Spa Avania at the Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Gainey Ranch
Avania, in Greek means tranquil. The goal at the Spa Avania is for guests to be elevated to a sixth sense of well-being and tranquility.
Much of the spa’s philosophy relates to balneotherapy, which uses mineral water to detoxify the body’s system. Soaking in the seaweed tub was an exceptional experience. The other part of the water aspect is called Kneipp therapy. This holistic healing focus is on hot and cold water immersion. A German priest, Sebastian Kneipp, first developed this treatment, which is said to enhance the immune system as well as stimulate circulation. It was indeed freezing going into the cold immersion, but quite rewarding to return to the hot.
“Avania, in Greek means tranquil. The goal at the Spa Avania is for guests to be elevated to a sixth sense of well-being and tranquility.”
In addition to the water therapy, the spa has morning, midday and evening menus based on nutrition and the impact of digestion on biorhythms of the body. The entire focus is around the time of day, including the type of music played and the skylights that allow the time of day light stream into the treatment rooms.
According to the spa manager, Spa Avania’s holistic, total-immersion treatment offerings based on the six spa elements deemed most essential to bodily equilibrium—customized spa treatments, mineral water therapy, music styling, diet, the antioxidant benefits of the world’s finest teas, and natural light—are designed to enhance the body’s natural rhythms and requirements during the morning, midday and evening.
The three timelines correspond to awakening and revitalization; restoration and balance; and relaxation and renewal.
The spa is said to be the first to incorporate fine teas into its treatment philosophy—and indeed Avania has one of the largest selections of fine blended teas we’ve experienced.
After having an introduction to the water therapy with iced tea, relaxing with more hot tea and a wonderful massage, the desire to spend more time in this delightful atmosphere was powerful.
Spa Avania is a custom designed 21,000 square foot building located on the grounds of the Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Resort and Spa. It boasts 19 treatment rooms, with four couples’ treatment rooms, five indoor/outdoor garden treatment suites and a fully equipped men’s suite, as well as a fitness center, French Celtic mineral pool, and elaborate spaces for rest, relaxation and escape. It also features steam rooms and saunas, as well as a complete salon.
With a dedicates spa concierge, it is easy to get advice in planning exactly what services fit your personal needs. Avania features specials on a regular basis, so it’s a good idea to always inquire if any special is currently available.
To escape there again would be wonderful. However, Arizona has many spas, which we plan to discover. And then, of course, there is a world of spas out there.
Spa is open 7:30 A.M. to 8:00 P.M. daily
Fitness center open 6:00 A.M. to 8:00 P.M. daily with 24-hour access for resort guests.
Spa Avania Concierge: 480-483-5558
Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Resort and Spa at Gainey Ranch – www.scottsdale.hyatt.com
Tel: 480 483-5597
Maralyn D. Hill and Brenda C. Hill are authors and columnists; Maralyn is President of the International Food, Wine & Travel Writers Association.