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The Ritz-Carlton Spa, Dove Mountain

Luxury spa turns to ancient therapeutic rituals

It’s all in the details. That could be the motto for The Ritz-Carlton Spa, Dove Mountain, a sprawling property tucked into the Tortilla Mountains north of Tucson. The 17,000-square-foot spa is a desert masterpiece with a back-to-nature vibe that’s mirrored inside and out, from the natural elements of stone, leather, copper and wood imbued throughout the design to the many water features that strum relaxation. With the ample amenities, you’ll be floating on high. This starts in the spacious locker room where there’s plenty of room to breathe, through the private lounges stocked with everything a spa goer needs (tea, snacks, magazines, loungers), to the outdoor salt water hot tub flanked by a fireplace, outdoor shower and glorious views. Even the sauna and steam room are far from standard issue with floor-to-ceiling windows so you can detox without that claustrophobic feeling, and chilled cucumber towels to dab off afterwards. The piece de resistance, though, is the Serenity infinity pool, a picturesque salt-water pool, surrounded by plush beds and loungers, heated to a perfect 85 degrees. Dine on sophisticated spa cuisine on the pool deck with, say, a lemongrass orange mimosa and beautiful views of the surrounding rock formations. And then comes your treatment… Ahhhhh. Massages come with just the right amount of pressure to melt any residual stress; facials come with warmed eye pillows and customized products to make you glow; and signature treatments come with healing gemstones and the promise of boosted energy flow.

  • The spa inspires a celebration of the spirit within
  • Uses eco-holistic therapies based upon balancing elements and time-honored traditions of the Sonoran Desert
  • Standout treatments include the 90-minute Desert Gemstone Ritual, which ends with a healing full-body massage


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