Wedged into the lunar landscape of Pinnacle Peak, Arizona’s swanky Four Seasons Scottsdale resort and spa has long left guests breathless. Little wonder─sequestered in an arid and intimate setting far from the maddening crowd, it boasts 210 sun-bleached casitas linked by saguaro cacti dotted pathways and breathtaking views. Now they offer something to really get your heartrate up, the new Desert Preservation Hike. After a rigorous trek to the top of Pinnacle Peak and a specialized yoga session on top, participants help sustain the unique ecosystem by planting a cactus or native plant.
Afterwards, enjoy one of their signature priority-caliber pamperings like the moonlight massage, a late night rub in the comfort of your latilla-covered patio terrace under the star-sprinkled skies. Or you can opt for the signature Willow Herbal Wrap, a Native American tradition, where you’re wrapped up in a willow cocoon with herbal infusion. Spread out beneath a majestic mountain of boulders in the secluded Sonoran desert, these 40 acres of rugged terrain (about 45 minutes from Phoenix) have become a stomping ground for young Hollywood like Sarah Michelle Gellar and Selma Blair. Kick back and lounge at the 6,000 square foot bi-level pool or catch the sunset while tossing down a few tequila shots next to the wood burning kiva, with a bird’s eye view of the Valley and the golfing at Troon North. And if the on-hand telescopes aren’t enough, sign up for a hot air-balloon ride. Just don’t forget your SPF 50! (1-800-332-3442). Rooms from $525 with suites starting at $950 per night, double occupancy; look for third night free deals as well.