Written By: Jody Miller Sanctuary Spa Arizona

In an area famous for its Southwestern and Colonial Spanish influenced architecture, the Sanctuary at Camelback Mountain Resort & Spa takes a stunning detour from tradition. Initially built as a tennis training facility in the 1950s, the award-winning resort remains true to its mid-century origins, minus the kitsch often associated with that era. In fact, driving through the meandering roads of the sprawling property with its panoramic mountain vistas, you may hallucinate for a moment that you’re on a windy road in the Hollywood Hills. Well, snap out of it—you are at one of the area’s most glamorous resorts, consistently ranked as one of the Southwest’s finest. As the only resort on the north side of Camelback Mountain with the Praying Monk Rock as your closest neighbor, the Sanctuary is a lavish, holistic retreat unlike any other.

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Dining and other Delights

The hotel’s continued success is in no small part due to its highly acclaimed restaurant Element, led by Executive Chef Beau MacMillan. The former winner of Iron Chef America and Food Network star, MacMillan has created an impeccable dining experience in a sophisticated yet relaxed ambiance. Savor farm fresh and organically-procured contemporary American cuisine with an Asian flare under the warm glow of candlelight overlooking the hotel’s infinity edge pool and majestic backdrop. Innovative seasonal dishes are offered alongside longtime customer favorites—to recommend only a few would be downright unfair. The surprisingly friendly and attentive service is what makes the experience truly unforgettable. In addition to the main dining room, there are several indoor and outdoor private dining options, including the superlative XII suite.

Situated alongside Elements, Jade Bar is the lively gathering place for hotel guests and locals alike. Enjoy the sounds of jazz, pop, or R&B while sipping creative libations indoors, or move to the patio for the daily Sunset Ceremony. Sundays in Paradise is Jade Bar’s very popular live outdoor music series featuring happy hour specials, while on Saturday afternoons Mixology 101 is the place to learn about and sample the latest artisanal cocktails.

Tennis, Zennis, Spa and Fitness

What is zennis? We’ll get to that in a moment.

Steeped in tennis history, it’s no wonder the five deco-turf championship courts of the John Gardiner racquet club are the focal point of activity. Daily clinics for all levels led by seasoned professionals ensure you get the most out of your session. Choose a small group class or opt for private or semi-private training. There is also a rooftop viewing deck and tennis lounge for optimal viewing.  

Exclusive to The Sanctuary, Zennis is a movement-based concept merging the principles of tennis with yoga and stretching techniques. Designed to improve balance and strengthen dormant muscles, you’ll gain an increase in alignment, fluidity, and concentration for an improved game and better endurance.

A state of the art fitness center and movement studio offer all the equipment and classes necessary for a complete fitness vacation or working off the calories following a multi-course meal. Personalized fitness and nutrition services compliment a daily schedule of group yoga, Pilates, boot camps, and cardio dance. Custom designed workouts are available to those with more specific needs and goals, including those with arthritis and osteoporosis.  

Finally, reward your hard work and commitment at the prestigious Asian-themed spa. Recognized as one of the premier spas in the region, the colorful Zen retreat is a feast for the senses from the plush chartreuse robes to the abundance of aromatic reed diffusers (yes, even the bathroom stalls). Begin in the eucalyptus steam room to sweat out toxins, then continue to a tantalizing selection of globally inspired therapies in one of the indoor/outdoor treatment rooms. Complete your journey in the Zen meditation garden and outdoor Watsu pool. As a complete holistic center, an array of alternative physical and spiritual therapies await to rekindle the spirit and revive the body. The four-day Satori Wellness Retreat is a personalized and comprehensive holistic journey to complete mind/body renewal.

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Rooms, Glorious Rooms

The chic modern décor in all rooms feature custom crafted wood furnishings, layered light options, Simmons Felicity pillow top mattresses with Casa Rovea linens, Yeah, Baby bathrobes, and upgraded botanical bath amenities. An oversized soaking tub complete with bath salts and votive candles surrounded by striking metallic gray tiles is a remarkable architectural feature that is simply ahh-mazing. Butterfly motifs add a pop of color while photographs of the barren desert give a salient reminder of the locality. Return from a day of activity to the signature candlelight turndown service and the fresh scent of lavender.

From the 500 square-foot Mountain Casitas, to the multi-level Spa Casita with outdoor shower or Spa Suite with outdoor soaking tub and daybed, all accommodations oversee the enchanting landscape. Also available are private homes individually designed with incomparable luxury, including areas for private, group or couples spa treatments.   

The Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain
5700 E McDonald Drive  Sanctuary Spa Arizona
Paradise Valley, AZ 85253  Sanctuary Spa Arizona
855.245.2051  Sanctuary Spa Arizona
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