Use the Spa to Beat the Scottsdale Summer Heat

By local contributor
Dena Roche

We know, it’s a dry heat. But when the mercury creeps above 110 degrees, it’s simply HOT! To beat the scorching Scottsdale summer heat, check out these refreshing summer treatments at my favorite spas around town.


Palo Verde Spa & Apothecary at Andaz Scottsdale

Scottsdale’s newest addition, Palo Verde Spa, at the Andaz Scottsdale, focuses on the healing powers of Mother Nature and uses Body Bliss, a Sedona botanical line that lets guests create their own oil blends for use in the True Essence 90-minute massage. Working with my therapist, I answer some questions about how I want to feel and soon she’s whipping up a blend for the “Incurable Romantic.” To beat the summer sun, she adds a rosehip booster for dry skin and sea buckthorn to combat sun burn. The deep tissue massage is blissful, working away knots and surprisingly, lulling me to sleep.


Joya Spa at Omni Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Montelucia

Getting a tan is a big no-no for anyone who wants youthful skin, but if you want to sport a bronzed look this summer, it’s as simple and safe as getting the Sunkissed Body Experience at Joya Spa.

I decide to trade my china doll skin for the darker shade of a Coppertone Babe. The service starts with a unique cooling scrub made of aloe vera, ginseng, peppermint and avocado to prepare my skin for the tan. Unlike most scrubs, this is not oil based, meaning it doesn’t leave a filmy feeling on the skin after you rinse it off and allows the tanning solution to penetrate deeper. The spray tan is the same tanning solution used by Dancing with the Stars, which is safe enough for pregnant women and is activated by DHA, a natural chemical derived from sugar. The tan is applied manually with what looks a paint sprayer. The therapist does two coats and the tan continues to deepen for eight hours following the treatment. The result is a natural looking (not orange!) tan that will make anyone think you live by the beach. 


Well & Being Spa at the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess

When the mercury inches up, relief can be found at the Well & Being Spa at the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess. I start my day with the Moisture Bound Body Wrap. This service restores and rehydrates skin in three steps (which is much needed in a desert that dries out the skin). First is a jojoba and bamboo scrub to exfoliate, followed by an application of aloe vera and prickly pear gel. A pomegranate oil is put on top to seal in the hydration. I love that the therapist applies them using massage strokes (bonus!) which is unusual in wrap services. During the brief wrap, she performs some light facial acupressure for an instant lift.


VH Spa at Hotel Valley Ho

How do you make a luscious summer spa treatment even better? Pair it with a poolside, post-treatment cocktail! The 90-minute Painkiller massage at Hotel Valley Ho’s VH Spa begins with a tropical aromatherapy sugar scrub to buff away dry skin. From there, it’s an easy transition into some light stretching and a deep-tissue massage using a muscle-easing balm that erases any trace of soreness. With my skin glowing and my muscles soothed, I sink into a chaise by the pool and enjoy my treatment’s final delight – a beautifully crafted Painkiller cocktail.  


Spa Avania at Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Gainey Ranch

Spend a few hours (or minutes!) in the summer sun and your skin may take a beating. Soothe it with the Citrus Drench body treatment at the Hyatt Regency Scottsdale’s Spa Avania. I relax completely as my body is enveloped in soothing natural ingredients, including crystallized honey, shea butter and refreshing orange juice, then wrapped in linen. After a rinse and massage with hydrating lotion, my skin is glowy and soft (and I swear it looks years younger!).