Located the heart of Arizona’s Sonoran Desert, Scottsdale is a mecca for spa and wellness. Where else can you enjoy year-round good weather, leading-edge hospitality and comfort, and an endless variety of outdoor pursuits such as golf, tennis, hiking and cycling? Today, Scottsdale continues to enhance its spa and wellness offerings by combining leading edge therapies, botanicals and traditional Native American healing techniques with modern-day indulgence. The following is a list of some of our favorites.

Spa at the Boulders
Boulders Spa, Healthy Living + Travel

A true adventure spa, the Spa at the Boulders is 33,000-square-feet of pampering and renewed energy – ideal for when you’re finished playing golf, tennis, hiking, cycling and rock-climbing. With 24 beautifully appointed treatment rooms, indulge yourself with the ultimate spa day through the art of massage, therapeutic baths and refreshing treatments. Lounge and detoxify in steam rooms, saunas and the ofuro, a traditional Japanese bath. Sip a rejuvenating drink in the tea room while enjoying the views of desert vistas. Lounge alongside the spa’s adult-only heated pool nestled near 12-million-year-old boulders while enjoying organic fare from the Spa Café. The spa combines Eastern and Western influences in its design, healing methods, treatments and philosophies. The Spa at the Boulders Resort is an ideal venue to experience the desert.

Joya SpaJoya Spa, Healthy Living + Travel

The Joya Spa, is an opulent 31,000 sq. ft. Andalusian-inspired jewel of Omni Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Montelucia, and a journey to a world of wonder and relaxation. It features 20 luxurious treatment rooms, lavish lounge areas to relax in before and after spa treatments, a private rooftop pool and terrace complete with poolside cabanas and spectacular views of Camelback Mountain, a state-of-the-art fitness center with motion studio and refreshing juice bar, and Joya Terrace, showcasing indulgent and healthful cuisine as well as breathtaking views. The fitness center remains open 24 hours a day for the convenience of members and resort guests.

Spa Avania
Avania Spa, Healthy Living + Travel

Spa Avania is the 21,000-square-foot spa reflecting balance and harmony at the Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Resort. The spa awakens your senses using an organic concept inspired by the natural beauty and landscape of Arizona’s Sonoran Desert. Treatments and regimens center on the spa’s “time-of-day” philosophy and how the body prepares to Awaken (Morning), Balance (Midday) and Renew (Evening). Treatment protocol, products and personal iPods, light and smell are keyed to what each individual’s body physiology requires to operate at its peak. Spa Avania features 19 treatment rooms, an outdoor French Celtic mineral pool and lotus pond, relaxation areas, exercise facilities, steam and sauna, hot and cold plunges, a full service salon and an on-site fitness instructor, providing structured classes, group instruction and personal training.

The Spa at Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale at Troon North
The Spa at Four Seasons Scottsdale, Healthy Living + Travel

Looking for a  getaway, or a hideaway? The Spa at Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale offers an extensive array of seasonal, indigenous and innovative spa treatments, such as the Jojoba & Prickly Pear Body Polish, Hydrating & Soothing Facial and the Golfer’s Massage. And, for a truly special treat, resort guests can enjoy an In-Casita Massage on their casita terrace or balcony. Enjoy the resort’s fabulous pool, then tackle your post-spa appetite at Proof, the resort’s American canteen offering a selection of food from across all 50 states.

The Spa at Camelback Inn
Spat at Camelback Inn, Healthy Living + Travel

The award-winning Spa at Camelback Inn blends the indulgences of a full-service destination spa within a spectacular resort offering the ambience and magic of the Sonoran Desert. Featuring a full complement of spa offerings, The Spa includes a state-of-the-art fitness center, 32 treatment rooms, spa pool, and Scottsdale’s only spa restaurant, Sprouts. Guests experience one-of-a-kind spa therapies inspired by the techniques and nature-based ingredients of indigenous Native American cultures.

Alvadora Spa
Alvadora Spa, Healthy Living + Travel

Intimate and tranquil, Alvadora Spa at Royal Palms Resort located in the heart of the city indulges the senses with natural beauty and the finest spa amenities. Eight treatment rooms are steeped in Mediterranean beauty, and many spill into serene, private indoor-outdoor courtyards. Experience cascading outdoor eight-foot waterfall showers, and relax with a glass of wine next to a crackling fireplace. Rejuvenate and reconnect with a couple’s hot stone massage. Distinguished among Phoenix-Scottsdale luxury spas, Alvadora offers a collection of signature treatments centered on the nurturing essences of the Mediterranean, soothing the spirit, renewing the body and enriching the mind.

VH Spa
VH Spa, Healthy Living + Travel

Fun, retro and in the center of Old Town Scottsdale, the VH Spa at Hotel Valley Ho focuses on transformational treatments and services. Take in the fresh air on the spa deck, or swim in one of the city’s prettiest lap pools before your treatment. Unwind and rewind. VH Spa features eight private treatment rooms, individual showers, a 24-hour high-tech fitness center, movement studio and boutique, as well as men’s and women’s locker rooms, saunas and lounges. Enjoy signature treatments like the Istanbul Hammam Experience and Helsinki Nature Treatment.

Well & Being SpaWell & Being Spa, Healthy Living + Travel

Regarded as “one of the best spas in Arizona,” Well & Being Spa at the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess is an innovative fusion of spa and wellness offering a uniquely rewarding and deeply personalized palette of experiences that infuse life with a greater sense of vitality. From the exhilaration of Aerial Hammock Yoga to the tranquility of the Hacienda Retreat, experience the motivating kick-start of the spa’s new, evidence-based approach to nutrition and exercise.

Spa Biltmore
Spa Biltmore, Healthy Living + Travel

The philosophy of the Frank Lloyd-Wright-designed Spa Biltmore is to align with your desired treatment and wellness goals. They are dedicated to providing a truly memorable and renewing experience through the power of touch and authentic engagement. With your health and well-being in mind, the spa offers a selection of organic and vegan ingredients, therapeutic traditions and the latest noninvasive skin care technology.

Palo Verde Spa & ApothecaryPalo Verde Apothecary Spa, Healthy Living + Travel

One of the newest spas in Scottsdale, Palo Verde Spa & Apothecary is inspired by the splendor of the Sonoran Desert. Its wellness philosophy illuminates the natural healing powers of the earth’s most sacred resources and highlights the mission of Andaz Scottsdale Resort & Spa to reuse and repurpose whenever possible. The spa’s luxurious menu includes treatments using ingredients by a local Sedona botanist – providing the ideal blend for your wellness goals, in a space inspired by the artistic culture of the desert.

Honourable mentions:

Agave, The Arizona Spa; Bliss Spa W Scottsdale; The Spa at Talking Stick; Spa at Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain; Life In Balance Wellness Center at the Inn at Eagle Mountain; Luna Spa at The Scottsdale Resort at McCormick Ranch; The Phoenician Spa.