Open Doors: Ready to Spa … art the New Decade? I am!

Posted By on January 1, 2020

            Several Valley resorts have undergone significant renovations over the past few years. And, of course, this included their luxurious spa offerings. The Alvadora Spa at the Royal Palms Resort ( has even added an in-house herbalist, Rachel Sloat. When Rachel invited me in to experience one of her new signature treatments, I scooted myself down Camelback to the always quaint and lush property as quickly as possible.

            The Alvadora Spa unveiled an interior design refresh in late September. The Mediterranean-inspired retreat at the northeastern corner of the Royal Palms grounds is a series of casitas and courtyard patios with cozy fireplaces that I enjoyed wandering during my visit. I was surprised to learn that 75 percent of their business is local, so it was feedback from the community that drove the redesign. And the signature scent that greets you? It’s neroli – the essential oil distilled from orange tree blossom, something all Phoenicians know well.

            Rachel introduced two new signature treatments for the spa this season: a Coconut Milk & Honey Wrap and a Spanish Sage & Olive Oil Stone Scrub and Wrap. My dry winter skin was so thankful to be treated to the latter. This 80 minutes of pure bliss started with a warm olive oil stone scrub followed by the application of French green clay and a lovely foot massage while I was wrapped like a spa burrito to let the clay marinate. After a warm rinse off, I couldn’t help but doze off as she finished with a massage of the custom infused herbal oil. If you need a reboot, plans for a mom’s day off or to treat someone special in your life, this is the way to go. Thank you, Rachel. This mom was so thankful for the New Year’s treat.

On My Wish List

The Phoenician Resort and the Andaz Scottsdale Resort have refreshed their spa offerings. Here are two treatments I’m looking forward to.

The Phoenician Spa

            In need of a luxe facial treatment? The new Gem Stone Healing facial is a unique offering. The 80-minute treatment includes a gem polish exfoliation, an enzyme peel, a rose quartz gem clay application, an orange blossom oxygen infusion and finishes with golden ice globes over a collagen mask. You are encouraged to arrive early to the spa to partake in a 30-minute spa ritual of hot-and-cold hydrotherapy to improve the benefits of your treatment.

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The Palo Verde Spa & Apothecary at Andaz Scottsdale

            Did the holidays leave you in need of a massage? The Palo Verde Spa is now offering the option to enhance your treatment with CBD oil for ailments such as pain relief, eczema and inflammation. The Juniper Cleanse Massage is my pick from the menu. The detoxifying treatment combines juniper and grapefruit to stimulate lymphatic drainage and condition your skin. 60- and 90-minute options are available.

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Here’s to taking a little more time to take care of ourselves in 2020!

Andrea Tyler Evans

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