Wellness tourism is a fast-growing industry that was last reported to be worth $639.4 billion annually by the Global Wellness Institute. Arizonans don’t have to go far to experience some of the best of what the industry has to offer.
Some of the world’s top-ranked wellness destinations, spas and retreats are located within the boundaries of the Grand Canyon state, making it easy to check off travel and personal care from your 2020 bucket list. Here’s a roundup of Arizona wellness retreats to check out.
Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain Resort & Spa
Riding a bike to a day or weekend wellness experience at the Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain Resort & Spa could be ideal for Arcadians. Despite being in the heart of urban sprawl, the resort is private and boasts some of the most impressive views of Camelback Mountain and Scottsdale in the Valley. The 13,200-square-foot spa features modern services inspired by ancient Japanese wellness practices.
The Satori Wellness retreat is a package that offers fitness, spa, outdoor activities, nutritious meals and a complete lifestyle reset. For guests wanting to go á la carte, the Watsu pool, Zen Meditation Garden, Sensei therapists and Golden Lotus Balancing Ritual alongside basic fitness and salon services creates a more specialized experience. For more: sanctuaryoncamelback.com.
The Phoenician Spa
This spa is another wellness gem along Camelback Road that’s elusively shadowed by the mountain and rows of palm trees. Its accessibility to Phoenix and Scottsdale makes it an easy choice for getting away without the hassle.
The Phoenician Spa features a Transformation Experience. Guests can reserve the Tranquility Suite, a special room dedicated to serving a full wellness retreat experience. Energy balancing, essential oils and signature experiences like sleep massage rituals and crystal-focused spa journeys are all offered, in addition to customary spa and salon services.
There is also a rooftop pool and an Aroma Design Bar, in addition to all of the fitness offerings at the recently completed Phoenician Athletic Club. For more: thephoenician.com.
Civana is the youngest member on this list, but it has already been featured in USA Today and Travel and Leisure as a top wellness resort. Fitness options, an immersive spa, “conscious” amenities and dining options make Civana in Carefree one of Arizona’s “top spa destinations.”
While the resort itself doesn’t offer a retreat package, the hotel encourages a retreat experience. Civana offers over 70 types of enrichment classes ranging from mindfulness, personal growth, multiple types of yoga classes and creative arts. Every spa experience begins with a grounding ritual.
The hotel is home to the only five-climate Klafs Sanarium® (a sauna-type room) in the country. The spa offers services like sound baths, Chakra balancing, intention burning, angel card reading, shamanic journeying and a moon lodge. For more: civanacarefree.com.
Mii amo at Enchantment Resort
This Sedona retreat is world-renowned for its unique “journey” approach to wellness. Mii amo is tucked below the towering red rocks of Boynton Canyon and only steps away from the Enchantment Resort.
Besides the unique scenery, Mii amo stands out because it pays homage to Native American culture, from the spa’s Anasazi-inspired design to its Crystal Grotto, which is the spa’s version of a traditional Kiva (a room used by Puebloans for meetings and rituals).
Mii amo offers one-of-a-kind activities, like vortex walking experiences, lectures on how to recognize universal signs, canyon bathing, labyrinth walking and meditation, and hiking among archaeological ruins. For basic spa services, Mii amo features familiar wraps and massages, but also offers unique options like a Sedona Clay Wrap and an Anasazi Ubtan, an Ayurvedic ritual and beautification treatment. For more: miiamo.com.
Like Civana, Miraval in Tucson is a destination resort, but they take the retreat experience to a higher level of luxury. Miraval offers packages that feature different amenities and activities. Every package comes with gourmet meals, resort credits, unlimited smoothies and healthy beverages and complimentary wellness classes.
Since relaxation and renewal can mean different things to different people, Miraval offers a range of options. They have an on-site beekeeper, farm, garden, equine ranch, rock wall and obstacle course. They also offer hiking, biking, art classes, counseling, guided meditation and discussions on quantum consciousness. There are also standard beauty services, along with Vasudhara and QI energy healing and Ayurveda services.
Miraval was the winner of Travel and Leisure’s World’s Best award for spa destinations in the United States in 2019. For more: miravalarizona.com.