3-Day Wellness Retreat in Phoenix

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  • Group Travel

  • Luxury Travel

  • Nature Escapes

  • Wellness Travel

  • Arizona

  • Phoenix

  • Outdoors

  • Local Food

  • Hiking

  • Hidden-Gems

  • Wellness

Desert cactus in Phoenix, Arizona.
Curator’s statement

Phoenix is a cultural mecca for Arizona, with an endless amount of activities to do! From professional sporting events to night life to world renowned dining to mountain biking/hiking and more, Phoenix has what you are looking for! This guide highlights a tranquil and wellness focused itinerary to highlight how Arizona can nourish you body, mind and soul.

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Where to stay

The Phoenician, a Luxury Collection Resort, Scottsdale

Tucked into Camelback Mountain, the Phoenician is a lovely modern enclave with a Sonoran feeling.

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CIVANA Wellness Resort and Spa

Located in the Sonoran Desert, CIVANA is a wellness-forward destination with wellness guides and healers, outdoor adventures, and comfortable accommodations. It's a self-care travel destination.

Hotel Valley Ho

Luxury mid-century modern hotel in Downtown Scottsdale.

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  • Breakfast daily.

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Day 1: Arriving in Phoenix

Civana entrance with local vegetation in Phoenix.

You’re likely to arrive in Phoenix at mid-day. I highly recommend renting a car as Phoenix is a very large metroplex and this itinerary includes travel outside the city. On your drive from the airport to Civana, stop in Old Town Scottsdale for unique shopping and grab a bite to eat or craft cocktail at Farm and Craft (don’t forget to snap a few pics for the gram!) Finally, make your way to Civana to check-in and get settled in your home away from home for the weekend. End your night with a Nightcap (no seriously that’s it’s name) at the bar, a zero proof cocktail complete with CBD, chamomile and warm spices.

Day 2: Exploring Sedona

A view from a mountain overlooking Phoenix.

Rise and shine for an exciting excursion day to the magical town of Sedona, AZ (about a 2 hour drive north of Phoenix.) Sedona is known for its breathtaking red-rock buttes. Sedona is usually 10-15 degrees cooler than Phoenix, so dress accordingly. Be sure to grab a smoothie and breakfast from Seed Cafe before leaving the resort. If you’re looking for a shorter hike try bell rock or cathedral rock, though parking near these trail heads tend to fill up fast. Visit Sedona Shuttle to learn more about their park-and-shuttles to access their more popular trails. After a scenic hike, head over to the Tlaquepaque shopping center to explore local artisan crafts and goods. Before you head back to Phoenix, enjoy a late lunch/early dinner on the balcony at The Hudson to enjoy a nice meal with unforgettable views.

Day 3: Rejuvenate body & soul

Two women receiving a massage.

Yesterday was about reconnecting with nature, today is about rejuvenating your body and soul. Civana offers a list of activities from yoga classes to guided meditations to horseback riding. Be sure to check their schedule for your upcoming trip and pick out a few activities (most of which are free and included in your stay!) After a class or two spend the rest of the spa in the luxurious spa. Booking any spa service grants you access to the spa area for the entire day, which includes a private pool, eucalyptus sauna, aqua therapy circuit and quiet relaxation spaces. The facial and massage I had were truly incredible! After a full day of wellness, enjoy dinner on the intimate patio at Cibo located in Phoenix. When I lived in Phoenix this was my favorite restaurant, serving wood fired pizzas and homemade pastas.

Insider Tip: be sure to book wellness classes and spa services in advance as they tend to book up quickly.

Day 4: Eat & drink

Tortilla chips and food in Phoenix.

It’s your last day in Phoenix, and all good things must come to an end. Sit down for breakfast at Terras, the hotel’s on-site restaurant. If you have a later afternoon flight be sure to leave your swimsuit out of you back and lay by the resort pool until it’s time to leave for the airport. Enjoy one last cocktail with poolside service!

Need to Know

For more travel tips, check out Jen Disler's Fora Guide, Family-Friendly Guide to Phoenix.

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