Desert Spa Getaways in America That are Worth The Trip
In recent years, desert travel has become more popular among savvy travelers looking for scenic vistas, remote stillness, and predictable weather.
There are luxury resorts with meditation gardens, holistic body treatments, reflection pools, and stunning views in the natural deserts of the American Southwest, which are some of the best destinations for restorative healing in the world. Here are Rich Report's picks for the most beautiful desert spa destinations in the country.
Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain Resort & Spa
With breathtaking views of the American Southwest and a distinctive Asian design and spiritual influence, Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain Resort & Spa in Arizona fuses the best of the Southwest with the best of Asia. You can take part in a Zen-inspired tennis class that focuses on fluidity and balance, or hike rugged Camelback Mountain.
In the treatment rooms at Sanctuary Spa, a rock sculpture depicting a praying monk is permanently displayed. Meditation gardens, reflection ponds, and a therapeutic Watsu pool help you connect with your mind, body, and soul.
Loews Ventana Canyon Resort
Its location in Tucson's upscale Catalina Foothills, along with its sprawling canyon views and lush Sonoran Desert scenery, make the Loews Ventana Canyon Resort one of the country's most spectacular resorts. A key design feature of the resort is its sectioned layout and corrugated wall patterns inspired by Frank Lloyd Wright. A revamped Lakeside Spa features a tranquil serenity pool, desert-inspired treatments, such as a desert-salt body polish, to help you relax. Take your astronomy game to the next level with a stargazing program led by educators twice a week.
The Oasis at Death Valley
It may seem as though you are looking at a mirage as you approach Death Valley's Oasis at Death Valley, but this historic resort isn't a mirage. An elegant property dating back to the 1920s is adorned with towering date palm trees, natural spring-fed streams, swimming pools, and verdant greenery. Adding to the allure of this desert oasis are a wellness center, cabanas, and a poolside bar.
Boulders Resort & Spa
In the heart of the Sonoran Desert, Boulders Resort & Spa blends seamlessly into its surroundings. As impressive as the views of ancient boulder formations are the Pueblo Revival–style architecture inspired by the natural desert surroundings. Featuring feng shui metaphysical elements and Native American influences, the Spa at the Boulders welcomes and rejuvenates. Ayurvedic body treatments or meditation in the signature labyrinth will bring harmony to the body and senses.
Miramonte Indian Wells Resort & Spa
This luxury desert hideaway feels more like a villa in Tuscany than a desert hideaway at the base of the Santa Rosa Mountains. There are fragrant citrus groves and olive trees throughout Miramonte Indian Wells Resort & Spa, inviting guests to immerse themselves in a sprawling, serene landscape. The Well Spa features a eucalyptus-infused steam room to help you detoxify after a sunrise hike through the Coachella Valley. There are farm-to-table dishes and craft cocktails at the new Citrus & Palm Restaurant.
The Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain
The Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain in Arizona celebrates the natural beauty of the Sonoran Desert with an architectural style reminiscent of the American Southwest. This stunning desert setting is complemented by elegant casitas made with straw-flecked stucco, clay tile, and native stone. Spa treatments use indigenous materials, such as gemstone healing massages, to provide an ancient therapeutic experience. There is a striking outdoor fountain adorned with turquoise on the terrace of the spa's treatment rooms.
Amangiri, Canyon Point
This idyllic luxury hideaway is nestled within luminous canyons and starkly beautiful flat-topped rocks deep within the spectacular desert landscape of Utah. The five-star resort incorporates Navajo healing principles into holistic wellness offerings, offering earth, wind, fire, and water. This enclave for the well-to-do is an uber-exclusive enclave for the wealthy. The spa offers several "spa journeys" to help guests reconnect with their minds, bodies, and spirits. A rose gold sunset awaits at the end of the day after riding through the rugged landscape on horseback by day.
Enchantment Resort in Sedona, Arizona, welcomes guests with spectacular red rock formations. These adobe-style casitas nestled in Boynton Canyon are designed to resemble ancient cliff dwellings, while the interiors feature Native American décor. Taking advantage of the spiritual energies found in Sedona, Mii Amo Spa offers holistic treatments. To be more centered, explore one's inner self, or transition into a new stage of life, guests can choose from five different transformative journey experiences.