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The Centre for Well-Being Spa at the Phoenician

written by Julie Cohn
The Centre for Well-Being Spa at the Phoenician

{Disclosure:  I was invited as a guest to the Centre for Well-Being, but received no monetary compensation.  My opinion is 100% my own.}

The Phoenician Resort is one of the most luxurious resorts in the Phoenix area.  Set against the south side of Camelback Mountain, the AAA 5-diamond resort is home to a 27 hole champion golf course, resort rooms and Canyon Suite options, eight restaurants, 9 pools, a world-class art collection.  It is also home to the beautiful resort spa, The Centre for Well-Being Spa at the Phoenician.

As I drove into the resort, I was surrounded by fields of green.  The golf course at the Phoenician was breathtaking; I forgot for a few minutes I was in Arizona, and thought I was on an exotic island.

Beautiful sculptures dotted the grounds of the Phoenician, and the backdrop of the Camelback Mountains added an exquisite touch of desert elegance to the resort. I’m certain the views at sunset must be magnificent.

This was my first visit to the The Centre for Well-Being Spa at the Phoenician, so I did not know quite what to expect.  The spa has received many accolades over the years, including: Conde’ Naste Travel named the Centre for Well-Being one of the top 100 spas in the US Mainland in 2012, and one of the top 270 spas in the US in the 2013 readers poll.  Not to be undone, Forbes Travel named it a four-star top spa in 2010 (for the 5th straight year).

Upon arrival, I was greeted warmly at the reception desk, then taken by an attendant to my locker, where she gave me a robe and spa flip-flops.   I showered at home before arrival, so changed and went quickly into the waiting room for my first appointment.

The Meditation Atrium is the center of all spa activities, and for good reason.  A large room, filled with reclining lounge chairs, the meditation room has a stone fountain as it’s focal point.  The sounds of bubbling water immediately washed away any stress one might feel.  The room is soothing and restful, and I easily could have fallen asleep in one of the chairs.

My massage therapist met me in the meditation room and took me to a private massage room.   Quiet spa music piped through a speaker in the ceiling, and the linens on the massage table were luxurious Egyptian cotton.  My last two massages were a little too firm for my liking, so when she asked me how I wanted my massage, I requested a more delicate touch.  I had signed up for a holistic massage, which promised a “unique experience for reducing stress and tension, while restoring peace and tranquility.”  The therapist used a lavender-scented massage oil, and the scent, as well as her gentle kneading, put me right to sleep.  Yes, I fell asleep.  The reason I know this is because I started to snore, and the snore woke me up.  Fortunately, my massage therapist did not blink an eye (or giggle) and kept right on kneading.  80 minutes later, I emerged from the massage room blissfully relaxed.  Peace and tranquility indeed.

After the massage, I was led back to the Meditation Atrium.  Next to the Meditation Atrium is a bar with flavored waters, teas, and coffee.  I had about 30 minutes to rest before my facial appointment, so I grabbed a cup of fruit-infused water and relaxed in one of the reclining chairs.  A few women talked quietly near me, then more came to join them and my tranquility was smothered for a few moments.  As they left to continue more treatments the quiet essence of the Meditation Atrium again overtook me.

Next, I was led to a small facial room by my facialist, Maryann.  She spent the first few minutes explaining the procedure she would use for the Phoenician’s Finest Facial,  which included a Vitamin C enzyme peel, an oxygen infusion of hyaluronic acid and antioxidants, and a green tea serum finish.  She studied my skin, and thankfully I had no blemishes, so she proceeded with the procedure.  I won’t bore you with all the details, but when I left, I looked 10 years younger.  No kidding, this was the best facial I have ever received!  I have lupus, so have a ton of  broken capillaries on my face, but the hyaluronic acid made my skin brighter, my face baby-soft, and I glowed.  I looked and felt wonderful!

The Centre for Well-Being is not as “flashy” as some of the other day spas in the area.  The locker room and steam room areas are simple and nondescript, as are the treatment rooms, but the service at the Centre for Well-being was first-rate, some of the best treatments I have ever received.  My only two complaints about my experience?   The Meditation Atrium is co-ed, and when walking around with nothing but a robe on, I prefer a discreet female-only environment.  Also, there were only two toilet stalls in the locker room.  One of the toilet stalls was out-of-order, so there was a line to use the one remaining stall.

I loved my treatments, and found the entire resort experience to be luxurious and relaxing, and cannot wait to come back and try more treatments.

To book a reservation at the Centre for Well-Being, call 800-843-2392 or 480-423-2452 or visit their website.  You can also find them on Facebook and Twitter.

 

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