When the fun folks over at Hyundai invited me to come out to Scottsdale, AZ and drive the 2015 Hyundai Genesis, I might have danced around my kitchen. I mean, come on, when someone asks, would you like to travel to a city you’ve never visited, in a state you’ve never been to, at a resort that looks stunning, to drive an all new luxury car. No brainer. And, when I arrived at the beautiful Sanctuary Camelback Mountain, I danced a little more.
Sanctuary Camelback Mountain was named the number one resort in Arizona in Travel + Leisure’s “500 Best Hotels in the World” and the number one resort in the Southwest in Condé Nast Traveler’s “Readers’ Choice Awards”. Sanctuary has been a Condé Nast Traveler “Gold List” and “Reader’s Choice” winner since opening in 2001.
I’m sure someone made a mistake, because I was staying like a rock star in paradise. Sanctuary Camelback Mountain is surrounded by natural beauty. Towering palm trees, blooming wild flowers, and the mountains, make for a gorgeous setting. My 500 square foot mountain casita was spacious, quiet, and all mine. Even with a couch to lounge on, a flat screen TV to watch, and a tub that seemed to invite me for a soak, I just couldn’t stay inside for long.
Many of the rooms have private patios, but mine did not, so I enjoyed sitting outside in the shade with friends at Jade Bar. If you go, you MUST try the Ahi tuna salad, you’re welcome.
I’m actually kind of glad I didn’t have my own balcony. It would have been impossible to leave. As it was, I found it hard to pack my bags. especially after I hiked Echo Canyon Summit Trail. I wanted to hop into the bathtub for a soak, and then enjoy a massage at the Sanctuary Spa. The Sanctuary Camelback Mountain was the perfect place to relax, be pampered, and escape the busy outside world.
From sunrise to sunset, the natural beauty is breathtaking. Watching the sun set over the mountains before dinner, was a great way to start the evening.
While I did see a few kids and families during my brief stay, I feel like the vibe was a better fit for couples looking to re-connect or a girlfriend getaway weekend. From the infinity pool, to the full service spa, and live entertainment in Jade bar, you can easily spend 2-3 days re-charging without ever leaving the resort. Oh, and if after a few cocktails you’re walking back to your casita after dark, make sure you have a flashlight. I made the mistake of navigating the path alone, and a rabbit darted across the path, scaring the Mojito out of me! Thank goodness it wasn’t a rattlesnake!
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