Although spa-goers needn’t travel to the desert to enjoy soothing succulent services, they’ll definitely find plenty on the menu in drier climes. These calming cactus and stone crop treatments help to refresh and restore parched skin.
To help spa-goers replenish lost moisture in the dry desert air, Palo Verde Spa at the Andaz Scottsdale (AZ) features both the Cactus and Apple Stem Cell Anti-Aging Facial ($205, 75 minutes) and the Cactus Couture Mani ($55, 30 minutes) and Pedi ($75, 45 minutes). The facial relies on products from EmerginC, which contain cactus stem extract and aloe vera. Combining natural botanicals, fruit acids, cactus extract, and powerful antioxidants, the treatment helps improve the visible signs of aging. The Cactus Couture treatments incorporate Body Bliss products, such as Jojoba Sugar Prickly Pear Body Polish, Jojoba Prickly Pear Body Butter, and Rose Hydrosol Spray, which also contains aloe vera juice.
At Apuane Spa at Four Seasons Resort Punta Mita (Mexico), guests can experience the Hakali ($220, 50 minutes; $320, 80 minutes), which translates to mean cactus in the Huichol language. The relaxing massage involves soft to moderate pressure and a variety of techniques, such as stretching and lymphatic drainage. It includes an application of sage cream and the juice from the warmed prickly pear cactus paddle to help moisturize the skin.
Spa-goers at The Ritz-Carlton Spa, Aruba (Palm Beach) can experience a true local treat with Misterio Di Aloe ($325, 1 hour 50 minutes), a treatment incorporating products from Aruba Aloe, which features locally grown aloe that is handcut within hours of harvest to preserve its nourishing benefits. The island’s desert-like setting is said to intensify the plant’s healing qualities. The treatment involves a refreshing facial, a full-body massage, and foot reflexology.