I am all about spa days, spa treatments, spa products, spa this, spa that, so when I had the opportunity to visit the JW Marriott Camelback Inn Resort in Paradise Valley, Arizona – I jumped on it!
The entrance to the resort is really quite welcoming with a nice drive up through the beautiful desert landscape followed by a circular driveway to greet you on to the lobby. It does not have a stuffy-posh approach by any means, but rather a civilized pueblo-esque ranch vibe that is certain to appeal to the out of town guests.
The Camelback Inn does show its history (or lack of of remodeling since 2008) as you won’t see any signs of modernism, bling or clean lines. However, It maintains a Southwestern feel, with warm wood accents and stucco casitas that definitely works if you are into that style.
It probably may not gravitate to the younger crowd who is looking for a chic-resorty experience. So, if you are looking for sleek glamor in the dessert (with a DJ at the pool), go somewhere else. There are plenty of other places in the area to choose from. In my opinion, this property is PERF for the parents or work convention.
With that said, it is a good resort – just not an outstanding one. The views are beyond fabulous, the grounds are charming, the rooms are nice (stay in suite 619 if you can), and the restaurant on site is very delicious. BLT Steak serves up a quality steak and wine list. What really knocked my socks off though, were these airy salted puff popovers that come to your table once you sit down. I loved them so much, I found how to make them! Seriously, they are fucking awesome.
Alright, let’s move on to the spa portion of my trip. From the outside, the spa surroundings are so lovely with gorgeous flowers, tall water fountain, and small quaint courtyard. Whoever is in charge of the landscaping on the property deserves a metal. Super work!
After check in, you are walked down to the locker room area. It is dim but the pool is glistening and there is a decent size steam room, sauna and hot-tub. Men and women have their own separate areas which is nice.
I decided to treat myself to their “Desert Rain Loofah” treatment which is described on their menu as: “deep cleansing treatment exfoliates and softens the skin, while improving circulation. The body is rubbed with sea salt and almond oil and a loofah mitt and body gel with desert botanicals cleans and smoothes the skin. This is followed by a gentle vichy shower and a moisturizer with a blend of desert essential oils. This service will leave your skin glowing.
Sounds pretty cool, right? Well, it was OK. Kinda awkward but OK.
The presentation could have been a hell of a lot better, but that is kind of the feel with the whole spa. It has the structure but not the TLC you are looking for.
Overall, I give my experience a “C” but the surrounding nature an A+!
The mountains, clean air, and vegetation will pump your brain full of happiness.
I’m not sure.
What I do know is that I will be making those popovers at my next party.
The Other Hubby