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5 reasons why Scottsdale is the relaxation capital of the U.S.

In addition to exclusive wellness offers, the city convinces with many other relaxation possibilities.

September 3, 2021

Especially in particularly stressful times, one wishes for a retreat far away from the worries of everyday life. A place that offers a pampering program for body and soul for every heart's desire. Scottsdale, Arizona is the insider's tip for those who need more than just a spa weekend.

1. yoga for the ultimate balance

Scottsdale has versatile wellness and fitness options that are perfect for relieving stress. These include extensive yoga sessions, such as at the CIVANA Wellness Resort & Spa. The yoga classes are held in the fresh air in an outdoor area of the resort with an impressive view of the surrounding red glowing mountains. Also special is the Moonlight Yoga at the Mountain Shadows Resort: Various asanas by moonlight even lend the yoga exercises something mystical and cleansing. For the more experienced, the The Saguaro Scottsdale Hotel Paddleboard yoga in the water.

Relaxing in resting asanas on the water. Credit: Floating Yoga / Fairmont Scottsdale Princess

2. golf relaxation

Playing golf has a relaxing and balancing effect. On the course, surrounded by manicured greenery, many golfers enjoy the absolute tranquility. The routine and steady movements of golfing ensure the reduction of stress hormones that have accumulated in everyday life. But it is not only the golf itself that provides deep relaxation. The stunning and immaculate backdrop of the surrounding mountains paints a perfect landscape picture. Scottsdale has been a mecca for golfers, whether beginner or advanced, for nearly 100 years. With over 50 golf courses, the region can confidently be called the Golf Hall of Fame. 

Using the golf club to roll the golf ball over the steady green. Credit: Eagle Mountain Golf Club / Chip Henderson Photography

3. wellness and spa oases as far as the eye can see

The number of top-notch spas in Scottsdale is definitely something to be proud of. With countless and extensive treatments, deep relaxation is guaranteed! And with so many luxury resorts to choose from, you really are spoilt for choice. The Spa of the JW Marriott Camelback Inn Resorts is already captivating with its beautiful view of Camelback Mountain. The resort's treatments focus on the connection between man and nature, relying on the therapeutic effects of the Sonoran Desert. At Well & Being Spa at the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess Resort, you should definitely try the Havasupai Falls Rejuvenation Treatment. Massages with fresh herbs, Sedona red clay, Himalayan salt stones, and jojoba body butter will undoubtedly provide moments of well-being.

Extensive spa treatments for the whole body. Credit: Fairmont Scottsdale Spa / Fairmont Scottsdale Princess

4. recharge your batteries in nature

The natural surroundings of Scottsdale offer a variety of ways to get away from it all and recharge your batteries in nature. Take a long hike in the McDowell Sonoran Preserve and marvel at the beautiful rolling landscape. You can also explore the region's diverse nature on horseback: Along the Verde River, a guided horseback ride will help you forget all about your stressful daily routine. The Verde River can also be explored in a relaxed way by kayak.

Enjoying the surrounding scenery on horseback. Credit: Horseback Riding / An Pham for Experience Scottsdale

5. never relax without culinary pleasure

A healthy diet is essential for holistic well-being. Scottsdale's culinary offerings entice with a wide variety of restaurants serving delicious, fresh, healthy and plant-based cuisine. There's plenty of choice in the city - popular places include the Weft & Warp Restaurant at the Andaz Scottsdale Resort & Bungalows. Throughout the day, you can get the vitamin-rich and healthy Purple Energy Bowl here: Berry and coconut-flavored yogurts form the base and are topped with homemade granola, fresh kiwi slices, berries and caramelized bananas. With Scottsdale's hot temperatures, it's also important to stay hydrated. Here, too, you can take in valuable vitamins, for example with fresh smoothies and juices. You can find what you are looking for at the Nekter Juice Bar or Juice Core Organic. Healthy smoothies as far as the eye can see.

Delicious bowls and smoothies provide the ultimate vitamin kick. Credit: Energy Bowl / Weft & Warp Art Bar + Kitchen

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