You’ve made it: you planned your way through venue decisions and family relationships to the marriage celebration you’d been dreaming of - and now you’re headed to the Southwest to enjoy the dry, warm, sunshine of the Phoenix desert for a post-nuptial party for two. Our recommendation for your time in the Valley of the Sun? Simple. Lay back, relax, and enjoy some quality time with your love in a setting geared toward total unwind – in one of the city’s luxurious day spas.

While we agree that holing up in a fancy resort with its very own private spa is nice, we’re also big fans of spas that are willing to open their doors to guests and non-guests alike, particularly when those spas are every bit as expansive as the rest. The Arizona Biltmore Spa, which is part of the Biltmore Resort, is such a spa. Surrounded by Frank Lloyd Wright-inspired structures, the spa actually has a package named after the famous architect, complete with an 80 minute aromatherapy massage. Meanwhile, the Alvadora Spa at Royal Palms is a four star spa with some of the most elegant ambiance around. The spa’s architecture is all Old World, Mediterranean charm and it is completely surrounded by private gardens and citrus groves. We’re dying to try the Citrus Ritual, which involves an outdoor waterfall shower.

Hailed as the most romantic spa in the valley, the Joya Day Spa is elegant, exotic, and inspired entirely by the deserts of Morocco and Southern Spain. Their couple’s suites and the Spa for Two package are an ideal path to complete relaxation with your love. However, the Waldorf Astoria Spa at Boulders Resort is easily one of the most reputable spas in the valley and offers an extensive list of services. A veritable oasis in the Sonoran Desert, the treatments here are inspired by ayurvedic and Native-American techniques, and the Spirit of the Southwest package includes the spa’s signature Turquoise Wrap.

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