Summer Spa Soothers

By local contributor
JoAnne Zeterberg

When the summer heat threatens to harsh my Zen, I know it’s time for a trip to the spa. Every summer, Scottsdale’s resort and day spas unveil cooling treatments that pamper sun-kissed skin and soothe the mind, body and soul. Here are a few highlights from this season’s offerings of summer spa treatments that will leave you feeling, cool, comfy and oh-so-relaxed in no time at all!


After Sun Soother at Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale

Spend a little too much time in the sun? Not to worry – we have your go-to remedy! This head-to-toe slice of skin-soothing heaven harnesses the healing power of a cooling aloe vera and cucumber wrap, and also includes a conditioning scalp treatment.


The Citrus Splash Scrub at Andaz Scottsdale Resort & Bungalows

Summer and citrus go hand in hand, and this juicy treatment is a perfect example. The lemon body scrub, sweet orange essence body souffle and rosemary-lime scalp massage will lift your spirits and put an extra spring in your step.


Monsoon Massage + Exfoliation at Hotel Valley Ho

Inspired by our elusive yet refreshing summer rains, this therapeutic treatment banishes dry, flakey skin. A full-body exfoliation using a ginger-infused sand scrub is followed by a gentle sage rain mist to hydrate your body from head to toe. Next, an indulgent, hour-long aromatherapy massage surrounds you with the sweet, summery scents of grapefruit, blood orange, ginger and vanilla.


Fire & Ice Massage at The Phoenician

If your body is still feeling that last round of golf or sunrise yoga class, this is the treatment for you! The healing warmth of hand-carved salt stones soothes overworked muscles, while an application of Chill Zen targets areas of discomfort with a proprietary blend of arnica to relieve inflammation and birch, menthol, peppermint and wintergreen for intense cooling.   


Vita D Brightening Facial at Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain

Sun, chlorine, low humidity – the desert summer can take its toll on your skin. This infusion of topical Vitamin D and special proteins boosts new cell production, restores your skin’s natural moisture barrier and provides protection against environmental and sun damage. This results-driven facial also includes a marine-based mask that soothes and refreshes the skin while stimulating healthy skin formation.


Summer Splash Mani & Pedi at Omni Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Montelucia

Get ready for sundress and sandal season with this treat at Joya Spa! First, a “cocktail” body polish made with succulent Georgia muscadine grapes, sea salt and Fitch’s Goat Moonshine gets skin glowing. Hands and feet are then moisturized with Maypop Steeped Milk Lotion, which provides deep hydration with a summery passion fruit scent. Your choice of polish adds the perfect pop of color.


Green Tea Baggin’ Wasabi at We Do Men Day Spa

For the man in your life, Boss Lady Stacey Grondahl at We Do Men takes the fluff out of the traditional spa experience and replaces it with plenty of humor and manly treatments that even spa-phobic guys will enjoy. For summer, your man can cool off with the Green Tea Baggin’ Wasabi – a masterpiece of facial goodness involving wintergreen, peppermint, wasabi, rosemary and green tea that clears the sinuses while brightening the skin.


La Vidorra Summer Experience at The Scott Resort & Spa

While away a lazy summer afternoon with a detoxifying soak in La Vidorra Spa’s healing copper bathtubs, which are filled with a mineral-rich blend of essential elements and refreshing eucalyptus aromatherapy. Your soak is followed by a cooling body polish and a full-body massage.


Aqua Vitality Circuit at CIVANA Carefree

Just north of Scottsdale, The Spa at CIVANA Carefree recaptures the time-honored art of healing through water. Their hydrotherapy thermal circuit includes hot and cold pools, a cool waterfall shower, and a beautiful sanarium offering humidity and heat from within. There are both physical and energetic benefits to “taking the waters,” an ancient tradition of healing, cleansing and rejuvenation.  

So, don’t let the summer heat get you down. Make your spa appointment today and chill out in the desert!