Southwest Spas


The Golden Door Spa

A signature feature of The Golden Door Spa at The Boulders is The Labyrinth, a path to tranquility inspired by ancient Hopi medicine wheels


If your clients are vacationing in the beautiful but arid U.S. Southwest, a resort with a revitalizing spa is a must. Here are three to pitch to your desert-bound travelers.

The Golden Door Spa at The Boulders

You can’t ignore a resort spa in a town called Carefree. Where else could be more fitting for relaxation and pampering? The Golden Door at The Boulders Resort in Arizona, open since 2001, flaunts 33,000 square feet of Southwestern tranquility and Native American style.

The spa is divided into two parts, an active (West) wing and tranquil (East) wing. Clients can start their journey in the West wing, where they can check-in and then break a sweat in the fitness center or mind/body and movement studios. They can also pop into the Spa Café for a selection of light and healthy breakfast and lunch items. Ask about arranging a Light & Easy Cooking Class for your clients, which focuses on organic cooking techniques.

Head over to the East wing for complete relaxation. Think meditation areas, treatment spaces, hydrotherapy, a full-service salon and a circular tea room. Tell your clients to be sure and ask about the host of Native American-inspired treatments. We like the Avocado Citrus Scrub, which nourishes skin with vitamins, minerals, anti-oxidants and warm avocado citrus oil.

The Spa also has guided meditation sessions held in an authentic Tipi that stands 26 feet high and can accommodate up to 10 people. Additional spa features include a hydrotherapy tub, an organic garden and The Labyrinth, a path to tranquility inspired by ancient Hopi medicine wheels.

Contact Spa Director Jennifer Wayland-Smith at 480-595-3500 for more information.

Serenite Spa at L’Auberge de Sedona

L’Auberge de Sedona is another Arizona must-try, especially after the recent completion of a $25 million renovation in celebration of its 25th anniversary. The refurbishment has given rise to a new guest arrival building; swimming pool; restaurant, Veranda; and a freshly redesigned Serenite Spa.

When we say “recent,” we mean it. In fact, many of the decor elements of the spa are still changing. “European Elegance” best describes the look and feel—picture yourself reclining in a European living room complete with neutral colors and linen drapes.

The spa also added a new Hand and Foot Treatment studio for manicures and pedicures along with a brand-new menu of treatments that uses Kerstin Florian products. Guests can choose from a selection of facials, massages and body treatments. We suggest the Soothing After-Sun Facial, which is perfect after a day in the hot Arizona sun. The 30-minute facial includes a lavender and aloe masque as well as a cooling application of nourishing botanicals. Tip: Upgrades can be added to any facial, such as the Vitamin C Ampoule or Intensive Repair Ampoule.

Spa treatments for couples are also available and come with a massage of their choice in the couple’s suite. Or guests can arrange a creekside massage on the banks of Oak Creek as well as an in-room massage.

The spa has a menu of signature Journeys, which combine several treatments. The Red Rox Detox includes a Spirulina body wrap and Detox facial with reflexology or guests can have the spa customize a journey.

The spa director is Donna Shoemaker, but travel agents can contact General Manager Jesse Alexander with questions at 928-282-1661.

The Living Spa at El Monte Sagrado Living Resort & Spa

For your eco-conscious clients, we suggest El Monte Sagrado Living Resort & Spa in New Mexico. Its Living Spa utilizes top treatments with due respect for the natural environment to restore the body. This principle has been incorporated into the design of the space as well. Guests are greeted at The Living Spa by the sound of three waterfalls and are surrounded by exotic flora to help the mind escape—think Timber Black Bamboo from Indonesia or a Temple Tree from Central America.

The spa has nine treatment rooms, including two for couples as well as manicure and pedicure rooms. Treatments are based on products that are indigenous to New Mexico, including cypress, sage, lavender and mint. Guests have a tempting variety of massages, body treatments, facials, wraps and scrubs to choose from.

Sacred Time treatments focus on the skin. Guests have their choice of the High Desert Body Polish, Myofascial Release and Deep Sea Oxygen Facial. The spa also has purifying treatments such as acupuncture, Reiki, Shirodhara, Rapid Eye Technology and yoga.

Robes and slippers are provided to spa guests. The Living Spa is open from 8:30 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Reservations are recommended for all treatments.

Note: El Monte Sagrado is now part of Marriott’s Autograph Collection and your clients can accumulate Marriott rewards points. The GDS has been changed to coincide with Marriott’s systems. Travel agents can contact Spa Manager Monica Munoz (575-737-9886, [email protected]) for further information.


The Living Spa at El Monte Sagrado
The Living Spa at El Monte Sagrado recognizes the role of nature in its treatments