(Disclaimer: I was given the opportunity to take advantage of the Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain with a media discount that I received. Everything is based on my own experience.)
Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain
After Attending the Grace Hopper Women in Computing Conference for work (and the MONTHS of planning before that), I decided that it would be great to have my husband and daughter fly out at the end of the week and enjoy the luxurious backdrop that the Camelback Mountains in Scottsdale, Arizona offers. Since we love to travel and don’t always go back to the same spots, we put in a lot of effort to find getaways that are different from anything else that we could experience. The last time we were in Scottsdale, a little over a year ago, we celebrated my husband’s Global MBA graduation from Thunderbird School of Global Management with his parents and sister. We had a glorious stay at The Phoenician but wanted to try something different this time.
Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain
Address: 5700 East McDonald Drive, Paradise Valley, AZ 85253
Phone Number: (480) 948-2100
As soon as pull into the resort you realize you’re in for a new treat. You’re ushered out of your car so that you can check in at the front desk, a couple feet below. When you come back to your car, you’re asked to follow an attendant in a golf cart who gives you ice cold water and drives you to your parking spot.
There are 105 Casitas that give you a chance for private relaxation in with a beautiful backdrop. They range from 500 sqft to 1500 sqft and some include a separate seating area with a huge fireplace and private balcony (with doors leading from the living room and bedroom):
- Mountain Vista Casita
- Mountain Vista Suites
- Spa Casita
- Spa Casita Suite (include outdoor soaking tub)
Our Mountain Vista Suite included a huge spa tub with bath salts and a separate mosaic tiled shower as well as a kitchen alcove in the front with burners, a dishwasher, and bar area.
After parking, our attendant loaded us and our luggage into the golf cart and quickly whisked us to the front-door of our casita. It was dark when we arrived but we could see the city of Scottsdale illuminated with lights across. He opened our door and gave us a quick tour of the votive lit rooms softly flickering across the rooms. There was a bedroom (some casitas have two bedrooms) and he let us know we could contact the front-desk for turn down service for our 11 year old daughter. While we went to dinner we asked for the service and were pleased to come home to a neatly tucked away, plush bed, robe, and slippers in her size.
Infinity and Satellite Pool Options
We stayed for three nights which was wonderful to really have enough time to unwind and enjoy the resort and city. Although the website mentioned kids being able to use the main infinity edge pool on Mondays through Thursdays, we were relegated to one of the satellite pools for guests with children under 15 years old. It was handled politely and we enjoyed the pools just as much, if not more. They were stocked with coolers of ice cold water, plush towels, and pool lounge mats and other floaties. We were able to get drinks from the bar that were golf carted up to us (15 minutes to 25 minutes wait time.) They also called for a golf cart to whisk us up the hill and the pool was maybe 50 feet from our casita. There are two satellite pools in addition to the infinity pool by the main resort and spa. We had great views from our pool too, no complaints.
Ranked “Top 5 Hotel Spas in Continental U.S.” and “Top Spas Overall” in 2014 by Travel + Leisure’s World Best Awards, I was not disappointed during my fabulous spa experience. Always enjoying trying something new, I poured over the spa menu with a lot of deliberation. A lot of the treatments were Asian-inspired and took place in twelve indoor and outdoor treatment rooms. There is also a zen meditation garden where you can lay outside on loungers and listen to a babbling fountain. I received the following treatment which was amazing, especially after standing and greeting 8,000 women at the conference.
luk pra kope
Meaning “to massage with medicinal herbs,” luk pra kope begins with soaking your feet in a fresh lime and essential-oil bath. After your feet are cooled and exfoliated with fine, white Thai clay and fresh lime, a blend of steamy, organically grown herbs is rolled, massaged and pressed into tight muscles and onto problem areas and energy pathways. Along with Thai massage, the heated compress soothes sore and aching muscles, enhances circulation, reduces joint stiffness and refreshes the skin.
After my relaxation I soaked in their hot tub and sauna. In addition to their spa, there is also a fitness center, lap pool, tennis courts.
Taste the excitement of elements’ award-winning cuisine by Food Network star Chef Beau MacMillan. Savor the sunset at jade bar or on elements dining deck, and enjoy The Pour – raising the bar for Scottsdale happy hour. More details in a future blog post.
The Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain offers a range of deals to enjoy their luxurious package deals. I definitely recommend checking them out before you book.