When it comes to Zen locations for a unique wellness retreat, Scottsdale’s desert landscapes win hands down. There’s just something about the lush Sonoran Desert setting; its vibrant plants, kaleidoscopic sunsets and wide expanse draws you in. It’s been a magnet for artists and architectural visionaries for centuries, and so it’s the perfect place for some well-deserved ‘me’ time. This 7-day Scottsdale retreat will inspire your artistic soul and give your body the serious R&R it deserves.
To help you wind down after your arrival, we’ll take the first few days to immerse you into Scottsdale’s artistic and cultural heritage. We’ll soothe your mind with a relaxing private tour at the Heard Museum, where you can spend time pondering the fascinating American Indian artworks, and the Pueble Grande ruins, a relic of the ancient Hohokam people who were the first to cultivate these desert lands.
Hearing the story behind these Native American cultures and immersing yourself in their art is the perfect way to de-stress and leave your daily grind behind you. But since you’re in America’s spa mecca, we’ll make sure to include some proper pampering for your body too, with a time-out in the Morocco-inspired Joya Spa, where you can unwind with a Hamman and recline on daybeds surrounded by soft candlelight.Read more
From Scottsdale’s cultural roots to present-day design and innovation, next on your agenda is the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art where you can lose yourself in Knight Rise, the award-winning sculptural skyspace by the Arizona-based artist James Turrell. Best viewed at sunrise or sunset, the enigmatic enclosure transforms the sky above you into a mesmerising show of colors—the ideal spot for some relaxing contemplation.
To bring you out of your cultural reverie, it’s time to turn to your bodily needs, and at the Well & Being Spa you’re spoilt for choice. From fitness training and nutrition assessments to an array of massages and body treatments, you can create your own personal spa menu, or just relax by the rooftop pool with a cocktail and continue enjoying those big Arizona skies.
WINELANDS AND SANCTUARIES
To get you ready for the day, why not start with a morning yoga or Pilates class against an extraordinary mountain backdrop? At the Sanctuary Camelback Mountain Spa, you’ll have incredible views of Camelback Mountain and Scottsdale unfolding beneath you for some morning motivation. Then spend some time in the on-site meditation garden to make sure you’re feeling balanced and ready to go.
Now that we’ve calmed and indulged your mind and body, it’s time to indulge your tastebuds. Next we’ll whisk you to the LDV Wine Gallery where you’ll get to sip your way through blends of the delicious Rhone grapes brought to you from the heart of Arizona’s wine county, all paired with small plates of local dishes crafted by nearby chefs. We can’t think of a better way to spend a relaxing afternoon.
Finally it’s time to channel your inner botanist. There’s no better way to unwind then getting in touch with nature and the beautiful collections of desert flora peppered with cacti and agaves at Scottsdale’s Desert Botanical Gardens is bound to mesmerise. If you have the kids in tow, then a trip to Scottsdale’s Butterfly Wonderland, American’s largest indoor rainforest, is an enchanting experience that they will remember forever—3,000 butterflies, including graceful monarchs and mountain blue swallows, flit between the blooms enclosed within a huge glass atrium. Either way, these Scottsdale landscapes will leave you feeling inspired and refreshed for you journey home.