March 18, 2013

Living La Vida Local at Scottsdale, AZ Spas

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 View of Scottsdale Arizona

This post is part of a compensated conversation by the Scottsdale Convention and Visitors Bureau. I was asked to share about favorite local spots in Scottsdale so you’ll come visit Scottsdale.

It’s no secret I live in Phoenix, Arizona. I live about 2 miles from Scottsdale, and do most of my shopping and dining out there. It’s not that I can’t find the same stores in Phoenix, it’s just that places in Scottsdale are usually closer. And Scottsdale spas are a destination for visitors and locals, alike. When the Scottsdale Convention & Visitors Bureau asked if I’d like to share some of the best things about Scottsdale, it was an easy yes. Come, let’s experience ScottsdaleSpa Style!

I take a lot for granted living here. Scottsdale is like the land of 10,000 spas. Over the years I’ve probably been to all of them. But, like any good local I have my favorites. I have different favorites for different things, though. If I’m going for a full day, then it’s Camelback Inn Spa without question. If I want a few hours of me time at the end of a long week, I’ll drive out to the Four Seasons Scottsdale for spa happy hour. If I want to feel like I’m in a European spa there are a few choices, depending on the treatment I’m feeling. I could go on and on, really.

As February was winding down I was feeling stressed and really wanted to relax. Finding time is always the challenge. So one Sunday afternoon, as CycleGuy and BabyGirl hung out I headed out to the spa at Four Season Scottsdale at Troon North for the afternoon. It was overcast and gloomy, but at the slightly higher elevation the view of the Valley was just spectacular. The Four Seasons is one of my favorite hotels because it’s a short drive out of the main city into the mountain-area of Scottsdale. It’s surrounded by nature and tucked into the landscape so you feel like you’re on vacation.

Four Seasons Scottsdale at Troon North

I’ve attended a number of events at this Four Seasons and it has never disappointed. Same goes for the spa. If you’ve never been to a Four Seasons, it’s truly one of the best hotels. CycleGuy and I have stayed at a few of them around the world, so it’s nice to have something familiar in my own back yard.

View from Four Seasons Scottsdale

This isn’t one of those giant hotel complexes. It’s so well planned that despite being a large property you never feel consumed by it. That’s one of the reasons I love the Four Seasons spa. It’s very intimate and cozy, but with every amenity you could want. After a frenetic week, it was nice to sit in my robe in the lounge, drinking tea and having a little treat – lavender chai shortbread cookies. With the lights dimmed and soft music, all 6 over-stuffed chairs could have been filled and I wouldn’t have even cared. This time, I had the lounge all to myself and it was heaven! It’s amazing how much the mind clears when there is no one asking you anything other than if you’re comfortable or if you need anything.

With BlissDom just a few days away I decided I needed a dose of DailyBliss and to have a disconnect day. You know, one of those days – or at least a few hours – when you’re required to unplug. For me, my go-to day spa is The Spa at Camelback Inn. I first went there in 1990. CycleGuy probably didn’t know what he was getting himself into when he gave me that first gift certificate, but years later it would be the place where we decided we wanted to move back to Arizona. It’s where I take friends who visit. It’s where I meet up with my girlfriends when we really need to just chill-out.

The Spa at Camelback Inn

The Spa at Camelback Inn is large, but you don’t feel lost. The staff is attentive and the amenities are first class. The private patio is one of my favorite places. With a spectacular view of Camelback Mountain, it doesn’t matter that my house is minutes away because I feel like I’m on vacation. The pool is gorgeous and the crystal blue water is a beautiful contrast to the browns and greens of the desert.

Fire bowl Spa at Camelback Inn

Kaleidoscope at Camelback Inn spa Kaleidoscope at entry to The Spa at Camelback Inn

Over the years I’ve had almost every treatment offered at The Spa and I’ve never been disappointed. Its one of the few spas I’ve been to where the employees have worked there for decades. It’s nice going back over the years and seeing familiar faces and being welcomed back like we’re old friends.

Entry View The Spa at Camelback Inn

When I first started going, mobile phones weren’t what they are today. Over the years, though, as we’ve become more and more connected the spa has resisted the push to add WiFi. I know! It seems impossible to survive without being connected. They really want you to escape and relax. So much so that their robes do not have pockets.

Private Patio Spa at Camelback Inn

I’ve written quite a bit about finding opportunities for “me time”, and I do my best to practice what I preach. I’m fortunate that I’m surrounded by so many great Scottsdale spas to get away and feel like I’m on vacation even if I’m only a few miles from my home. Next time you’re in Scottsdale, you’ll know how to Live La Vida Local!

So, when are you coming to visit? What are your favorite spas? Want to learn more about Scottsdale? Stay connected with me on Facebook, Twitter or Email and request a free visitors guide from the Scottsdale Convention and Visitors Bureau.

Disclosure: I have been provided compensation by the Scottsdale Convention and Visitors Bureau to share my experience and favorites of life as a local in Scottsdale, AZ. All thoughts and opinions are mine, and may not reflect the views of any organizations listed. My thoughts and opinions were not influenced by this compensation. This article was not reviewed or edited by a third-party. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising. Why do I put these disclosures in my posts? Besides being a lawyer and writing about this stuff, they’re required by consumer protection laws and you deserve to know.

Sara

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