The origins of the Arizona spa date back to the early twentieth century. Arizonas warm, dry climate, clean air and healthy food were said to promote the healing process.
Although there are many Arizona spas, The Golden Door Spa at the Boulders is one of the most well-known. Located in Carefree, this upscale Arizona spa offers all the treatments that have made The Golden Door the most famous spa company in the world. The turquoise wrap is their signature treatment. It is based on the Native American belief in turquoise as a color of protection, self confidence and positive mental energy. Your skin is first exfoliated by blue Hopi cornmeal. Then, you are treated to a warm, ionized turquoise clay wrap.
Although the Boulders might be well known, there are many other outstanding spas in Arizona. High on the list is Miraval, which is located in southern Arizona near Tucson. The Miraval Spa focuses on the integration of body, mind and spirit. The Forbes, December 2005 issue is quoted as saying that "Miraval sets the standard for destination spas." An extensive selection of fitness classes, innovative spa treatments and even a sexual therapy program make the Miraval a distinctive Arizona spa.
You can't speak about taking an Arizona spa vacation without mentioning Canyon Ranch Spa. Located in Tucson, Canyon Ranch Spa combines the classic romance of the old West with the modern luxury of the new. The 60,000 square foot spa complex includes state-of- the-art fitness equipment, six gyms, a beauty salon and a variety of treatment rooms.
The Life Enhancement Center at Canyon Ranch Spa offers a variety of wellness retreats. You can choose from Womens Midlife programs, Optimal Aging, Living with Arthritis and Healthy Heart. The Canyon Ranch Spa is so respected, that physicians can earn up to 27 Category 1 continuing education credits by attending a Life Enhancement Center workshop or retreat.
If you are looking to take your Arizona spa vacation at a resort and spa in Scottsdale, look no further than the Scottsdale Plaza Resort. This prestigious spa boasts a highly professional staff that has been with the resort for over a decade, as well as award-winning dining. The Scottsdale Plaza Resort also has the largest whirlpool, compared to any resort and spa in Scottsdale.