Revered for its national parks and golf courses, Arizona has become very popular with Avant Garde travelers, the rich and famous, and vacationers. People go to Arizona to celebrate the finer things in life and it’s easy in this southwestern landscape. Everywhere you turn there is a resort calling your name and tempting you to relax. Go to a serene spa or wine and dine under the Arizona sun. Arizona vacations are some of the most decadent available in the United States and include some of the best luxury resorts.
Indulge in five star restaurants and spas as well as the rich cultural legacy, including Mexican and Western Settlement. From Scottsdale to Sedona and the White Mountains you will find rest and retreat at one of the many indulgent resorts. From private escapes for two to horseback riding and adventure sports for the more active, Arizona has more than enough to offer any traveler. You may want to consider the following resorts for your stay in Arizona. Since there are so many luxury resorts in Arizona you can personalize your trip to fit any budget or lifestyle.
Scottsdale/Greater Phoenix Area
Give your taste buds a vacation in the Scottsdale/Phoenix area with mouthwatering creations from the Royal Palms Resort and the James Hotel. Whether you are searching for Mediterranean, French, or American cuisine you will find it here. Take a look at these two resorts in the Scottsdale/Greater Phoenix area.
The Royal Palms Resort and Spa – http://www.royalpalmshotel.com or www.royalpalmsresortandspa.com
5200 East Camelback Road
Phoenix, AZ 85018
The Royal Palms Resort and Spa was a regal Spanish-Mediterranean Estate in the past and has now been turned into a luxury resort. There are 117 custom appointed Casistas and guest rooms finished with faux textured walls, deep Mediterranean colors, and antique furnishings. The Royal Palms Resort has been described as a lover’s retreat and even has a Romance Director that will help you with flowers, candles, white doves, discreet advice, and gift consulting.
You can relax in the resort’s Alvadora Spa, a private bathing courtyard, or excite your taste buds in the resorts T-Cook’s Restaurant. You can also get a shoe shine, in room coffee, and valet parking, as well as a nightly turndown. The Royal Palms Resort is very popular with newlyweds, honeymooners, and retired couples looking to re-spark their romance. With the help of the Romance Director you can have one of the most intimate and romantic vacations of your life.
The James Hotel – http://www.jameshotels.com
7353 East Indian School Road at Drinkwater Boulevard
Scottsdale, AZ 85251
The James Hotel of the Greater Phoenix area is at the epicenter of the old historic town of Scottsdale and has quickly become one of the most popular places to stay in Arizona. The ultra stylish James Hotels has the vibe of a boutique hotel but with a little more warmth. The James hotel pampers guests in chic-modern comfort and style but can be a little bit pricey starting around $400 a night. The James Hotel mostly caters to business and leisure travelers attracted to the 130 foot pool, a state of the art fitness center, and an in house restaurant call the Fiamma Trattoria.
Just two hours north of the Phoenix/Scottsdale area is Sedona. Sedona is quite popular with hikers and bikers as this is the main way most people travel around the city. Sedona lies among the towering red rock and lush green scenery of the Arizona desert. For more information on Sedona you can go to the Travel Bureau of Sedona at http://www.visitsedona.com or you can call 800-288-7336. Check out these Sedona resorts and see what the hot amenities are.
Canyon Villa Inn – http://www.canyonvilla.com
Canyon Circle Drive
The Canyon Inn is one of Arizona’s premier bed and breakfasts. Designed around its natural surroundings each sunny room is decorated in a country western style that holds a sophisticated charm. Each room has a patio or deck with a view of towering red rocks in the Arizona desert. Daily breakfast is included with your stay.
The Canyon Inn is popular with honeymooners, anniversary parties and stays, as well as those seeking adventure or relaxation. While you stay at the Canyon Inn you can take a day trip to Tlaquepaque where you can shop for kitsch and crafts and also eat at one of the many restaurants or street vendors. You can also visit the Red Rock Crossing or the ancient Palatki Ruins. Onsite at the Canyon Inn you can golf, play tennis, swim or relax by the pool, or get a retreat style massage or manicure. You can also stop in the onsite restaurant for a drink or appetizer, or you can just go exploring the red rocked desert of Arizona. Your stay at the Canyon Villa Inn is what you make it.
L’Auberge de Sedona – http://www.lauberge.com
301 L’Auberge Lane
Sedona, AZ 86336
Also in the heart of the Arizona red rock country is the L’Auberge de Sedona. This resort pampers guests with comfort and style, and the typical afternoon wear is a terry cloth robe. The 58 spacious suites either have a choice of Canyon Creek or Cliffside view so no matter what you choose you will have an amazing view of the Arizona landscape. The L’Auberge offers outdoor function spaces that are available for weddings, corporate parties, and anniversaries.
This resort also has 5 indoor modern meeting spaces for business clients, as well as the world famous L’Auberge Restaurant. This onsite restaurant offers gourmet cuisine from all over the world, as well as the area famous “tex-mex” cuisine. There is also a lap pool outside surrounded by manicured gardens and rich green grass.
The L’Auberge de Sedona is located only two hours from Phoenix and is just steps from Coconino National Forest, Red Rock Canyon, and the Magenta Cliffs. You can take scenic drives though the parks and local areas, as well as guided tours, hiking, and climbing. The rushing waters of Canyon Creek can also be heard just steps outside of this resort.
Enchantment Resort – http://www.enchantmentresort.com
525 Boynton Canyon Road
110 miles north of the Phoenix area is the beautiful Enchantment Resort. This private luxury hotel lies on 70 acres of beautiful Arizona red rock desert. From the hotel you get panoramic views of Boynton Canyon from the roof deck or you can sample the local cuisine in the onsite restaurant called the Yavapi. The Yavapi serves southwestern cuisine that is familiar to what is called “tex-mex”. You can also have spa style cuisine in the Mii Amo Café.
Relax by the spacious pool, play golf or tennis, go to wine tastings, take a guided tour, or sit out under the stars. You vacation at the Enchantment Resort is all about choosing what you would like to do. You stay is only what you make it. Use your imagination and you will thoroughly enjoy your stay at the Enchantment Resort. Some of the amenities include health classes, lounges, the Watsu pool (water shiatsu), a state of the art fitness center, and outdoor whirlpools. The Enchanment Resort is all about rest and relaxation in any form.
At night there is a guided stargazing and during the day you can take a guided tour of the area. There is also the Journey of Teas that is quite popular with repeat vacationers. There is also a complimentary bike rental for each guest. Native American also visit the resort to put on shows incorporating traditional dance and music performances.
There are plenty of luxurious resorts spread all though out Arizona in the Sonoran Desert, the White Mountains, and Tuscon. See what these special resorts have to offer the traveler in search of adventure, rest, and relaxation.
Aravaipa Farms Bed and Breakfast Country Inn – http://www.aravaipafarms.com
89395 Aravaipa Road
Winkleman, AZ 85292
Right near the vast wildlife preserve of the Sonoran Desert is the Aravaipa Farms Bed and Breakfast. The area is home to more than 400 bird species, 93 mammals, and 47 amphibians and reptiles. The Aravaipa Farms Bed and Breakfast is located just off highway 77. The resort is made of individual Casitas that are decorated each with their own style. Since there is no cell phone signal at this country inn you can’t be distracted from doing something active. You can choose from walking, hiking, climbing, and biking. At night there are plenty of stars so get out the telescope.
There are organic apricot and peach trees onsite and during the summer months you are invited to come and pick a bag of your own (for a modest fee of course). Gourmet dinner is served daily by one of Arizona’s most renowned chefs. People come to this bed and breakfast specifically to get away which is relatively simple considering your phone is not ringing off the hook.
Hidden Meadow Ranch – www.hiddenmeadow.com
10 miles on the left, just off Rte. 117 (South Country Rd. /Forest Rd.)
Call 928-333-1000 for the address and directions.
Located in the White Mountains of Arizona is the Hidden Meadow Ranch. This resort has four picture perfect seasons and can be found on a mini alpine ecosystem. Hidden Meadow Ranch is a four hour drive from Phoenix. The Ranch is made up of handcrafted log cabins complete with rustic furnishings. The Hidden Meadow Ranch is complete with large soaking tubs and fireplaces, as well as great views of the landscape and wildlife. Three hearty meals are served three times daily in the Central Ranch House where the dining room, library, and lodge can all be found.
The Hidden Meadow Ranch is popular with bird watchers, horse back riders, fishermen, and wildlife watchers. The Ranch has its own 30 horse stable as well as spring fed trout. Canoeing and fly fishing are some of the typical daily activities at the Hidden Meadow Ranch. A stay at the Hidden Meadow Ranch is like Summer Camp for adults all year long.
The Arizona Inn – www.arizonainn.com
22000 East Elm Street
Tuscon, AZ 85179
The Arizona Inn hosts 86 individually decorated rooms, each with a fireplace and patio. The Arizona Inn is surrounded by 14 acres of gardens that were specifically designed for privacy making this resort inn perfect for weddings, anniversary parties, or meetings and banquets. This country estate has been privately owned and managed by the Greenway family since 1930 and is filled with antiques from eras long passed.
This beautiful Arizona resort inn has a 6 foot heated outdoor lap pool, tennis, free bicycle rentals, private residences, saunas, and a gym. Afternoon tea is offered daily and ice cream by the pool is also offered daily – weather permitting only. There is also an Audubon Bar and each room is equipped with high speed internet, cable TV, and the daily New York Times newspaper. Complimentary bottles of water are also offered to each guest daily and there are free nightly DVD rentals available too.
This private resort is perfect for getting away from it all while still being connected to the rest of the world. Unlike some of the other Arizona luxury resorts the Arizona Inn offers guests high speed internet, a cell phone signal, and the daily times so that you can stay connected to your job and the outside world, all while relaxing under the Arizona sun.