This blog post was updated on June 10, 2019.

Sometimes you just need to plan a trip and grab cheap round trip flights for the sole purpose of rejuvenating both mind and body. If this resonates, look no further than the American Southwest for some of the best desert spa getaways around. From Arizona to Utah and California, here are five destinations to get your relaxation vacation planning started.

Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain Resort and Spa – Paradise Valley, AZ

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The renowned Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain Resort and Spa combines Southwestern influences with Asian design in a way that makes for a very relaxing environment. Indulge in spa services like the “Nagare Experience” — a combination of Watsu pool and massage session, or partake in more active relaxation such as taking a hike or joining a yoga class. Enjoy the serenity of the meditation garden before devouring world-class cuisine overlooking Paradise Valley.

Amara Resort and Spa – Sedona, AZ

One of the most famous spa destinations in the U.S., Sedona is known for the natural beauty of its red rock formations. Amara Resort and Spa is located in the high desert, adjacent to Oak Creek. Amara’s decidedly chill vibe includes craft cocktails, lawn games, partners’ yoga, and artsy décor. The resort’s aesthetic is the perfect blend of mid-century (think warm wood paneling with modern accents) and Southwestern (think woven baskets and textiles); in other words, it’s a design lover’s dream.

In need of a relaxing getaway? Book cheap round trip flights to start planning! 

Ojo Caliente Mineral Springs Resort & Spa – Ojo Caliente, New Mexico

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As the name implies, Ojo Caliente Mineral Springs Resort & Spa is the place to go for hot spring rejuvenation. If you’re seeking more than a soak, the spa has numerous services available, including massages, facials, and other restorative body therapies. The surrounding trails are perfect for hiking or mountain biking. After you work up an appetite, enjoy farm-to-table (literally) dining at the Artesian Restaurant. Dishes are made with fresh ingredients from the nearby Ojo Farm.

Red Mountain Resort – St. George, Utah

The stunning Red Mountain Resort is the perfect place to reflect on your inner wellness. Receive nutrition counseling, consult with a shaman, and spend time refreshing both mind and body while horseback riding, canyoneering, taking a Pilates class, or enjoying a deep tissue massage. Although there are many options for activities and services, you don’t have to worry about becoming overwhelmed (or missing out); the spa publishes a daily schedule to help guide you through your re-energizing activities during your time there.

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Palm Mountain Resort and Spa – Palm Springs, California

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Palm Mountain Resort and Spa is the perfect destination for relaxation seekers who still want to be close to the action. Cheap round trip flights will get you there, plus, the spa is located near the renowned Palm Canyon Drive. This upscale resort offers top-notch spa services, stunning views of the San Jacinto Mountains, and spacious guest rooms. With direct access to downtown Palm Springs, you can also explore eclectic galleries, dine in fabulous restaurants, and listen to live music when you’re not being pampered at the resort.

What other desert spas in the American Southwest would you add to this list? Let us know in the comment section.

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An insatiable foodie, art collector, and international literature aficionado, I have traveled throughout Europe, Asia, the U.S. and Canada. For the past fifteen years, I have written about my adventures for various travel and literary publications. I am the owner of Lucidité Writing ( and Bouchard Design Co.