Spas#10 in Best Things To Do in Phoenix
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If hiking and golf aren't really your cup of tea, consider a day spent wrapped in seaweed or soaking in mud. Alongside its luscious green golf courses, Phoenix is also known for its outstanding day and resort spas, which are often set among jaw-dropping desert scenes. When winter strikes or everyday life becomes too overbearing, many weary travelers head to the Valley of the Sun for hot rock massages and salt scrubs. And since many spas incorporate Native American traditions and botanicals sourced from the Sonoran Desert into their treatments, a visit to the spa can be as educational as it is restorative.
When it comes to lying in the lap of luxury, many agree that there's no better place than the 33,000-square-foot spa the Boulders Resort. In addition to spa services, you can also enjoy the resort's golf courses, hiking trails and yes, facials and mud wraps. As one of the most well-known spas in the valley, this massive relaxation hot spot offers clients a long list of treatments worth bragging about, including the signature turquoise wrap. However, the prices may stress you out: Most individual treatments cost close to $150, while package deals range from about $300 to $700. You'll find the resort nestled in Carefree along the edge of Tonto National Forest.
Other favorite pampering places include the Spa at Camelback Inn in Scottsdale, the Arizona Biltmore Spa, and Well & Being Spa at the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess, which is worth visiting simply for a dip in the adults-only rooftop pool. You can find a full list of area spas on the Visit Phoenix website.
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#1 Desert Botanical Garden
The desert may seem like the last place you'd expect to find flora. Yet the Desert Botanical Garden is home to thousands of species of cacti, trees and flowers from all around the world. The garden's brightly colored plants sharply contrast the Sonoran Desert's cinnamon-red buttes, and numerous hiking trails – like the Plants and People of the Sonoran Desert and the Harriet K. Maxwell Desert Wildflower Loop trails – allow you to experience the region's natural wonders the way early settlers once did. The Desert Botanical Garden also hosts numerous events, including culinary demonstrations and outdoor concert series.
Recent visitors said the garden is fascinating and highly recommended seeking out the special exhibits when available. Several reviewers suggested visiting after the sun sets to see the garden illuminated, while others appreciated the groomed paths and well-marked signs. However, some travelers bemoaned the entrance rates and were disappointed the zoo and the garden do not offer a combined admission since they sit less than 2 miles from one another.
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