The Legendary Camelback Inn Re-Opens Its Award-Winning Spa In November

Scottsdaleå‘s first comprehensive resort spa, The Spa at Camelback Inn, will re-open its doors in November after a complete å“to-the-wallså” renovation, with a new design and a full complement of spa offerings including state-of-the-art fitness center, 32 treatment rooms, spa pool, and Scottsdaleå‘s only spa restaurant, Sprouts.
Nestled at the foot of Camelback Mountain, the 32,000-square-foot Spa at Camelback Inn blends the indulgences of a full-service destination spa within a spectacular resort offering the ambiance and magic of the Sonoran Desert.
Perennially voted “best spa and best massage in Phoenix” by the readers of Phoenix Magazine as well as “best spa” by Scottsdale Life, the renovated Spa at Camelback Inn will capture the history and character of the original Spa, while elevating it to an even higher level of quality and service.
Set on 125 acres of gently sloping land in Scottsdale’s affluent Paradise Valley, yet only ten miles from the airport, the Spa at Camelback Inn offers mesmerizing views of Camelback Mountain and the surrounding valley landscape.
Camelback Inn embodies the spirit of the Southwest with its peaceful desert setting, private grounds for hiking and meditation and indigenous plant life. 
“When it was built in 1989, the Spa at Camelback Inn was the largest and most comprehensive resort spa in the Southwest and the first full-service spa of this magnitude in the Phoenix area,” said general manager Wynn Tyner.
“The Camelback Spa is already a favorite for many locals and visitors, and after the enhancements are complete, we will be able to offer our guests even more Spa services and amenities.”
Originally opened in 1936, Camelback Inn has a distinguished history, having hosted many Hollywood legends, presidents and guests who have returned year after year for generations.
Camelback Inn has maintained its authentic adobe style in the reception area and throughout the resort, complementing the original architecture and surrounding desert.

Designed by Allen + Philp Architects, the Spa at Camelback Inn will reflect its surroundings with natural woods, copper and colors of the desert sunset. The new layout facilitates a smooth flow from the moment guests arrive through a garden courtyard to the end of their treatments and beyond.  Upon entering the lobby, guests are instantly awed by the open, panoramic view of the valley below. 
The entire lobby and check-in areas have been restructured to make check-in seamless and maximize relaxation during the entire spa experience.  Secluded from the rest of the resort, the Spa’s location next to Mummy Mountain further enhances the very tranquil setting.  With its own pool, lounge and restaurant, the Spa provides a complete escape.
The Spa facility features 32 treatment rooms, private showers in every wet treatment room and new top-of-the-line Spa equipment, from massage tables to facial steamers.

Spa Director Kelli Royer-Ziegler has designed a Spa service menu to offer guests a wide variety of treatments, from traditional Swedish and Shiatsu massages to more meditative therapies such as the “Healing Drum Circle,” which combines an outdoor ritual with the repetitive, rhythmic beating of a native drum to create an awareness of self and sense of inner peace.

Body treatments include the Adobe Clay Purification Treatment, inspired by the ancient healing rituals of the Native American culture.

Using pure red adobe clay and herbs indigenous to the Arizona desert such as sage, juniper and sandalwood, the Adobe Purification process includes a total body exfoliation using an ayate cloth made of a natural woven fiber from the century plant and an application of a mineral-rich red clay that soothes muscles and nourishes the skin.

A warm shower cleanses the skin for an application of warm juniper and sage oil.  The ritual ends as the guest is given a cup of peppermint-sage tea and guided to the sauna that is scented with a special blend of desert herbs.

The Camelback Signature Body Treatment is a head-to-toe Vitamin C treat for the skin.  The body is polished and hydrated with a silkening scrub containing Vitamin C, sugar, silica beads, jojoba oil and the essential oils of grapefruit, orange, lemon and jasmine.

Guests can choose from an extensive menu of facials including the popular Dr. Perricone’s Anti Aging Facial which focuses on cellular hydration,  protection and repair, or the Camelback Spa’s Signature Facial which combines the therapeutic scents of grapefruit, mandarin oranges, cranberries, and pomegranates to make an ultimate experience in aromatherapy.

The facial is followed by a gentle hot stone and foot massage.


The Spa at Camelback Inn is the only spa in the country to offer the acclaimed aerobic and testing programs pioneered by the highly respected Dr. Kenneth Cooper, founder and president of The Institute for Aerobic Research in Dallas.

Dr. Cooper developed Personalized Aerobic Lifestyle System (PALS), a comprehensive assessment outlining an individual’s current physiological status as it relates to wellness, fitness, nutrition and personal well-being.

A full PALS evaluation and personal “blueprint” for recommended lifestyle adjustments is sent to the participant following testing.  Also on the wellness “menu” are a computerized body composition analysis, personal training and nutrition counseling.

The Spa’s comprehensive fitness and exercise center will provide new state-of-the-art equipment, including individual entertainment units on each cardiovascular machine, as well as mountain bike simulators and a vertical climbing wall.

A broad range of movement classes, from Tai Chi, Meditation and Pilates Matwork to Yoga, BOSU and Dance Movement, offers something for everyone.



Under the direction of talented Spa Chefs Donald Rini and Tony Stroh - both former guests on Food Network’s Food Nation with celebrity Chef Bobby Flay - guests are able to enjoy breakfast, lunch, a snack or cocktail in the Spa’s own restaurant, Sprouts, which features sophisticated, tasty and healthful fare.

Chefs Rini and Stroh adhere to a philosophy of using only fresh ingredients and incorporate an innovative use of spices such as corn and carrot powders, citrus sauces and tomato basil blends rather than oils and butter to bring out the natural flavor of foods.

The extensive menu showcases their enticing combinations, which strike a perfect balance of nutrition and exciting flavor.

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