The top spas in Arizona for desert-inspired treatments

By: Katarina Kovacevic

July 22, 2015

You don’t have to hit the hiking trails to experience the Sonoran Desert’s raw power. Relaxation centres all around Arizona are harnessing the area’s natural ingredients with treatments that tone, buff and cleanse. Take a look at the top spas in Arizona for desert-inspired indulgence.


The Indigenous Collection at Sheraton Wild Horse Pass Resort & Spa

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Cultural caretakers from the Pima-Maricopa Indian Community designed Aji Spa’s Indigenous Collection © Sheraton Wild Horse Pass Resort & Spa

Aji Spa at Sheraton Wild Horse Pass takes its connection to the Pima-Maricopa Indian Community seriously, ensuring its offerings are authentic reflections of the tribe’s culture. Its signature Indigenous Collection of treatments was developed by Aji’s Pima and Maricopa Cultural Caretakers. Highlights include the Ho’Ishp prickly pear journey, which starts with an application of sacred prickly pear red clay – the cactus fruit is full of nourishing antioxidants – and finishes with a full-body massage of prickly pear and aloe.


Turquoise Wrap at Boulders Resort & Spa

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At Boulders Resort near Scottsdale, turquoise clay cleanses and hydrates skin © Boulders Resort & Spa

Turquoise is Arizona’s state gem, so it’s only natural that Boulders Resort & Spa – one of the tops spas in Arizona, just north of Scottsdale – would make it the shining point of its signature treatment. Based on the Native American belief that the stone represents protection, self-confidence and positive energy, the 80-minute immersive experience starts with a desert salt exfoliation and finishes with a luxurious grand finale: A nourishing, warm turquoise clay wrap that purifies and hydrates skin.


Orange Blossom Body Buff at Royal Palms Resort and Spa

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Royal Palms Resort and Spa uses citrus in its treatments for the fruit’s antioxidant properties © Royal Palms Resort and Spa

Orange, lemon and lime aren’t ingredients one typically associates with the Sonoran Desert, but Phoenix’s agricultural history actually has its roots in citrus farming and Arizona is one of only four citrus-producing states in the U.S. Royal Palms Resort and Spa makes perfect use of the local crop with a series of orange blossom treatments, including the Orange Blossom Body Buff. It’s a full-body exfoliation that stimulates circulation with neroli oil made from blooms grown in the resort’s very own orange grove.


Mesquite & Honey Body Treatment at Talking Stick Resort

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Talking Stick Resort’s design reflects the warm tones of Arizona’s Sonoran Desert © Talking Stick Resort

Many of Talking Stick Resort‘s amenities reflect its desert setting and the spa is no exception. You’ll find a collection of indigenous ingredient-inspired offerings like the Mesquite & Honey Body Treatment on the menu. Sweet mesquite – a type of small, fragrant tree native to the Southwest – combined with salt and grains opens pores with a gentle polish, priming skin for the ultra-hydrating benefits of a jojoba butter and local honey rub down. It’s completed with a muslin wrap and toning facial massage.


Adobe Clay Purification Wrap at Camelback Inn

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Camelback Inn’s spa is one of the top-rated facilities in Phoenix © Camelback Inn

Adobe clay plays a pivotal roll in American Indian history. Arizona’s first peoples made tools, pottery and even their archetypical multi-story homes from the material. Today, we know that the clay can relax sore muscles and even draw out impurities, and that’s exactly why The Spa at Camelback Inn created the Adobe Clay Purification Wrap. After applying the pure red adobe clay, therapists use a cactus-fibre cloth to remove it while exfoliating skin and then finish off the treatment with a juniper and sage oil massage.


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Written by Katarina Kovacevic


Katarina Kovacevic

Katarina Kovacevic is a freelance travel writer, author of The Food Lovers’ Guide To Phoenix & Scottsdale, and founder/editor of Style Jaunt, a blog about fashionable travel. Her work has appeared in publications like American Spa, The New York Post, Travel + Leisure online, and more. Follow her travels on Twitter @Little_K and Instagram @Little_K_Kata.

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