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One of the finest spas in the world, Mii Amo (525 Boynton Canyon Rd., 888/749-2137, www.miiamo.com, 6 a.m.–10 p.m. daily) regularly tops magazine “best of” lists for its comprehensive treatments, chic decor, and incredible setting in Boynton Canyon. The one downside: The luxury spa is only open to guests staying at Mii Amo or its sister resort, Enchantment. If you’re a diehard spa-goer, consider splurging on a stay here—you won’t be disappointed.
Mii Amo’s design and treatments are inspired by Native American, Asian, and New Age practices. You’ll want to spend days relaxing by indoor and outdoor pools, enjoying a fitness class on the yoga lawn, or taking a moment for quiet contemplation in the Crystal Grotto, which perfectly aligns with the sun’s light during the summer solstice. Day packages for Enchantment guests start at $390, and prices for an all-inclusive three-day journey begin at $1,905.
Hilton Sedona Spa
Hilton Sedona Spa (10 Ridge View Dr., 928/284-6900, www.hiltonsedonaspa.com, 5:30 a.m.–9 p.m. Mon.–Fri., 7 a.m.–8 p.m. Sat.–Sun.) is a rather unpretentious facility that boasts a devoted local membership. The 25,000-square-foot facility includes three tennis courts, an outdoor heated lap pool, a fully equipped gym, and fitness classes that range from basic cardio to tai chi, Kundalini yoga, and qui gong. Be sure to try one of the aromatherapy massages ($125) before taking advantage of the separate men’s and women’s steam rooms, saunas, and rooftop sun decks.
The Spa at the Sedona Rouge
Younger spa-goers may appreciate The Spa at the Sedona Rouge (2250 W. Hwy. 89A, 928/203-4111, www.sedonarouge.com/spa, 11 a.m.–6 p.m. Mon.–Thurs., 10 a.m.–7 p.m. Fri.–Sun.). The modern, boutique option offers a bit of style and substance, as therapists are trained in a host of techniques, including Ayurvedic services, Thai massage, cranial sacral reflexology, and cupping massage. Even wellness guru Deepak Chopra hosts his five-day SynchroDestiny Retreat at the spa. In addition to gender-specific steam rooms and alfresco whirlpools, guests can enjoy the co-ed tranquility room and garden. Massages here start at $120.
Amara Spa (100 Amara Ln., 800/891-0105, www.amararesort.com, 10 a.m.–7 p.m. daily) is another mod boutique-resort option, with a decidedly luxe atmosphere. Guests can create a custom-tailored massage or select from a menu of full-body treatments, like the Blissful Sage Body Wrap ($190) or Deep Blue Lavender Embrace ($130). Daily yoga classes or fitness private sessions are available.
Sedona Spa (160 Portal Ln., 928/282-5108, www.sedonaspa.com, 6 a.m.–9 p.m. Mon.–Sat., 8 a.m.–6 p.m. Sun.) at Los Abrigados Resort offers an impressive selection of therapeutic massages that begin at $95, as well as acupuncture and full-body polishes, herbal wraps, and soothing mud masks. Get to the spa early to relax in the eucalyptus steam room, sauna, and whirlpool, or to fit in a game of tennis or pilates class.
Therapy on the Rocks
Therapy on the Rocks (676 N. Hwy. 89 A, 928/282-3002, www.myofascialrelease.com, 9 a.m.–5 p.m. daily) takes a holistic approach to massage therapy. The cabin-like center, just north of Uptown on Oak Creek, specializes in the myofascial release, a massage technique practitioners say relieves pain and increases range of motion. There are half-hour, hour, and half-day sessions, as well as comprehensive two-week programs for people with chronic pain conditions. If it’s warm enough, you can enjoy a creekside treatment or the outdoor whirlpool on the sun deck. Customized treatments vary from person to person. Call ahead for individual treatment prices.
© Jeff Ficker from Moon Phoenix, Scottsdale & Sedona, 1st edition