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7 destinations for a wellness getaway

By: Josh Lew on Jan. 25, 2013, 5:21 p.m.
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Wellness retreats of Arizona

For U.S.-based vacationers seeking a high-end wellness retreat, few places are more attractive than Arizona. With a dry climate that some people feel is beneficial to their health, Arizona, especially the Phoenix/Scottsdale and Tucson areas, has long been known as a health and wellness destination. Tucson is home to some of the world's most respected health retreats, include Canyon Ranch, arguably the most famous wellness resort in the world. The advantage of Canyon Ranch, and places like it in the Tucson area, is that a number of different traditional treatments are offered side by side. So rather than committing to one type of health-building experience, visitors can opt for whatever they find works best for them. Canyon Ranch even offers treatments based on local traditional Native American practices, so it is possible to get in touch with some authentic treatments in this corner of the Arizona desert, even in a resort setting.