If you’ve been following day 1 and day 2 of our trip at the Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Resort & Spa, you now know that they offer a one-stop shop for family fun. If you’re a mom or dad, day 3 is what you’ve been waiting for. Sadly, it was our last full-day before we had to leave and the poor kids were still sick.
Although I was feeling a lot better than the previous day, I opted to skip breakfast and instead, drink some green tea. I took a short walk to Spa Avania for my 90 minute hot stone massage (Scottsdale is well known all around the world for their luxury spas, so I had very high hopes).
My reservation was about an hour after my arrival, so opted to look around. Here is what you see at the woman’s entrance.
The first place I darted to was the eucalyptus steam room. I attempted to take a picture, but you only see fog so opted for this image.
I also tried the sauna which I usually love, but I started to dry cough, so I left.
After trying out all the amenities, I went to the relaxation room to meet my massage therapist.
I had the best massage therapist, who really listened to me and what my body was going through. If you’ve never tried a hot stone massage, you must try it. It’s by far the best experience I’ve ever had and guess what, I completely fell asleep (I never fall asleep during massages).
With the relaxing music called sunrise and aromatherapy oil called fresh, it’s just what the doctor ordered.
After the massage was over, I headed into the hot tub. There was also a cold pool next to it.
I couldn’t leave without checking out the mineral pool.
It was so wonderfully sunny outside, I had to drink a nice organic blueberry with acai tea poolside…
…followed by a nice barbeque salmon with jicama salad and watermelon detox juice. Again the staff was attentive and very accommodating.
I then headed back to my room to check on my kids. My older one wanted to check out the birds of prey flight presentation, so we were able to sit around for about 10 minutes. The first bird we got to see was the American Eagle.
We also got to see the Peregrine Falcon.
Before the show ended, we headed back to the room and I got ready to go to Noh solo, for my 6 course Omakase menu. My kids and mom who were coughing and lethargic, stayed back and got in-room dining.
When I got there, they were all prepared and ready to go.
Chef Marc and Nicole were amazing (one of the best service I received in a long time). They started me off with a house-made green tea.
First course: Salmon tartare with fried salmon skin on top of Sunomono salad with toasted sesame seeds.
The second course: A medley of tuna sashimi, garlic chips, edible flowers and eel sauce.
Third course: Hamachi, grapefruit, shredded daikon, on top a bed of wakame.
Fourth course: Beautiful clam soup with potatoes and scallions. Perfect for how I was feeling.
Fifth course: Pan seared scallops, sauteed mushrooms on top of fava bean puree (puree was divine).
Sixth course (Dessert): Green tea coconut milk Panna cotta, glazed mangoes and ginger cookies (all dairy free, completely vegan). They knew that I had a dairy allergy ahead of time, so they created a menu specifically for me and it was fabulous!
This sums up day 3. All I have to say is that the level of service was above and beyond my expectations. Because we were gravely ill, the staff did everything possible to make us comfortable and welcomed. While we were limited on our activities, I couldn’t think of a better place to have the flu because it was 5 star service. My family and I will definitely come back when it’s not flu season!
(Thank you to Ann Lane, Senior Director of Marketing and Public Relations and the staff at Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Resort & Spa for all the spectacular accommodations and making things work when we were sick.)