Hiking down the path of an unknown mountain trail brings you to a fork in the road. You have the choice to take the safe, well-worn path or stray from the trail and venture through the unpaved wilderness. Braving the brush and rocky climb may lead you to amazing scenic views, a meadow of wildflowers or something beautifully tucked away from the well-trotted trail. Whichever path you choose, you really never know what you are going to get. Like hiking, spa searching can be just as risky. Luckily, we’ve put on our spa slippers and trekked high and low through Arizona to find the lesser-known spa gems worth the stray. Escape for a day and discover the unique charm which makes each of these spas a hidden treasure.
Los Caballeros Spa at Rancho de los Caballeros Resort, Wickenburg. This guest ranch and golf resort located just outside of historic Wickenburg offers cowgirls (and boys) a full-service spa experience. Housed in a renovated ranch house, the spa boasts eight sun-splashed treatment rooms, a separate nail area with a roaring fireplace and a meditative labyrinth framed by views of the distant Vulture’s Peak. Indulge from hat to boots with facials and massages as well as a few down-home selections like the Home Sweet Home Milk Bath, Hassayampa Stone Massage and specialty foot softening wraps and soaks. P.S., Make plans to go soon because the entire ranch closes down for the summer in mid May, reopening in early October.
The Oasis Spa at the Tree of Life Rejuvenation Center, Patagonia. Retreat from your daily drag at this holistic spa located the high desert mountains of Patagonia. Relax and recharge with a desert aroma wrap, detoxing massage, herbal facial and vast variety of healing energy treatments. Intensify your all-natural experience with yoga classes, organic meals, food prep classes, evening meditation and more.
Monsoon Face & Body, Bisbee. At the heart of this charming old mining town lies an eclectic full-service salon and spa centered around wellness and healing. Each service provider brings a special talent to their area of expertise and focuses on helping clients achieve their physical and spiritual goals. Stop in for a yoga class, massage, facial, hair service or sign up to take a special workshop. Monsoon also offers signature Nectar products designed to protect skin from the elements and provide a full daily dose of vitamins and antioxidants necessary for a healthy glow.
The Spa at Hacienda Del Sol, Tucson. A rustic Spanish-style resort spotted with beautiful gardens, outdoor courtyards and scenic mountain views. Adorned with eclectic furnishings and unique architectural design, this old-world resort is a unique and intimate spa escape. Treat yourself to a balancing craniosacral therapy session, jade stone massage or the ultimate mani and pedi.
The Spa at Francisco Grande, Casa Grande. This refurbished hotel and golf resort located between Phoenix and Tucson houses a spa with a wide variety of massage and body treatments. After a long day of golf, lounging by the pool or shopping at the Casa Grande outlets, stop in for a La Stone massage or clay body mask. Also take advantage of their state of the art fitness center and exquisite Southwestern dining.
Cielo Spa at Rex Ranch, Amado. Escape the blazing Phoenix-area heat and head south to Amado for cooler temperatures along with some peace and quiet. Upon your arrival at the spa, an attendant will help create and choose a combination of spa treatments centered around reducing stress and promoting healthy living. Choose from a variety of treatments including integrated body therapies, rose hydrotherapy bath and a tropical facial massage.
Briar Patch Inn, Sedona. This quaint bed and breakfast nestled along the banks of Oak Creek surrounded by lush gardens and red rock mountain views is a gorgeous retreat for a weekend vacation. Hotel guests are can receive customized massage treatments in the privacy of their own room or in the facility’s open-air creek side gazebo. Yoga, facials, and guided hikes are also available on the facility’s naturally blissful setting.