When was the last time you had a spa day? I put my to-do list on hold and headed to Alvadora Spa at Royal Palms for a much-needed day of pampering. Ahhh…. It’s amazing how just a few hours at the spa can feel like a mini-vacation, especially when it’s a spa-tacular spa! Alvadora scored As across the board. Read on for all the delightful details…
Test #1: Do I feel relaxed as soon as I walk in
YES! In fact, that relaxed feeling started even before I entered the spa. The Royal Palms is an oasis within an oasis. Just driving into the lush, Spanish-inspired sanctuary, my shoulders relaxed, my breathing slowed and my forehead creases decreased. The grounds are green and gor-geous, and feel far removed from Phoenix for instant calm.
Test #2: Does the spa smell like heaven
A resounding yes! One of the best-smelling spas, ever. The soothing scent of eucalyptus wafts through the air, especially in the eucalyptus steam room, which is a must!
Test #3: Does the lounge (aka: chill room) meet all my relaxation needs
Yes, and more! Any spa worth its salt scrub has fruit-infused water, fancy teas and inviting loungers. Alvadora had that, plus fresh fruit and mixed nuts (I always get the munchies at the spa), and a slew of recent magazines (a must!). The flowy curtains are also a nice touch.
Test #4: Does the spa menu have me drooling
Oh yes! The spa menu was total porn for me… like 50 Shades of Spa. I got so sucked in by the exotic and enticing details; it was impossible to pick just one service (don’t you hate it when that happens?). The finalists: the 90-minute Citrus Grove Facial (I’m a sucker for citrus… and fab facials!) and the Essenza di Eucalyptus Pedicure. Both lived up to their divine descriptions.
Test #5: Do I leave feeling polished, pampered and glowing
Check, check, check! I sashayed out of there with a fresh coat of periwinkle toe polish, a radiant glow to my skin and feeling like a true pampered princess!