High season is about to begin in Scottsdale, Ariz.
Whatever your reason for traveling to the playground of the Valley of the Sun -- golf, shopping, hiking or just basking in a bathing suit by the pool -- there's a spa and a treatment to fit your itinerary.
Golf: Scottsdale is home to more than 200 golf courses, and spas here cater to golfers. Most will offer some variant on a "golfer's massage," which focuses on the muscles most taxed during your game. Some take the theme further than others: The Four Seasons Resort, Scottsdale at Troon North offers a Golfer's Massage, which is administered with -- get this -- heated golf balls.
It's not just your muscles that take a beating during golf, though. All those hours in the hot, dry desert air can do a number on your skin. So consider the new Lavender Zen treatment at the Golden Door Spa at the Boulders. It's a scrub, it's a hot stone massage, and it's a body wrap, which makes it a good choice for indecisive golfers who are having trouble sorting through the spa's extensive menu or if you're new to the whole spa thing.The Sheraton Wild Horse Pass is an enterprise of the Gila River Indian Community, and its spa, Aji, structures its treatments around the healing traditions of the Pima and Maricopa Indian tribes. Try the Blue Coyote Wrap, which starts with a good coating of ultra-hydrating Azulene mud, and end with a full-body massage with cedar and sage oil.
Shopping: Scottsdale shopping opportunities are in close proximity to one another, whether you prefer to fill your bags at Fashion Square, the largest enclosed mall in the Southwest, or at the galleries and boutiques in Old Town.