My wife and I were married in Sedona 5 years ago and we try to return to Arizona every other year. We did not have the time (4 days) to make the drive to Sedona and we wanted to play some golf as it is turning cold here in Indiana, so we chose this resort over the Boulders based on recommendations here and from friends at home. We were not disappointed. I will try to break things down.
I booked the stay through the resort website and contacted the concierge about a dozen times to arrange a romantic stay. We chose one the premier casitas. They had a "Stay 4, pay for 3" deal. As it turned out, there were larger ones available upon check-in, but we stayed with our original. It gave us views of Crescent Butte and Pinnacle Peak from the deck. The concierge was over the top helpful. She arranged reservations for dinner the first night at Talavera, she had champagne and truffles in our room upon check-in with a "Happy 5th Anniversary" note written in chocolate on the truffle plate. She had a dozen roses on the table at dinner when we arrived. Of course, I paid for the roses, but that was to be expected and they weren't exorbitantly priced as I expected and they stayed in our room throughout our stay. We also received a note from the manager on our second day congratulating us on our anniversary.
As mentioned above, the room was wonderful view-wise. It was immaculately cleaned every day. The shower was plenty powerful and the bathroom was large. There was plenty of space in the walk-in closet and dresser for our belongings. The fireplace in the corner worked properly and added to the romantic feel of the room. The only things I would change would be the pillows (too flat for me, though my wife thought they were fine). I used two at a time and still felt like my head sank to bed level. That's petty, I know. The other thing that surprised me was that internet access was $10 per day. I think it should be included given the money being paid to stay in the room.
Both the Pinnacle and Monument courses were beautiful and challenging. I found the Monument the more scenic and the more playable. My wife agreed. Be warned, the desert does swallow many balls. We expected to pay an arm and a leg to play and we did, but we were paired with some wonderful people and the crew at the course were as helpful and friendly as any we've encountered. Both courses were cart path only given the aeration and overseedng that had taken place in the past month, and while that slowed the rounds some, it allowed for some exercise (at least when we were in the fairway). The resort will store your clubs and provide you with shuttle service to and from the courses.
We dined at Talavera the first night. It really does have an amazing view of the valley and the sunset. Food was magnificent. The place was rather empty, probably owing to the cost and the fact that it is a "hotel restaurant", but we would return even if we weren't staying there given the food and the view. We also dined at Mosaic, which is about half a mile from the resort. Food was also quite good and the service was impeccable. Our third night we went to Mastro's Ocean Club. The seafood was some of the best we have ever had, the portions are huge (try the lobster mashed potatoes). The place is very noisy and "bustly"-not terribly romantic or relaxing. Our last meal was our favorite-at Binkley's. All I can say is if you haven't been there, go. It is not so much a meal as it truly is a dining experience. Maybe our favorite restaurant of all time.
From the beginning with the concierge, I was impressed with the service at the resort. It continued throughout the stay. From the bell boys to the maid service to the shuttle drivers, everyone seemed truly interested in making our stay as wonderful as possible. They accomplished their goal in our opinion.
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