Write On Rubee

An Arizona-based food, beverage and travel writer since 2008,  I launched this website in 2015 to document my culinary adventures, beverage escapades, gardening endeavors, and travel in the Phoenix area and beyond.  Also find a comprehensive calendar of Phoenix-area food and drink-related events on my Events page.

Joya Spa at the Omni Montelucia

In discussions about the beautiful spas here in the Valley, Joya Spa at the Montelucia invariably ends up in the conversation.  When my friend Susie, a huge fan, suggested a relaxing Sunday afternoon couples massage, I agreed it was time to finally schedule a visit.  Inspired by the beauty and ambiance of Morocco, this award-winning, 31,000 square foot spa is truly a gorgeous oasis.   With 19 treatment rooms, unique amenities such as a tranquility walk, hamman or Turkish bath, whisper room with plush gauze-curtained beds, and private rooftop pool with stunning views of Camelback Mountain, it's no exaggeration that this is one of the most impressive spas I've seen.  I loved Susie's brilliant idea of a couples massage.  It's a wonderful way to enjoy the spa with a dear friend, and the 80-minute massage with the added option of aromatherapy and chocolates was an amazing splurge.

While a rare rainy Arizona day prevented us from lunching at the rooftop pool, the grounds of the Montelucia offer other choices.  We enjoyed our lunch on the patio at Centro Lounge as the sun came out, and I finished up at the M Bar at Prado with a Negroni (and great service from Franco and Kyle).  A perfect afternoon; I can't wait to return.

Visit Joya Spa for more information and a list of services.