You and your bestie want to escape life's struggles: be cocooned in an enclave of lush desert beauty, fill your bodies with yummy food where calories don't count LOL, shop and stroll luxurious shops, and of course, indulge in a wide variety of spa rituals.
If you want a relaxing "girls weekend" then look no further. The Sanctuary Resort and Spa in Scottsdale Arizona on Camelback Mountain is truly an escape. I just returned from the Sanctuary Resort where Penny Smith and I shared an epic girl's weekend and I'm excited to divulge all the details.
side note: I have this full video on my VLOG Channel Natural Kaos LIFE
In the event you're new here, Penny Smith and I both have professional YouTube channels; (that's crazy to say/write... meaning we not only support our families but also have employees supported by our channels); where we share skincare products, routines, and different protocols for actually improving your skin at home.
Youtube made us aware of one another and our shared community of skin-loving followers helped us become friends. Because we love skincare, travel, and indulgent experiences, we decided to escape to the Sanctuary.
Below our social media information is everything we did while in Scottsdale, Arizona June 2021.
Penny and I also have private groups where our communities connect with one another on the topics of skincare. My group is an app called Natural Kaos found on Apple and Android. Penny's skincare community is a private Facebook group and you are welcome in both private groups.
CHIT-CHAT, FOOD, MASSAGES, SHOPPING & MORE CHAT was this trips GOAL...were we successful?
Before arriving, Penny perused the Sanctuary Spa's Menu and booked a variety of pampering experiences for us to enjoy.
*Make sure to book these appointments ahead of time as this location does serve a lot of local clientele. Further, they had a restricted spa menu while we were there due to COVID; it's my understanding that by the end of June 2021 they will be back to full staff providing all offerings.
We flew into Pheonix Sky Harbor Airport from our perspective locations; I arrived from California and Penny flew in from Portland. Our flights arrived within an hour of one another in different terminals, instead of connecting at a mutual terminal we met at the Sky Harbor Rental Car SIXT location where we picked up our Audi Q7. Once loaded, we headed from the airport over to Trader Joe's for snacks, since everyone knows girls trips need snack food.
*The less expensive rental car companies had very long pick-up lines whereas SIXT did not, which is important because when you only have a couple of days, the last thing you want to do is spend an hour or more in line.
2:00 pm Pheonix Sky Harbor Airport
2:30 pm SIXT Rental Car
3:00 pm Trader Joe's
3:30 pm Sanctuary Check-in
**Check-in begins at 4:00 pm and the room we were assigned was still occupied by a guest who had a late checkout. They let us use another room to change so we could head to the pool and get our party started.
4:00 pm Pool drinks & snacks
We ordered 2 sugar-free Red Bulls and a platter of chips and guacamole.
7:00 pm Element Dinner, we ordered:
-Ahi Tuna Crudo (Shared)
-Chef sent us Oyster's Rockefeller (so yummy, we would order these again)
-Hawaiian Ono (Kim)
-Wagyu Beef Cheek (Penny)
-Chef sent us a dessert platter
***When I booked our room at the Sanctuary I made dinner reservations for their restaurant, Elements. I chose 7:00 pm which is late for me but I wanted to watch the sunset plus it was a travel day and I wanted to ensure we were not rushed.
This worked perfectly.
10:00 pm Pajama Time
We talked forever at dinner and then returned to our room for pajamas and a little Bravo tv:)
6:00 am We woke up (actually Penny was up before me, I have no idea for how long lol)
6-8:00 am We prepped our Amazon Live
*Prior to our massages we stopped by the Elements restaurant and picked up 2 blueberry muffins. Unfortunately, these were awful! I believe they were old, I could barely take 2 bites, Penny didn't even eat hers. I found the food overall to be great at Elements so I'm not sure what the deal with the muffins was. But at $9 per muffin I expected my socks to be knocked off and it was quite the opposite.
9:00 am Custom Massage 60 Minutes
11:00 am Amazon LIVE
12:00 pm We drove over to Scottsdale Fashion Square. We started our shopping reconnaissance and had lunch and Chipotle. Who doesn't enjoy a good dose of Chipotle:)
1:30 pm We returned to the Sanctuary. Penny went to her Acupuncture appointment. The spa only has 1 acupuncturist so we took turns. I went to the pool and enjoyed an umbrella and a sugar-free Redbull. Then around 3:00 pm, I returned to the spa.
2:00 pm Acupuncture 60 Minutes (Penny)
3:15 pm Acupuncture 60 Minutes (Kim)
4:30 pm We returned to Scottsdale Fashion Square
In our matching pj's
7:00 pm Due to COVID, there were shortened hours at the mall. As the stores began to close we decided to go find dinner.
We did not have any plans so we started driving over to downtown Scottsdale.
It was Friday night at 7:00 pm, I didn't have high expectations as parking lots were packed. Luckily, we found a spot, parked, and began walking around.
Soon we stumbled across FnB, a farm-to-table restaurant that features seasonal menus.
Obviously, we did not have reservations, however, they were able to accommodate us at the bar. We chatted with the bartender and he suggested we order the swiss chard stems that are battered and served with the best Green Goddes Dressing ever. Seriously, now I want to go back just for this appetizer.