Trend Watch: Desert Dwellers

Spas are embracing the moisturizing and anti-aging benefits of cactus.
Image courtesy of Aji Spa

Aji Spa at the Sheraton Grand at Wild Horse Pass in Chandler, Arizona, showcases one of the most popular desert plants in its HO’ISHP Sacred Prickly Pear Body Treatment (110 min./$250 Mon.-Thurs.; $270 Fri.-Sun.). This service is a staple of the spa’s Indigenous Collection offerings, which form an authentic Native American spa menu.

“The healing and relaxing benefits of Arizona’s native prickly pear cactus are what make this service a standout for our guests,” says spa director Sara Howard. “They experience a journey of detoxification with sacred prickly pear red clay, relaxation with a prickly pear and aloe massage oil, and healing moisturization with the application of an aloe and prickly pear gel.”

Known for its stress- and age-combating properties, the cactus is also flavorful enough to eat and drink - a warm, soothing cup of prickly pear tea concludes this indigenous experience.

Find out how other spas are utilizing the benefits of cactus in our August digital edition!