Sweet Hearts


Sure, Valentine’s Day is a month away, but the spirit is already in the air as retailers around town took down their Christmas displays and immediately replaced them with Valentine’s Day gift items.

In that spirit, we at Vicinity Magazine offer an alternative idea to the staples of cards and candy: the special shared serenity of a couples’ massage.

Not all spas are equipped to offer couples’ massages. Our vicinity, however, boasts three top resort spas that have these on their spa menu year-round – with something a little extra in store for Valentine’s Day.

Alvadora Spa is part of the Royal Palms Resort, which is, itself, considered one of the most romantic in the country. Within that atmosphere, Alvadora Spa offers its treatments in rooms that spill out to their private courtyards to take full advantage of the lush Mediterranean landscaping. Many therapies include the spa’s Vichy showers or cascading outdoor waterfall showers, and one option for couples is a hot stone massage. There will be specials for Valentine’s Day, but information was not yet available at time of press.

Joya Spa at the Omni Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Montelucia is calling February the “Month of Love” and has designed a couples’ spa experience of romance and luxury. This in addition to the spa’s pampering essence of inducing a feeling of being refreshed and revived. The “Mi Amor Couple Massage” starts with a glass of champagne, and the massage is a 50-minute Classic Massage in traditional Swedish style of light to medium pressures. Couples may opt to add a side-by-side pedicure as a finishing touch.

Spa Biltmore incorporates vegan and organic ingredients into its treatments, and stays on top of advances in noninvasive skin care technology. A couples experience available year-round is offered in a suite scented by a warm, soy aromatherapy candle, with the bodywork customized for individual care. A special addition for everyone with treatments on Valentine’s Day: Champagne and chocolate-covered strawberries.

alvadora-spa-villa-fioreAlvadora Spa

Features go from crackling fireplaces to an eight-foot waterfall.

Royal Palms Resort & Spa
5200 E. Camelback Rd., Phoenix
(602) 283-1234

mont-spa-joya-massage-beds-a930b1ab5056b3a_a930b461-5056-b3a8-49b370f3e0c7ecd2Joya Spa

Atmosphere is imbued with sights and smells that evoke emotions of ultimate comfort.

Omni Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Montelucia
4949 E. Lincoln Dr., Scottsdale
(480) 627-3020

spa-biltmoreSpa Biltmore

Special for Valentine’s Day: Merlot Massage, Sweet Red Rose Facial, Romancing the Stone, Wind Down Champagne Manicure or Pedicure.

Arizona Biltmore, a Waldorf Astoria Resort
2400 E. Missouri Ave., Phoenix
(602) 381-7656


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