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Her Best Spa Services in Scottsdale, Arizona

Award for Best Native American Influence...
Golden Door Spa

Journeywoman awards top rating in this category to the Golden Door Spa at the Boulders for their signature treatment, The Turquoise Wrap. Fifty minutes long, it's goal is detoxification and grounding, however we also found the procedure extremely interesting -- an excellent foray into Native American culture and the healing techniques they've practised in the Southwestern United States. It's believed that turquoise is a colour of protection, self-confidence and positive energy. During the session Hopi blue cornmeal is used in the brisk exfoliation process, followed by an ionized turquoise clay wrap (the clay has a lovely silk feel and produces a warm drawing sensation). The therapist then soothes the guest into a pleasant meditative state by performing a rainstick ritual and using lemongrass and sandlewood essential oils to help cleanse the spirit. After a slow shower comes a final full-body honey masque plus steam designed to nourish the skin and please the senses. Don't plan anything else after this treatment. All you'll want to do is nap and continue to dream of a time gone by.

Extraordinary Spa Pedicure...
The Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain

What do most women do once they book a spa holiday? They immediately schedule a pre-trip appointment for a pedicure, squeezing yet another item into their very busy agenda. Journeywoman suggests that you rethink this timing. Why not program that pedicure into your first days of spa hopping? This way you'll truly relax and enjoy your pleasures to the fullest.

The "Best Pedicure" category goes to The Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain for providing their clients with sixty minutes of heavenly bliss. The pedicurist understands that this service is not only about your feet -- rather a good pedicure affects you head to toe. You are invited to relax in the spa's comfy armchair which is immediately adjusted to the contours of the back. In this way vibrations can be delivered along your body via waves or in a steady rhythm. Feet are immersed in a Jacuzzi bath with a cool mint treatment added. Need more hot or cold? Just say the word. A heating element in the foot tub keeps the temperature constant. Ah-h-h, the luxury!

Once nails are shaped and cuticles tamed, guests enjoy a hand massage and an "up-to-the-knee" exfoliating mint scrub as well as moisturizing massage. Then comes the paraffin wax dip followed by the donning of terry cloth booties designed to seal in heat for maximum benefit.

Picking the polish color for your toe nails can be considered a Journeywoman adventure. All the colours come in tiny bottles with each rich shade named after a travel destination -- titles like Taos: shimmering brown bronze, Manhattan: rich tomato red or Sonoma: a deep shade of burgundy. The finishing touch? Guests receive a "footsie bag" containing the rest of the nail polish and all the other paraphernalia used in their pedicure (file, buffer, cuticle stick) for touch-ups at home. What a smart idea!

Outstanding Spa Design and Ambiance...
Willow Stream Spa, Fairmont Scottsdale Princess

Finally.... it was love at first sight when Journeywoman stepped into the three-level Willow Stream Spa at the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess. Listen carefully and you'll probably hear the calming sounds of the spa's waterfall on each of those restful treatment and relaxation floors. From the rooftop pool to the atrium on the ground floor, Willow Stream sprawls over an impressive 44,000 square feet -- its design and ambiance one of soothing natural colours and elements. Think stacked-rock walls, redwood furniture and flooring, basalt rocks, wooden bowls brimming with red and green apples, earth tones, natural light, large pottery pots, graceful palms and succulents.

As far we're concerned, any spa management looking for exciting renovation ideas should pay a visit to Willow Stream before they begin their own work. This spa is an oasis of pure hospitality, serenity and absolute calm.

Contact information...

Willow Stream Spa, Fairmont Scottsdale Princess
7575 East Princess Drive
Scottsdale, Arizona 85255, USA
Tel: 480.585.4848

The Centre foe Well-Being, The Phoenician, Scottsdale
6000 East Camelback Road
Scottsdale, Arizona, 85251, USA
Tel: 480.941.8200

The Boulders Resort and Golden Door Spa
P.O. Box 2090
Carefree, Arizona 85377
Tel: 480.488.9009

The Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain
5700 East McDonald Drive
Paradise Valley, Arizona, 85253, USA
Tel: 480.948.2100

Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale at Troon North
10600 E. Crescent Moon Drive,
Scottsdale, Arizona, 85255, USA
Tel: 480.515.5700

The Spa at Camelback Inn
5402 E. Lincoln Drive
Scottsdale, Arizona, 85253
Tel: 480. 596.7040

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