Without spas, terrycloth bathrobes would have to make ends meet by taking part-time jobs as car-wash rags and Muppets. Help keep bathwear gainfully employed with today's Groupon: for $35, you get $70 worth of spa services and café fare at Aji Spa and Aji Café at the Sheraton Wild Horse Pass Resort in Chandler.
Caretakers familiar with traditional Native American practices design and administer the services at Aji, a spa and salon decorated in the style of an ancient Pima and Maricopa retreat. Features pop following a custom makeup application performed with hypoallergenic products that are as gentle on skin as a robe made of whispers ($50+). Pamper exteriors with such salon services as the 50-minute Nohnhovi, which combines a citrus-sugar manicure, a massage, and a hydrating paraffin treatment ($55–$75). Oils and clay rain down on scalps during the 50-minute Kushpo deep-conditioning hair treatment, a highlight of the authentic indigenous collection of services ($65+).
To avoid gnawing on their shoelaces for sustenance, spa-goers can also feast on Aji Café fare, which includes a pulled-pork panini doused in curry-barbecue sauce ($15) and a grilled portobello-mushroom wrap replete with black-bean hummus and oven-roasted peppers ($13).
Aji Spa at Sheraton Wild Horse Pass Resort
Visitors to Aji Spa enjoy not only supreme relaxation, but also a rare and precious glimpse into Native American culture. The Pima and Maricopa tribes that own the spa designed the indigenous collection of hair, face, and body treatments to closely align with their tribes' traditional rituals for healing and purification. The spa space is decorated in the style of an ancient healing retreat, and guests can choose to detoxify and relax with any number of services. Kioho—aka Burden Basket Meditation—sessions draw inspiration from the traditional baskets Pima women used to transport up to 100 pounds of household necessities and children. Guests work one-on-one with an experienced meditation instructor to isolate their mental stressors—their own burdens—and purge them, resulting in a sense of peace and a lighter emotional load. During the Kushpo indigenous scalp treatment, a skilled staff member massages a mixture of oil and clay into the hair and scalp to balance the scalp, soften hair, and melt away stress.