Hidden 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.
After 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.
Choosing 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.
Now, 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!
Don’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.
For 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.
The Other Hubby