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Travel guide: Arizona spa getaways

Author: Elle Canada

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Travel guide: Arizona spa getaways

The temperatures may soar in Scottsdale, but it’s easy to keep cool, calm and collected in one of the city’s top notch spas. We’ve all heard how demanding celebrities can be, so you know when they choose to spa, the services and treatments are to die for. Here, a few of top choices on where to get pampered like a celebrity.

Fairmont Scottsdale Princess
Supermodel Naomi Campbell, actress Ashley Judd and tennis superstar Serena Williams are a just a few of the famous faces who’ve stayed at this luxe resort and we’re betting they rested their pretty heads over at the famous Willow Stream Spa. The very private rooftop pool is the perfect spot to go incognito and the soothing sounds of the trickling stream to the level below is enough to lull you into blissful state. If you need more help decompressing, we vote for the 90-minute stress relief massage, where the therapist focuses on your main stress points – your head, neck, shoulders, back and feet – and comfortably kneads every shred of tension.

Hotel Valley Ho
With the hotel’s proximity to downtown Scottsdale, chances are Marisa Tomei and Denise Richards took sometime away from the Valley Ho to peruse the area’s shopping and art galleries. And all that walking could lead to some tired, achy muscles – making the hotel spa’s Red Flower Icelandic Moonflower just what the it-girl needs. This 90-minute treatment uses Icelandic Moonflower scented products, the soothing signature fragrance custom created for the Valley Ho and involves an Isla Das Rocas Revitalizing Sea Salt Scrub (to get the skin glowing and blood flowing), following by a reinvigorating massage.

Intercontinental Montelucia
The Montelucia is the choice of music’s chart-toppers – Beyonce, Jay-Z and Taylor Swift, to name just a few – and it’d be a crime to not visit the Joya Spa while there. These stars already have incredible skin but perhaps you can snag some of that same luminous skin with the incredibly relaxing and luxurious Joyambrosia Signature Body Polish. Get set to glow with the treatment’s initial scrub using the organic Joyambrosia sugar scrub (which is infused with the essence of the full moonlight-blooming Queen of the Night flower), and then accompanied with the liquid sapphire body wash and finally, some diamond light moisturizing nectar that’ll get your skin feeling its most supple.

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Sanctuary Camelback Mountain Resort & Spa
Shakira’s hips don’t lie, but they do get some TLC at the Sanctuary Camelback Mountain Resort & Spa. With a breathtaking backdrop of the famous mountain, it’s hard to imagine one would need a treatment at the spa to feel relaxed, but don’t dare missing out. Finding your centre is eased by a visit to the resort’s meditation centre and then indulge in a unique aquatic treatment in the Watsu pool – a private, heated pool in which you receive a massage in the water, which allows your body to move and reach a state of R&R unlike ever before.

W Scottsdale Hotel
Fall Out Boy and Giovanni Ribisi have crashed here while visiting Scottsdale and we’re thinking a stop into the Bliss Spa had to have been on their schedule. The spa’s famous brownie bar (choose from plain, peanut butter, toffee or cream cheese) is enough to put us in a good mood (perhaps starting off with some rolls ordered from Sushi Roku), but after a night out partying perhaps too hard, we hear that the Hangover Herbie is a must for post-revelling recuperation. This 90-minute treatment includes a wrap, facial mask, 15-minute foot massage (what your tender feet are crying out for after you subjected them to high heels all night), anti-migraine massage and, finally, Bliss’s famous oxygen spray to the face.

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