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Arizona’s most magnificent resorts offer an ideal tranquil oasis, filled with luxurious amenities that provide the perfect respite from the hectic pace of life, whether you want to golf, indulge in spa treatments, enjoy fine food, lounge alongside a beautiful swimming pool, or, perhaps all of the above.
One of the best spa resorts in Sedona, L’Auberge de Sedona is an oasis of tranquility. Natural beauty surrounds you at this elegant resort modeled after a French country inn, made up of private hillside units with breathtaking views and cozy cottages in the woods on the banks of Oak Creek in the heart of Red Rock Country. While it’s close to Sedona’s main street, as it’s tucked away in an especially tranquil setting, you’ll feel as if you’re worlds away. Creekside cottages boast wood-burning fireplaces and outdoor cedar showers, while the contemporary guest rooms are equipped with balconies or patios along with wood furnishings that combine to give it a rustic feel, albeit with high-end, modern amenities. Cress on Oak Creek offers Southern European cuisine and beautiful creek views, while 89Agave Cantina boasts authentic Mexican cuisine and a daily happy hour.
Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain is the most sophisticated and exclusive of Tucson’s golf and tennis resorts, nestled in the rolling hills of Marana. Set across 850 acres about 20 miles northwest of central Tucson, the posh Ritz-Carlton is considered one of the world’s best luxury desert resorts. It boasts 20 miles of hiking and biking trails, as well as a beautiful spa and live music and pub fare are served with a mountain view at Ignite. Guests also have access to two Jack Nicklaus-designed golf courses at Dove Mountain. Luxe rooms feature copper accents, crystals and colorful geodes as well as Tortolita Foothills and Wild Burro Canyon vistas.
This 250-acre resort has been referred to as the “Xanadu of the resort world.” Camelback Mountain looms above the property’s lush grounds filled with koi ponds, waterfalls, palms and green landscaping set against the rugged backdrop. The hotel boasts spacious guest rooms, casitas, luxurious suites and presidential suites with private balconies or patios, and in upgraded rooms, there are spacious living rooms. A host of activities also await, including golf, tennis courts, a posh day spa and a relaxing pool complex.
One of the most luxurious spa resorts in Scottsdale, the Four Seasons sits 1,000 feet above downtown Scottsdale amid a jumble of massive granite boulders in the foothills of Pinnacle Peak. It was designed to blend in with the surrounding landscape, with accommodations arranged as one and two-story casitas, all with plush furnishings, bright décor in a palette that mirrors the tones of the Sonoran Desert and high-end amenities, including an adobe-style gas fireplace, huge comfy beds, a private balcony and stunning sunset views. Suites also include outdoor garden showers, private plunge pools and telescopes. You can spend your days at one of the state’s top golf courses, located right next door, being pampered at the spa, reading a good book next to a spectacularly beautiful pool and dining at multiple on-site restaurants, including Proof, featuring classic southern cuisine like chicken and waffles as well as fried green tomatoes.
The Andalucian-themed Montelucia draws on Spain’s legendary Alhambra for architectural inspiration. It offers out-of-this-world views of fiery Camelback Mountain, most notably as the sun goes down. Guests also enjoy fine dining onsite, with décor and the menu inspired by the soul and flavors of Andalusia, while showcasing healthy, fresh ingredients. Its Joya Spa offers Arizona’s only authentic Hammam, while the myriad of radiant pools provides even more magnificent views the mountain. The luxuriously appointed rooms feature private patios or balconies with a chaise lounge, high-tech amenities like iPod docking stations and flat-screen TVs and custom-designed Devine beds with Egyptian cotton 300-count sheets.
Located in an awe-inspiring setting just a few miles outside Sedona in Boynton Canyon, Enchantment Resort is also renowned for its spa, Mii Amo, a world-class destination spa where guests have exclusive privileges for treatments inspired by the wisdom and traditions of Native Americans, aimed at achieving balance and harmony. Rooms and suites are nestled in small pueblo-style buildings, all featuring private decks, amazing views and beehive gas fireplaces. Activity options are practically endless, including mountain biking and hiking, swimming, golf, cooking classes, yoga, meditation and much more.
Considered one of the Southwest’s top resorts for almost a decade, Sanctuary Camelback Mountain Resort and Spa is a modern luxury resort. It impresses high-profile guests with its lavish spa, top-of-the-line cuisine and spectacular rooms in light stucco buildings and casitas in classic Sonoran design, terraced within the north slope of Camelback Mountain. Each includes a modern interior with lots of elegant details and extraordinary views. Some even boast outdoor tubs. It also happens to have Scottsdale’s most desirable location, overlooking the desert and Praying Monk Rock rather than suburban sprawl. Dining at Elements, you can enjoy fresh, locally sourced American fare with Asian accents while taking in more gorgeous views from the floor-to-ceiling windows. The infinity-edge pool, Zen meditation garden, and Sanctuary Spa make it a true haven for relaxation.
If you’re looking for a luxurious ranch-style resort, Rancho de los Caballeros offers an ideal retreat in the heart of the Old Southwest, about an hour northwest of Phoenix. Enjoy 20,000 acres of lush open range, along with 100 saddle horses for riding the rugged trails, while golf enthusiasts can enjoy playing at one of the Top 100 courses in the U.S. The long list of other options include taking a hot air balloon ride, exploring the desert via a jeep, ATV or mountain bike tour, embarking on a guided nature hike or just enjoying a leisurely swim. After a long day of play, indulge in spa treatments that feature local desert ingredients and fill your appetite at cookout feasts, complete with fine wine. When you’re ready to retreat to your casita, you’ll find handcrafted furnishings and artifacts along with private patios to take in the tranquility of the outdoors.
At Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Gainey Ranch, it’s easy to imagine that you’ve escaped to an ocean-side resort instead of the desert. You’ll be shaded by soaring palms, surrounded by meticulously manicured gardens and paths as well as lots of water just about everywhere you look, including a lagoon, waterfalls, a three-story waterslide and a beach. If you don’t want to get wet, you can even take a gondola ride along the waterways. While it might be hard to tear yourself away from the pools, you can play a round or two at one of three golf courses at nearby Gainey Ranch Golf Club or treat yourself to a massage at the Spa Avania. When it’s time to dine you’ll find several on-site options as well as nightly entertainment. This property with a tropical oasis meets Aztec palace feel offers chic and spacious rooms too, each including an iPod docking station, a private patio or balcony and a flat-screen TV.
The Phoenix Open puts the beautiful Fairmont Scottsdale Princess, a 450-acre resort with Moorish styling and a multitude of fountains and waterfalls, in the spotlight every year, taking over the property’s two golf courses, yet it’s popular all year round. The Fairmont Scottsdale draws visitors with its luxurious spa, renowned as one of the best in the country, an excellent modern steakhouse, Bourbon Steak and multiple swimming pools, including a dramatic rooftop pool. Spacious guest rooms done up in a chic blend of contemporary styles with earthy hues are equipped with wet bars, deep-soaking tubs in an oversized bathroom and private patios or balconies that overlook the spectacular desert landscape.
Tucson’s most dramatic resort and one of the most luxurious of all the big resorts in the region, the Loews Ventana Canyon Resort is set at the foot of the Santa Catalina Mountains offering picture-perfect views. A waterfall is just steps away from the lobby and wildlife sightings are common too, including deer, coyote and great horned owls. The resort also features two sprawling pools, one an adults-only pool, as well as two Tom Fazio-designed golf courses, lighted tennis courts and a scenic walking trail. Dining options include Southwestern fare at the Flying V Grill as well as poolside snacks at Bill’s Grill. Rooms are beautifully furnished, featuring muted earth tones and even a bathroom with a mini-flat-screen TV and a double-wide tub.
The Royal Palms Resort and Spa offers an intimate, luxurious atmosphere and impeccable service that tends to attract quite a few VIPs, including former president George W. Bush. The Mediterranean-style resort welcomes guests with a row of namesake palms at its entrance, with guest rooms that appear to belong in a very upscale Southwestern estate. Deluxe suites, casitas and villas are all different. All boast vibrant, jewel-toned décor, hand-selected furnishings and deep soaking tubs, while upgraded suites add outdoor patios and crackling fireplaces. Relieve stress at the open-air Alvadora Spa with its heavenly outdoor rain shower and dine at T. Cook’s, with a menu focused on fresh, seasonal ingredients and bold flavors.
The Boulders Resort & Spa is a high-end resort known as one of the best in the nation. Its casitas overlook miles and miles of rugged mountains and cacti, while it sits hidden amid hill-size granite boulders and the lush Sonoran desert. Nestled against the rocks, the casitas feature curved, pueblo-style half walls and exposed log-beam ceilings along with a private balcony or patio, all with a view, a wood-burning fireplace and a large bathroom with a deep soaking tub. Its luxe spa is renowned as one of the top spas in Arizona. Golf enthusiasts can enjoy a round on one of two courses, while those who want to relax will find beautiful swimming pools to lounge alongside. There are multiple restaurant options, with innovative menus featuring south of the border, classic American and southwestern-inspired cuisine.
ADERO Scottsdale is a AAA Four Diamond boutique resort tucked high atop a mountain ridge above Scottsdale, offering spectacular views of the Sonoran Desert and the McDowell Mountains. Its remote location providing a high level of privacy too. Dine at CIELO at ADERO Scottdale restaurant, which offers an inventive menu of cuisine paired with regionally-sourced cuisine. Guests also enjoy swimming in the azure pools and indulging in one of Arizona’s best spas. It boasts oversized rooms, desert-inspired decor, flat-screen TVs, mini fridges and balconies with Four Peaks Mountains views.