The Sanctuary Resort Exclusive

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Paradise Valley, Arizona seems to be our go to spot this summer for when my boyfriend and I are searching for the perfect weekend getaway.

11325793_406922749509016_1003880870_nWhether you live in California or any of the other surrounding states bordering Arizona, this resort town should be next on your list of places to runaway to! 

Sanctuary-sign-1Hidden in the mix of Camelback Mountain, The Sanctuary Resort’s first impression is mysterious and secluded. After making a quick turn up the mountain from McDonald Drive, you are met by a small welcoming stand of men that take your car and unload your luggage into your room.

IMG_4803 IMG_4709IMG_4720After a professional and A+ greeting, you are taken down to your own little casita that is clustered nicely among others throughout the property. With only 42 casitas and 12 larger casas, this resort feels more like an exclusive retreat than any of the other larger properties in the area. It definitely has the private, upscale vibe that many couples look for in a romantic rendezvous.

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IMG_4802 IMG_4722 IMG_4726Choosing a room at The Sanctuary really depends on how much space you need. There are a variety of accommodations, including mountainside homes with four bedrooms and four baths along with special suites that feature magnificent views of the Arizona sunsets! We decided to stay in their Diamond Spa Casita for one reason – it has a bathtub outside! With two airy balconies, floor to ceiling windows, multi-level bedroom and living room, this was plenty of room for our boyfriend escape.

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IMG_4731 IMG_4732 IMG_4734 IMG_4735 IMG_4737We were even surprised with a lovely note and complementary chocolate dipped strawberries!

IMG_4729Now, the contemporary decor is nothing to get too excited about – but it works. The extra space, fireplace, fresh towels, robes, and bath products made up for the lack of sparkle in the interior design.

My favorite part about the resort though was the pool. It was small, simple, yet totally peaceful. I was super impressed with the zen atmosphere and views overlooking the mountainous landscape. For all you moms and dads in the world, it probably would not be the best place to bring the kids as many of the guests we observed were looking for utter silence. I on the other hand totally zoned out after just a few minutes of   floating on a raft while sipping the most delicious bloody mary! BLISS!

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FullSizeRender FullSizeRender-3Don’t be surprised if you see a celeb or two at this swanky little gem. The Sanctuary has welcomed Jennifer Aniston, Vince Vaughn, Johnny Carson and Elton John (just to name a few!). The other big attraction is their Asian inspired spa and 21 tennis courts. The spa was not my favorite but it is nice to experience if you have the extra cash to spend. Their pricey menu features treatments such as Tok Sen (Thai yoga-like stretching with vibration therapy) and shiatsu and reiki massages. 

IMG_4845 IMG_4849 IMG_4853For all you foodies, you will be in awe of their on-site restaurant, Elements. It was recently renovated and has been featured on the Food Network many times. Personally, I am more of a room service guy, so we indulged in a few hearty plates including their lobster mac and cheese! YUM.

IMG_4710 IMG_4857 IMG_4861 IMG_4862Overall, I would give The Sanctuary an “A-” as it excelled in customer service, uniqueness, privacy, sizable rooms, and beautiful scenery. 

IMG_4013 IMG_4723 IMG_4801 IMG_4800 IMG_4795 IMG_4843 IMG_4709 IMG_4008 IMG_4806 IMG_4838We are definitely going back.

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The Other Hubby

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