Blending Native American, Mexican, Spanish and Anglo traditions, Tucson buzzes with youthful energy – largely thanks to the 40,000-strong student population at the University of Arizona. It’s a valley town, hemmed in from all sides by saguaro-cactus-dotted desert and nature reserves bristling with mountains. Natural attractions aside, you’ll find characterful 19th-century architecture, world-class museums, quirky vintage shops, and a varied, exciting dining scene, all rolled into one fantastic destination. Should you find yourself in need of some serious pampering, here are the eight best spas in Tucson to unwind in after all that exploring – bookable with Culture Trip.
How best to spend your vacation at this dream lodge? Admiring the scrubland-covered mountains from your private balcony or patio? Hitting the trails in nearby Sabino Canyon, where you find yourself surrounded by a living picket fence of sky-high saguaro cacti? Doing laps in the Olympic-sized pool? However you choose to lose the days, you can only ignore the lure of the on-site spa for so long. And, when you succumb, you’ll find plenty of treats in-store. Choose the indulgent likes of an Ultimate Bliss scrub, or perhaps a Coconut Papaya facial, from a wide range of massages as well as face and body treatments.
“Physical and spiritual renewal” is the promise at this spa, equidistant from the Tucson Mountain Park and the historic San Xavier del Bac mission (in case you’re looking for sightseeing/activity options away from the blackjack tables and the resort’s relaxation facilities). Inspired by the healing practices of the indigenous Yaqui, who call the Sonora Desert home, the Hiapsi spa aims to soothe your body and mind with its signature Flower Ritual. This serene treatment combines aromatherapy with a herbal foot bath and essential oil massage.
Decked out in warm hues and prints of Arizona’s striking scenery (which you can also appreciate by looking out from the balcony in your room), this Tucson spa pledges to help you in your quest to become the healthiest and most beautiful version of yourself. For that, they have an impressive arsenal of tools at their disposal, from Vibrational Singing Bowl Therapy and SpaWell Signature Facials to the Balance-Restoring CBD Wrap. If those don’t do the trick, a rejuvenating soak in the adults-only pool, overlooking Pusch Ridge, just might.
What did the ancient Romans have in common with the staff at the La Paloma Spa? They believed in the concept of mens sana in corpore sano (“healthy mind in a healthy body”), which, to be fair, is a more achievable life goal if you’re vacationing at a spa in Tucson rather than perpetually skirmishing with the Etruscans, Gauls and Carthaginians. Take time away from lounging around in your desert-colored room, sharing gossip around the hotel’s fire pits, or dining on Mexican- and Cuban-inspired dishes at Contigo Latin Kitchen to indulge in a standard array of scrubs, wraps, facials and massages.
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