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5 desert detox escapes

The spa: Mii Amo, Sedona, Arizona

Notable guest: Gwyneth Paltrow

The must-dos: Nestled in a canyon within Sedona’s red rocks, this resort’s offerings are grounded in Native American traditions. Treatments are themed around moon phases, walks to the “Vortex” energy center and a meditation labyrinth. Try the Inner Quest, a 60-minute treatment where you’re wrapped in a blanket (mimicking the warmth of a sweat lodge) while sweet grass is burned.

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The spa: Miraval, Tuscon, Arizona

Notable guests: Ellen DeGeneres, Sharon Stone

The must-dos: Set against the Santa Catalina Mountains in the High Sonoran Desert, you can sample more than 90 classes and workshops per week, ranging from rock climbing on Mt. Lemmon to equine therapy to meditation while suspended from the ceiling in a yoga hammock.  While your muscles are recovering, engage your creative side with art classes on smartphone photography and clay sculpture. 

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The spa: Lake Austin Spa Resort

Notable guests: Jennifer Aniston, Renee Zellwegger

The must-dos: Located in the heart of Texas Hill country and steps away from Lake Austin, this resort makes it easy for you to be alfresco almost 24/7. Borrow a hydro-bike so you can cycle on water, learn the Olympic rowing sport of Sculling and, during the season, take a paddleboard yoga class. 

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The spa: Canyon Ranch, Tuscon, Arizona

The star: Tory Burch

The must-dos: It’s the go-to for spa luxe for a reason. Enter the 80,000-square-foot spa and choose from treatments such as Ashiatsu (a therapist uses overhead bars for balance while using her feet to release tight spots), a crystal facial, Watsu (a floating water massage), and more.

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The spa: We Care, Desert Hot Springs, California

The star: Ben Affleck, Gisele Bundchen, Cameron Diaz, Gwen Stefani

The must-dos: Talk about being ahead of its time: This juice fasting spiritual retreat about 125 miles north of Los Angeles has been extolling the virtues of a liquid cleanse since 1986. Sign up for Raindrop Therapy, where essential oils are dropped in sequence along your spinal column then feathered out along neural pathways.

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Habit forming: eat well while traveling

“Remember to savor, talk about, and appreciate flavor.” - Bethany Snodgrass

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