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Get ready for pure bliss at the best spas in Scottsdale. Photo Courtesy of CIVANA Wellness Resort & Spa.

6 Must-Try Spas in Scottsdale

BY MELISSA LARSEN
As much as it is known for cotton-candy sunsets and towering saguaro, Scottsdale, Arizona is a paradise of pampering — the city is actually home to more than 50 spas, many of which are nationally recognized and award-winning. Those seeking a weekend away with girlfriends, a romantic escape for two, or some good old-fashioned “me time” all make their way to Scottsdale for its bounty of bliss-inducing spa offerings.
(Pro tip: Book your appointment mid-week or in the summer when Scottsdale sees fewer out of town visitors for the best spa rates. You’re welcome.)
And the treatments are just the tip of the iceberg. These spas are brimming with amenities like rooftop pools and meditation areas that beg to be savored all day long. Here are five top spa experiences in Scottsdale (plus one bonus!). 
Feel your stress melt away in 3, 2, 1…

1. JOYA SPA AT SCOTTSDALE RESORT & SPA AT MONTELUCIA

Go for the signature Moroccan Orange Blossom body treatment then stay (all day!) for the endless amenities at
Joya Spa
at Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Montelucia. Spa-goers choose a healing stone in the Joy of Intention Room before moving onto the Joy of Purification Room, centered by a radiating 55-pound quartz crystal. The crown jewel of this pampering paradise: the Joya Terrace with its rooftop pool accessible only to spa guests, front-row views of Camelback Mountain, and a menu of refreshing cocktails and good-for-you eats.

2. WELL & BEING SPA AT FAIRMONT SCOTTSDALE PRINCESS

With a design that pulls from nature’s primary elements and treatments that range from reflexology and cupping to detoxifying wraps and aromatherapy scrubs, it’s obvious why
Well & Being Spa
at Fairmont Scottsdale Princess is an award-winning destination. It’s so remarkable, in fact, that renowned Sisley-Paris Spa recently opened a spa-within-a-spa concept at the resort, marking its largest outpost in the nation and one of the best resort spas in Scottsdale. Overall wellness is at the forefront of Well & Being’s offerings, with aerial yoga and TRX among the spa’s fitness classes.

3. THE PHOENICIAN SPA

For three consecutive years,
The Phoenician Spa
has been named a Forbes Five-Star Award winner — and with good reason. Even before stepping foot in a treatment room, the gorgeously grand space (anchored by a stunning art piece of a phoenix hanging from the lobby ceiling) will make you feel like royalty for the day. The rooftop pool, surrounded by private cabanas that are available to rent, offers the perfect spot to lounge and bask in that post-massage euphoria. This may just be the best spa in Scottsdale…but we still love checking them all out.

4. SANCTUARY SPA AT SANCTUARY CAMELBACK MOUNTAIN

Sanctuary Spa
at Sanctuary Camelback Mountain gives spa-goers an Asian-inspired path to rejuvenation, starting with its Zen meditation garden and a reflection pond. For the ultimate special occasion prep, the Coconut Sumatra Body Ritual is among the spa’s signature experiences, leaving skin with a healthy glow, while the Masami Facial reduces inflammation, redness and puffiness. (Inquire about the alfresco treatment room for a pinch-me pampering moment.) Best of all, guests can enjoy a selection of 30 complimentary weekly fitness classes for a wellness experience of a different sort.

5. SPA AVANIA AT HYATT REGENCY SCOTTSDALE RESORT & SPA AT GAINEY RANCH 

Offering a beautiful and refreshing indoor/outdoor oasis,
Spa Avania
at Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Gainey Ranch is a local favorite for couples looking to reconnect — or individuals looking to totally disconnect from it all. A few of the spa’s standout features include garden-side treatment rooms with private entrances, water therapy via a French-Celtic mineral pool, hot and cold plunges, and a picturesque lotus pond, to name a few. And Spa Avania offers only the finest teas to perk up patrons between treatments.

BONUS: CIVANA WELLNESS RESORT & SPA

A little ways outside of Scottsdale,
CIVANA Wellness Resort & Spa
in Carefree offers 20-plus acres for outdoor adventuring, beautiful accommodations, top-notch dining and, most importantly, a world-class spa. After making your way through the spa’s hydrotherapy thermal circuit of hot and cold pools, melt your cares away with a Swedish or hot stone massage, a Reiki treatment, and a sound bowl healing session. It’s well worth the drive…and the splurge!

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ABOUT THE WRITER 
Melissa Larsen is an Arizona-based writer and editor with 18 years of experience in print and online luxury lifestyle publications. Melissa has written about restaurants, travel, design, nightlife, fashion, fitness, beauty, nonprofits, real estate, and the Valley’s most high-profile events.

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