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Scottsdale, Arizona
Pamper yourself at one of these brand-new spas

From the April 22, 2002 Issue of New York

Three state-of-the-art spas have opened in Scottsdale, Arizona, in the past year. Check into any one of them, and you'll never want to leave. The 1,300-acre Boulders resort recently added the huge Golden Door Spa to its hillside complex of 160 casitas and six restaurants. The house specialty is Native American–inspired treatments like Raindrop Therapy (essential oils applied in drip-drop fashion along the spine) and a Turquoise Wrap (slathering the body with ionized turquoise clay). . . . Sanctuary's 98 casitas are spread along Camelback Mountain, with stunning views of Paradise Valley below. The new spa offers Asian-inspired water-based treatments. Try the Thai foot massage or Sumatra Coconut body polish. . . . Rather supersize? Check out Willow Stream, the new spa at the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess. Think big: 650 rooms, golf course, tennis center. And a 44,000-square-foot spa featuring 25 treatment rooms (many with private patios), separate spas for men and women, and a rooftop pool.

Continental (800-525-0280) flies nonstop from Newark to Phoenix, then it's a short drive to Scottsdale. The Boulders Resort & Golden Door Spa (doubles from $119; 800-553-1717 or; Sanctuary (doubles from $135; 800-245-2051 or; the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess (doubles from $149; 800-344-4758 or


Photograph: Fairmont Hotels and Resorts