Travel Diet guides are your cheat sheets to the best in spa, food, drink, resorts, activity and style a destination offers for luxury wellness travelers.
Travel Diet Scottsdale
If every there was a destination made for a Travel Diet getaway, Scottsdale is it. Blessed with about 300 days of sun each year, the best concentration of high-end spas in the United States, nearly 200 golf courses, and some great eats to be had, Scottsdale is hard to beat for a relaxing and wellness oriented vacay.
Far North Scottsdale:
Four Seasons Scottsdale: Perfect for romantic getaways, family travel and resort immersion. It’s further away from the heart of Scottsdale and the setting is peaceful and the temperatures are cooler in the summer because of its location. Pinnacle Peak trailhead is steps away from the hotel. http://www.fourseasons.com/scottsdale/
Fairmont Scottsdale: Ideal for families, especially during summer and holidays when the resort has over-the-top activities to appeal to all. The Well& Being spa is the largest in the Valley. http://www.fairmont.com/scottsdale/
The Camby: This former Ritz Carlton is a brand new Autograph hotel and has the quirkiness, in a good way, you’d expect from the brand. My personal favorite are the sayings written on the ceilings above the bed. https://www.thecamby.com/
Omni Montelucia: Great for couples, Gen Xers and anyone who wants the flavor of the Mediterranean in the desert. https://www.omnihotels.com/hotels/scottsdale-montelucia
Canyon Suites at the Phoenician: A five-star getaway with a chic air of refinement. http://www.canyonsuites.com/
The W: When see and be seen is a priority. http://www.wscottsdalehotel.com/
B&B: Bespopke Inn, Café & Bicycles: For people who don’t run from the word “charming” to describe accommodations. A Travel Diet bonus is complimentary use of British Pashley city bicycles. And don’t miss having the charred octopus at their restaurant Virtu. Esquire Magazine called it one of the 20 best new eateries when it opened. http://www.bespokeinn.com/
Joya Spa: A beautiful Moroccan designed spa with great treatments to back up the décor. https://www.omnihotels.com/hotels/scottsdale-montelucia/spa
Fairmont Well & Being: The biggest spa in the Valley and the most holistic. Do not miss taking an aerial yoga class. http://www.fairmont.com/scottsdale/spa/
Aji Spa: Located on Native American land, Aji celebrates its roots with a menu filled with Native American treatments. I highly recommend the Thoachta, performed by Belen Stoneman from the Pima tribe. http://www.wildhorsepassresort.com/chandler-spa
Agave at Westin Kierland: Blessed with one of the most creative spa directors in town. You can book things like the Fireball facial! http://kierlandresort.com/agave-scottsdale-spa/
While I’m a big believer that you can tweak ANY menu to create a Travel Diet healthy and yummy dining experiences, if you don’t want to work that hard, here are a few places around town that are primarily focused on healthy eating, be it vegetarian, gluten-free, vegan, dairy-free or lighter fare. A word of warning, just because a restaurant uses healthy ingredients, or accommodates dietary restrictions, don’t assume that the food is low-calorie. Be smart, a bananas foster pancake could be on the menu and it’s gluten free, organic, non-GMO, but it still is a calorie bomb that will set you back 1,000 calories or more.
Fresh Mint: A vegetarian Mom and Pop opened up by a couple who brought their laid-back Maui vibe with them. http://www.freshmint.us.com/
Green: Be surprised how good fake meat can taste. http://greenvegetarian.com/
The Farm Kitchen: With all the trees and greenery you will not feel like you’re in Phoenix when you grab lunch items here and take them outside for a picnic. http://www.thefarmatsouthmountain.com/the-farm-kitchen/
Flower Child: Sam Fox rears his head again. This is a lunch spot more than a dinner place in my mind. Fast casual concept that is a bit expensive for what it is, but you’re paying for atmosphere and ambiance. http://www.iamaflowerchild.com/
Seasons 52: I’m not normally a fan of a chain place, but I like that every dish is less than 450 calories, although when you see the large portions, you may question this number! http://www.seasons52.com/home
Original Chop House: Always packed in Old Town. I’m a fan of the grilled protein bowls. http://www.chopshopco.com/menu/
The area is blessed with many mountains to hike and this is my favorite thing to do for an outdoor workout. Here are some of my top trail picks. If you like to mountain bike, many of these trails are suitable for that as well. Do not ever hike without water, ever. Even in winter.
Camelback Mountain: It and Tom’s Thumb (the original trail) are the hardest hikes in town. Camelback is a symbol of Phoenix and the iconic hike to do if you’re in shape.
The Gateway Trail: My go-to hike when I want a workout on a moderate trail. When I hike the four-mile loop, my calorie-monitor says I torch about 980 calories!
Lookout Mountain: This is my easy hike. It’s not super well known so it’s perfect for a quiet, reflective hike.
Pinnacle Peak: Up, down, up, down, up and down again. If that is your idea of fun, this is the trail for you.
SUP: Yep, you can paddleboard in the man made Tempe Town Lake. http://www.tempe.gov/city-hall/community-services/classes-leagues/boating/sup-tempe
Kayak: Ditto for kayaking the lake http://boats4rent.com/tempe-az/
Cycle: There are over 100-miles of bike paths along the canal system in town. http://www.traillink.com/trail/arizona-canal-path.aspx or head to Downtown Phoenix and see the city using the city-share bikes. http://gridbikes.com/
Self-guided walking tour of Old Town: http://www.frommers.com/destinations/phoenix/721022
Swimming laps in a gorgeous resort pool
Westin Kierland: http://www.kierlandgolf.com/index.php
JW Marriott Desert Ridge: Home of the LPGA Founders Cup. http://www.marriott.com/golf-hotels/phxdr-jw-marriott-phoenix-desert-ridge-resort-and-spa/wildfire-golf-club/5233109/rates.mi
TPC: Home of the PGA Waste Management Open. http://www.tpc.com/scottsdale
Arizona Biltmore: http://www.azbiltmoregc.com/
Bring it Home
The most important part of The Travel Diet is to use a destination to inspire you to continue a wellness lifestyle at home. Here are a few ways I think Scottsdale inspires:
Spa Services: Sure, you might not be willing to spend resort spa prices for self-care at home, but let the great spas here inspire you to take time for yourself and your physical and emotional health and look to do a massage or facial at a place like Massage Envy in your hometown.
Spa Products: A great souvenir is a branded spa product. I like the lines at Joya Spa and Aji the best.
Cooking: The bold flavors that come from Southwest/Mexican cuisine should have proven that healthy doesn’t have to mean tasteless. Pick up spices or hot sauce and find inspiration the next time you’re in the kitchen.
Hiking: Most places have their version of hiking. It may not be dusty, rocky dirt trails, but tramp outside whereever you live…forest, beach or desert, it’s all good.
Travel Diet Scottsdale Vision Board
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