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A Scottsdale Day Spa Escape

By local contributor
Susan Lanier Graham

Scottsdale is known for its world-class resort spas, which offer amazing escapes in the Sonoran Desert. But the city also is home to a variety of posh day spas that provide an alternative for relaxation and rejuvenation. 

 


BEAUTIF-EYE


Beautif-EYE started in 2009 as a small lash threading studio but is now a salon with a full menu of beauty and skin care options. There are two Scottsdale locations — one in Old Town and one in North Scottsdale —making this convenient for visitors and locals alike.

Beautif-EYE still specializes in lash services, including tinting, extensions and threading, but also offers facials, chemical peels and microdermabrasion by licensed estheticians who can help you pick out the best skin care regimen for you. Beautif-EYE only uses PCA Skincare products.

 


INSPIRE DAY SPA


Inspire Day Spa is the newest offering in Scottsdale’s day spa stable, but it comes from someone with a lot of experience in the industry. Located on the edge of Marguerite Lake in McCormick Ranch, Inspire Day Spa is the second-day spa for Stacy LeClair, owner of New Serenity Spa in North Scottsdale.

Inspire Day Spa is a full-service facility with an ambiance that’s among the finest in the city. Drop your belongings in the locker room, don a robe, and relax. I enjoyed both the Inspire Facial and Massage. Be sure to sign the Gratitude Book in Inspire’s relaxation lounge. As I watched the sunset over Marguerite Lake and people strolling in the park outside, I nibbled a lemon pastry and expressed gratitude for being able to relax in such a peaceful spot.

 


MILLENNIUM DAY SPA


Millennium Day Spa in North Scottsdale’s Grayhawk neighborhood is a full-service salon and day spa offering facials, massages and body treatments. I headed to Millennium Day Spa for a treatment in the private Himalayan salt room and experienced a definite wow moment.

The room features a wall of Himalayan salt slabs that are backlit with colors that can change to fit the mood you wish to set for your massage. After my massage, I had a 30-minute Halo Salt therapy, which infuses the room with salt air. The salt air contains negative ions with anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial properties. It was a completely relaxing half hour. The salon also sells the Himalayan salts, so I was able to take some home with me for a soak later.  

Millennium Day Spa offers a variety of other facials, massages and treatments. It is also an ideal spot for wedding parties.

 


GAINEY VILLAGE HEALTH CLUB & SPA


Gainey Village Health Club & Spa is an 82,000-square-foot facility in Gainey Ranch that offers a resort spa feel in a day spa setting. This gym/spa duo offers more than 160 weekly group fitness classes, plus a world-class spa with wraps, scrubs, massages, facials and salon services. Guests looking to up the ante on skincare will enjoy dermaplane body treatments, microderm body resurfacing and body peels. The health club boasts a large pool, comfortable locker room and café with Wi-Fi.

 


WE DO MEN


We Do Men was founded by esthetician Stacey Grondahl and is the spot where the guys can go for a chill spa treatment while jamming out to classic rock tunes. “Boss Lady” Stace educates men about the best way to care for their skin. At We Do Men, Stacey and her team have established a tongue-in-cheek menu of options known as the “Booze, Tunes & Taboos Menu” that includes treatments with eyebrow-raising names. Grooming of the brows, nose and ears are complimentary with every facial.