It's nothing new for a spa to claim to be an "oasis," but Revive Spa means it literally. Set in the midst of the Sonoran Desert, the crown jewel of the JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort is truly a sight for sore eyes?or sore backs, shoulders, and legs, for that matter.
Water symbolizes restoration, healing, and relaxation, so Revive Spa weaves it throughout its decor. Water flows directly beneath the lobby's skylit rotunda. It forms the centerpiece of the Spa Sanctuary Pool's ring of palm trees and billowing cabanas. It mingles with the fresh desert air in the second story's Zen Loft. Even so, Revive Spa doesn't shy away from incorporating Sonoran influences in its treatments. Flora indigenous to the desert are used to make the deep-cleansing masks for facials and the lotions used during massages are made with ingredients from the spa's own herb garden.
While the award-winning treatments attract visitors from far and wide, fireplaces and private patios in the relaxation rooms make it easy to linger in a zone of almost unmatched serenity. The same can be said of the spa's bistro, which crafts sophisticated dishes using organic ingredients and herbs from the garden.
Twisted Tree Health's holistic treatments range from the immediacy of hands-on massages to the longterm benefits of coaching and wellness services. The studio is certified in specialty techniques such as lomi lomi and thai massages, as well as more traditional offerings including hot-stone, sports, and deep-tissue massages. Alternatively, clients can swing by for life coaching and nutritional services designed to sustain healthy practices over the course of a [mortal's] lifetime.
Heidi Lamar didn't know much about spas when she first purchased Spa Lamar. As she explained to reporters from Skin Inc., "not coming from a spa background, there were things I didn't know I couldn't do." Unhindered by industry conventions or previously fixed ideas, Heidi set about filling her 14,000-square-foot spa with innovative amenities?from a luxurious waterfall-fed pool to an onsite yoga and dance studio. She also cultivates locals instead of the typical resort crowd, banishing cacti from the decor in favor of a Caribbean-style ambiance that, as she told the Arizona Republic, caters to those who already live in Arizona and want to get away to a tropical island. Today, her media-lauded spa is the largest privately owned spa in Scottsdale and is frequented by locals, including members of the Phoenix Suns Dancers.
Before treatments that include massages, acupuncture, mani-pedis, and facials, guests garbed in fluffy complimentary robes duck into the steam room. They sample wholesome lunches and fruit plates from the tropical tea bar and relax in the sauna while waiting for a haircut or warm algae wrap. Sunbathers float around the pool on loungers, whereas others simmer in a bubbling whirlpool. Unlike many traditional spas, Spa Lamar is completely coed, making it an ideal place for couples that are on a first date or permanently trapped together inside a horse costume with a broken zipper.
An award-winning Aveda concept salon, 'Ohana Aveda Salon and Spa welcomes guests into a rejuvenating oasis where stylists refresh looks with Aveda’s fragrant, plant-derived products. Each stylist that joins the 'Ohana team undergoes advanced training in the studio’s Pure Protégé program, where salon educators lead them through workshops covering everything from technical cuts and texturizing treatments to product recommendation and four-part vocal harmonies. Once they’ve ascended to the role of mane master, stylists are free to dish out the salon’s signature Aveda services, including cuts enhanced with custom head, neck, and hand treatments and complimentary makeup touchups. The salon also has documented its styling savvy in print, doing hair and makeup for photo shoots in So Scottsdale! magazine.
Brandi Nuttall, the owner of Dolce Salon & Spa, must believe that you can never have too much of a good thing. Expanding upon her first and second Dolce locations, which measure in at 12,000 and 13,000 square feet, respectively, she opened the third hub in 2007, and now there is a fourth. The 30,000-square-foot behemoth built in 2007 houses 62 styling stations, 21 spa rooms, 14 pedicure thrones, a makeup counter, a brow bar, and manicure stations. All four locations boast the same services?though at different scales?as well as men?s hair and spa treatments and bridal styling. Unlike hotels that charge extra for doorknobs and oxygen, the salons have a generous streak. They provide hairstyling services to those who donate to Locks of Love, spa services to local foster children, and hair clippings to areas affected by oil spills.
Massage Haven's name is a bit deceiving. Though both locations make good on the haven part, neither limits its services to just massages. Inside the Peoria and Scottsdale retreats, expert staff oversee facials, waxes, and various other beauty-boosting treatments, including hand and foot scrubs. Still, due to their therapeutic and relaxing benefits, massages manage to rise to the top of the services list. The team?which includes more than 20 licensed therapists? is skilled in seven different types of massage, including Swedish, prenatal, and trigger point. And each session can be as short or as long as the patient needs; those looking for a quick pick-me-up can book a 30-minute express massage, while those looking for longer kneading or an inconspicuous place to nap can escape for a full two hours.