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CIVANA: An Arizona wellness destination
CIVANA recently made its debut as the first sustainable wellness resort to open in the Valley. The resort recently emerged from a multi-million-dollar renovation of its public spaces, 184 rooms, dining outlets, and the conversion of meeting spaces into state-of-the-art fitness, yoga, energy, movement, and enrichment studios.

The project is an adaptive re-use of an existing resort (formerly known as Carefree Resort & Conference Center), incorporating a natural design palette and materials, while improving energy efficiency and the introduction of solar energy in its new spa building.

One of the largest destination spas in the Southwest, the state-of-the-art facility features 29 treatment areas including one Watsu pool, two couples rooms, three wet treatment rooms including a Vichy shower, five facial rooms, and 19 massage rooms. There is also a communal area of hydrotherapy immersions – the Aqua Vitality Circuit – that includes a European-designed hot/cold walking pool, warm therapeutic soaking pool, cold plunge shower, and a five-climate KLAFS SANARIUM—the only one in the continental U.S.A.

CIVANA offers everything guests would expect from a premier destination wellness resort (world-class spa, premier classes and facilities, healthy cuisine, and welcoming accommodations) but at a more approachable price point and more flexibility to allow each guest to carve their own wellness journey.

The resort debuted a two-story, 22,000 square-foot spa in late 2018 that marks the completion of the its transformative renovation. The expansive Spa CIVANA is an integral part of the resort experience and incorporates one-of-a-kind, fully customized spa treatments. The spa feature 29 treatment rooms, an adults-only spa pool and sundeck, and more.

With immersive programming at the heart of the CIVANA experience, guests can choose from an extensive selection of complimentary, wellness-driven activities offered daily. From “Movement” programs such as guided hikes, indoor group cycle, and aerial yoga, to “Discovery & Enrichment” options including sound bath sessions, intention burning, and introduction to crystals, to “Nourishment” workshops such as juicing 101 and meal planning, and much more, travelers are empowered to carve their own wellness journey.

The spiritual energy that permeates the region is present when guests step through the doors of CIVANA as a tranquil, yet contemporary lobby greets them designed with Arizona’s natural beauty in mind. Adjacent to the lobby are two healthful dining venues that serve nourishing, farm-to-table culinary creations: Terras, the resort’s signature restaurant, offers locally sourced produce, grass-fed meats, sustainable seafood, and decadent desserts for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Café Meto offers energy-boosting breakfast and lunch items. An assortment of light menu options is also
available to guests to savor poolside.

Other resort amenities include 23,000 square feet of flexible indoor and outdoor meeting space, tennis and pickleball courts, and nearby access to top golf courses including Legend Trail, Boulders, Rancho Manana, and Dove Valley.

CIVANA invites all who “seek the journey” to enjoy the four pathways of well-being – Healthy Cuisine, Movement, Healing Arts/Spa and Discovery/Enrichment Arts.

CIVANA is located at 37220 Mule Train Road in Carefree. Visit or call 480.653.9000 to learn more.

Photo Courtesy of CIVANA