This article originally appeared in the 2018 edition of the Experience Scottsdale Visitors Guide. See more at

Scottsdale's Sonoran Desert has long been a place of healing and wellness, so it's no surprise that more than 50 resort and day spas have brought their healing touch here.

Recently, I set out to discover what sets Scottsdale spas apart from other dens of Zen around the world, and three unique characteristics rose to the surface.

Sonoran Desert Botanicals

At Well & Being Spa at the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess, I immersed myself in a desert oasis with the Havasupai Falls Rejuvenation. It brought the desert up close, on a day when rains softly fell outside, washing me with the smell of desert chaparral inside and out.

My treatment began with a purifying scrub of desert salts and a warm bath.

Click here to read the complete article that appeared in the 2018 issue of the Experience Scottsdale Official Visitors Guide about the rest of the treatment at Well & Being Spa and more desert botanicals at Joya Spa at Omni Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Montlucia; Native American influences at The Spa at Talking Stick Resort and the spa at The Boulders Resort; and inviting indoor/outdoor spaces at the Palo Verde Spa at Andaz Scottsdale Resort & Spa.

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