Sanctuary Camelback Mountain Resort and Spa

5700 East McDonald Drive | Paradise Valley, AZ 85253-5218  [SEE MAP]Paradise Valley, AZ  [SEE ADDRESS]
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Overview

This resort features four pools and an award-winning spa
There aren't many kids amenities here

Its name describes this resort perfectly: Sanctuary. And its location, lodged on the side of Camelback Mountain, is rife with opportunities for both rejuvenation and physical activity. No wonder this hotel has seen its fare share of Hollywood heavyweights passing through its doors. Guest rooms are bright and beautiful, with exposed, whitewashed brick walls, deep soaking tubs and panoramic views. But for most travelers, Sanctuary's highlights are located outside the rooms. Guests lounge in (or by) the infinity pool and watch their worries drop off the edge of the world. And for an extra dose of pampering, travelers head straight to the resort spa, which boasts a bevy of Asian-inspired treatments. Visitors can also sip a variety of cocktails made from premium liquor and local ingredients at Jade Bar before enjoying a meal at Elements, the hotel's restaurant run by chef Beau MacMillan. And although Sanctuary does charge a $30 resort fee per night (to cover parking and internet access, among other amenities) on top of the general room rate, many guests weren't fazed by the extra cost. 

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Location
Paradise Valley, AZ
Hotel Class
5.0-star
Property Type
Resort, 109 rooms
Primary View
Mountain(s)
Style
Rustic
Best For
Couples, Groups, Solo travelers

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  • 5.0Hotel Class
  • EXCELLENTCritic Rating

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Critic Reviews

Other Awards

  • AAA/CAA Four Diamond Awards 2019
  • Condé Nast Readers' Choice List 2018
  • Forbes Travel Guide Four Star Awards 2018
  • TripAdvisor Travelers' Choice Awards 2018

Frommer's

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The surrounding red rocks, which sprawl for 53 acres around the resort, create a dramatic Southwestern atmosphere you can't find anywhere else in the world.

Frommer's Exceptional

Travel + Leisure

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Its complete refurbishment in 2001 only made it swankier; today, the 105 casitas are sleek and modern, with original paintings, oversized soaking tubs with votive candles and signature bath salts, and enormous windows framing panoramic mountain views.

Fodor's

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An infinity-edge pool, Zen meditation garden, and Asian-inspired Sanctuary Spa make this a haven for relaxation.

Fodor's Choice

Other Awards

  • AAA/CAA Four Diamond Awards 2019
  • Condé Nast Readers' Choice List 2018
  • Forbes Travel Guide Four Star Awards 2018
  • TripAdvisor Travelers' Choice Awards 2018

Guest Reviews

A hotel's guest rating is calculated using data provided under license by TripAdvisor. A total of 2037 have reviewed the Sanctuary Camelback Mountain Resort and Spa, giving it a rating of 4.5, on a scale of 1-5.

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TripAdvisor Travel Rating: TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 2037 reviews 4.5 (based on 2037 reviews)

Guest Rooms

The resort has spacious Camelback, Mountain and Terrace casitas, which feature sleek and contemporary decor, custom-crafted furnishings, desert-inspired artwork and a color palette that matches the hues of a Monarch butterfly. The bathrooms feature a wall of smoked, mirrored glass and an oversized soaking tub. The Spa and Mountain casitas boast views of the mountains or desert, metallic-tiled bathrooms, local photography, spacious seating areas and layered light options. Standard amenities include flat-screen TVs and luxurious bath amenities like bath salts, soaps and votive candles.
  • The $30 daily resort fee includes in-room internet access, complimentary coffee and tea and a nightly turndown service

Standard room size500 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

Location & Parking

Take city chic and bring it to the middle of the desert and you have the Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain. The resort is perched atop Camelback Mountain and surrounded by 53 acres of land, but it's only about 4 miles northwest of downtown Scottsdale. A daily $30 resort fee includes valet parking and access to resort facilities like the spa, fitness center and fitness classes.
  • About 12 miles northeast of Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport
  • 24-hour valet parking (free)
  • 24-hour self-parking
  • Airport shuttle
  • Car service

Within walking distance of:

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

Dining

Elements restaurant is a sophisticated creation from Beau MacMillan, a Food Network celebrity chef. The restaurant is guided by farm-to-table principles and serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. Elements also includes an outdoor patio that can seat up to 30 people. Lighter spa cuisine and in-room dining both come from this restaurant, as well. Jade Bar dishes out small and larger plates as well as creative cocktails.

    Number of restaurants2

    Cuisine TypesAmerican

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

    Pool

    There are three outdoor pools for relaxation, as well as a lap pool at the spa for exercise.
    • The main infinity-edge pool is the largest pool, and it is near a dining deck and a large patio
    • Ample seating options surround the pools, from lounge chairs to cabanas
    • Family pool
    • Infinity pool
    • Whirlpool/hot tub
    • Adults-only pool
    • Lap pool
    • Wading pool
    • Lazy river
    • Seasonal
    • Indoor
    • Outdoor
    • Indoor/outdoor combo
    • Pool bar
    • Lifeguard on duty
    • Poolside service
    • Waterslide
    • Deck chairs or cabanas

    Spa

    Travel + Leisure named the resort's spa as one of the top in the world, and one of the top five spas in the United States. There are 12 indoor and outdoor treatment rooms, all sharing a definitive Asian zen decor and menu of services. The spa also has a zen meditation garden, a reflecting pond and a Watsu pool.
    • Spa offers more unusual treatments, including astrology services and hypnotherapy
    • Body scrubs and massages are available as in-room treatments
    • Nail services and hair care are available at the salon
    • Spa hours are 6 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. daily

    Services offered:

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

    Fitness

    The Sanctuary Camelback Mountain Resort's fitness center has cardio and weight-training equipment, and offers group fitness classes and personal training by full-time staff. The hotel also offers swim instruction from Olympic gold medalist Misty Hyman. Guests can play tennis at one of the five championship courts or take part in clinics and private lessons.
    • Nutrition and fitness assessments are available for an additional fee
    • Weight equipment
    • Cardio equipment
    • Yoga mats
    • Free fitness classes
    • Premium fitness classes (with fee)
    • Bicycles (free)
    • Tennis (with fee)
    • Guided runs
    • Paddle boats
    • Motor boats

    Business

    The resort can accommodate meetings both indoors and out. There is a full-service business center, three boardrooms and a ballroom that can be split into smaller rooms. Patios, lawns and the pool deck can also host meetings and events outside.
    • XII restaurant offers private dining for up to 12 guests

    Number of meeting rooms5

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

    Pets

    Sanctuary Camelback Mountain Resort and Spa welcomes both cats and dogs that weigh up to 50 pounds for a $100 nonrefundable deposit.
    • Pets are welcomed at check-in with a letter and a gift
    • Pets allowed (with fee)
    • Dog walking
    • Pet-sitting

    Wedding

    Weddings from 15 to 200 people can be held in the resort's mountain setting. Ceremonies and receptions are also hosted both indoors and out.
    • There is no wedding planner on staff, but the resort contracts with outside wedding providers
    • Catering available

    Maximum wedding guest capacity250

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

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