Warm Up with these Winter Weekend Getaways
It seems that winter is taking a heavier toll than usual this year. From freezing temperatures to dangerous weather, this season certainly can try the soul. Perhaps it’s time to get out of town (if you can catch a flight between snowfalls!) and go for a winter weekend getaway. The Southwest portion of the U.S. is a fantastic destination for the weather weary, Arizona especially. If you’ve got the winter blues, defrost your toes at one of these resorts. Warning: You may never want to go home.
FireSky is located in sunny Scottsdale, AZ, and is an ideal winter getaway resort to rejuvenate your body from the harshness of winter. From the daily hosted happy hour to the Mediterranean themed pools and gardens, Firesky will certainly breathe life back into your frozen limbs.
The resort has its own Italian restaurant on site, Taggia, which features both indoor and patio dining.
When you’ve soaked up enough sun at one of the resort’s two secluded pools, you can relax in in Jurlique, Firesky’s on-site spa. We love Jurlique because their products are all organic—not only that, but they grow their own herbal ingredients. Jurlique has six treatment rooms, a relaxation lounge, copper soaking tubs and a couples massage room. Each treatment room has its own adjoining bath, so you can be assured of absolute privacy and comfort.
The Hermosa Inn is located in beautiful Paradise Valley, AZ. Originally the home of cowboy artist Lon Megargee, this newly remodeled, romantic, historic hacienda-turned-small-exquisite-hotel is the perfect desert hideaway. The inn features a gorgeous pool, spa suite, and a highly-regarded American cuisine restaurant, Lon’s.
The recently opened Blue Door Spa at Hermosa spa features antique furniture, a beehive fireplace, silk organza curtains and interior colors reflecting the desert, giving the spa a more authentic feel. The spa uses Hermosa’s own line of citrus sage products, and guests can enjoy their experience in an adobe casita, one of the inn’s original structures.
My favorite feature of The Hermosa Inn is its award-winning Artist-in-Residence Series. The inn brings artists and authors to Lon’s, where guests enjoy a wine reception and a four course dinner. After dinner (or brunch), the artist or author speaks and answers questions. In the past, Hermosa has brought Jane Seymour, Jeffrey Siegel, Doris Roberts and Clive Cussler to the series. The Artist-in-Resdience Series runs from October to April. For the rest of the series, these artists will be in attendance: On Sun, Jan 23 , Painter Dan Perin; on Sun, Feb 20, Plein-air painter Linda Bail; on Sun, Mar 13, Wildlife painter Fred Krakowiak; on Fri, Mar 25, Bronze sculptor Dave McGary; on Sun, Apr 3 – Novelist Marcia Fine; and on Fri, Apr 15, Screenwriter Ken Rotcop.
L’Auberge de Sedona recently completed a 25 million dollar renovation, and the results are nothing short of spectacular. L’Auberge is set against Oak Creek and surrounded by Arizona’s beautiful Red Rock formations. The resort features 11 acres of forested grounds. Guests can stay in the main building or in one of thirteen luxurious spa cottages, which feature down bedding and Jacuzzi tubs.
L’Auberge’s new Serenite Spa has seven treatment rooms and offers an array of services to clam the weather-worn body and spirit. Serenite only uses plant-based essential oils and natural ingredients. The best part about the spa is that services can be experienced in the location of your choosing. Perhaps you’d like a facial one of the spa’s tranquil treatment rooms, or perhaps a creekside massage? No problem!
The resort’s new Vista Cottages feature floor-to-ceiling windows that offer a spectacular panoramic view of Sedona’s famous Red Rock formations. These Cottages, which overlook Oak Creek, include fireplaces, large bathrooms with Jacuzzi tubs for two, outdoor open air showers, and expansive decks where guests can relax and take in the spectacular view.
A great weekend escape in the dead of winter is a trip to The Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain in Tucson. This resort is nestled in the Tortolita Mountains, where the ancient Hohokams once lived. Dove Mountain’s spa offers a selection of treatments reflecting natural, peaceful surroundings, including wellness counseling, body and anti-aging therapies. The resort offers several spa packages for visitors looking to rejuvenate their bodies and minds.
Dove Mountain says that their spa experience is designed around the balancing elements of wood, fire, earth and water to honor the indigenous outdoor Sonoran lifestyle. Their treatments include wellness counseling, body and anti-aging therapies.
Dove Mountain’s spa has 14 treatment rooms, both indoor and outdoor, a hydrotherapy room and a Vichy shower (when they told me that, I had to Google Vichy shower! Here’s an explanation). One of my favorite features of this spa is the oversized suite, so you can go to the spa with a group friends or with your S.O.
In addition to the pampering, Dove Mountain also has a fitness center where you can take all kinds of classes, including my favorite–yoga.
The W’s contemporary design blends southwestern tradition and modern sophistication. The hotel takes advantage of its location with numerous indoor/outdoor spaces. It has a Bliss Spa, the only one in Arizona, and a chilled rooftop splash pool. I recommend a stay in their spa suite, where you can receive in-room treatments, relax in your own spa tub, and take in the scenery on your private balcony.
With three bars of its own, Living Room, Shade and sunset.beach, the focal point of hotel is the rooftop entertainment deck with its splash pool, indoor/outdoor lounges, cabanas and views of historic Camelback Mountain in the distance. W Scottsdale is within walking distance of the city’s nightlife, shopping, and dining. It is an ideal location for those who want relaxation, but don’t want to be too far from civilization.
Visitors can book packages to maximize their experience at The W. What’s Your Wish? is one of the most popular packages, as it allows guests to customize their vacation and choose from a few insider perks during their stay, making for a bit of a “VIP” experience. Another package, Spa-tacular Staycation, combines Bliss Spa amenities and products for a rejuvenating weekend getaway.
This oft-recognized resort in Tucson makes use of the natural desert and surrounding mountains as its landscape design theme. With five restaurants, a 20,000 sq. ft. spa, four separate pools, a lazy river and water slide, the resort is not only the largest resort in southern Arizona but also the most eco-friendly. The resort has natural stone flooring, and the ceiling is made from cactus ribs. Extending the eco-friendly theme, its Primo restaurant serves only organic and jet fresh fish, and its Hashani Spa uses natural desert plant oils.
The resort offers spectacular views of Tucson Mountain Park, which guests can take advantage of from their private balconies or patios. A private golf course and hiking trails offer activities for those who can tear themselves away from the luxurious Hashani Spa.
Inspired by the healing properties of the Sonoran Desert and named for the Saguaro cactus (hashani is the Native American word for saguaro), the Hashani Spa features treatments that incorporate elements of the desert with both the latest technologies and ancient healing techniques.
The spa includes a fitness center, whirlpool, steam room and sauna, pool and a movement studio that features a large outdoor terrace. Outdoors, guests can take a dip in the spa’s private pool.