La Bonne Vie Day Spa

On a 115-degree day in the dead of summer, downtown Scottsdale can get a little sleepy. Half the merchants have skipped town while the other half signal their willingness to brave the heat with electrical tape or towels on their door handles so shoppers won’t scorch their hands on entry. Restaurants that usually enjoy alfresco […]

Essential Touch Wellness Center and Boutique at Shea

Well now I’ve done just about everything! Before I go on, let me first tell you that I’m not a "naked" person — I don’t do massages, wraps or any other types of body treatments in the buff because I’m just too darn modest. So when the opportunity came up for me to try the […]

Esthetique Paris Spa

I can’t even count the number of times I’ve hightailed over to Esthetique Paris Spa for the help of owner and aesthetician Anna (pronounced Anya). The bustling salon and separate day spa area serves the affluent community of north Scottsdale and is located in the once prestigious but now sleepy Citadel center. The aesthetics rooms […]

Salon Surreal

We sent our intern and super sleuth Katie to Salon Surreal in Phoenix to follow up on rumors that not only were the stylists fabulous, but the aestheticians were too. Apparently, reports of their top-notch services have not been exaggerated! Here’s Katie’s report. Let me say first that I am not a “facial virgin.” I […]

Steven Paul Salon

I’ll get right to the point here: Very funky. Very cool. Awesome location. Best hair cut ever. I was introduced to Steven Paul Salon by a friend who I ran into one fateful day at a local card shop. I actually didn’t recognize her at first because she had gone from a brunette to a […]

The Spa at Gainey Village Health Club & Spa

A peaceful retreat that merges fitness with pure indulgence. The Spa at Gainey Village wins the wow award hands down. In front of this almost intimidating building was a not-so-little fellow glazed in bronze, sittin’ fit and lookin’ relaxed. Possibly a sign of my fate for the day. Not a bad outlook, I decide. First item […]

The Salon & Day Spa at The Scottsdale Plaza Resort

Feeling disconnected? Need focus or creative inspiration? The Salon & Day Spa at The Scottsdale Plaza Resort may be your answer! While not necessarily a traditional massage experience, the Dehp Massage brings relaxation to a whole new level by incorporating emotional and mental stimulation. I went into the session unsure of what to expect and […]

The Beauty Scene

the beauty scene

Relax during a facial? Nah, not this Spa Girl. My measure of a good facial is how hard you have to grip the sides of the treatment table (see my previous review). The harder the grip, the better the facial. A little post-peeling? Bring it. Cheeks as flush as a ripe tomato? Good sign. Or […]

Hand & Stone Massage and Facial Spa

Massage therapy saves the day (and a relationship!) at this convenient and affordable day spa retreat in Scottsdale. I have an issue – my back. I don’t like it and it doesn’t like me. We’ve had a very strained relationship for the past year or so. I’ve sought out couple’s therapy via numerous massage therapists […]

Hawaiian Experience Spa Chandler

As I sat at my desk working away one afternoon, I started longing for a tropical escape. Knowing very well an impromptu trip to Hawaii would wreak havoc on my bank account, I did the next best thing and scheduled a Lomi Lomi massage at Hawaiian Experience Spa in Chandler — the newest of their […]