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Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain

Kitty Armstrong specializes in spa vacations. She is also an expert in adventure travel, independent and family travel as well as luxury and river cruises.

The one night I spent at Sanctuary was the most relaxing of my life. The reason? The very best spa treatment I have ever had. It was the Sanctuary Signature Body Ritual.

As the Sanctuary describes it: “Designed for all skin types, our signature body ritual features fresh coconut blended with fragrant jasmine, vetiver and gentle buffing grains to hydrate, soothe and polish dull skin. This ritual concludes with a luxurious application of Creme de la Creme lotion. The 90-minute treatment includes a full-body massage.”

My traveling companion enjoyed the Wild Lime Blossom. According to Sanctuary: “This zesty, aromatic scalp and full-body massage is the perfect remedy for jet lag and fatigue. A special recipe of hazelnut, avocado and macadamia oils is blended with wild lime blossom, sandalwood and ginger. The oil is warmed and vigorously applied to your scalp, neck and shoulders to stimulate ciruclation and nourish your hair. While the oil penetrates your hair, a full-body massage with Japanese Yuzu citrus extracts relieves mental exhaustion. The session end with a cup of Green Tea.”

She, too, has experienced lots of massages and said this was the best she had ever had in her life. So, it must just be the Sanctuary!

Before the massages, our host treated us to a delicious lunch in the beautiful fine dining restaurant with spectacular views of the mountain and a site inspection. I did not get to view the Spa Casitas, as they were all occupied, but I did see the property. It’s a great spot for tennis lovers.

My own accommodation was a huge Mountain suite Casita. I had dinner on the patio and breakfast delivered by room service in the living area at the magnificent dining room table. There was even a fireplace, and the bath, while not over the top, was lovely.

I have recommended this resort many times and would never hesitate to send clients here. The service is impeccable.

To read more about Kitty’s spa experiences, check our her reviews of Royal Palms Resort & Spa, Miraval and Canyon Ranch Spa.

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