Man in robe walking through Sanctuary Spa Zen Courtyard.

Arizona, wellness

Experience Bliss at the Sanctuary Spa

By Editor 2023, January

Winter in Scottsdale couldn’t be better- with perfectly cool weather, bright sunny skies, and so much to do. It’s the perfect getaway to escape from the blustery northeast winters or even a local staycation. If serenity and peace is what you are looking for, look no further than the Sanctuary Spa.

Discover an extraordinary journey of rejuvenation, balance and pure relaxation at the Sanctuary Resort Spa, one of the top destination spas in the country. Indulge in distinctive architecture, an array of lavish spa amenities, and an extensive menu of inspired services in twelve indoor and outdoor treatment rooms and outdoor lap pool. Luxuriate amidst a tranquil Zen meditation garden and soothing reflection pond — renew your spirit at the ultimate spa retreat in Scottsdale. Our spa is open to all- not just to resort guests. We invite all those interested in a renewing experience to join us year round.

Woman in robe relaxing by water feature in Sanctuary Spa's Zen Garden.

Full service fitness center with state-of-the-art strength training equipment, personal trainers and shaded outdoor lap pool. Facilities also feature a movement studio, offering classes such as yoga, pilates and spinning; five tennis courts; as well as hiking and biking.

Group doing Standup Paddle Board Yoga in Sanctuary's Infinity Pool with Praying Monk in background.

Savor the soothing effect of warmth and motion, peace and tranquility, water and air, as renewed energy flows within. Sanctuary Spa is proud to be listed as a Four-Star spa in the prestigious Forbes Travel Guide.

Woman in robe standing in doorway of indoor/outdoor treatment room at Sanctuary Spa.

Join us on a journey of discovery as we connect with LaRae Verros, our wonderful Director of Spa.

LaRae Verros is Spa Director at Sanctuary Camelback Mountain, A Gurney's Resort & Spa She has been a part of the wellness and hospitality industry since 1991 and is instrumental to the success of our Forbes Four Star-rated Sanctuary Spa, regularly heralded as one of the country's premier wellness retreats.  

Verros was educated at Arizona State University, where she received her Bachelors and Master’s degrees in Exercise and Wellness, as well as a Master’s in Business Administration from Arizona State’s W.P. Carey School of Business. During her time at ASU, Verros was the Graduate Assistant for ASU’s Employee Wellness Program. Verros is continuing her education and will receive her Doctorate in Organizational Leadership with an Emphasis in Organizational Development. Verros has also served on several ISPA Education and Membership Committee’s over the years.  In addition to working in the spa industry, LaRae has served as the Chairman of Arizona State University’s Spa Management Advisory Council where she assisted in developing the curriculum as well as the professional seminar course.  

What makes Sanctuary Spa so special?

LaRae: Our team combined with our indoor-outdoor spa on the Camelback Mountain setting. The energy of the mountain is very special and being able to open our spa treatment room doors to our Zen Garden creates a natural and calming effect. Our seasoned team produces a creative and positive team environment. Our guests definitely reap the benefits of this synergy as it produces the best experiences possible.  

What are some of the most unique treatments?

LaRaeLuk Pra Kope and Tok Sen

What are the most popular treatments?

LaRae: 60-minute Custom Massage and Jewel Facial

Why is skin care so important in the desert?

LaRae: Skin care provides the nourishment your skin needs to restore itself, maintain optimum function, and preserve a young resilience and radiance. This is particularly important in desert climates as the sun and dry climate can quickly damage the skin. Sun protection is very important for your skin routine as skin cancer can result from too much sun exposure. 

What’s the one thing you recommend that every guest experience?

LaRae: A unique treatment off our Asian Inspired menu. Luk Pra Kope and Tok Sen are two unique services that you will not be able to experience anywhere else.

Visit the Sanctuary Spa- book your treatment today.