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A DIY Wellness Weekend in Scottsdale

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The Arizona desert has long drawn wellness seekers thanks to its dry, warm climate, healing energy vortexes, and Native American remedies, plus places to partake in yoga, meditation, and rejuvenating treatments. On a recent visit, AFAR Ambassador Christine Amorose created her own DIY wellness guide to making the most of Scottsdale. Take her cue, and bring along hiking boots, a bathing suit, sunscreen, and an adventurous spirit. You’re bound to return home from Scottsdale refreshed.
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5700 E McDonald Dr, Paradise Valley, AZ 85253, USA
As obvious as it may sound, what sets Sanctuary apart from any other Scottsdale resort is location. Sitting on the north side of Camelback Mountain yet minutes from downtown Scottsdale, it has a balance of desert mountain isolation and easy access...
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Scottsdale, AZ, USA
There are myriad trails around Scottsdale, and hiking is a wonderful way to get up close with the distinctive landscape. You may be surprised by the lushness of the Sonoran Desert: it counts more than 2,000 plant species! It’s most comfortable to...
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5532 N Palo Cristi Rd, Paradise Valley, AZ 85253, USA
The Hermosa Inn, first opened in 1936, has the kind of history that a cowboy keeps under his hat. With 43 rooms and casitas spread across six acres of Arizona desert in the upscale Phoenix suburb of Paradise Valley, the inn was originally the home...
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7575 E Princess Dr, Scottsdale, AZ 85255, USA
Opened in 1987, the relatively youthful Fairmont Scottsdale Princess may not have the history of some of its neighboring resorts, but the North Scottsdale spot—with its fountained plazas, Mexican colonial–style architecture, and 65 scenic acres—...
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4949 E Lincoln Dr, Paradise Valley, AZ 85253, USA
Joya Spa at the Omni Scottsdale is beloved by visitors and locals alike. The Moroccan-themed complex offers a wide variety of treatments, as well as day passes to the rooftop pool and hammam pools. You can indulge in a more traditional massage or...