Everything Under the Sun 11-17-2003

Arizona has many options for those looking for a little inner peace or a simple getaway.

By: R. Scott Macintosh

Arizona has many options for those looking for a little inner peace or a simple getaway, though it might be difficult choosing exactly how to pursue your health and well being with new spas opening and the classics getting remakes.

Here’s a look at what the resorts are offering in the Grand Canyon State. (All the resorts listed here offer agent commissions.)

Camelback Inn

The Marriott’s Spa at Camelback Inn, in Scottsdale, just completed a multimillion-dollar renovation aimed at giving visitors a relaxing environment from the moment they enter the lobby.

“The entire facility has been restructured to give guests an open, panoramic view,” said Tara Clark, a spokesperson for the spa. “It offers a seamless flow from when you get there to when you leave.”

The spa has added five new treatment rooms for more services, including six new body treatments and five new facials.

The Camelback Inn is both a day spa and a destination. Typical packages include overnights and a selection of activities for out-of-town visitors.

But the spa has gained a reputation among the well-heeled in Phoenix, who now make up half of the spa’s visitors.

“There are quite a few locals, along with vacationers, and business people,” Clark said. “It’s a good mix.”

A new Spa Escape package starts at $369 per night and includes deluxe accommodations and a $100 credit for use at the spa or for golfing.



Miraval Resort and Spa

A new program offered by Miraval Resort and Spa of Tucson provides visitors insight into their personal relationships by working with horses.

The resort’s “Equine Experience” gives guests the opportunity to groom, saddle, bridle and ride horses at the instruction of the resident horse-whisperer.

The program “facilitates self-discovery, revealing patterns of learned behaviors that either enhance or hinder the flow of personal and professional relationships,” according to the resort.

Another new program looks to provide guests with a bit of insight into something more personal what goes on in the bedroom.

The Four Days to Magnificent Sex program is targeted to couples (one of the programs is over Valentine’s Day weekend), and is designed for couples to “enhance their sexual intimacy.”

“Great sex is one of the most powerful forces in life,” said Dr. Lana Holstein, the sex therapist in charge of the new program, “a healing force, as well as a physical vehicle for love.”



Wild Horse Pass

Sheraton has opened a brand-new resort and spa on a Native American reservation nestled by the Gila River outside Phoenix. The resort takes its name from the wild horses that continue to roam freely around this section of the Sonora Desert.

The Sheraton Wild Horse Spa and Resort has a 17,000-square-foot spa. There is also a golf course, tennis courts and the Koli Equestrian Center, which offers riding lessons and trail rides.



Desert Ridge

J.W. Marriott’s Desert Ridge Resort, also near Phoenix, is the largest spa and resort in the state with 950 rooms. It has 10 restaurants, a 28,000-square-foot European spa, four acres of swimming pools and waterways and golf courses designed by Arnold Palmer and Nick Faldo.

The resort is offering both a golf and spa package until the end of the year, and is offering special room rates for purchases made 21 days in advance.