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Aji is the Pima word for “sanctuary,” and that is what Aji Spa is trying to achieve here in the Gila River Indian reservation, where Pima and Maricopa tribes reside.
The coed relaxation lounge features a large, orange adobe fireplace in one corner. This is located just to the left of lobby, on the way to the locker rooms. Snag a place on the large couch facing the fireplace – or in one of the chaises or armchairs – for a cozy place to unwind as you await your therapist’s arrival. Enjoy an ice tea of the day, a premium herbal blend from Republic of Tea or opt for a mixture of seeds and nuts for healthy snacking. You can also order food from the spa café here as you peruse magazines such as Vogue, Glamour, Good Housekeeping, GQ or Car & Driver. The lounge also has access to the spa pool, which is beautifully designed to incorporate the area’s desert plants. And, like other areas throughout the spa, the lounge features artwork from the Gila River Indian community.
If coed isn’t your style, just ask reception if you can relax in the smaller waiting area just outside of the locker rooms. This private area has dim lighting, comfortable armchairs, votive candles and Native American art.
The locker rooms are equipped with a steam, sauna, and both indoor and outdoor hot tubs for any weather condition. (Note: this is a clothing-optional area.) The locker rooms have several spacious shower stalls and grooming areas, all equipped with deodorant, hair products, hair dryers, and combs, as well as natural shampoo, conditioner and shower gel. You’ll receive keys to a wooden locker to store belongings while enjoying the facilities.