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Alvadora Spa at Royal Palms Resort and Spa, A Destination Hotel

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pas, those oases of tranquility and relaxation, were once considered a luxury. Today, we understand the value of a spa day for our physical and mental health and wellbeing. Additionally, when spas promote green practices and sustainability, it gives us a chance to feel good about feeling good – and to give back at the same time. Agave, The Arizona Spa at Westin Kierland in Phoenix recently launched a resort-wide “Be Greener” program focusing on a sustainable lifestyle. Both the resort and spa work to blend a luxury resort stay with low-impact living practices. The spa is named for the indigenous agave plant, which is used in many of the treatments. Arizona is home to 12 species of the agave succulent, which was once an integral part of life in the southwest. You can experience the use of agave by booking the signature Agave Enchantment therapy. This 80-minute hydrating treatment utilizes desert plant extracts and essential oils. Alvadora Spa at Royal Palms Resort and Spa, A Destination Hotel sits at the base of Camelback Mountain in Phoenix. According to the spa’s director Sara Huddleson, Alvadora offers all “clean” products. “We research every single ingredient before adding a product line to our menu. We will

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Agave, The Arizona Spa at Westin Kierland

only partner with companies that have green and sustainable practices and products,” said Huddleson. In addition to treatments that use these clean products – try the Citrus Ritual with its distinctive orange blossom lotion – Alvadora now offers the SPA DĒHP (pronounced deep) enrichment experience. SPA DĒHP is a customized, intense but non-invasive wellness therapy that promotes insight and healing.

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Green Living October 2015  

Green Living October 2015