Take A Feel Good Vacation At A Spa

Spa resorts on land and sea offer numerous ways for guests to be pampered.

Spa resorts on land and sea offer numerous ways for guests to be pampered.


Spas have been available to folks for many years. You may not have tried one, but wondered what they were really like. You can find them at so-called health resorts or at fine, upscale resorts that may also offer golfing and horseback riding. They are also available on many cruise ships today. Let’s first discuss land-based spas in Arizona.

Canyon Ranch Health Resort in Tucson is a destination in itself. Here, for instance, at like many spas, you will find warm, caring staff members to treat you like royalty.

Canyon Ranch promises to revitalize your spirit, expand your boundaries and explore new ways to lead a healthier more energized life with the help of warm, personal attention from the caring staff and leading integrative health experts. At many spas you can soak in healthy bubbles and stretch out on warm tiles while you are being massaged, then wrapped in a warm cloth to simply relax. Your head and body will feel new when the treatment is concluded. Men even take spa treatments these days so as to fully relax.

At the spa resorts you may find organized hiking, golfing, swimming, horseback riding, spa cuisine as well as the most lavish spa treatments with tranquil accommodations. Some people check into a resort spa for a week at a time.

Is it expensive? Yes, but you get what you pay for, which is the utmost in personal attention with skin treatments and a dozen other feel-good activities.


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Spa resorts on land and sea offer numerous ways for guests to be pampered.

Some guests refine their golf game or practice yoga, while others will laze around the swimming pool and sun and simply try to forget the real world.

There is a Canyon Ranch Health Resort in Tucson that is considered tops. You should check out the Miraval Resort & Spa, which is also in Tucson, along with the Mii amo, at Enchantment, Sedona. There is also the Alvadora Spa at Royal Palms in Phoenix along with the Spa at Four Seasons Resort in Scottsdale at Troon North. And you’ll find the Center of Well-Being at the Phoenician in Scottsdale along with the Golden Door at the Boulders in Carefree. The Sanctuary Spa at Sanctuary, Camelback Mountain in Paradise Valley is rated well, as are Revive Spa at JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort in Phoenix and the Willow Stream Spa at the Fairmont Princess in Scottsdale.

If you are looking for specific treatments within the spa experience consider Elements for the best in massage or Foxy Faces Spa for skincare treatments. The Valley’s premier cosmetic dermatology clinic is found at Image Skin Insatiate.

Many passengers on cruise ships use spas during days at sea. Many larger ships have on-board spas that rank with those on land. Costa Cruises now take two different approaches to their onboard spas. The traditional approach, found on lines like Royal Caribbean and Princess is to supply a place for a fitness center with high-tech cardio machines and creative spa treatments or, the newer approach is to turn part of the cruise ship into a destination spa where guests can immerse themselves in the spa experience, as in a land-based spa resort. On Costa’s and Celebrity Cruises’ newer ships, specially designed spa cabins create a more Zen-like in-cabin experience with easy access to the spa facilities. Spa restaurants serve light and healthy cuisine in keeping with the wellness theme. Special packages for passengers give them free access to thermal suites, first dibs on appointments, and exclusive in-cabin treats. If you want, you can spend your entire cruise wrapped in the relaxing spa atmosphere.

There are also hybrids, like the newer Carnival and made-over Holland America Line ships that have spa cabins and lovely spa facilities, but they are not quite at the same level of complete spa immersion that’s offered by their competitors.

If you are looking for the best spas in cruising here are some. They are found on the Celebrity Solstice, Equinox, Eclipse, Silhouette and Reflection. The AquaSpa on Celebrity’s newest ships is a superb complex that extends beyond the physical spa to include the AquaClass spa cabins, Café and Blu restaurants serving healthy foods. The AquaSpa Cabins come with spa-oriented bath products and multi-headed spa shower, upgraded linens and choose-your-own-pillow menu; complimentary bottled water and flavored iced tea, and access to a room service menu of salads, whole grains and healthy dining choices. You also get complimentary use of the AquaSpa Relaxation Room and Persian Garden steam room. A spa concierge books your treatments as well as imparts knowledge of the products for your use.

Men are also welcome for spa treatments including Botox.

You will also find on Celebrity ships a well-stocked gym and relaxation chairs with views of the ocean. There is also a new treatment option, the 24-carat gold facial. Who knows what that is?

Royal Caribbean’s Vitality At Sea Spas can be found on their Freedom, Independence and Liberty of the Seas ships. They stand out for their enormous gym complexes, the largest of any cruise ship fitness centers. The ships offer cruising’s first-ever boxing ring as well as a fine set of machines and free weights, with a separate


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