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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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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 $40 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.
Paradise Valley, AZ
Hotel Class
Property Type
Resort, 109 rooms
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  • 5.0Hotel Class


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Critic Reviews

Travel + Leisure


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.



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


It has the most desirable location in Scottsdale -- overlooking Praying Monk Rock and the desert -- even though it's only a 12-minute drive from downtown Scottsdale.

Guest Reviews

A hotel's guest rating is calculated using data provided under license by Tripadvisor. A total of 2246 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 2246 reviews 4.5 (based on 2246 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 $40 daily resort fee includes in-room internet access, complimentary coffee and tea and a nightly turndown service
Nightly resort fee$40

Standard room size500 square feet

  • Premium channels
  • Workspace/desk
  • Minifridge
  • Bathrobes/slippers
  • Minibar
  • Shower/tub combo
  • Separate shower
  • Separate tub
  • Internet
  • Wireless internet
  • Free internet
  • Fee for internet usage
  • 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 $40 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:

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


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


    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
    • Lap pool
    • Wading pool
    • Lazy river
    • Family pool
    • Infinity pool
    • Whirlpool/hot tub
    • Adults-only pool
    • Lifeguard on duty
    • Poolside service
    • Waterslide
    • Deck chairs or cabanas
    • Pool bar


    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 5 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


    There are no specific amenities or features designed for families.
      • Kids Club
      • Free Kids Club
      • Fee for Kids Club
      • Cribs
      • High Chairs


      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)


      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


      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


      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 capacity200

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

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