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Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain Resort & Spa

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Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain Resort & Spa offers guests an oasis of relaxation  just minutes away from the shops and nightlife of Scottsdale. Located in aptly named Paradise Valley,  this AAA Four Diamond Luxury Resort is sculpted into the northern side of Camelback Mountain.

Casita at Sanctuary
Casita at Sanctuary

The 105 casitas at Sanctuary feature scenic pedestrian-only walkways and discreet parking spaces, which contribute to the feeling of being the only guest at the resort. The colorful landscaping and  fragrant desert vegetation are a treat for the senses at Sanctuary.

Sanctuary’s Mountain casitas are located on Camelback Mountain and the Spa casitas surround the resort’s infinity pool and award-winning Sanctuary Spa.

Spa and Fitness Area at Sanctuary
Spa and Fitness Area at Sanctuary

The Coconut body scrub is Sanctuary’s signature spa treatment and Cheryl, the masseuse offered an additional balsamic oil hair treatment and had great skin care suggestions.

Oversized soaker tub at Sanctuary Resort & Spa
Oversized soaker tub at Sanctuary Resort & Spa

The smartly designed spa casitas have well – positioned privacy walls in their back patios so that guests can luxuriate in an oversized private tub under the stars.

The casitas contemporary interior design features polished concrete floors and a concrete sink vanity complemented by blond wood doors throughout. Walk through the sunken living room with a huge gas fireplace, out the floor to ceiling windows, to a front terrace, large enough to contain a dining table, a chaise lounge and a canopy daybed sofa.

Sunset over Infinity Pool at Sanctuary Resort & Spa
Sunset over Infinity Pool at Sanctuary Resort & Spa

Swimmers will love the beautiful infinity pool (adults only on weekends) as well as the secluded 25-yard outdoor lap pool in the fitness area at Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain Resort & Spa.

The Lap Pool at Sanctuary Resort & Spa
The Lap Pool at Sanctuary Resort & Spa

One of the best sports for a total body workout with minimal impact on your joints is swimming. Olympic gold medalist Misty Hyman offers tips for stroke improvement. For those looking to up their tennis game, Sanctuary continues a legacy of championship courts and professional coaches, making it the ultimate Scottsdale tennis retreat.

Sanctuary’s terraced main lawn is a gathering point for groups to socialize and watch the Arizona sunsets. For sunset dinner and drinks, try elements (reservations recommended). Chef Beau MacMillan has a creative seasonal  menu that combines Asian influences with locally sourced ingredients.

For four days this spring, April 27-30, 2017, Scottsdale will be heaven for fine food aficionados with the debut of Nirvana, a culinary festival hosted by Sanctuary.  Sanctuary’s own star Executive Chef Beau MacMillan will share the spotlight with Robert Irvine, Todd English, Scott Conant and renowned chefs and mixologists from Scottsdale’s most exciting restaurants. Nirvana will come to a rousing finale with a N’Awlins-style jazz brunch complete with live music and a Bourbon twist, serving up everything from étouffée to feather-light beignets.

As well, a celebrity golf tournament played at Mountain Shadows, pairs each foursome with a renowned chef, star mixologist or notable sports figure. A portion of the proceeds will benefit HopeKids, an organization that provides ongoing activities and a powerful support community for families who have a child with cancer or other life-­threatening medical condition.

 

Golf Scottsdale

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With more than 300 days of sunshine per year, and 200 plus golf courses in the area, Scottsdale is a natural choice for a golf vacation.

TPC Scottsdale

Flanked by the McDowell Mountains to the east, TPC Scottsdale is home to the popular PGA Waste Management Phoenix Open and allows visitors to golf on two pro-level courses, The Stadium and The Champions.

Play the famous par 3, 16th hole of the Stadium course—minus the raucous fans enthusiastically cheering great shots like Tiger’s hole-in-one in 1997.

The Champions Course at TPC Scottsdale
The Champions Course at TPC Scottsdale

Or play the Randy Heckenkemper-designed Champions Course, 7,115 yards from the tips. The 15th hole on The Champions is a classic risk/reward—play it safe and take the longer dogleg right or risk a 200-yard carry-over desert. Hit a decent drive and it’s a short chip onto a sloped green.

The advantage of a stay-and-play, like the packages offered by the Fairmont Scottsdale, is that everything is nearby—two TPC courses, pools, spa and dining. It’s like a small town inside an urban metropolis.

Only you won’t find food like this in any small town. La Hacienda’s nouveau Mexican cuisine includes a roasted cream corn soup decorated with chocolate-coloured stripes of huitlacoche syrup and small dumplings. Huitlacoche, a fungus that grows on white corn, is a Mexican delicacy. The pomegranate guacamole, lobster tacos and flaming coffee complete the favourites list.

Tequila Bar at La Hacienda
Tequila Bar at La Hacienda

La Hacienda’s Tequila Bar offers aficionados the choice of more than 200 bottles, including the smoother and more complex amber-coloured aged varieties.

The on-site Well and Being Spa offers golfers an hour-long “golfers performance massage” endorsed by pros David Leadbetter and Charles Howell III, and said to improve flexibility.

Troon North

At the base of Pinnacle Peak, British Open winner Tom Weiskopf took full advantage of the natural ravines and foothills of the Sonoran Desert to plant well-groomed fairways and bentgrass greens on Troon North’s two tracks.

Hole 10 at Troon North
Hole 10 at Troon North

If you have a choice between the Pinnacle and Monument courses, opt for the latter. The Monument course has elevated tees from six locations (so all can enjoy) and giant boulders on the fairways. In a hurry or playing with kids under 15? Check out the executive 9-hole Monument Express where kids play for free.

Just south of Troon North, the Four Seasons Scottsdale comprises adobe casitas built into the hills with dramatic sunset views of Pinnacle Peak.

Pinnacle Peak Trail
Pinnacle Peak Trail

Hiking and biking trails join the on-site interpretive trail populated with towering saguaro cacti found only in the high Sonoran desert. Thoughtful touches like free sunscreen and condensed versions of the The New York Times enhance the pool experience.

Proof restaurant at the Four Seasons specializes in American comfort food in a casual setting—a particularly good choice for breakfast.

Previously published on AOL

Travel Planner

  • TPC Scottsdale  17020 North Hayden Road, Scottsdale, Az.
  • Fairmont Scottsdale Princess  7575 E Princess Dr, Scottsdale, Az.
  • Troon North  10320 E. Dynamite Blvd. Scottsdale, Az.
  • Four Seasons Scottsdale 10600 East Crescent Moon Drive, Scottsdale, Az

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