Wellness Oases

Where to recharge in Chicago, Phoenix and Scottsdale.
The pool cabanas at Revive Spa. Photo courtesy of JW Marriot Phoenix Desert Ridge Resort & Spa

By Priyanka Kumar


AIRE Ancient Baths

Located in a restored historic River West factory dating back to 1902, these baths are inspired by the traditional Roman, Greek and Ottoman ancient experience of bathing. Spend the day soaking it all in. 800 W. Superior St., Chicago; beaire.com

Allyu Spa

With its dramatic white draperies and soft, warm lighting, this is exactly the kind of place where you’ll be tempted to linger. 600 W. Chicago Ave., Chicago; allyuspa.com

Ruby Room

Head to this Ukrainian Village respite for an intuitive reading. Depending on your preferences, the spa’s healers might read your energy or aura or call upon some numerology for insight. Afterward, you can break free of any negative vibes with a soothing crystal or healing massage (complete with the company’s own flower and gem essences), opt for a wax service or even pick up a smudge stick in the spa’s gift shop to clear the energy in your home. You’re bound to leave feeling cleansed and rejuvenated. 1743 W. Division St., Chicago; rubyroom.com

Massage Evolved

Selecting a service at this women-owned spa is like choosing a delicacy from a restaurant menu: You’ve got CBD massage (infused with 250 milligrams of THC free hemp) for the tightly wound, sports massage for the athletes, Himalayan warm salt stone massage for balancing the body’s electromagnetic field…and that’s all before you ever even get to the spa’s other services, such as hydrafacials. 118 N. Clinton St., Chicago; massageevolved.com

AIRE Ancient Baths, Chicago. Photo courtesy of AIRE Ancient Baths

The Peninsula Spa

Spanning the top two floors of The Peninsula Chicago, The spa offers an extensive list of modern and timeless treatments inspired by Ayurvedic and Asian philosophies. These include an all-natural hot stone massage that combines aromatic and holistic oils, and a reflex zone foot massage, which relaxes the body and mind and regulates the movement of qi by a targeted massage on the reflex points and meridians on feet and lower legs. The spa is also the first in Chicago to offer Biologique Recherche facial treatments. 108 E. Superior St., Chicago; peninsula.com

Kohler Waters Spa at Lincoln Park

This 20,000-square-foot Lincoln Park spa is home to 21 treatment rooms, a thermal suite, a sauna, a steam room, and a cool plunge pool as well as an outdoor terrace. There are also Kohler Custom Vichy showers in assorted hydrotherapy treatments and a hydromassage experience pool— experiences custom-designed by Kohler’s hydro experts. You’ll find a range of state-of-the-art amenities and more than 50 innovative water services, facial and body treatments and therapeutic massages. 2358 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago; kohlerwatersspalincolnpark.com


The Phoenician Spa, Scottsdale. Photo courtesy of The Phoenician Spa

The Phoenician Spa

The Phoenician Spa rises in celebration of the individual spirit, nurturing and contemporary in its approach to service, relaxation and overall well-being. At its essence is a collection of exclusive offerings, transformative in nature—promoting peace, purity and strength well beyond the spa experience. 6000 E. Camelback Rd., Scottsdale; thephoenician.com/spa/

Omni Scottsdale Resort & Spa. Courtesy of Omni Hotels and Omni Scottsdale Resort & Spa

Omni Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Montelucia

Reminiscent of a Mediterranean villa with lofty architecture, Moorish arches, tiled fountains and leafy walkways, Omni Montelucia is paradise in the Phoenix area, featuring a wealth of activities and top-notch amenities. The award-winning Moroccan-inspired Joya Spa is home to the only hammam, or Turkish bath, in Arizona, a classic spa amenity that has been used since the Roman Empire expanded into Turkey. One of the centerpieces of the spa experience at Joya is the Hammam Experience, which includes a brisk scrub using a traditional herbal black soap-and-scrub blend applied with an exfoliation mitt. The treatment is said to increase circulation and activate the lymphatic system. Massage therapy, facial, body treatments, naturopathic services and alternative therapies are also available. 4949 E. Lincoln Dr., Scottsdale; omnihotels.com/hotels/scottsdale-montelucia

Sanctuary Camelback Mountain Resort and Spa

Come to Paradise Valley near Phoenix for an Asian-inspired spa that has a Zen meditation garden, reflection pond and tranquil spa services. Spa packages are available for girls’ getaways, pregnancy and more. Set on 53 acres of paradise, this resort has 109 casitas and suites, as well as eight private mountainside villas for more privacy and room to relax. 5700 E. McDonald Dr., Paradise Valley; gurneysresorts.com/scottsdale

Revive Spa at JW Marriott Phoenix Desert Ridge Resort & Spa

This 28,000-square-foot sanctuary with 41 beautiful treatment rooms awaits you in north Phoenix. A spa lobby with a two-story rotunda greets you upon arrival, and the gentle sound of water flowing from the spa’s central water feature sets the mood for a day of ease and relaxation. Facials, body wraps and massages inspired by the natural elements of the desert fill out the spa menu. There’s also a full-service salon. A spa bistro offers tasty, healthy pick-me-ups between treatments. 5350 E. Marriott Dr., Phoenix; theclubjwdesertridge.com/spa

Tierra Luna Spa at Arizona Biltmore, A Waldorf Astoria Resort

Take a break from the mundane to enjoy a day of luxury at this 22,000-square-foot resort spa. From facials and manicures to cascading whirlpools and body therapies, Tierra Luna provides the cure for whatever ails you. Since 1929, people have been escaping to this classic desert retreat, which features spa packages, a salon and an expansive spa treatment menu. The popular Quartz Oasis Journey includes an 80-minute luminous quartz cryo and thermal facial, a quartz or desert oasis massage, and an intention bathing ritual. This spa experience lasts nearly three blissful hours. 2400 E. Missouri Ave., Phoenix; arizonabiltmore.com/wellness/tierra-luna-spa/