SPA REVIEWS: Scottsdale's Golden Door Spa at The Boulders

Delivering on Geography

For the staff at the Golden Door, conveying a sense of place for spa visitors is a primary mission. Welcome to the healing serenity of the desert, begins the spa brochure, and from the very first glance it’s hard not to sigh and relax over this arid panorama’s promise. “From the moment I set foot on the property, I was in awe of its incredible natural landscape,” says Clafin. “I was entranced by the desert and also greatly impressed by Boulders’ attentive staff. Their spirit of giving can offer a real opportunity for metamorphosis.”

To this objective of realizing positive, holistic change before a Southwestern backdrop, the Golden Door has also incorporated such stunning features as an outdoor stone labyrinth (pictured above) where guests can meditate while walking among palo verde trees and desert birds, a serene adults-only pool set against the boulders, and an organic fruit tree-shaded garden, where clients like to idle and sip tea from the nearby cafe.

On its menu, the spa publicizes such “only on this property” adventures as boulder climbing, nightrider bike tours, and energy field blanking with pulsors. They even work with a shamanic ceremonialist who can guide spa guests through Native American spiritual traditions. “Every person should leave with a story to share—some principle or value they will take away from the experience,” says Clafin.