Scottsdale, AZ

May 7, 2017

On the way back to Austin from my bachelorette weekend inย Telluride, CO, I had a day long layover at the Phoenix Sky Harbor Intl Airport. I really wanted to do something fun while in Arizona, so I browsed the airport website and thisย website on visiting Phoenix. I thought about hiking Camelback Mountain, or doing some shopping/eating downtown. But, when I came across The Spa at Camelback Innย in Scottsdale, I knew that it would be the perfect place to spend the day.

Photo courtesy of JW Marriott Camelback Inn Scottsdale Resort & Spa Website
Photo courtesy of JW Marriott Camelback Inn Scottsdale Resort & Spa Website

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I have a personal history with The Camelback Inn, having stayed there as a young child with my family. I was beyond excited to go back and experience the Spa as an adult. I called and booked two treatments (an appointment is required to visit the spa) and looked forward to my layover.

Beautiful grounds

I arrived at The Camelback Inn and was awed by the beauty of the property and surrounding area. Bright magenta flowers bloomed between cacti, and Camelback Mountain loomed in the background. I took a short walk to admire this desert setting, vastly different from the snowy peaks I had just come from in Colorado.

Then I arrived at the gorgeous Spa.

Weary traveler’s paradise
My favorite picture. In love with these colorful flowers.

Upon entering, I checked in at the front desk for my two scheduled services: a hot stone massage, and a pedicure. I had arrived early, so after getting a tour of the women’s locker room/facilities and dropping my bag off, I changed and headed out to the pool where I set up shop for lunch.

From 30 degrees to 90 degrees, fully thawing out in the hot Arizona sun.

I relaxed on the padded recliner with a book. There were attentive waitresses all around the pool handing out chilled water and menus. I ordered the strawberry salad with chicken, a delicious mix of organic greens topped with strawberries, cucumber, goat cheese, candied pecans, grilled chicken, and strawberry vinaigrette. To drink, I requested the Cucumber Cooler, a fizzy mix of cucumber, mint, and lime.

Soon it was time for my spa treatments. I headed back into the locker room where I changed into a fluffy robe, and went to wait in the women’s lounge, a spacious, cool retreat containing comfortable seats and lots of magazines.

First I had the amazing Native Hot Stone Massage, described on the spa’s website as, “An ancient Native American art of using heated basalt stones to massage the body. Muscle tension is dissolved as healing warmth penetrates the body for an incredibly relaxing experience”. I really can’t describe it any better than that, except for adding that it is my new favorite massage treatment, and is definitely highly relaxing. After my massage, I headed upstairs to the salon area for my last service of the day, an invigorating spa pedicure.

The locker room itself had so many amenities I wanted to spend an extra day just hanging out there. Before heading back to the airport, I took a shower (which contained all the necessities: shampoo, body wash, and conditioner), and sat at one of the mirrored vanities to complete getting ready. I wish I had more time to explore the huge whirlpool and sauna, but that will have to wait until my next visit.

On the way out, there are big bags of fragrant potpourri in several delicious scents. You are allowed to scoop your favorites into a small bag of your own to keep to remind you of your time at the spa.

As I headed back to the airport for my final flight home, I thought about how much I wanted to come back with my mom, family, and friends. The Spa at Camelback Inn is such a great place because you can stop in alone for a day, or bring your favorites for as long as you want. My next trip here will definitely be the latter.

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