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Spas are a major part of the Phoenix Valley's "pamper me" culture. Eager to visit another resort’s spa? No problem – most have designated days of the week when non-guests can book treatments. Bonus: Treatment costs gain you access to spa facilities, which often include whirlpools, steam rooms, and fitness centers. Many area spas draw upon the area’s Native American heritage, infusing their offerings with local ingredients like desert mud, agave, blue cornmeal, and cactus blooms.

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Arizona Biltmore Resort and Spa

Phoenix has been a city of spas ever since new-agers starting flocking here in the 20th century in search of a little desert-inspired R&R. None, however, are as dedicated to their Arizona roots as the Biltmore, which goes the extra mile to incorporate local elements like revitalizing desert mud, healing rose quartz, and cactus flower into its treatments. The heavenly Sonoran Stone massage, which melts away stress with a combination of Swedish massage and warm basalt desert stones, is worth its weight in gold.

2400 East Missouri Ave., AZ, 602-955-6600,
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Four Seasons Troon

The spa at the Four Seasons is one of only six Mobil Four Star-rated spas in the state. The resort is nestled in the foothills of Pinnacle Peak, and the facility translates its sense of place to a variety of treatments. Many guests opt to precede their appointment with a hike along the mountain trail, with the Four Seasons spa on hand to rub away any residual pain during special treatments like its "healthy hiker massage." This deeper massage uses arnica oil to aid in soothing sore muscles.

10600 E. Crescent Moon Dr., AZ, 480-513-5145,
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Golden Door Spa

The Boulders Resort’s 33,000-square-foot pampering center encompasses 24 treatment rooms, a labyrinth, circular tearoom, and hydrotherapy tubs. The spa launched a new treatment menu in fall 2008. One of the most stress relieving picks is the Lavender Zen Body Treatment – the healing and relaxation properties of lavender are harnessed in a full body scrub followed by a complete massage (naturally, lavender oil is featured).

34631 N. Tom Darlington Dr., AZ, 480-595-3500,
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Joya Spa

Joya Spa is the standard to beat for Scottsdale spas. The Moroccan-inspired design features candlelit corridors, a co-ed relaxation lounge fit for the King and Queen of Sheba, and the only Hammam bathing facility in Arizona. For pure indulgence, rent the Grand Palace Suite, complete with a $22,000 custom-made, king-size bed – pure joy!

4949 E. Lincoln Dr., AZ, 480-627-3020,
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Revive Spa at the JW Marriott Desert Ridge

This 28,000-square-foot oasis features a relaxation room with fireplace, secluded outdoor showers, a rooftop cactus garden, and a spa-dedicated pool. For a taste of Arizona, book the Turquoise Blue Sage Body Ritual. This 80-minute turquoise sage-infused treatment begins with a salt scrub followed by a desert-clay mud masque. A full-body massage, using the Native American energy of the turquoise stone (in the form of turquoise sage oil) follows. The experience ends with the burning of desert sage to cleanse your aura and balance your spirit.

5350 E. Marriott Dr., AZ, 800-835-6206,
Tags: spa | swimming pool | eco-friendly | local ingredients

Sanctuary Spa at Camelback Mountain

Go for their Asian-inspired treatments (try the popular water Watsu massage), Zen meditation garden, and indoor/outdoor treatment rooms. Open to non-resort guests Monday through Thursday.

5700 E. McDonald Dr., AZ, 800-245-2051,
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Spa at Camelback Inn

For treatments with a local slant, head to this sunny, modern Southwest spa. Opt to be smothered in an adobe clay body mask and then moisturized with warm juniper and sage oils or try the signature massage that combines aromatherapy, hot and cold stone massage, and reflexology. You’ll leave in a state of total bliss.

5402 E. Lincoln Dr., AZ, 800-922-2635,
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Willow Stream at the Fairmont

At 44,000 square feet, Willow Stream is the big daddy of the spas in the area. The spa features red rocks from Sedona, river rock from the Salt River, and an overall modern, natural design. Unwind with the signature Havasupi Body Oasis Experience, an indulgent two-hour treatment featuring a footbath, scrub, bath, wrap, and massage.

7575 E. Princess Dr., AZ, 800-908-9540,
Tags: spa | eco-friendly | modern | local ingredients

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