For my birthday this year, and at my request, my husband gave me a gift certificate to the Golden Door Spa at The Boulders. My desire to experience it was based on a recommendation from the book '1000 places to see before you die.'
I happily put my $300 gift certificate to good use when my friend from Chicago was in town on a visit. I was able to get a 50 minute massage, pedicure and manicure and only owed a balance of $2. This didn't include any meals, complimentary nail polish (like The Breakers, Palm Beach) or specialty beverages.
I have been to many Scottsdale and other spas so as an experienced client I can say the facility was nice and the massage was good but I've had better. My favorite place in the valley is still Sanctuary.
The only aspect that exceeded all past experiences was the mani-pedi treatment, complete with paraffin and masque treatments.
Only complaint with mani-pedi treatment was my friend asked specifically for manicures first and they weren't even aware of the request when we got there so had set up our pedi treatments first. I wouldn't even bring it up except something similar happened with the staff and my friend's room service. Her husband had ordered n expensive bottle of champagne which was to be delivered for our treatment when we were together. Instead it was delivered to her room the night before.
This isn't a big deal but in my mind what separates The Golden Door Spa and The Boulders Resort is their ability to go above and beyond to make each customers experience special. I left thinking I had better, more special and less expensive experiences.
I'm glad I checked it off my list but feel no need to go back.
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