Arizona provides a paradise vacation to rival even the most sought-after tourist destinations around the world. With its inviting weather and gorgeous sights, holidaying in this wild and beautiful part of the USA is truly sublime with the state being one of the country's underrated regions. Boasting magnificent resorts of astounding luxury and tranquility, Arizona is a haven to retreat to if rest, relaxation, and adventure are the order of the vacay. Amongst those worthy of the most discerning travelers, this handful of handpicked luxury resorts and hotels are the perfect refuges away from the hectic hustle and bustle, promising everything from summer and winter sports and outdoorsy escapades to lavish accommodation, glistening swimming pools, and the most indulgent spa treatments.
8 L'Auberge de Sedona
L'Auberge de Sedona is an elegant oasis of serene tranquility modeled after a quintessential French country inn. Surrounded by superb samples of the state's natural environment, this sumptuous retreat is conveniently close to the main street of Sedona in the heart of Red Rock Country, but far enough to enjoy a peaceful setting away from it all. Consisting of private hillside units with sensational panoramas and comfortable cottages peppered in the woods tucked long the banks of Oak Creek, this is one of Arizona's coziest spots for nature lovers who can't resist a bit of luxury thrown in.
Think lovely cottages by the creek with wood furnishings, wood-burning fireplaces, and outdoor cedar showers combined with the modernity of contemporary rooms with patios or balconies, and guests have all they'll ever need for a comfortable stay. Thought it couldn't get any cozier? Then get this: the fine dining restaurant Cress on Oak Creek offers high-end Southern European cuisine with stunning creek views, while on the other hand just up the road is the fantastic 89Agave Cantina restaurant - a place that offers guests authentic Mexican dishes and a daily happy hour.
7 Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain
As one of Arizona's most sophisticated golf and tennis resorts, guests of this fine establishment can expect nothing less than the pinnacle of posh. Set across 85- acres on the undulating hills of Marana about 20 miles northwest of central Tucson, this place is a luxury diamond in the desert perfect for folks who enjoy life's finer things. Along with its luxurious rooms showcasing views of the Tortolita Foothills and Wild Burro Canyon, the Ritz-Carlton promises 20 miles of trails for hikers and bikers, two Jack Nicklaus-designed golf courses at Dove Mountain, an opulent spa, and entertaining live music and pub food with mountain views at Ignite.
6 The Phoenician, Scottsdale
Overlooked by the rugged Camelback Mountain, The Phoenician is 250 acres of luxury resort sitting on luscious grounds dotted with swaying palms, koi ponds, cascading waterfalls, and verdant landscaping. Offering guests large, spacious rooms, casitas, luxurious suites, and presidential suites with private patios or balconies, they'll be hard-pressed to find any retreat that's higher-end than this gem in the rough. And it's not just peak perfect accommodation and beautiful aesthetic both indoors and outdoors that The Phoenician delivers; guests can also enjoy an array of activities and facilities fit for kings and queens, including tennis courts, golf courses, a world-class swimming pool complex, and a relaxing spa.
5 Four Seasons Resort, Scottsdale
Four Seasons Resort is undoubtedly one of Scottsdale's most luxurious. Perched 1,000 feet above downtown Scottsdale, the resort enjoys a unique setting resting in the midst of enormous granite boulders in the foothills of Pinnacle Peak, affording stupendous scenes of nature at every angle. The entire building was meticulously designed to blend harmoniously with the natural landscape, with accommodations being casitas of one and two stories in height that overflow with a bright light aesthetic - a look that compliments and goes hand in hand with the striking colors of the Sonoran Desert.
Each casita is as beautiful and comfortable as the next, boasting modern facilities such as gas fireplaces, massive beds, and private balconies, with some higher-end suites, even offering outdoor garden showers, telescopes for stargazing, and private plunge pools. Guests who don't have their own private pool need fear not, for there's an irresistible swimming pool available to all, as in an elegant spa and several on-site restaurants - many of which serve tasty southern cuisine. Furthermore, the resort is located right next door to one of the state’s best golf courses - a reason to visit alone even if not an avid golfer.
4 Omni Scottsdale Resort & Spa, Montelucia, Scottsdale
An authentic Andalusian theme, Omni Scottsdale Resort and Spa takes aesthetic and architectural inspiration from the iconic Alhambra of Spain. And its mesmeric looks aren't the only five-star features this property provides; its exceptional vistas of Camelback Mountain are also second to none - particularly come sunset. The resort's rooms are also something to call home about; luxuriously appointed with high-tech amenities, private patios or balconies, chaise lounges, and bespoke beds with Egyptian cotton 300-count sheets.
And, with fine dining restaurants serving up Andalusian flavors, guests of this retreat will never go hungry - nor will they feel healthier when tucking into its notable Spanish cuisine's signature healthy and fresh ingredients. Fed up with food? Then swimming with a mountainous view in the resort's pools might suffice. However, if it's a respite that's in need, then unwinding at Joya Spa is guaranteed to settle the stomach, where guests and their weary bodies can relish Arizona’s only genuine Hammam.
3 Enchantment Resort, Sedona
Situated just a few miles outside Sedona in Boynton Canyon, Enchantment Resort enjoys a stunning setting enveloped by nature and adventurous trails. From mountain biking and hiking to golf, cooking classes, meditation and yoga, and swimming in sublime pools, Enchantment Resort offers something for everyone - however, it's the resort's spa that gets most of the attention. Named "Mii Amo," the property's unique spa is completely different from those seen at other Arizona resorts; guests can savor truly special privileges in the form of authentic treatments inspired by the traditions and wisdom of the Native American tribes - therapies that are designed to achieve harmony and balance. What's also exceptional about this particular resort is its accommodation; all rooms and suites are small pueblo buildings each with private decks and gorgeous views along with all the cozies and mod cons guests expect from a tip-top getaway in Arizona.
2 Sanctuary Camelback Mountain Resort & Spa, Paradise Valley
For more than a decade, Sanctuary Camelback Mountain Resort and Spa has been said to be one of the best, high-reigning resorts in the South West, and one step inside the property makes it easy to see why. Modern and luxurious, the impressive establishment attracts prominent guests with its five-star facilities and unrelenting beauty. Boasting a luxe spa, impressive cuisine, and lavishly modern rooms in light stucco buildings and casitas in authentic Sonoran theme, high-profile guests that descend here for rest and respite are spoiled by this place's unwavering luxury. Each and every room also offers heart-stopping views - some even with outdoor tubs for soaking in while soaking up such sublime scenery.
The checklist of perfection doesn't quite end there either; this resort happens to be nestled in the most desirable location in Scottsdale - an otherworldly setting overlooking the vast desert and the legendary Praying Monk Rock without any urban distractions to ruin the view. How can this retreat get any more formidable? Easy; stroll through the zen meditation garden, take a dip in the infinity pool, lose oneself in the heaven that is Sanctuary Spa, and savor fresh, locally sourced American and Asian mixed cuisine in front of scenic panoramas from the floor-to-ceiling windows to discover exactly how much more uncompromisingly blissful this resort can get.
1 Rancho De Los Caballeros, Wickenburg
In legitimate Arizona spirit, anyone who ventures to Rancho de los Caballeros will discover a wild ranch-style retreat right in the heart of the Old Southwest. Set on 20,000 acres of luscious open range about an hour northwest of Phoenix, this picturesque resort offers a true sense of the American wilderness in the south; with hearty American activities on offer, guests can feel like a fancy ranching cowboy throughout their stay (with plenty of added luxury of course). There are over 100 saddle horses available for guests to ride along the region's raw, rugged trails, as well as mountain bike tours, guided nature hikes, hot air balloon trips, and desert exploration via Jeep and ATV. Sports guys and gals will also find ample fun playing golf at none other than one of the top 100 golf courses in the entire country.
It goes without saying that such epic amounts of activities and adventure surely works up an appetite - and that's when the resort's belly-filling cookout feasts and fine wines come in to savor the day. After all that excitement, the perfect way to cool off and unwind is by floating in the pool or visiting the resort's lovely spa with its tempting tirade of treatments featuring local ingredients sourced from the desert itself. And when ready to retire for the night, comfortable guest casitas adorned with handcrafted furniture and artsy artifacts await, along with their private patios that invite sleepy adventurers to take in the beauty and tranquility of the great outdoors before hitting the sack.