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While Scottsdale might be better known for its world-class spas, Phoenix has much to offer in the art of luxuriating. Buffing and pampering abound in the capital city, and while old-school resorts have been making their guests look and feel great for decades, some new hotspots are attracting spa-goers to their spacious surroundings and ever-expanding lists of amenities.
Arizona Biltmore Spa
A tried-and-true classic, the Arizona Biltmore Spa (2400 E. Missouri Ave., 602/950-0086, www.arizonabiltmore.com/spa, 5:30 a.m.–8:30 p.m. daily) specializes in massage and body and skin care treatments, but also offers guests the use of a full-service salon, fitness center, bicycles, and not one but seven tennis courts.
Located on the grounds of the famed Arizona Biltmore Resort & Spa, for which Frank Lloyd Wright served as the consulting architect, the spa now offers signature “green experience” treatments, utilizing chemical-free, organic products that minister to physical, mental, and spiritual health. Guests may enjoy outdoor retreat areas in the gardens and choose from a wealth of classes, including yoga, aqua aerobics, sculpting, and power step.
Just down the street is Alvadora Spa at the Royal Palms Resort (5200 E. Camelback Rd., 602/840-3610, www.royalpalmshotel.com, 9 a.m.–6 p.m. Sun.–Thurs., 8 a.m.–8 p.m. Fri.–Sat.), which exudes a Mediterranean charm. A recipient of the Mobil Four Star Spa Award every year since 2004, Alvadora also has the distinction of being a SpaFinder “Best for Romance” winner.
It serves up classic menu items such as deep tissue, shiatsu, and aromatherapy massages; water therapies; and skin treatments, along with a variety of signature citrus treatments, including the Citrus Grove Facial, Orange Blossom Body Buff, and Simply Citrus mani-pedis. The fitness center is open 24 hours a day, with personal training sessions and yoga, stretch, tai chi, and meditation classes.
The water-inspired Revive Spa at the JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort (5350 E. Marriott Dr., 480/293-5000, www.spa.jwdesertridgeresort.com, 8 a.m.–7:30 p.m. daily) is where ancient rituals coalesce with new, cutting-edge techniques. A water feature flows beneath a skylight that serves as a floor above the lobby’s impressive two-story rotunda, reminding spa-goers of water’s soothing powers. Custom packages are available for a unique and well-rounded experience, such as the Gentleman’s Escape, billed as the perfect way for a guy to rejuvenate. The treatment includes a special bath, 80-minute therapeutic massage, and a Guy’s Total Wellness Facial.
For women, such treatments are de rigueur, but there are also unique options such as the Detoxifier, the Arizona Experience featuring hot stones, and the Turquoise and Revive packages, utilizing turquoise gemstones and oils and lotions from the Revive Herb Garden, respectively.
In Chandler, just south of Phoenix, Aji Spa at the Sheraton Wild Horse Pass Resort & Spa (5594 West Wild Horse Pass Blvd., Chandler, 602/225-0100, www.wildhorsepassresort.com, 5:30 a.m.–7:30 p.m. daily) offers authentic Native American treatments that are inspired and implemented by tribal elders from the local Gila River Indian Community’s Pima and Maricopa tribes. Try the Sacred Salt Energy Balance, Burden Basket Pima Meditation, or Pima Medicine Massage, in which a therapeutic treatment incorporates energy anatomy and ancient techniques to create a relaxed atmosphere conducive to spiritual healing.
In addition to more traditional massages and treatments, Aji Spa also hosts indigenous cultural activities such as sage offerings, Native American art tours, and a Harmony Keeper Meditation Class.
© Jeff Ficker from Moon Phoenix, Scottsdale & Sedona, 1st edition