Along with taming treacherous sand traps, Gold Canyon Golf Resort positions guests to trek through Arizona's untarnished desert terrain flecked with scenic trails for hiking and biking. Water trickles from near-pristine calcite formations of Kartchner Caverns State Park, where trained guides host extensive tours of the subterranean kingdom. Lost Dutchman State Park—named for a storied gold mine—exemplifies the Superstition Wilderness, its landscape peppered with nimble-footed mule deer, javelina, and jackrabbits. Bright rays from the windows bounce off the shiny wood furniture in Kokopelli’s Restaurant, Gold Canyon’s casual yet upscale-style in-house restaurant. Grilled Cajun rib-eye steak rests regally atop the dinner menu, which also serves up sandwiches, seafood, and pastas. Outside Gold Canyon Golf Resort's culinary headquarters, a trip to Tempe—roughly 40 minutes north— reveals dynamic contemporary and ethnic cuisine such as Ethiopian.
A former fast-paced corporate-world professional, yoga instructor Kay Koski now fosters a community where time seems to stop. Students can achieve deeper mind-body connections during yoga classes or unwind under the soothing strokes of licensed massage therapist Valerie Eenhuis. Kay also is a certified hypnotist and helps guests overcome physical and emotional limitations.
Revive Salon & Spa’s 5,000-square-foot space grants its team of aesthetic experts boasting more than 7 years of experience enough elbow room to thoroughly augment human hides with a menu of hair, skin, nail, and massage services. Recently changing their look and image, the customer-focused salon vows to greet each customer with a smile and positive attitude. Moroccan Oil and Alfaparf haircare products allow the team of stylists to transform waning strands into vibrant head gardens, and Eminence and Iimage skincare serums glide their nourishing ingredients on faces and bodies to soften epidermal expanses. The salon’s nail technicians restore scratchers to fine fettle with manicures and pedicures that shape and trim nails, and massage therapists perform soothing strokes to oust back pains caused by living in a tiny dollhouse. Additional services include threading and Botox treatments.
After healing patients as a nurse for 25 years, Mary Lynn of Mary Lynn’s Massage and Day Spa traded in bandages for body wraps and became a licensed massage therapist and aesthetician. Today, Mary Lynn helms her own eponymous day spa, where she coddles clients with 15 types of massage techniques—from deep tissue to reflexology—and a range of skin treatments, including rejuvenating chemical peels and permanent makeup for eyes and lips. Her cozy and elegant day spa welcomes clients with an inviting waiting room, complete with a cushy leather sofa for pretreatment relaxing. Inside private treatment rooms, salmon hues set patrons at ease with warm comfort like a kangaroo's velvet-lined pouch.
Dr. Jason Taylor, DC, MUAC, knows firsthand the benefits of chiropractic care and alternative medicine. Dr. Taylor was studying to be a dentist when he injured his back playing hockey and received his first chiropractic adjustment. He was so impressed with his pain relief that he decided to trade in his “Kiss Me I’m a Dentist” t-shirt and devote his professional life to helping others to experience the same healing. His passion for athletics now translates into the treatment of sports injuries, and he was recently certified in manipulation under anesthesia, a noninvasive procedure used to treat chronic pain.
After stepping into 20 Volume Salon & Spa, the front desk’s river-rock background immediately foreshadows a relaxing day of pampering. At the 2,600-square-foot Aveda Concept establishment, visitors can unload their stresses in the guest lounge or on the outdoor patio before their appointments. Clients look into the large, plum-framed mirrors at each of the salon area’s 11 styling stations, where they can watch as a stylist renovates their hair with precision cuts, classic Aveda scalp treatments, coloring, and updos. Inside 20 Volume’s private treatment areas, patrons achieve a movie star appearance with complexion-balancing Enbrightenment facials, rosemary-mint body wraps, and sparkles meticulously installed into their smiles.