Top 10 Phoenix Luxury Hotels and Resorts : Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain
If we had been wearing a mood ring when we stepped foot on our No. 1 Phoenix pick, we guarantee it would have turned a serene blue – matching the cyan waters of the infinity pool and cloudless, robin’s egg sky. Suffice to say, we find the name Sanctuary befitting!
With the copper-colored Camelback Mountain in the background, Sanctuary finds itself amidst 53 acres of Arizona desert. Limestone casitas built into the rugged terrain may appear rustic, but inside is a vibrant world of feng shui. While we can’t claim Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain studied astrology to optimize energy flow, it’s difficult to imagine the Spa Casita Suites being built without a guiding, celestial hand. Lava rock fireplaces, walk-in closets and views from the patio are mesmerizing, but it’s the outdoor soaking tubs beneath a blanket of stars that took our breath away.
We’re not sure a resort could properly call itself a sanctuary if it didn’t have a spa. Luckily, our No. 1 resort is a step ahead of us with the innovative Sanctuary Spa. Asian-inspired treatments like the lotus flower aquatic reflexology massage release blocked energy with ancient techniques and modern luxury, such as the heated Watsu pool.
Things to Know
Through the 1950s, Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain was known as Paradise Valley Racquet Club and attracted many Hollywood celebrities. In honor of its roots, Sanctuary has five Deco-Turf championship courts and a tennis lounge.
Full-day meetings or weekend conferences in Sanctuary’s chic, modern facilities, with salsa red walls and pristine white chairs, are as invigorating as a visit to Sanctuary Spa!
5700 East McDonald Dr., Paradise Valley, AZ 85253