Outside of increased hygiene, a heightened appreciation for togetherness, and learning how to work from home (and/or bake banana bread), there are a couple more things Americans took out of 2020; a need for some relaxation and restoration, and dreaming of faraway places. But with constantly changing travel rules and regulations – and perhaps an expired passport – that trip to a far-flung destination may be on hold a little longer.
Meanwhile, Scottsdale, a much shorter flight or even a drive away, has long been touted as a spa mecca and is revered for its Sonoran Desert setting, said to have healing powers. Its reputation as a place of health and wellness dates back hundreds of years to the Native Americans, who considered the body and spirit equally important to overall health. Today, Scottsdale has more resort spas per capita than any other city in the U.S., and many of them not only leverage indigenous ingredients and the serenity of our desert surroundings to rejuvenate wary travelers, but also transport spa-goers to another place with their globally influenced settings or treatments – no passport required.
Visitors can take a journey to Spain, Asia, the Mediterranean and more at these Scottsdale spas:
- Joya Spa: Arguably the most exotic in the area, the moment guests step into the spa at Omni Scottsdale Resort at Montelucia – inspired by Spain’s Andalusia region – they’ll feel as though they’re in a Moroccan riad. The spa’s modern interpretation of the Hammam prepares the mind and body for spa treatments and includes a scrub with traditional Moroccan black soap and essential oils.
- Sanctuary Spa: Take a spiritual journey to Indonesia or Thailand, with a menu boasting services like Reiki, an ancient Japanese technique for stress reduction and relaxation. The Asian-inspired spa also offers multi-day Satori Wellness Retreats, customized to address anything from mental wellbeing to physical development.
- Alvadora Spa: Bringing the healing traditions of the Mediterranean to the desert, this spa oasis at the Royal Palms uses herbs, flowers, oils, and minerals native to the region, amidst the lush gardens and winding terra cotta pathways reminiscent of coastal walkways in Spain and Italy.
- VH Spa: The Jet Set Crowd menu of treatments allows guests to experience exotic locales around the globe without leaving Scottsdale. From Helsinki to Istanbul, there are five destinations to choose from, like the Reykjavik Icelandic Moonflower Signature Treatment.
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