Joya Spa at the Montelucia

JOYA SPA 3Yes, we know it’s now the Omni Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Montelucia but it will always just be the Montelucia to us.

What’s wonderful about all the five star resorts in the Valley, is how they are all a different theme.  Sanctuary is Asian inspired, Camelback Inn is Southwestern, and when you go to the Royal Palms you feel like you’re in Tuscany.

It’s a great way to spend the day as with any treatment you purchase, you can stay as long as you want an enjoy their facilities.

Well the Joya Spa is all Morocco from the treatments to the rituals to the interior design. It is gorgeous and opulent.  My enjoyment from my spa experiences not only come in the form of the  treatments but the environment in which they are done. The relaxation rooms and how they are decorated are really important. And the Joya spa doesn’t disapoint, it actually sets the bar.  It’s pure pleasure for the body as well as the senses.

The staff is welcoming and warm and you really start getting pampered from the moment you open up its gorgeous doors.

As you begin the entrance into the spa you pick as stone to set your intention for the day.I love that! I like a little spirituality and what I lovingly describe as “woo-woo” in my treatments.

Here’s what I learned about the stones and thought I’d share.

Tiger’s Eye – clarity , focus, grounding , protection

Sodalite – intuition, truth, meditation, calm

Aventurine – prosperity, career steadiness, protection

Rose Quartz – heart, love, healing, purity

Amethyst – spirt, balance, peace, transformation


You continue down a beautiful hallway decorated with morroccan furniture and come to this beautiful clear crystal imported from Brazil that is said to clear negative energy.


In you go to change and get ready for your treatment.  You can use one of the many amenities, hot tub, steam room, sleeping room with the most comfortable beds you could ever imagine.


The relaxation room where you go  to wait for them to bring you back to the treatment rooms is lovely.  Burgundy  comfy sofas with indian rugs is simply gorgeous.

Off you’re taken to your treatment room and darn it! if I can’t remember the name of the gorgeous charm on the door that brings you good luck. Some one help me out if you know. It’s been bothering me to the point I’m just going to call them and ask.

The treatments are amazing.  Order one of everything!  Not only are the therapists very knowledgeable but very caring and friendly.  We just turned into puddin’.

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Then it was off to enjoy lunch and the spa pool. Just look at these views.

If you’re a local, watch for fantastic specials.

Make sure you sign up for the Joy Spa emails to take advantage.

Here is their website. 






Cheezy title right?

We didn’t know how else to explain the Alvadora Spa at the Royal Palms Resort in Phoenix.

We have incredible  4 and 5 star resorts in the Phoenix metro area. When it comes to spa treatments we’ll do one star.  That’s how much we love getting pampered.  What’s a bad massage?  Like, really.  But since we have so many wonderful places so close, we’re checking out the more stars.

All of our resorts are unique and different.  We’ve shown you the Morrocan flavors of the Omni Montelucia Resort on our Instagram page.  The Royal Palms is pure Italy. Tuscany.  Valet or self park, either way your stroll to the spa is jaw dropping gorgeous.  It’s like a restorative treatment in itself. This Tuscan oasis makes you feel like you’re far away from the desert.  Lush greenery and gorgeous flowers, beautiful architecture line your walk.

Get ready to get pampered.  The spa is serene and beautiful.  It has a courtyard with a fireplace, relaxation room, steam rooms, outdoor hot tub and much more. We have photos on Instagram of the lotions and soaps in the changing room because they just smell so darn good.  They use Neroli which is a fancy orange and loved it so much we bought ourselves some of it.

My facialist was amazing and if I can quit turning into my mother and remember her name, I’ll come back and put it on here.  Argh!  She was friendly, knowledgeable and did an amazing job.  She told me I had great skin too so who wouldn’t love that?

The wonderful thing about getting a spa treament is that you can spend the entire day there. Bring a book, hang out at the pool, have lunch.  It so much more than just getting a facial or a massage. You can turn this into a full day of relaxation.   They also run specials for locals and specials in general. So keep checking their website or join their mailing list for some great deals.  It doesn’t have to cost you an arm and a leg to treat yourself for the day and feel like you’re in Italy without leaving your own backyard.

Check out more pictures on Instagram @bucketlistdivas or on Facebook by the same name.

Check for specials and description of spa treatments online. 


The Spa & Self Care

Part of a Diva’s self care regimen is heading to the Spa. Regularly. We have so many wonderful spas in the Valley to try. We’ll  experience and review different spas and services in and around the Valley.  Check back regularly for great offers for Bucket List Divas.