Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain Resort and Spa

Book your winter getaway at Paradise Valley in Arizona

Think Arizona is just all about the golf? Yes, this area is known as a golfer’s paradise, and, sure, the Sanctuary will set you up with tee times at nearby premier courses, but you’ll want to experience all that’s offered on the property. Discerning visitors will find the Sanctuary’s ranking as last year’s top resort in Arizona by Conde Nast Traveler well-deserved.

The resort’s unique location — it’s built right into the slope of Camelback Mountain — lends it a Zen-like ambience conducive to kicking back or rediscovering your significant other. Relax and socialize around the oversized infinity pool or, for more privacy, reserve one of the individual poolside cabanas with TVs, fans, and refrigerated goodies. Public areas and most guestrooms have been recently renovated and are quite chic — but do ask before booking specific accommodations. Some of the more lavish digs offer wood-burning fireplaces, and, for the ultimate bathing-while-stargazing experience, your own outdoor soaking tub on a private terrace. Guests interested in wellness should visit the 12,000-square-foot, Asian-accented indoor/outdoor spa and fitness center. The resort also boasts excellent tennis facilities (once upon a time, this was a celeb-frequented private tennis club) and daily clinics. Come evening, enjoy live music on the premises most nights.

The outdoor treatment room at Sanctum, the resort’s spa

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The Proposition
This one-of-a-kind boutique hotel is an architectural marvel that’s literally embedded into Camelback Mountain on 53 acres of desert overlooking Paradise Valley. The ultimate relaxing refuge, the resort has 105 luxury casitas (winter rates start at $419) that promise rustic views, stylish accommodations, and innovative food presided over by Food Network celebrity Chef Beau MacMillan.

American Cuisine with Asian influences
Host an interactive dinner party in this stylish private dining room, which has a glass wall that gives up to 12 guests a full view of the kitchen and the inner workings of a fine restaurant.

xii restaurant
XII offers a stylish private dining experience

Neighboring Camelback Mountain — its shape really does resemble a giant kneeling camel — offers hiking, climbing, and those incredible vistas. Or, stop by the resort’s delightful Hummingbird Sanctuary, whose feeders attract as many as 400 species of petite aviary visitors.

Average high and low temperatures
December: 79°F and 30°F (average: 52°F)
January: 81°F and 26°F (average: 54°F)
February: 84°F and 33°F (average: 57°F)
March: 97°F and 37°F (average: 63°F)

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Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain Resort & Spa
Paradise Valley, Arizona

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