Nestled on the North side of Camelback Mountain with breathtaking panaramic views of paradise valley and beyond rests the Sanctuary Spa. The setting is a fusion of modern architecture and Asian inspired zen elements. I knew I had found my way to this boutique hotel’s secluded spa when I spotted some very tall bamboo accentuating a shaded courtyard. I was warmly greeted and taken back to the fully equipped locker room. I changed into a plush robe and headed for the eucalyptus steam room to warm up my muscles and flush out some toxins. After my steam I took a refreshing shower and tried their signature Asian neroli bath products which smelled divine. It was now time to head over to the treatment waiting area which opens into the Zen Meditation Garden centerpiece with a tranquil reflection pond and lush foliage. I sat in a comfortable chair and gazed out at the water, centering myself, and enjoyed the quiet simplicity of my surroundings.
I was taken back through the garden to an inviting indoor/outdoor treatment room by Ginny, my massage therapist. I received the 90-minute Wild Lime blossom massage. The Mascioni linens were so smooth that I instantly began to melt. The treatment began with a thorough, vigorous scalp and neck massage using a warm oil infused with wild lime, sandalwood, and ginger. I was then given a full body massage with an aromatic Japanese Yuzu Citrus oil. Mmmm. By the end of the massage I felt pleasantly relaxed and rejuvenated. I drifted back into the waiting area and had myself a cup of “purify” tea, perfect.
The Sanctuary spa has a wide range of treatment options to choose from. You will find a variety of authentic Asian bodywork treatments to experience. Try a Thai inspired poultice massage ‘luk pra kope’, acupuncture, or even watsu, a profoundly relaxing aquatic therapy based on the healing elements of zen shiatsu. In addition to their full spa menu, Sanctuary has a state-of the-art fitness center, movement studio, lap pool, and a full service salon and boutique.
5700 E Mcdonald Drive
Paradise Valley, AZ 85253