Imagine my pleasure when I
was invited on a Sonoran Desert Spa Respite
in Scottsdale, Arizona. Since Journeywoman considers this
area a prime destination for those seeking the latest trends in
spa-ing, I certainly was ready for a southwestern smorgasbord featuring
cutting edge spa techniques, healthful eating opportunities and
stress-free days filled with bright sunshine.
Included in my "spoil-me-silly"
itinerary were such biggies in the industry as The Spa at Camelback
Inn, The Willow Stream Spa at the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess,
The Golden Door Spa at The Boulders, The Sanctuary on Camelback
Mountain, The Centre for Well-Being at the Phoenician and The Spa
at Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale.
trip yields spa delights...
The happy task I set
for myself was to choose from this luxurious spa buffet "the
best of the best" in accommodation, design, food
services. Secondly, I wanted to inspire other women to go
spa and resort hopping in and around this healing corner of
the world. Moms and daughters, sisters or best pals, will
love exploring this Sonoran Desert area by car. There's no
need to spend one full week at any single stop. With wheels
it's easy to enjoy "the best of the best" as you
move from one wonderful resort complex to the next.
Here is Journeyman's
list of prize-winning suggestions...
Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain
choice for "Outstanding Spa Accommodation" is the
Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain
(located on the north slope of the mountain high above Paradise
At this secluded Shangri-La,
pleasure seekers can enjoy Asian-inspired casitas with decor
guaranteed to satisfy the whims of the most demanding guests.
Included in the dual-level unit is a modern sitting room appointed
with sleek furniture, gas fireplace, a most superior sound
system and a glorious view. This space becomes the ideal spot
to relax -- especially after one of the spa's superior treatments.
Hurrah for the wonderfully
roomy bathroom -- in fact, it was big enough to accommodate
the ironing board that Journeywoman conveniently left standing
all the time she was there. A well-lit, magnifying make-up
mirror earned extra "women-friendly" points as did
the elegant Frette bathrobe that wraps the wearer in absolute
luxury. Journeywoman was most impressed with The Sanctuary's
in-room amenities including Erno Lazlo skincare products that
enjoy an excellent reputation around the world.
The bedroom's stylish
leather headboard, sun-resistant drapes, 300-threadcount sheets
and an heavenly mattress allow a travelling woman to sleep
like a pampered princess.
But, that's not all.
What clinched the "Outstanding Accommodation" award
for The Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain is the suite's private
outdoor steeping tub. Picture a balmy desert moonlit night
-- bathsalts are added, tea candles are lit. You strip down
to skin, step into the warm water and enjoy a slow soak as
you contemplate the stars in the vast Milky Way.
Most Creative Spa Menu...
The Willow Stream Spa
a doubt, this category belongs to The
Willow Stream Spa for their Japanese-inspired Bento
Box lunch. Executive Chef Reed Groban uses the notion of
the five compartment black lacquer lunch box to guide spa
guests to eat wisely. Health conscious diners are presented
with a five-category menu including headings for (1) proteins,
(2) legumes, (3) grains & rice, (4) dairy, (5) sweets.
Within each of these subdivisions are three choices and
guests are asked to choose one food item from each. Journeywoman
chose: Balsamic Braised Chicken Breast with White Bean Hummus,
Sundried Fruit Tabbouleh, Basil Fresh Mozzarella & Olive
Oil and a Peach Streusel Muffin for dessert. Tastes are
marvellous and moderate portions fit well into the five
Bento Box compartments. This is a portable lunch -- guests
are encouraged to pour a glass of Lemon Hibiscus Tea and
seek out one of the many tranquil rest areas to enjoy their
spa picnic. A delightful experience!
More spa awards...