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Best of the Best 2002: Travel: Best Resorts: Willow Stream

Jill Fergus

Many of the ultraluxurious resorts in Phoenix and Scottsdale, Arizona, including The Boulders and Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain, have recently added spas, but perhaps the most impressive is Willow Stream— The Spa at Fairmont at the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess. This tri-level 44,000-square foot retreat, anchored by an indoor waterfall modeled after the mystical Havasu Falls in the Grand Canyon, features some 25 treatment rooms—many with cacti-filled patios—where you can indulge in Southwestern-themed treatments such as the Anasazi Aloe Eucalyptus Scrub, the Royal Sonoran Body Polish, and the signature two-hour Havasupi Body Oasis Experience (a chamomile scrub and eucalyptus wrap followed by a deep-tissue massage). There’s even a Golf Performance Treatment for those seeking relief from the challenging Sonoran Desert courses. Treat yourself to a mental break as well and sip a lemon hibiscus tea by the reflecting pools in the meditation room or in the rooftop infinity pool overlooking the dramatic McDowell Mountains. 

Willow Stream—The Spa at Fairmont, 800.908.9540, www.fairmont.com

 

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