SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- For clients in dire need of rest and relaxation, this is the kind of town to consider.

Not only is the climate ideal, but the desert area here offers an abundance of spa options to revitalize the mind, body and soul.

A sampling of several of Scottsdale's spas follows:

  • At the Radisson Resort, the 20,000-square-foot, Asian-themed Mist spa is set among Oriental gardens and features 15 treatment rooms, a fitness center, an outdoor lap pool, private sunbathing areas and a restaurant.
  • A Hot Rocks Massage and a Golfer's Massage are among the treatments available at Sonoran Spa at the Boulder Resort. Above, casitas at the Boulders Resort. The Mist Spa offers a variety of salon services as well as a full line of massage therapies and skin care treatments.

    Some of the spa's signature treatments are the Cellular Repair Facial, providing intensive conditioning to activate metabolism and lymphatic flow in the skin, and the Dry Brush massage, which uses a boar bristle brush to remove dead and dull skin cells.

    Radisson Resort's Mist Spa
    Phone: (480) 998-3800

  • SunBurst Resort created the Ultimate Pamper package, combining accommodations at the resort with spa treatments at a choice of Scottsdale spas.
  • The spas participating in this promotion include Nordstrom, the Phoenician and the Spa at Camelback Inn.

    Package amenities include overnight accommodations; transportation between the resort and the guest's choice of spa; a one-hour Swedish massage, facial or herbal wrap, and use of all fitness facilities.

    Package rates begin at $475, double, and cover spa services for both guests.

    SunBurst Resort
    Phone: (800) 431-8592

  • The Spa at Camelback Inn features a complete fitness and exercise center; a host of European body and beauty treatments; a full-service spa salon, and wellness programs that offer testing, education and nutrition counseling.
  • The spa offers the Adobe Clay Purification Treatment, inspired by the ancient healing rituals of Native Americans.

    The full-sensory treatment uses pure red adobe clay and herbs indigenous to the Sonoran desert such as sage, juniper and sandalwood. It comprises a total body exfoliation, a clay application, an aromatherapy cleansing and application and a sauna session.

    The Spa at Camelback Inn
    Phone: (800) 242-2635

  • At the Hyatt Regency Gainey Ranch, the Sonwai Spa features amenities that include exercise equipment, fitness activities, steam and sauna rooms, four rooms for therapeutic massage and various signature facial and body treatments.
  • The resort recently added Cuisine Naturelle, serving nutritious gourmet food with moderate calories, and the Waterfall Juice Bar.

    The Hyatt Regency Gainey Ranch
    Phone: (480) 991-3388

  • Spa du Soleil offers area guests a relaxing vacation, even if it is only for a day. This full-service day spa offers advanced skin care treatments and body therapies for men and women. Individual treatments start at $40.
  • Spa du Soleil
    Phone (480) 994-5400

  • The 22,000-square-foot Centre for Well-Being at the Phoenician Resort uses the natural resources of the Southwest to offer a wide range of services ranging from natural herbal body treatments, aromatherapy massages and energy therapies to meditation and fitness activities.
  • The facility includes an aerobics studio; a weight-training and cardiovascular studio; 24 private treatment rooms; men's and women's locker rooms with whirlpools, saunas and steam rooms; Swiss shower facilities; a retail boutique, and the Waters Bar, featuring mineral and still waters from around the world, with daily selections of fresh fruit.

    One of the newest programs at the Centre for Well-Being takes place in the Meditation Atrium, where guests learn meditation techniques in one-on-one sessions with an instructor or in group settings.

    Centre for Well-Being at the Phoenician Resort
    Phone: (800) 843-2392 or (480) 423-2452

  • The signature Hot Rocks Massage at the Sonoran Spa at the Boulders Resort uses heated river stones to work away stress. The combination of heat and gentle pressure works at tense muscles and sore joints, reducing built-up tension.
  • Another special treatment is the Golfer's Massage, which concentrates on golf-specific muscle groups in the neck, shoulders, lower back and hamstrings.

    The fully equipped, 1,600-square-foot workout center features fitness machines and free weights and has cardiovascular equipment as well as recumbent and upright bikes.

    Outdoor activities include hiking, mountain biking and rock climbing. The Movement Studio features a variety of fitness classes and health seminars, and a whirlpool and a swimming pool with designated lap lanes are available outside the spa.

    Sonoran Spa at the Boulders Resort
    Phone: (480) 488-7358

  • The 80,000-square-foot Gainey Village Health Club & Spa is scheduled to open this month. The facility will combine the best of healing spa therapies with activities of the health club. It also will offer the only spa-connected medical center in Scottsdale, one operated by Scottsdale Healthcare.
  • The center will feature alternative healing therapies such as acupuncture, sports injury evaluation and rehabilitation programs. In addition to treatments such as body scrubs, herbal wraps, massage, hydrotherapy, facials and salon services, the Spa at Gainey Village will offer a movement studio that will focus on Pilates-based training, tai chi, meditation and yoga.

    Gainey Village Health Club & Spa
    Phone: (480) 609-6980

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