Scottsdale is the spa capital of the country, so to stay competitive, spas are constantly revamping, remodeling and reimagining their wellness offering. The remodeled spa unveiled at Sanctuary Camelback Mountain Resort & Spa is the latest spa in the city to get a new look.
Despite being named one of the top five spas in the Continental USA by Travel & Leisure and a Top 20 Spa Resort by Andrew Harper, Sanctuary knew that it was time for a refresh.
The spa underwent a complete refurbishment and expansion featuring the work of interior designer Lynne Beyer, who was responsible for the revamping of Jade Bar a few years ago and the spa casitas that debuted last year.
The bulk of the work done to the spa is found behind the women’s locker room door (sorry boys!). The first thing I notice is a new color scheme of neutrals and chocolate browns and a repositioning of the check-in desk to create greater privacy within the locker room itself. This new color scheme carries through the spa. Gone is the bright lime green color that I never liked and in its place are greys, blues, and neutrals. The result is a much calmer vibe, something important in a spa.
The biggest change is the addition of a Women’s Quiet Room. Again, carrying the feeling of sanctuary into the spa. The windowless room is all about the curves with 12 chaise lounges separated by sheers on each side to create tranquil alcoves to relax. Lighting is low, tones are muted and everything about the room encourages one to curl up and find Zen.
The women’s lounge, once bright from the color scheme is now bright from the Scottsdale sun filling the room with light and a gentle breeze with the pocket doors open to let the perfect spring day in. Seating in the area was increased by a third and stone dividers section out the space to create privacy.
An additional shower was added and all of the shower tiling was redone in large format white and grey tiles. The Jacuzzi area also features the new tiling.
While the women’s areas received the bulk of the renovation, the men’s area received a little love as well, receiving the same new color scheme as the women’s areas along with new furnishings, wall coverings and artwork.
The spa menu remained unchanged and the treatments continue to impress. The deep tissue massage was perfectly tuned to my preference and managed to take a knot or two from my recent flight out of my back.
Whenever you go to see the Sanctuary Spa’s remodel, plan to make a day of it with complimentary morning fitness classes, a spa lunch from Elements and an afternoon lounging poolside.