There is a stillness at the heart of The Boulders Resort & Spa that emanates from the 12-million-year-old rock formations piled up randomly across the property, like prehistoric portals to another world.
If you scan the desert landscape with a keen eye, you may spot a javelina or bobcat lurking among the Saguaro cactus. A special energy infuses the landscape, where ancient petroglyphs were recently found nearby.
The beautiful 33,000-square-foot Spa at the Boulders, outside Scottsdale, Arizona, incorporates Native American- inspired traditions and local ingredients into treatments like the Boulders Clay Wrap, with turquoise clay and stones. There is a hand-painted teepee outside the spa, which was welcomed to the property in a Native American ceremony. A labyrinth was inspired by ancient Hopi medicine wheels, and offers a meditative respite for guests. New treatments include crystal healing, yoga nidra, emotional balancing and ayurveda. A languorous soak in the Japanese Ofuro Tub, heated to 98 degrees, can become part of your own private purification ritual.
For those who prefer a more physically active experience, the new Hiking Center offers guided desert hikes and rock climbing. The Sonoran Exploring program teaches about desert flora and fauna. The 3,000-square-foot fitness center, yoga studio, tennis courts and 1,300-acre golf club, plus five restaurants on property, provide plenty to do. There is a pool outside the main lodge, and another tucked away behind the spa.
At the end of the day, it doesn’t take much to lull you into a deep state of relaxation, as you gaze at the stars and listen to the coo-coo of the desert gray-horned owl.