Desert resorts in Arizona are especially popular during the winter months. Visitors can take advantage of warm temperatures to relax in the sun and enjoy the outdoors. Phoenix, Scottsdale and Tucson are home to several first class getaways. These resort areas also feature some of the best courses in the country.
In the summer, temperatures are very high in the desert, making outdoor activities such as golf or jeep tours close to impossible. Because of hot weather, desert getaways offer deep discounts during the summer months. If you are primarily interested in indoor treatments, you can take advantage of reduced rates in the summer.
Where to Stay
The Boulders offers a full range of health spa treatments, a fitness center, a Yoga studio, a beauty salon and a cafe with healthy food. There are four pools, two 18-hole championship golf courses and eight tennis courts.
The Fairmont Scottsdale Princess is a full-service getaway with a luxurious 44,000 square foot wellness center. Willow Stream Spa was inspired by a hidden oasis deep in the Grand Canyon called Havasupai and its natural elements. Before and after a treatment, guests can relax at the Oasis rooftop pool and private cabanas, offering scenic views of the McDowell Mountains. Swim to the signature waterfall and unwind surrounded by a beautiful garden.
Arizona Biltmore, located in Phoenix, has a 22,000 square foot wellness center, eight heated pools and three outdoor whirlpool spas. The resort has a 92 foot waterslide for kids and can get you get tee times at premier courses in the area.
Westward Look is set on 80 desert acres in Tucson, Arizona. The resort uses Sonoran desert plants, stones and mud as a basis for its innovative treatments.
The 20,000 square foot wellness center at the JW Marriott Starr Pass reflects the beauty of the nature of the desert that surrounds it. The three level facility contains a fitness center, floor-to-ceiling glass walls, lounges for men and women, a pool, whirlpool, steam room, sauna and a cafe. The 24 private treatment rooms will ensure that you are relaxed while you indulge in one of the many signature body treatments. To be sure you get a reservation, book your treatments when booking your stay, or at least 2 weeks in advance.
Couples who like to golf together should check into the Wigwam Golf Resort which has three spectacular courses and offers frequent weekend specials.
Wellness Centers in Arizona
Destination spas are full-service wellness centers whose main purpose is to enhance your physical and mental wellbeing. Guests check in for a number of days (anywhere from 3 days to several weeks) and participate in a series of fitness classes and lifestyle improvement educational programs. They provide meals, accommodations and all of the daily activities.
Arizona features several well-known destination spas. The most popular time to visit is winter, spring and fall when mild temperatures allow you to enjoy a variety of outdoor activities.
Canyon Ranch is famous for its creative healthy cuisine and a number of lifestyle improvement programs. Guests can choose from over 50 fitness classes and a great number of treatments.
Miraval is located in Southern Arizona near Tucson. The health spa offers over 100 facial and body treatment options. It also has several swimming pools, horseback riding stables, two tennis courts, a volleyball court and a croquet lawn.