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September 19, 2019

The Andaz Scottsdale is it’s own Oasis located in the heart of Scottsdale.

When arriving to Andaz Scottsdale we immediately went to the Palo Verde Spa & Apothecary for a wonderful and relaxing massage before checking into our beautiful room.

The Palo Verde Spa & Apothecary is: Inspired by the splendor of the Sonoran Desert, the Palo Verde Spa & Apothecary wellness program is based on the natural healing powers of the earth’s most sacred resources. Personalized treatments blend desert elements in a range of locally-sourced botanicals and natural aromatics. A tranquil meditation lounge, private spa pool with spacious lawn, and state-of-the-art fitness center feature panoramic views of Camelback Mountain. Let the wellness team create a personalized experience leaving you refreshed, revitalized, and renewed. Source 

The Andaz Scottsdale offers 185 spacious bungalows and suites with mid-century modern design. The rooms have patios, private terraces, and oversized bathrooms.


Recognized by Conde Nast Traveler 2018 Readers’ Choice Awards as one of the top resorts in the Southwest and Travel + Leisure  2018 It List, Andaz Scottsdale Resort & Bungalows combines mid-century modern design with local art to create an exceptional Sonoran Desert experience. Inspired by the colorful palate of the desert and timeless design of Alexander Girard, this secluded 23-acre, 185-bungalow urban oasis is uniquely away from it all, in the middle of everything in the heart of Scottsdale. Overlook iconic Camelback Mountain from the comfort of a private bungalow, enjoy a world-class dining experience, refresh at our three Resort pools, and rejuvenate at Palo Verde Spa & Apothecary. Discover the Cattle Track Arts Compound or participate in an Artist in Residence workshop onsite. Explore all Scottsdale has to offer, or let us create a relaxing, restorative, and intimate desert experience. Arrive at Andaz Scottsdale a traveler, leave a local. Source 

Once we had unpacked we wandered over to Weft & Warp where we had several delicious meals.

Our stay was so much fun! Whether you are looking for a fun girls trip or romantic getaway, Andaz Scottsdale has you covered.

Want to stay at Andaz Scottsdale? Here is a package you will not want to miss!


The weather is still great here in Scottsdale and it’s just getting better, so why stop the fun? Enjoy low rates with multiple inclusions like waived resort fee, daily breakfast for two in Weft & Warp Art Bar + Kitchen, four signature cocktails daily, 25% off services at Palo Verde Spa and Apothecary, complimentary Valet or Self Parking, complimentary WiFi, and complimentary local treats in room.

Book your stay now!

Thank you Andaz Scottsdale for sponsoring this post!

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August 27, 2019

Last week was my Mom’s birthday and for her special day, I decided to do a spa day at Civana in Carefree, Arizona.

The spa at Civana is inspired by water and recaptures the time-honored art of healing through water, their hydrotherapy thermal circuit of hot and cold pools, cool waterfall shower and beautiful samarium offering humidity and heat from within.

There are physical and energetic benefits to ‘taking the waters’, an ancient tradition of healing, cleansing and rejuvenation. Every experience begins with this grounding ritual for your personalized spa respite.

Civana has an aqua vitality circuit which focuses on inner peace and outer balance. Take a journey through waters of varying temperatures in the European-designed Kneipp hot/cold wading pool and Tepidarium therapeutic soaking pool. Pause in their five-climate KLAFS SANARIUM® – the only one in the continental U.S – to balance yourself. Then you may find inspiration in the bracing cold deluge shower, one of their most important healing rituals of ‘taking the waters’ while at the spa. All hydrotherapy modalities are designed to increase circulation and promote relaxation without adding strain and boost immunity.

After the water journey we began our amazing treatments…

My first treatment started with the 120 min DOWN TO EARTH AND SEA BODY DETOX,which includes a 60min body exfoliation and layered body wrap and 60min Deep Muscle Relief Massage. Essential oils are combined with the best raw materials from the earth and oceans in this ultra-restorative body therapy. Beginning with a gentle full-body exfoliation that sloughs away dry skin.

You can choose from Organic seaweed or Arizona mud to envelop your body and deeply detoxify. After removal of the mud, you receive and full body, replenishing massage with a shea butter infused essential oil blend that restores vitality to your skin and state of mind. AMAZING.

Birthday Mom was so excited to have a 75 min HOT STONE MASSAGE!  She indulged in a muscle-melting, deeply relaxing massage. Heated river rocks were placed on significant areas of her body while balancing her Chakras. In addition, stones were glided over her body to improve circulation and release tightness. Additionally, nourishing oils hydrated Mom, detoxified her body and soothed her spirit. Mom LOVED her Hot Stone Massage!

Having a relaxing hour and a half in between our treatments, Mom was pleasantly surprised with a bottle of champagne and chocolate covered strawberries. YUM! Thank you Civana Resort!

After this fun, we were onto our last treatment, which was the 60 min MARINE OXYGEN RESULTS FACIAL. This nourishing marine-based, oxygen-rich facial restores your skin’s vital balance.

The results-driven facial is power-packed with DNA repairing enzymes, pharmaceutical grade liquid oxygen, hyaluronic acid, peptides, and Vitamin C esters. This brightening treatment will help hydrate, balance and smooth the skin to minimize the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

Mom and I enjoyed a light, healthy lunch. We told one another, “Darling, you’ve never looked better and agreed we will definitely re-visit this fabulous spa in the future.

*Thank you Civana for  sponsoring this post

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July 30, 2019

The exquisite Fairmont Grand Del Mar is an amazing Forbes Five Star Resort, a AAA Five Star award winning resort and is the 2019 Number One Luxury Hotel in California! I’m just going to say it was like stepping into the most amazing fairy tale for three days and I can’t wait to return.

So, I was fortunate enough to enjoy a recent girl’s getaway at The Fairmont Grand Del Mar and I cannot begin to express how fabulous it was. When we arrived, we instantly felt as though we had been transported to an elegant old-world Mediterranean estate in Southern California with signature charm and impeccable service. Magnificently situated on 400 acres in a pristine coastal canyon five miles from the Pacific Ocean, Fairmont Grand Del Mar shines as TripAdvisor’s #1 Luxury Hotel in San Diego.

The exquisite 249-room resort was a perfect summer escape from the Arizona summer heat.  We spent our days lounging by the amazing pool and simply breathing in the aromatic wonderland of the lush landscaping. Seriously, the property provided everything we desired!

My expansive suite was very luxurious and comfortable. It had a spacious marble bathroom with a deep and relaxing soaking tub. My suite overlooked the adult spa pool and had an expansive balcony which made for the loveliest backdrop for quiet morning coffee or spectacular girls only sunset cocktails, which we enjoyed every single day!

The views of the resort’s gardens were nothing short of breathtaking and I couldn’t help but relax as we enjoyed the comfort of this private, tranquil and exclusive retreat. Such a wonderful and welcome getaway!

Among our favorite spots were the Lobby Lounge and bar area, which is situated just next to the beautiful lobby and has elegant (yet comfortable) furnishings and beautiful fireplaces. One of their signature drinks (which we all absolutely loved!) was the Margarita Blossom- a perfectly refreshing happy hour cocktail.

Beyond this luxurious resort lies all of San Diego and Del Mar’s top attractions. You can find art galleries, museums, the best shopping districts, miles of coastal bliss as well as the world famous Del Mar Racetrack.

On this particular trip, it was the exciting Opening Day at Del Mar, which made for an extremely special experience for us.

The accommodating staff at the Fairmont were quick to recognize the special occasion and assisted us seamlessly with photos and arrangements with local restaurants and transportation. They were the very best!

In case you want to exercise, there are pro-style tennis courts, an 18-hole championship golf course and 37 miles of canyon preserve trails. I promise you this premier San Diego resort will meet your every need for fun and excitement.

With regard to their many, exceptional on-site restaurants, you’ll discover the Fairmont Grand Del Mar’s signature restaurant, Addison, which features Relais & Châteaux Grand Chef William Bradley’s artisanal approach to cooking, combining local ingredients with contemporary French influences.

Then there is Amaya, which will whisk you off to the coast of Italy, as you enjoy breakfast, lunch or dinner on the shaded terrace or within the relaxed yet refined dining room.

The Clubhouse Grill provides pre-round pick-me-ups to late-night cravings, Chef de Cuisine Jason Winton satisfies hungry diners with his delicious, approachable cuisine that keeps guests coming back for more.

Cent’Anni Café is a  gourmet café which offers organic iced teas, steaming espressos, breakfast on-the-go, pressed sandwiches, seasonal soups, fresh salads, gelato and daily special offerings.

Last but certainly not least is the Club M where you can lose yourself in the rhythmic beats and pulsing lights. This is the Fairmont Grand Del Mar’s sultry nightclub, where you can mix, mingle and dance the night away with live music and guest DJs every weekend. Quite fabulous and fun- just sayin’.

All of my very relaxed and happy girlfriends agreed as we left the MAGNIFICENT the Fairmont Grand Del Mar- when can we return? It was heaven on earth!

*Thank you Fairmont Grand Del Mar for sponsoring this post