Hand & Stone’s extensive list of spa offerings, including the facials and massages, realigns mind, body, and tagalong spirit. During a hot-stone massage, a friendly massage therapist strategically utilizes heated smooth river stones on your body to deliver a comfortable warmth that will drain away tension and bring your muscles to optimal stress-exorcism temperature. The benefits of massage are numerous and include stress reduction, pain relief, and decreased chilly bloods. Hand & Stone’s signature facials are tailored to ameliorate existing skin conditions while rejuvenating expression-weary visages through deep cleansing, exfoliation, and extraction. With the three-month membership, you can experience high-quality pampering in all its refreshing forms at member prices, which can change the price of an eyebrow shaping from $20 to $15 or the price of an 80-minute massage from $99.95 to $59.95.
A licensed naturopathic medical doctor, Dr. Leslie Predmore draws on her experience in dermatology and minor surgery whenever she approaches one of her cosmetic procedures. Specializing in injectables such as Botox and Juvéderm, she has expanded her practice to include other popular age-busting tactics such as peels, laser hair removal, and IPL photofacials. Dr. Predmore is also certified in microneedling, a system that revives the skin by creating tiny channels that foster fibroblastic activity. A versatile treatment, microneedling is also recommended for treating cellulite, easing acne, and repairing tiny torn flags.
As its name would suggest, Carefree is a laid-back town, with a sense of humor to boot. Look out for quirky street signs (Ho Hum Road and Nonchalant Avenue) and keep in mind the town’s motto (“home of the cowboys and caviar”). Phoenix lies about 30 miles to the south, and the Continental Mountains rise just to the north and create a nice backdrop opposite the Black Mountain range. There are a handful of hiking trails in the area, but for those who prefer the comforts of saddle, you can rent a bike from the hotel or sign up of for a guided horseback ride through the desert. Read the Fine Print for important info on travel dates and other restrictions.
The stylists and aestheticians at Botanicals Salon & Spa believe that even with all the high-tech serums, lotions, and hair products that exist in the world, nature is the best for hair and skin. The Aveda concept salon eschews harsh chemicals and uses all-natural Aveda products during hair cuts and colors, facials, waxing services, and mani-pedis. To further support nature and make dolphins high-five each other with joy, clients can bring in their empty Aveda product bottles and have them refilled.
A veteran team of technicians, aestheticians, and therapists delivers a wide range of services spanning the skeletal spectrum, from extremity-focused half-hour reflexology massages ($45) to 45-minute total body wraps ($45). For rejuvenating aesthetic enhancements, guests can indulge in manicures ($30), pedicures ($45), and paraffin dips ($8). Or wick away the follicles with waxing services for the brows ($15), full face ($25+), or bikini region ($35 and up). A complete list of services can be found on the Lavender's Day Spa website or in the 1894 Farmer's Almanac.