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Unique Spa Experiences in Scottsdale

Scottsdale, Arizona has numerous spas and places to relax. Check out these options.

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The beautiful landscape of Scottsdale, Arizona, with its dessert browns and reds and beautiful sunsets encourages visitors to relax, and a spa is always a great way to do just that. As a result, Scottsdale has a bevy of resorts and spas that will help you rejuvenate and refresh. There is such a variety of choices, that what makes some spas in the town stand out is their innovative treatments and activities. Here are five unique ways to spend your spa day.

Well & Being at Willow Stream Spa

Scottsdale has plenty of sand but no ocean, but that’s not a problem when you try a SurfSet fitness class at Well & Being at Willow Stream Spa. They’ll put you on a "surfboard" specifically designed for training classes. The popping up from a laying down position and executing various positions on the board helps with balance, core training, calorie burning and lean muscle toning and you don’t have to worry about a wipeout - not to mention sharks.

The Willow Stream Spa facility sits on the complex at the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess, which also has restaurant options. While there, you’ll want to check out the beautiful scenery of the spa’s rooftop pool, or enjoy the oasis that is the waterfall pool.

VH Spa for Vitality + Health at Hotel Valley Ho 

Hotel Vally Ho offers the chance to experience new cultures during your spa day. Try the "Fit Fiddle" treatment that begins with a class in Bollywood dancing to get your heart-rate up, followed by a Hawaiian-style Lomi Lomi massage, where the long, wave-like strokes will get you relaxed.

The Spa at Camelback Inn

Ever wonder what’s in the products spas put on your skin? Get the answers at The Spa at Camelback Inn, a J.W. Marriott property. The "Farm to Treatment Table Experience" begins with a presentation by a master gardener on how to incorporate natural herbs into treatments and is followed by an organic facial or massage that ends with an organic cocktail tasting in the Sprouts Wellness Restaurant and Juice Bar.

Gainey Village Health Club and Spa

Everyone will tell you your skin has a golden glow after you try the "24K Gold Facial" at Gainey Village Health Club and Spa.The treatment lives up to its name since they actually apply a 24-karat gold facial mask loaded with collagen and silk protein.

Hit Bliss Spa at the W Hotel

Don’t forget that the fellas could use some pampering too. Hit Bliss Spa at the W Hotel for treatments targeted at people with a Y chromosome. The "Manly-Cure" includes a hot cream hand massage, the "Sole-Man" pedicure will spruce up his aching dogs, while the "Love Handler" applies bloat-busting oils to a guy’s not-so-hard "core" area. Male or female, make sure to hit Bliss’ legendary brownie buffet - maybe before you go for the "Love Handler."

Spa time is not only a chance to relax; it’s also an opportunity to explore new ways of experiencing fitness, health and rejuvenation.

Where was your favorite spa experience?

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Travel Brigade, a RoamRight Blog Author

Kathleen Curry and Geoff Griffin are hosts of The Travel Brigade Show - a weekly travel and destination podcast. Kathleen Curry is experienced in both the travel industry and broadcasting. She has worn the hats of travel writer, photographer, travel agent and hospitality evaluator. Her advice of, “No excuses, just travel!” reaches out to listeners who pick up on her enthusiasm for travel and benefit from her savvy advice. Her travel guilty pleasures are eating at a street-cart vendor so she can splurge later to order room service, finding deals to rack up sky miles so she can book her next flight and hoping her social security comes through some day because she has spent her future retirement savings trekking the globe.

Geoff Griffin is a reformed attorney turned travel junkie with over two decades of experience as a journalist and editor specializing in sports, outdoor recreation and travel. His current philosophy is that there are two stages in life - You’re either on a trip, or you’re planning your next trip. His travel guilty pleasure is trying recreation adventures that require the use of an expert guide to keep him from harming himself or hopping on a plane knowing nothing about his destination other than the airport code and wandering about a new town while relying on the locals to point him to the best places.

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