The Boulders Resort & Spa

34631 North Tom Darlington Drive | Carefree, AZ 85377 [See Map]
#6 in Best Phoenix Hotels
Hotel Class 5.0-star Critic Rating Excellent Guest Rating
TripAdvior Traveler Rating

Based on 1278 reviews
Property Type Resort with 223 rooms, 2 floors
Style Traditional, Opulent
Best For Business travelers, Couples, Solo travelers

U.S. News Review

The casitas at The Boulders Resort & Spa in Carefree, Arizona (roughly 34 miles north of downtown Phoenix) look out over miles of cacti and rugged mountains. When you're not admiring the views from your private patio or balcony, order room service and curl up in front of your wood-burning fireplace. You can also play golf on one of two courses, lounge by one of four pools or grab a bite to eat at one of six restaurants. However, according to recent visitors, you'd be remiss if you stayed here and didn't indulge in a treatment at the on-site spa. Because of the resort's ties to Hilton Hotels, members of the HHonors loyalty program can use points to pay for rooms — that means additional cash to invest in massages and facials.

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Critic Reviews

Condé Nast Traveler

“Built to blend into the landscape of prehistoric boulders and towering saguaro cacti, the 1,300-acre resort retains a serene outlook, even while civilization laps at its gates (there’s a Target five minutes away).”


“One of the country's top resorts — and one of the few with an all-organic approach — hides amid hill-size, 12-million-year-old granite boulders and the lush Sonoran Desert. Casitas snuggled against the rocks have exposed log-beam ceilings and curved, pueblo-style half walls.”
Award: Fodor's Choice

Other Awards:
  • AAA/CAA Four Diamond Lodgings 2015
  • Condé Nast Readers' Choice List 2014
  • Frommer's Exceptional
  • Lonely Planet Recommended
  • Travel + Leisure 500 World's Best Hotels 2015

Guest Reviews

A hotel's guest rating is calculated using data provided under license by TripAdvisor. A total of 1278 guests have reviewed the The Boulders Resort & Spa, giving it a rating of 4.5, on a scale of 1-5.

TripAdvisor Traveler Rating: 4.5 (based on 1278 reviews)

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  • Room Service
  • Internet Access
  • Business Center
  • Dining
  • Pets Allowed
  • Parking
  • Meeting Rooms
  • Fitness Center
  • Pool

Location & Parking

The Boulders Resort & Spa is surrounded by Sonoran desert landscape and 12 million-year-old boulders that the hotel takes its name from. The resort features a spacious spa, six on-site restaurants and a renowned golf course. The resort is about 3 miles south of Carefree, Arizona, and about 30 miles north of the airport and downtown Phoenix.

  • Daily resort fee of $30 includes valet parking and all tipping, except at the restaurants

  • 24-hour valet parking (free)
  • 24-hour self-parking (free)
  • Airport shuttle
  • Car service

Within walking distance of:

  • Bus stop
  • Train station
  • Subway/metro stop
  • Restaurants
  • Beach
  • Grocery store
  • Movie theater
  • Theater
  • Shopping

Guest Rooms

Each room or "casita" at The Boulders offers modest southwestern luxury. Rooms are decorated in soft, beige colors with bright accents like striped blankets and pillows. Amenities include 42-inch flat-screen HDTVs, plush leather chairs and wood-burning fireplaces. Floor-to-ceiling windows offer views of the Sonoran Desert and Boulders vistas.

  • Fireplaces can only be lit during certain times of the year
  • Call ahead to request a room with a view or you risk getting a room with a view of the spa parking lot

Standard room size:

550 square feet
  • Internet (free)
  • Premium channels
  • Workspace/desk
  • Minifridge
  • Bathrobes/slippers
  • Minibar
  • Shower/tub combo
  • Separate shower
  • Separate tub
  • Wireless Internet
  • Guest rooms with patios and balconies
  • Adjoining rooms available


The Boulders Resort offers patrons six different dining options. Guests can keep it light at the Spa Cafe, grab a breakfast pastry at the Bakery Cafe or down a drink at the Discovery Lounge. One of the dining highlights here is the Spotted Donkey Cantina, which is known for its Mexican food. Guests can feast on classic dishes including fajitas, tacos and carne asada alongside only-in-the-Southwest plates like green chili meatloaf. Guests can pair their cuisine with one of 46 tequila varieties, a specialty here.

  • Room service from 6:30 a.m. to 11 p.m.

Number of restaurants:


Cuisine types:

American, Mexican
  • Fine dining
  • Casual dining
  • Quick service cafe/coffee shop/marketplace
  • Bar/lounge
  • Room service
  • 24-hour room service
  • Free breakfast


The Boulders Resort is home to four different pools. Guests can socialize at the Main Lodge Pool, which features a waterfall, or enjoy seclusion at the Villa Pool near the hotel's private villas. You can cool down after a workout at the clubhouse's Club Pool following a golf or tennis session. And finally, the adults-only spa pool is ideal for soaking in post-treatment.

Number of pools:


Pool types:

  • Lap pool
  • Wading pool
  • Lazy river
  • Family pool
  • Infinity pool
  • Whirlpool/hot tub
  • Adults-only pool
  • Seasonal
  • Indoor
  • Outdoor
  • Indoor/outdoor combo

Pool amenities:

  • Lifeguard on duty
  • Poolside service
  • Waterslide
  • Deck chairs or cabanas
  • Pool bar


The resort's spa is designed to emphasize the healing powers of the desert. This spa provides visitors with unique experiences: Guests can stroll through the outdoor labyrinth or even clip their favorite herb from the garden to be used in a body treatment. The spa offers holistic treatments, including chakra balancing and acupuncture, as well as traditional services like massages and facials.

  • A 20 percent service charge will be added to the total treatment price
  • Guests must be 16 or older to use the spa

Services offered:

  • Massage
  • Facial
  • Body treatments (i.e. scrubs, wraps)
  • Salon services
  • Outdoor treatment area
  • Steam room
  • Sauna



The resort's 2,000-square-foot fitness center features free weights and cardio equipment. The resort also offers a variety of complimentary fitness classes like boot camp, cycling, walking, yoga and tai chi. Recreational highlights here include guided hikes, mountain biking and even a boulder climb so guests can explore their surroundings.

  • Personal training and individualized fitness assessments are available
  • The fitness center is open from 6:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.

  • Weight equipment
  • Cardio equipment
  • Yoga mats
  • Free fitness classes
  • Premium fitness classes (with fee)
  • Bicycles (with fee)
  • Tennis (free)
  • Guided runs
  • Paddle boats
  • Motor boats


The Boulders Resort can accommodate anywhere from 10 to 400 corporate guests. Events can be hosted in a variety of ballrooms, meeting rooms, a conference center and three executive casitas for more intimate events.

  • On-property, full-service Destination Management Department can help plan events
  • Audiovisual equipment is available

Number of meeting rooms:

  • Business center
  • Meeting rooms
  • Meeting and event planners available


The resort accepts dogs up to 80 pounds for a $100 nonrefundable fee.

  • Pets allowed (with fee)
  • Dog walking
  • Pet-sitting


The resort's Jay Morrish-designed golf facility offers two 18-hole courses that feature impressive boulder and desert vistas.

  • Instruction and membership packages are available

  • Golf carts
  • Golf packages
  • Club rentals
  • Club house
  • Refreshment stand or restaurant
  • Caddy service
  • Pro shop


Wedding parties can choose from a variety of indoor and outdoor venues, most of which emphasize the resort's Sonoran desert landscape.

  • In-house catering is available

Maximum wedding guest capacity:

  • Hotel hosts weddings
  • Outdoor space for weddings
  • Wedding planners available

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34631 North Tom Darlington Drive | Carefree, AZ 85377 [See Full Map]