Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Where to Stay in Scottsdale: Sanctuary Resort

Where to Stay in Scottsdale: Sanctuary Resort - Style Jaunt by Katarina Kovacevic

Scottsdale has a lot of cool hotels and on my latest trip, I got to stay at two of my favorites: Hotel Valley Ho and Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain. I had been to Sanctuary a handful of times when I still lived in Arizona, mostly for work-related events, but had crazily enough never seen a room until now!

The aesthetic is very modern Arizona; rooms have concrete walls and the color scheme has the same sandy reds and earthy greens you'll find in the desert. But there's also a soothing Asian zen about the place, which is most evident in the spa (fellow blogger Kirsten Alana captures this perfectly in her beautiful Scottsdale photo spread).

Where to Stay in Scottsdale: Sanctuary Resort - Style Jaunt by Katarina Kovacevic

Where to Stay in Scottsdale: Sanctuary Resort - Style Jaunt by Katarina Kovacevic

Where to Stay in Scottsdale: Sanctuary Resort - Style Jaunt by Katarina Kovacevic
Had to add this! Our awesome group and the always fun Chef Beau.
I like Sanctuary Spa because it's small and intimate but still feels like a special, destination spa. Its design is all about tranquility and treatments are relaxing but still results-driven. Besides the typical body work and skincare options, they also offer aquatic massages, Asian-inspired treatments like Shiatsu and table Thai, and specialty experiences from tarot readings to numerology, guided meditation and astrology.

What the resort does really well is create experiential packages that you won't see at every other property. In the spa, they have the Satori Wellness Retreat, which includes a personalized fitness program, healthy (but still really tasty!) meals, and spa services that are focused on the mind-body balance.

During the month of June, you can even sign up for a fitness retreat with Olympic Gold Medal swimmer Misty Hyman and track cycling champion Terry Roach. The fitness retreat takes a triathlon approach and it also comes with nutritious meals and spa treatments that target fatigued muscles.

If I could do it, Sanctuary would be one of those places where I escaped to for a week of solo travel. And I'd probably spend all seven days going back and forth between the spa's zen garden and the resort's infinity-edge pool.

And, I'd make sure to get in plenty of agave spice cocktails from jade bar and shishito peppers at elements.

Where to Stay in Scottsdale: Sanctuary Resort - Style Jaunt by Katarina Kovacevic

Where to Stay in Scottsdale: Sanctuary Resort - Style Jaunt by Katarina Kovacevic

Where to Stay in Scottsdale: Sanctuary Resort - Style Jaunt by Katarina Kovacevic

Speaking of elements, the award-winning restaurant is probably what you hear about most when people write or talk about Sanctuary. It's run by Iron Chef alum (and winner) Beau MacMillan. My pal Julie from Table for Two has the complete scoop on her blog.

I have to say that Sanctuary's grounds are the stop-you-in-your-tracks kind, especially if you're not completely familiar with Scottsdale's desert scenery. The resort is built into the side of Camelback Mountain and it's got some pretty fantastic views (especially from jade bar).

The resort's organic, eco-inspired feel makes a lot of sense when you consider that a Frank Lloyd Wright protege designed the place. It's a great complement to the hip downtown vibe of Valley Ho (they're actually owned by the same company...a local one, at that). In fact, the name "Sanctuary" is pretty fitting...it's Scottsdale's celebrity haven.

Everyone from Britney Spears to Beyonce have stayed here!

Sanctuary is a great choice if you're looking for a Scottsdale resort that's exclusive, a little hidden, and has a unique sense of place.

PHOTOS BY: Me!
MORE INFO: Sanctuary Camelback Mountain

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