Framed by a scenic desert backdrop, the world-class Waldorf Astoria Spa weaves Native American and Asian influences together for an enlightening experience.
Contemplation, restoration and renewed energy channel through the air of the glorious Waldorf Astoria Spa (formerly, the Golden Door Spa) at The Boulders Resort in the aptly named town of Carefree, Arizona. Injected with Native American influences like rounded corners and kiva ceilings, the style is intermingled with Japanese flair. The spa’s energetic west wing hides an octagonal yoga studio, fitness center and spa cafe while the tranquil east wing offers 24 spacious treatment rooms, a tea room spilling with natural light and huge Niwas (AKA, locker rooms) for men and women. Each Niwa features lavish snail showers, relaxation areas and Japanese O’furo baths. And outdoors, a labyrinth, meditation Tipi, affirmation rock and organic garden are among the reflective amenities unique to this property. And don’t forget to pop into the spa boutique before you leave. There, you’ll find the Waldorf Astoria skincare line along with other top beauty brands (not the overrated, overpriced kind), yoga and spa apparel, jewelry and unique gift items.
Services: facials, massage, body scrubs and wraps, couples treatments, Eastern healing therapies, meditation and personal consultations, private fitness instruction, nutritional and wellness counseling, hair, manicures, pedicures, makeup
Amenities: circular tea room, complimentary tea and snacks, grooming tools, labyrinth, meditation areas, movement studio and yoga studio, organic garden, outdoor pool with lap lane, outdoor whirlpool, organic garden, fitness center with strength and cardio training equipment, boutique, cafe, lockers, sauna, steam, Japanese O’furo bath, snail showers, regular showers
Attractions: Carefree is a small, eclectic town known for its namesake attitude. Be sure to head north into town and stop one of the classically popular eateries like Crazy Ed’s or The Horny Toad. Or end your day with shopping, Ben and Jerry’s Ice Cream and on certain summer nights, music at El Pedregal, which is actually a part of The Boulders Resort property, located just south of the resort.
Square Feet: 33,000
Hours: Daily, 8am to 8pm
Payment Methods: American Express, Discover, MasterCard, Visa