Arizona's Best

Canyon Ranch

The 80,000 -sq.-ft. “Life Enhancement Resort”

You can’t talk about Arizona spas without talking about Canyon Ranch, a healthy escape in Tucson’s picturesque Sonoran Desert dubbed “the original destination spa.” Founded as a retreat where guests can take charge of their health with the help of nutritionists, life coaches, psychologists and spa professionals (hey, the luxurious surroundings don’t hurt either), the 80,000-square-foot spa follows suits, offering a healthy dose of proactive pampering. Sure, facials, herbal wraps and pedicures are offered, but the spa menu reads more like a holistic healing guide with a worldly slant. Think blissful Ayurveda and Asian-inspired treatments to open up your body’s energy pathways, as well as neuromuscular therapies and body rituals designed to rebalance the body and bring on the bliss. Once you decide on the spa treatment, by far the hardest part of your day, the only other objective is to soak it all in—and by all, you have access to the more than 40 complimentary fitness classes and outdoor activities offered daily, everything from Astrology and Crystal workshops to Surfset Fitness and HIIT (high intensity interval training), not to mention the steam room, sauna and whirlpool. For lunch, the spa cuisine is a drool-worthy mix of build-your-own organic salad and sandwich fixings and decadent-tasting calorie-controlled entrees, like the Loaded Southwest Vegetarian Burger. Yes, dessert is included too (think homemade vanilla ice cream and gluten-free chocolate chip cookies). The most surprising part is how much the pampering really permeates, so no surprise if you leave with a new smile and a spring in your step

  • Unique treatments for expecting moms
  • Catch some rays on private sunbathing decks
  • Footwear analysis center


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