amo at Enchantment, a famous destination spa just up the road.

Arrive early to warm up your muscles in the steam room and outdoor Jacuzzi. And if you are happily basking in the nude and notice some balconies and windows on the second floor with a clear view, don't worry -- they're treatment rooms, not guest rooms. No one will see you.  Enjoy a sip of lemon-infused water in the Tranquility Lounge and the dramatic views of the red cliffs, while you fill out your consultation form. 

Master Massage Therapists

One of the treatment rooms has beautiful views of Thunder Mountain through a plate glass window. My therapist, Barbara Lepper, left the blinds up after she reassuring me that no one could see in. Barbara has been doing bodywork for more than 20 years, and gave me one of the best massages of my life. She started by asking me what was going on with my body (those chronically aching shoulders!) and truly customized the treatment, using an expertise honed over many years.

She paid special attention to areas that often get short shrift, like the arms. Since so many people spend so much time at the computer, our arms and hands really do deserve more massage. And Barbara pointed out that working on the arms helps release tension in the shoulders. I also liked the fact that she didn't just work on one part and then go onto the next, but integrated her work with a big sweep of my whole side, from foot to hand.

There is a small gym, outdoor pool and a daily yoga class at 8 AM, but to be sure to grab a map from the concierge and go out hiking. You're not right in the heart of the village, but it's a short drive. Grab a map from the concierge and go hiking or take a Pink Jeep Tour. There's also plenty of shopping. Don't miss Tlaquepaque (pronounced Tla-keh-pah-keh), Sedona Arizona's Arts & Crafts Village.

For a psychic reading that won't freak you out, try Kavitaa, a very kind Englishwoman and spiritual seeker who landed in Sedona.

Sedona Rouge Hotel & Spa:

  • 2250 West Highway 89A, Sedona, AZ
  • Room Rates: $160-$360
  • Room Reservations: 800-312-4111
  • The Spa at Sedona Rouge Appointments: 602-977-6400