What do you get when you combine jaw-dropping scenery, legendary spa treatments, and world-class accommodations? Your next getaway. Arizona’s luxury resorts are ideal for nature therapy, romantic escapes, and weekends of rest and rejuvenation. Treat your mind, body, and soul to an Arizona resort vacation that will leave you feeling better than ever.
A Desert Oasis
Castle Hot Springs, Morristown | Northwest of Phoenix
The fantasy of a lush, beautiful desert oasis isn’t a myth—it’s a real place, and you can find it at Castle Hot Springs. The resort is named for its crystal-clear natural hot springs that pool in a scenic canyon. A glistening jewel in the midst of the desert, framed by palm trees and saguaro cactus, the springs have drawn people to their healing waters for centuries. Dignitaries like the Rockefellers, the Vanderbilts, Theodore Roosevelt, and John F. Kennedy have all soaked in the 115-degree pools. The resort provides an all-inclusive experience—including guided hikes through the Bradshaw Mountains, yoga classes, and farm-to-table dining. Unwind with a soothing massage (recommended after a hot-springs soak) and relax in your well-appointed and spacious private bungalow.
A Quiet Retreat
Hermosa Inn, Paradise Valley | Northeast of Phoenix
The Hermosa Inn, a quaint boutique hotel, began in the 1930s as a studio where famed painter Lon Megargee could focus on his art. He called it “Casa Hermosa”—beautiful house—and opened it up to guests to supplement his income. Today, it stands as a tranquil retreat for romance, high-end corporate events, or simply some much needed “me time.” The gorgeous guest rooms include the deluxe casita—complete with a fireplace, antique pedestal tub, and patio. Unique to the inn are self-guided “art walks” where guests can tour Megargee’s art amongst beautifully tended gardens. Dine alfresco from a globally inspired menu, featuring plenty of Arizona flair—like the to-die-for lobster tempura with smoked chili aioli. Then soak up some relaxation at the Blue Door Spa with a cleansing facial or couple’s massage.
A Sophisticated Setting
Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain | North of Tucson
Nestled against the saguaro-blanketed foothills of the Tortolita Mountains, the Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain is a hideaway replete with luxury, beauty, and adventure at every turn. Spot ancient petroglyphs on a guided desert hike, then cool off in one of the resort’s three swimming pools (don’t miss the 235-foot waterslide). Indulge in self-care at the resort spa, where you can choose from their many natural, holistic treatments that incorporate indigenous gemstones, minerals, and flora. When in Arizona, live like the locals and play a round of golf at the Golf Club at Dove Mountain, which boasts 27 holes of championship golf designed by Jack Nicklaus. Satisfy your appetite with the resort’s five dining options, ranging from Turquesa Latin Grill—serving up poolside food and libations—to CORE Kitchen & Wine Bar, with its own citrus orchard where you can pick oranges, tangelos, or grapefruit for your morning juice.
A Cathartic Getaway
Miraval Resort & Spa, Tucson
The acclaimed Miraval resort (a favorite of Oprah Winfrey’s) sits on 400 acres of serene Sonoran Desert landscape, with gorgeous mountain views providing the backdrop to your transformational getaway. Picture yourself weightless, suspended in a silk hammock during a guided outdoor meditation experience. Or maybe you’d prefer a detoxifying skin treatment or a massage that incorporates ancient healing techniques and fragrant herbal oils. A variety of wellness workshops teach methods to provide balance to your mind, body, and spirit, and you can even learn about nutrition, cooking, or mixology in one of several culinary classes. Connect with nature on a hike or mountain bike ride, or try something new with a unique equine experience that uses horses to engage your senses and awaken your mindfulness.
A Sacred Destination
Wild Horse Pass, Chandler | South of Phoenix
This might be the closest you’ll get to heaven on earth. Ride horseback through pristine desert landscapes where wild mustangs roam free, discover the history of an ancient tribal community, and enjoy world-class dining and spa services. Wild Horse Pass combines the traditions of the Gila River Indian Community with lavish modern amenities. Visit Aji Spa—a Native American owned, Forbes five-star-rated spa—for deeply restorative care, including a sacred prickly pear body treatment. Discover a culturally immersive dining experience at Kai—one of the top restaurants in the world—where Native American cuisine is reimagined in upscale culinary creations like butter braised lobster medallion tostadas. During your visit, set your inner adventurer free and book a sunset horseback-riding excursion with KOLI Equestrian Center.
An Enchanting Escape
L’auberge de Sedona, Sedona | North of Phoenix
The world-famous red rocks of Sedona surround this idyllic resort, nestled along a tranquil creek beneath a grove of sycamore trees. From daily yoga and stargazing, to hiking around Sedona’s famous sacred vortexes, L’auberge de Sedona allows you to create the getaway of your dreams. Each resort cottage offers distinct features, varying from breathtaking views and wood-burning fireplaces to outdoor showers and jetted tubs. At the L’Apothecary Spa, pamper yourself with sumptuous treatments like the exfoliating desert sage sugar scrub, or become one with nature in a forest bathing experience guided by a certified facilitator. You can also take home a custom body scrub or bath soak made with your choice of local botanicals, herbs, and essential oils. End your day with dinner on the patio overlooking the bubbling banks of Oak Creek.
If you are feeling the stress melt away as you read about these resorts, it’s time you finally booked a restorative getaway for yourself. Self-care is on the horizon, and Arizona is calling your name. Book your Arizona resort escape today.