Focus On… Retreat to Sanctuary at Camelback Mountain
By Angela Fairhurst
Sanctuary at Camelback Mountain is a boutique hotel with 109 casitas and eight private homes located on 53 acres of lush desert on the north slope of Camelback Mountain overlooking Paradise Valley, Arizona, just minutes from downtown Scottsdale.
Guestrooms are intended to capture the dramatic vistas of the Arizona desert. The desert-inspired spacious rooms are designed with a contemporary feel, featuring custom modern furnishings enhanced with artwork and photography from local artists. The bathrooms have large separate showers with a focal wall of smoked mirrored glass that serves as the backdrop to an oversized soaking tub. Silk throws on the beds, and a velvet sand bag that tells housekeeping when you’re in or out are two of its unique amenities.
Sanctuary’s cuisine was developed by Executive Chef Beau MacMillan, using fresh, local ingredients sourced from a network of local artisans and organic farmers ensuring that menus change monthly reflecting seasonal ingredients. The food is both simple and elegant, mirroring the ambience of the resort as a whole. Diners look out through floor-to-ceiling windows on three sides of the restaurant, to Camelback mountain, the pool or the lushly planted vegetation of the property.
The Sanctuary Spa has been newly renovated and offers a selection of Asian-inspired treatments with twelve indoor and outdoor rooms, a Watsu immersion pool for hydro treatments, Couples Suite, movement studio, fitness center, and a 25-yard outdoor lap pool.
Sanctuary has three pools, including the area’s largest infinity-edge pool with poolside cabanas offering privacy and ample creature comforts. There are five Deco-Turf championship tennis courts, a tennis lounge offering the latest Prince demo rackets, and daily tennis clinics led by tennis professionals with a teacher-to-student ratio of one-to-four.