Scottsdale's Spa and Wellness Bargains

Posted March 12, 2010 by Jamie Moore

Scottsdale Finding affordable wellness experiences in this town of over-the-top spa luxury can be tricky, but we've done it. Here's the inside scoop on which spa the locals frequent, where to get a "detox margarita," and which cafe offers healthy comfort food.

The Lamar Everyday Spa
: Phoenix Magazine calls this place "one of the valley's best day spa deals." For $90 you can get a 55-minute relaxation massage. Good prices have earned the day spa a long list of loyal local clients, including the Phoenix Suns dancers. Even without a treatment you can buy a $30 day pass and use the pool, whirlpool, sauna, and steam room.

Sprouts at Camelback Inn
: After your treatment, keep the good vibes flowing with a supercharged antioxidant-rich cocktail sipped poolside. Inside the spa at the legendary and expensive Camelback Inn, Sprouts restaurant is your ticket to a five-diamond resort experience for only $12. Who can resist a place that includes Detox Margarita ($12) on the drink menu? Try a Desert Rose, a blend of organic vodka, rose nectar, prickly pear, grapefruit, and fresh lime juice. Or go non-alcoholic with a $4 cucumber-mint-lime cooler.

Cafe ZuZu
: After a day of complete relaxation, indulge yourself at Cafe ZuZu in the Hotel Valley Ho. This contemporary restaurant offers classic comfort foods with a modern twist, and Executive Chef Chuck Wiley has declared 2010 to be "the year of the vegetable." Come enjoy entrees with changing ingredients, ensuring everything is used at its peak of deliciousness. Try the lunch menu's offerings, which start at $9 for truffled grilled cheese with fontina cheese, arugula, and oven-roasted tomatoes on sourdough bread; or just drop in during happy hour for $3 appetizers like mini pork shanks.

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(Photo: Spa Lamar)

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