Relax: The Top 5 Spas in Phoenix

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The very best spas not only relax you and pamper you within an inch of your life, they also create whole worlds within themselves. Here we present the Top 5 spas in the Valley, each as utterly unique as the next.

1 Joya Spa at Intercontinental Montelucia

The 31,000-square-foot Joya Spa is Arizona's only authentic hammam spa, featuring design and decor elements inspired by Morocco and Andalusia. The space includes 19 luxurious treatment rooms, an elegant lounge area, a private rooftop pool terrace with cabanas and spectacular views, an exceptional fitness center with a group exercise and motion studio and a juice bar, as well as Joya Terrace to provide food that's both indulgent and wonderfully healthy. Joya customizes each client's experience completely, everything from skincare products and oils to makeup and wellness programs are considered with the individual in mind. And throughout the lavish corridors, lounge areas and suites, you'll notice a delicate and invigorating fragrance -- the signature Joya Spa scent, which is infused into all the Joyambrosia products, treatments and chocolates. Made from the night-blooming Queen of the Night cactus, the aroma increases clarity and awareness and heightens the senses. For total relaxation, book the private Grand Palace Suite -- an 850-square-foot suite with a king-size daybed, Whirlpool, fireplace and floor-to-ceiling glass doors which open to the pool terrace.

4949 E. Lincoln Dr., Paradise Valley 480.627.3020 web

2 Sanctuary Spa at Sanctuary Camelback Mountain Resort

A popular place of seclusion and restoration for the many celebrities who visit the Valley, Sanctuary Spa offers a menu of wonderful treatments in a unique setting tucked into the side of Camelback Mountain. Specializing in Asian-inspired treatments, acupuncture, table Thai massage, shiatsu, reiki and luk pra kope (a medicinal herb massage) are just some of the experiences to be enjoyed. There are 12 indoor and outdoor treatments rooms, featuring sleek and modern architecture and decor with just the right amount of natural elements for balance. The breathtaking views available from the resort's incredible location are incorporated into many of the rooms and other areas throughout the spa. Be sure to visit the spa's relaxing meditation garden, the reflecting pond, and the Watsu pool for one tranquil experience after another. For movement, enjoy a state-of-the-art fitness center, movement studio,  fitness and nutrition consultations, classes for Pilates, meditation and yoga, and more. For the ultimate experience, book The Sanctum, a stone-walled hideaway for a romantic retreat for two or a peaceful retreat for one.

5700 E. McDonald Dr., Paradise Valley, AZ 480.948.2100 web

3 Jurlique Spa at FireSky Resort & Spa

Jurlique Spa and FireSky Resort are in downtown Scottsdale but make for a rejuvenating escape from the fast pace of city life. The interiors are dimly lit and calming, with plus seating and lavish decoration, including chandeliers, wooden floors and footed tubs, all evoking a kind of luxe cottage setting. There are only six treatment rooms, so the atmosphere is very cozy. And of course, included throughout every treatment are the Jurlique products, known for their focus on healing and restoration through the use of herbs and other natural ingredients. In fact, all the herbal ingredients are certified organic and biodynamic and come from Jurlique's own farm. The wonderful result is that the products are hypoallergenic and pH-balanced. The spa, along with FireSky Resort, place the highest priority on making things as environmentally friendly and, where applicable, biodegradable and recyclable, as possible. The belief is that this will lead to overall increased well-being for each and every client who walks through their doors.

4925 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale, AZ 85251 480.424.6072 web

4 Golden Door Spa at The Boulders

When you really, really need to just get away, head to the Golden Door Spa at The Boulders. A total of 33,000 square feet, the spa is located out on the outskirts of town, surrounded by picturesque Southwestern mountain terrain and yes, majestic boulders, providing you with a sanctuary that will feel all your own. There are 24 treatment rooms, a swimming pool, movement studio, beauty salon, a cafe and tea room overlooking the serene desert landscape, steam rooms, saunas, Japanese baths, and The Labyrinth -- a path to serenity inspired by ancient Hopi medicine wheels. Here the treatments all take root in the traditions and rituals of the ancient peoples, utilizing natural ingredients found in the desert to awaken your soul. The spa also specializes in energizing treatments and experiences, such as shamanic journeys, energy field balancing and more. Let this be your choice for an extended and total retreat.

34631 N. Tom Darlington Dr., Carefree, AZ 85377 480.488.9009 web

5 Alvadora Spa at Royal Palms Resort

Alvadora Spa is a Mediterranean-inspired environment, complete with all the wonderful citrus scents associated with that region of the world. Enjoy a signature Citrus Grove Facial or an Orange Blossom Body Buff to see what we mean. Every corner of Alvadora is utterly romantic, putting this spa at the top of our list for a couple's massage. To do it right, book the Villa. This 1,300-square-foot, standalone villa includes two bedrooms, a parlor suite, Mediterranean decor with dark hardwood floors, crisp white linens and accents of soothing sage and lavender, an expanded private patio, indoor and outdoor fireplaces, Kusatsu deep European soaking tub, stand-up indoor steam shower and outdoor shower, as well as a flat-screen TV.  The Villa is conveniently located adjacent to Alvadora Spa and the pool, but it was also designed especially for in-room massage and spa treatments, capable of providing the ultimate experience when it comes to a luxurious and carefree spa getaway.

5200 E. Camelback Rd., Phoenix, AZ 85018  602.840.3610 web

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