Arizona is spa country. The southern Sonoran desert landscape of Tucson is home to the legendary destination spas Canyon Ranch and Miraval, while in the north, Sedona is a magnet for spiritual seekers.
The great resort cities of Scottsdale and Phoenix are really one big, sprawling urban center with loads of great natural beauty and views of beautiful Camelback Mountain from all sides. Both cities are known for catering to sunshine seekers in the winter, so as you would expect, great spas are thick on the ground here. There's an experience for every taste, from small historic hideaways to glamorous golf getaways.
Finally, there are other specialty spa experiences throughout the state, including a classic dude ranch that offers massage after a long day in the saddle. Here are the very best spas Arizona has to offer.
This is the original Canyon Ranch and offers an unparalleled level of wellness support, with medical doctors at the cutting edge of integrative medicine, exercise physiologists, movement therapists, energy healers, hypnotherapists, psychologists, even spiritual counselors. The classes are top quality and it's known for its hiking through the surrounding Santa Catalina mountains. Up to 240 guests overnight in one-story adobe cottages on 150 acres.
Miraval Life in Balance is known for its challenge activities and Equine Experience, where working with a horse gives you insight into yourself. You can talk things over with a therapist, have a cocktail, and take your pick from 120 wellness activities every week. Set on 400 acres near the Santa Catalina Mountains, it has 118 adobe-style rooms, suites and villas, most with private patios and great views. This is the spa that has been famously featured on television shows Oprah! and Dr. Oz.
Nestled in a sacred canyon that the Yavapai Apache considered the birthplace of their people, Mii Amo is a small destination spa with just 18 rooms and casitas set apart from the larger Enchantment Resort. In part because of the location—those gorgeous red rocks and the earth energy "vortexes" that are said to be here—there is magic in the air. Not surprisingly, given Sedona's love of the alternative, the spa caters to spiritual seekers with unusual treatments like psychic massage and aura-soma readings.
Boulders Resort & Spa is a truly great resort spa just north of Scottsdale, so you feel a bit more out in the country. It boasts two Jay Morrish-designed golf courses, spacious southwestern rooms, and a wonderful spa with a wide range of healing treatments. The entryway's brook and curvaceous architecture envelop visitors and there are many thoughtful touches throughout the facility, including an inspiring yoga room and little places for the cat-napper in all of us. The Labyrinth is an easy-to-miss amenity; it's worth trying this age-old meditation tool.
This is one of the newer and most glamorous resort spas in Scottsdale, a dreamy Moroccan-themed complex with Hammam-style facilities. In between treatments, enjoy the rooftop pool terrace with views of Camelback Mountain, or the quiet whisper lounges, serene areas with comfy daybeds and flickering candles. For a real splurge, try one of the suites, which offer private terraces and outdoor showers.
The Scottsdale Hyatt Regency’s spa seamlessly blends indoor and outdoor relaxation spaces. Glass walls slide away in the separate men’s and women’s lounges, opening onto intimate patios with outdoor showers and hot-and-cold plunge pools. Book a massage in a garden treatment room, then spend the day by the French-Celtic mineral pool and lotus pond.
If it's romance you're after, there's no place better than Royal Palms in Phoenix, Arizona. With paths that wind past a grove of orange trees and Mexican-style fountains, this Spanish Colonial-style resort is the most romantic and intimate of Arizona's famous spas. Alvadora Spa at Royal Palms Resort is small, with just 8 treatment rooms, and unusually tranquil. Many spill into serene, private indoor-outdoor courtyards. It specializes in treatments for couples, with side by side Vichy showers and private patios where you can relax next to a fire.
The Spa at JW Marriott Scottsdale Camelback Inn blends the fitness quotient of a full-service destination spa within a spectacular resort setting, offering the ambiance and magic of the Sonoran Desert. One of the nicest things about it is the expert-led exercise classes available to spa-goers, including yoga, fitness walking, Zumba, Pilates, Bollywood and body sculpting. There are usually three classes a day in the morning during the week and more on Friday and Saturday. You have access to the latest exercise equipment in the on-site fitness facility and personal training services in eight different disciplines. With such a focus on health and fitness, you’ll leave feeling not only relaxed but also ready to take on whatever life sends your way. Don't miss Scottsdale's only full-service in-spa restaurant, Sprouts. Yes, wine is served!
Well & Being Spa at The Fairmont Princess (formerly the Willow Stream Spa) integrates a wellness focus with the classic resort spa experience of golf, dining, six pools, and 750 rooms. Integrative Health Assessments, nutrition consultations, and acupuncture are offered alongside other spa healing services overseen by chief medical director Dr. Tieraona Low Dog, M.D., an integrative physician. Fitness offerings include aerial yoga and Zumba, but make time for the spa's splendid, sunny rooftop pool.
Set at the base of Camelback Mountain in Scottsdale, Arizona, The Phoenician is an unusually formal resort, contrasting with the southwestern style so prevalent in the Valley of the Sun. Even the gardens have a formal look! The Centre for Well-Being was one of the earliest big spas in the region and so is a bit dated in terms of the facility, but the services are varied and quite good. The spa embodies the spirit and vitality of the Southwest in its landscaping, architecture, and extraordinary art collection. Start with fruit cocktail and juice or tea in the waiting room, then pop over for guided meditation in the atrium, ease into a little whirlpool action in the locker room, head for poolside lunch and drinks, and cap it all off with a treatment, a shower, and some primping.
Sedona Rouge Hotel & Spa is located on a busy commercial strip in West Sedona, but once you get inside you feel a world away—especially when you're looking at views of the spectacular red rock cliffs. Sedona is just a couple of hours north of Phoenix and Scottsdale and known for its great beauty and vortexes, swirling centers of subtle energy emanating from the earth.
Locals say that Native Americans considered it so sacred that it was not a place to live, but today it's a magnet for spiritual seekers, many of whom stay. Signs for psychics, crystals and vortex maps are everywhere. But if you're a skeptic who just loves the outdoors, it's still one of the most 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, big TVs, and gas fireplaces.
Luxurious one, two, and three-bedroom suites and villas provide residential-style comfort in this large 744-room resort, with a water park considered one of the best in the country. The spa provides services that you can get in your suites or in the spa itself, such as aromatherapy, Swedish, therapeutic, pregnancy, and lavender milk body massages. It also offers hair salon services, healing treatments, and life coaching. Clients have access to indoor and outdoor fitness activities. Unlike many spas, this spa resort provides services and wellness treatments for the entire family, including children and teenagers. Nickelodeon’s ParentsConnect.com has named this spa and resort one of the best places for families in Phoenix.
The Arizona Biltmore is a favorite with lovers of Frank Lloyd Wright, the legendary architect who spent a lot of time in this area. The hotel was designed by one of his students and very much evokes his timeless esthetic. Promoting the art of wellness, this spa offers a blend of all-natural approaches throughout each service. Relaxing skin treatments, hair, and makeup services are also available. Complimentary fruit and tea are offered to all guests as well. Before or after your spa experience, discover the tranquil outdoor retreat areas located on the Biltmore Spa complex.
Located at the Sheraton Wild Horse Pass Resort in Chandler, the Aji Spa is a leader in Native American healing treatments. Experience ancient healing traditions through a therapeutic native herbs cleansing wrap or partake in Pima meditation. Rejuvenating treatments followed by peaceful horseback rides make this one of the best and most unique spa experiences in the Phoenix area. The Aji Cafe offers a light lunch menu, and you can purchase the spa's signature product line, Indigenous, on-site.
Nestled at the foot of Pinnacle Peak, Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale is known for its golfing. But there are many other ways to spend time outside, including guided interpretative hikes for all levels introduce visitors to desert flora and fauna. Flowers abound in early spring, and you can sign up for the sunset hike up the Peak to view the desert landscape at its very best.
This is a classic resort spa, with championship golf, a wide range of restaurant options and multiple outdoor pools, complete with a lazy river and waterslides. Revive Spa’s 28,000 square feet and 41 elegantly appointed treatment rooms offer a diverse menu of spa experiences that incorporate beautiful, tranquil settings and indigenous ingredients. Its signature treatments combine ancient rituals with modern, cutting-edge techniques. Unwind in separate male and female indoor relaxation rooms offering cozy fireplaces and private patios. An outdoor co-ed lounge also offers a relaxing space for spa patrons to unwind together in the fresh air of the second floor Zen Loft’s soothing, restful ambiance. Revive Spa’s Sanctuary lap pool is lined by towering palms and seven private cabanas. The spa also has a full-service salon.
The Westin Kierland Resort & Spa captures the essence of Arizona, beautifully intertwining a zen meets desert feel throughout everything from the treatments to the architecture. A full-service fitness center, fun lobby and catchy spa boutique greet visitors with energy and vibrancy. But once you walk through the spa doors, it's down to relaxation business, complete with lush amenities and indulgent treatments.
Leave your troubles at the door: One of the most endearing elements of Agave, The Arizona Spa, is the handmade Apache Woven Baskets. With one hung at the entrance of every treatment room, guests are asked to place their thoughts, to-do lists, and worries in the basket so their mind is clear and available to enjoy the benefits of the treatment.
Tucked away on the side of Camelback Mountain, Sanctuary Camelback Mountain is small and intimate, with sleek modern rooms. The spa features The Sanctum, a stone-wall hideaway couples can rent for the hour or half-day and enjoy the vitality pool, deluge shower, and fire pit. The spa is elegantly understated, featuring Asian-inspired treatments, a Meditation Garden, 14 treatment rooms, a Sanctum, and a unique indoor-outdoor treatment suite. You'll have access to a state-of-the-art fitness center and movement studio, a 25-yard lap pool, and a shop with fun boutique finds you'll want—or need—to snatch up. Treatments include Reiki, acupuncture, tarot card reading, and table Thai massage. They also offer Watsu, a gentle modality that is good for moms-to-be.
The newest resort spa in Scottsdale is owned by the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community, at Talking Stick Resort. This 13,000 square foot, open-air spa on the 14th floor offers guests unparalleled views of the Valley and floor-to-ceiling windows that can be opened during treatments. True to the heritage and traditions of the Native American community, The Spa at Talking Stick features treatments inspired by products made with culturally significant ingredients.