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Sanctuary at Camelback Mountain

Paradise Valley, Arizona

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Hotel Report

Why Stay At Sanctuary at Camelback Mountain

With its secluded location in the Valley of the Sun, this spa resort is a quiet getaway just 10 minutes north of downtown Scottsdale.

The Scoop

Situated on the northern slope of the red-rock mountain, Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain comprises a cluster of adobe-style buildings in Paradise Valley, where the sun shines approximately 325 days a year. Developed as an exclusive tennis resort in the 1950's, the property was once a haunt for athletes and celebrities—including Ken Rosewall, Dean Martin, and Elton John. Its complete refurbishment in 2001 only made it swankier; today, the 105 casitas are sleek and modern, with original paintings, oversized soaking tubs with votive candles and signature bath salts, and enormous windows framing panoramic mountain views. The resort still has five championship tennis courts, but there are plenty of quieter pursuits too, like sunrise yoga and lime-blossom spa massages.

Insider Tips

Keep an eye out for the birdfeeders lining the hotel walkways; they are specially designed to attract 16 species of hummingbird.

Try the spa's Sanctuary Luxury Facial, which incorporates rose-quartz crystals.

Preferred Airport

Arrive at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport (PHX) which is approximately 10 miles from the resort. Anticipate between 25 and 35 minutes of travel time depending on traffic.

5700 East McDonald Drive, Paradise Valley, Arizona, United States

Hotel Features

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Property Amenities
  • Spa on Property
  • Fitness Center
  • Infinity Edge Pool
  • Outdoor Lap Pool
  • 5 Tennis Courts
  • Daily Tennis Clinics
  • Tennis Instruction
  • Fitness Classes
  • Steam Bath
  • Business Center
In-Room Amenities
  • Frette Linens
  • Goose-down Beds
  • Luxury In-Room Amenities
  • Comfy Chairs + Sofas
  • Dual-line Phones
  • Big-screen TVs
  • Hair Dryers
  • Irons + Ironing Boards
Dining & Nightlife
  • 2 Restaurants
  • Outdoor Dining
  • Wine Cellar
  • Outdoor Bar + Lounge
  • Lunch + Learn
  • Private Dining
  • In-room Coffee + Tea Service
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  • Max occupancy is 2 adults + 2 children in existing bedding
Hotel Report From the editors of: Travel+Leisure

Why We Love Paradise Valley

Travelers to Arizona's Paradise Valley can browse the 100-plus art galleries in downtown Scottsdale, take rigorous hikes on Camelback Mountain, or check out rare native plants at the Desert Botanical Garden in Papago Park, just 20 minutes away.

Don't Miss

Where to Eat: Local ingredients shine at FnB, an Old Town restaurant that pairs farm-to-table cuisine with Arizona wines. Grab a counter seat facing the open kitchen, and order the braised leeks topped with a fried egg, mustard bread crumbs, and mozzarella.
7133 E Stetson Dr.
1-480-425-9463
Dinner for two $50.

Where to Drink: Loud, lively, and undeniably cool, Citizen Public House is an indoor-outdoor gastropub serving craft beers, cocktails, and bar snacks such as bacon-fat heirloom popcorn. Try the signature Citi-Zen cocktail, made with pear vodka, ginger liqueur, and house-made sweet and sour, with a rock-candy garnish.
7111 E 5th Ave.
1-480-398-4208
Drinks for two $10.

Best Day Trip: The Apache Trail, an old stagecoach route once used by the native Indians to cross the Superstition Mountains, is considered one of the most scenic drives in the United States. Head out on the 48-mile drive that leads past several lakes, Tonto National Forest, and Three Bar Wildlife Area, home to bighorn sheep and mountain lions.

Fascinating red rock formations near Phoenix.

Fascinating red rock formations near Phoenix.

Why Go Now

Now through June 28, 2013
Music in the Garden: Spring Concert Series
Live music ranging from blues to Brazilian is performed at the Desert Botanical Garden every Friday evening.

July 11, 2013
Summer Spectacular ArtWalk
This annual event is a jazzed-up version of Scottsdale's year-round ArtWalk, with wine tastings, samples from local restaurants, and over 100 open galleries.
Scottsdale Arts District.

August 24, September 14, October 25 + November 30, 2013
Lunch & Learn
Hosted by Food Network star Beau MacMillan, these weekend classes include a three-course lunch, wine or cocktail pairings, and cooking instruction from celebrity guest chefs such as Robert Irvine or Geoffrey Zakarian.
Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain, Paradise Valley.

Sanctuary at Camelback Mountain

Paradise Valley, Arizona

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