Scottsdale's Best Holiday Spa Treatments

By local contributor
JoAnne Zeterberg

This time of year, it’s easy to go from “happy holidays!” to “bah humbug!” in less time than it takes to name Santa’s reindeer. Not to worry! Scottsdale’s resort and day spas have the secret to reclaiming your holiday bliss in the form of soothing treatments inspired by the bounty of the season. Put yourself at the top of your holiday to-do list and indulge in one of these luscious spa experiences.


Butter Rum Sugar Cookie Scrub

This decadent experience at Well & Being Spa at the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess begins with a stimulating full-body sugar scrub to whisk away dull, dry skin cells. An application of skin-quenching Sweet Cream Body Milk leaves your skin glowing and buttery smooth.


Winter Berry Facial

Put your best face forward with this yummy treatment at VH Spa for Vitality + Health at Old Town’s Hotel Valley Ho. The spa’s Pro Script Facial from Priori provides an infusion of seasonal goodness for your skin, including a winter berry moisturizing crème and a heated jubilee hand treatment. Ideal for brightening your complexion, this treatment will leave you with the gift of a youthful holiday glow!


Holiday in Pearadise

Seasonal stress doesn’t stand a chance against the soothing, therapeutic Anjou Pear Massage at the Hyatt Regency Scottsdale’s Spa Avania. Wild mimosa oil infused with rich jasmine, armoise (mugwort), basil and vanilla will melt away tension. This treatment “pears” perfectly with one of Spa Avania’s signature facials.


Bourbon Bubbler Pedicure

Joya Spa at the Omni Resort & Spa Scottsdale at Montelucia is ready to get your tootsies into the holiday spirit! After a soak in warm, melted butterscotch water, feet and calves are treated to a decadent, gingersnap- and pecan-scented exfoliating scrub, which also includes brown sugar and real Kentucky whiskey, to leave skin ultra-soft. Hands and feet are then moisturized with a vitamin-rich body mousse. Pair it with the Bourbon Bubbler manicure!


OHM for the Holidays Spa Suite Retreat

Lower your stress level and reconnect with that special someone with a soothing retreat at The Spa at the Boulders Resort. This two-hour holiday service is set in a luxurious spa suite, and includes Holiday Light Candle Massages and an additional hour of suite time to enjoy the fireside jacuzzi, Swiss shower, and private lounge where you can sip hot cocoa or a Mistletoe Martini!


Sugar & Spice Soak

This treatment at the Spa at Four Seasons Scottsdale begins with a warm bath infused with Himalayan pink salts that are enhanced with vanilla chai essential oil. After a relaxing soak, any remaining muscle tightness is eased away with a massage using aromatic vanilla chai oil.


Scents of the Season

A glass of sparkling wine complements this luscious treatment at The Phoenician Spa. The 80-minute exfoliation and full-body massage uses Frankincense and Myrrh, along with the warm and spicy notes of amber and clove, to relax both mind and body. Add in the Scents of the Season pedicure for a feeling of renewal from head to toe!


Warming Winter Escape

Spa CIVANA is warming things up with the cleansing and detoxifying Warm Winter Escape, which features warm stones placed on the body and a rhythmic massage using a seasonal herbal poultice. Enjoy the soothing aroma of the spa’s custom essential oil blend and herbs sourced from their on-property medicine wheel garden.


What a Prick – Peppermint!

If your man’s complexion is reflecting any holiday stress, send him to see Boss Lady Stacey at We Do Men day spa. This seasonal twist on the Boss Lady’s classic facial is spiced up with Hungarian peppermint to depuff the entire face (including those pesky under-eye areas) and purify the skin to fight acne and blackheads – all while stimulating the senses!

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