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Despite its name, the Timeless Repair Facial isn’t just a thrill from the neck up – the treatment includes a hot stone scalp, shoulder, leg, foot and hand massage, with feet and hands lathered in lotion and placed in electric warmers for ultimate hydration. The facial consists of deep cleansing and a series of three Myoxy-Caviar masks from Pevonia Botanica’s skincare line. The caviar masks (and no, they don’t smell like roe) are excellent for anti-aging, says esthetician Tina Ferguson. The masks consist of caviar, pearl extract and a slew of vitamins, which work together to smoothe wrinkles and oxygenate the skin. The final mask rests on the face for about 20 minutes (at which point the massage begins) and hardens like plaster – your esthetician simply lifts it off when finished. The treatment also includes hydrating masks for the eyes and lips and, before you leave, a dusting of mineral powder and lip serum.

The Integrated Massage combines Swedish techniques with deep tissue massage, a popular option for recreational athletes because it incorporates the relaxation of Swedish massage with the therapeutic benefits of deep tissue work. Your massage therapist will discuss any areas of soreness prior to the treatment
so he or she knows where to focus. The massage is offered in 60- or 90-minute sessions.

After the exercise and massage treatments, Hilton discovered that many guests were hungry but in no mood to put away their robe and slippers just yet. So guests can order food from The Grille at ShadowRock, Hilton’s restaurant, and have it served in the Compass Café, a small coffee bar inside the spa, or inside Stillpoint, the spa’s private lounge.

Hilton Sedona Resort and Spa
90 Ridge Trail Dr. in the Village of Oak Creek
928-284-6900: www.hiltonsedona.com

L’Auberge de Sedona

Walking through the doors of L’Auberge de Sedona’s new spa isn’t much different from walking through the doors of one of the resort’s French country cottages and that’s exactly how it was meant to be, says Joe Mottershead, general manager.

“When Tarsadia Hotels purchased the property in January 2006 we spent several million dollars landscaping, cleaning up the creekside, and changing the guests’ arrival experience,” he says. “We had two cottages we could either remodel or convert into a spa so we opted for the spa. We really wanted to keep that cottage feel.”

The cozy spa is decorated in soft golds and yellows with dark wood accents; it includes four treatment rooms named after flowers and two wood-burning fireplaces. Treatments can also be had in-room (a popular winter option, Joe says) or creekside, weather permitting. Treatments are geared toward the seasons – the spa’s Signature Seasonal Massage is a decadent 90 minutes combining Swedish and Thai massage with Shiatsu (basically a combination of pressure and stretching to relieve tension) techniques and seasonal aromatherapy. Pure African shea butter is used to hydrate the skin and the treatment is topped off with a scalp treatment using jojoba and essential oils.

Other treatments include the Honey Bear Milk Bath, a 30-minute soak plus moisturizing face mask, and the Sweet Orange Body Exfoli­ant, an orange sugar scrub plus scalp massage and orange body mist. Facials, couple’s massage, reflexology and waxing are also available. For a more intense experience, book a spa package ranging from 2 to 4+ hours combining scrubs, massages, facials and hand treatments.

L’Auberge guests are given spa menus at check-in and, during evening turn-down services, spa cards are left on the bed highlighting a particular treatment. “We had so many guests leaving to go to other spas – now the only time they need to leave the resort is when they get in a Jeep for a tour,” Joe says.

L’Auberge de Sedona
301 L’Auberge Lane in Uptown Sedona
928-204-4321; www.laubergespa.com

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