This 5-Star Resort Is the Vacation Sanctuary You Need In Your Life

Apr 27, 2017

With a name like Sanctuary Resort and a location in Paradise Valley, this hotel made us wonder, “Is it really as amazing as it sounds?” Trust us -- it is. The Sanctuary Camelback Resort and Spa in Arizona epitomizes what it means to be a luxury resort, and these are just a few of its standout features that kept guests like Dean Martin and Elton John returning.

Nicknamed the Valley of the Sun, the resort's hometown is known for its streak of sunshine-filled days. The infinity pool on property is strategically placed for prime sunbathing and sunset viewing.


Each casita boasts a travertine shower and deep-soaking tub, accented by metallic tiles – an aesthetic contrast to the Sonoran-inspired décor of the casita living rooms.


For the ultimate tub-soaking experience, request the spa suite with outdoor bath. You’ll quickly understand the resort’s name while steeping in bubbles under hanging votive candles.


While the spa suite outdoor spaces are designed for bathing, the terrace suite patios make for the perfect living space, with private fire pits to offset the cool desert evenings.


If you watch the Food Network, you’ll recognize chef Beau MacMillan as the Kobe beef champ from “Iron Chef America.” When he isn’t competing against Bobby Flay, he’s entertaining and cooking for guests at the resort’s signature restaurant Elements.


In the 1950s, the property operated as an exclusive tennis resort, hosting some of the world’s best players. It maintains its legacy with five Deco-Turf championship courts and professional coaches.


Despite its desert location, the award-winning spa, praised by Travel + Leisure, manifests a Zen-like atmosphere with a menu of Asian-inspired therapies and treatment rooms overlooking a reflecting pond and meditation garden.


Panoramic views of Paradise Valley follow guests throughout the resort, and some of the best can be viewed from Jade Bar, featuring weekly performers and mixologists, who host Mixology 101 classes every Saturday.

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