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Phoenix Rising

This is a magnificent facility, though, so keep it simple here, with a beauty service or a massage, and then make a day of it.

Resortland has its own language. The words sound Orwellian, but people here really do know what they mean.

CASITA Desertspeak for bungalow. Beware: it's sometimes a long walk from the main building.

FINE-DINING RESTAURANT A resort's most ambitious option. Expect a dusky ambience, a choice of waters, and persistent offers of cheese and pepper. You won't get out in less than two hours.

FITNESS POOL Code for adult pool. Most hotels have several pools. If you're with children, you belong at the water slide.

RESORT FEE A daily surcharge on a room, usually about $15, which covers some gratuities, local phone calls, a newspaper. Irritating but increasingly common.

RELAXATION ROOM A meditation room at a spa, where you decompress before and after a treatment. Take advantage of it.

SWISS SHOWER A multi-headed shower that bombards you from many sides. One of the free spa treats, but unless someone points it out, you might miss it. Don't.

VICHY ROOM A treatment room with showerheads over the massage table. Makes a wrap much more enjoyable: there's no need to hop to the shower in a plastic bag to wash off the mud.


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