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Arizona Travel Diary: Civana Wellness Resort & Spa

This year for my birthday I visited Scottsdale, Arizona and it was the relaxation I needed.

Hotel My family and I stayed in a suite at The Royal Palm Resort and Spa. Located 20-minutes from the airport, this property had the amenities we wanted and space needed for our son to play. It’s close to dining, shopping and family attractions.

Upon arrival we were greeted with a glass of champagne. After flying 4 hours and then waiting an hour for the rental car at the airport, the champagne was right on time.

Champagne toast in luxury Arizona hotel bathroom

Luxury hotel suite room sitting area

Luxury Arizona hotel bathroom

Lush and green Arizona hotel grounds

The hotel grounds are beautiful and well maintained. I’m not a fan of large properties so the size of The Royal Palm Resort and Spa was perfect.

Spa Day

Scottsdale is beautiful but the main attraction was Civana Wellness Resort & Spa. Located 35-minutes north of Scottsdale in the city of Carefree, Civana Wellness Resort & Spa was more than I could imagine. The photos online didn’t do justice and it was a true wellness experience.

Woman relaxing at Arizona spa
Civana holding room

Upon arriving, you’re checked-in and escorted to the holding room. The spa has everything you need from robes, shoes, towels, showers, body wash, shampoo, conditioner and more. There’s also a cute cafe and plenty of lounge areas as well.

You’ll want to bring a swimsuit to enjoy the aqua therapy circuit after your massage. The aquatic room offers three pools at cold, warm and hot temperatures. I tried all three but the hot was my favorite.

Relaxing aquatic pool at spa in Arizona

I chose the Spirt of the Desert massage because it incorporated herb-laced sachets and essential oils. My masseuse, Essence, was fantastic. After the massage she shared how to use the sachets at home because they are yours to keep.

Civana offers other activities such as yoga, hiking and culinary tastings. It’s definitely a full day experience and you’ll have access to the spa the entire day if you aren‘t staying at the property. I suggest you book your spa day a few weeks in advance. They have a limited amount of slots and services offered per day.

Relaxed woman at Arizona spa with robe and towels

Arizona wellness spa entry with cactus

Beautiful Arizona desert with pool

Family Time

We visited Odysea Aquarium and had a great time. They have tons of exhibits including stingrays, penguins and sloths. We arrived after 4:30pm and took advantage of the additional 35% off each adult ticket and Grant was free. The aquarium is close to Butterfly Wonderland. We didn’t get a chance to go but next time it’s on our list along with the Desert Botanical Gardens.


We dined at a few restaurants including Barrio Queen and Butters Pancakes & Cafe. The best restaurant was Ocean44. I suggest you make reservations at least one week ahead for any restaurant you want to try.

We had dinner at Ocean44 on my birthday and enjoyed the best service, freshest seafood and the donut tree dessert was perfect. The restaurant was a recommendation from the locals and it didn’t disappoint . If you love steak, I reccomend trying Steak44.

Woman in pink pants, white blouse standing next to cactus
Birthday dinner

That covers everything and thank you for stopping by. If you have any questions about the trip or traveling with a toddler let me know.

Much love,



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