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Posted by: Maricopa Lawyers on Aug 28, 2015

While we all can’t afford to take off to the beaches in sunny Southern California all the time, we have plenty of relaxing and invigorating locations right here in the Phoenix area. Whether you’re looking for a stress-free activity in which to take part, or just want a calming place to lie back and chill out, here are a few spots around town that fit the bill.

El Dorado Hot Springs

There’s something inherently relaxing in the sound of rushing water. The hot water springs that can be found just west of the Phoenix metro area in Tonopah are a great way to soak away the stresses of daily life. Owned by Camilla Van Sickle and Bill Pennington, the springs are naturally heated to 107 degrees, and bathing in them has been described as bathing in liquid silk. Also, since the spa faces Westward, your seat in the spring also affords you a great view of the Arizona sunset. For hours and directions, go to el-dorado.com.

Japanese Friendship Garden

A quiet oasis located smack in the middle of downtown Phoenix, the Japanese Friendship Garden is a great way to escape while not really going anywhere. While you’re at it, you can even learn about Japanese culture. Named Ro Ho En (roughly translated as Heron Phoenix Garden), the meticulous garden reflects Japanese traditions and culture. While you’re soaking in the artistic atmosphere, grab some fish food and feed the excitable koi in the koi pond. Find more information at japanesefriendshipgarden.org.

Sanctuary at Camelback Mountain

Sanctuary at Camelback Mountain has been continually rated as one of the top spa destinations in the country. When you really want to pamper yourself, this Asian-inspired retreat is the perfect place to relax in luxury. While basking among the reflecting pond and zen meditation garden, you can indulge in their top-notch spa services, which include tok sen vibration therapy, reiki healing, sabai foot massage, and luk pra kope herbal massage. Check out the full resort at sanctuaryoncamelback.com.