The Boulders or Los Abrigados?
Depends on whether you are a "nature" or a "culture" type. I adore the Boulders, and am not an Abrigados type, because I prefer nature over culture. (And I'm a sucker for the Golden Door Spa, not to mention their several restaurants which are very cultured.) But since The Boulders is actually on its own, large property in a suburban area, it's not exactly wilderness. Nor are the boulders as large as they may seem in photos. Nonetheless, the boulders are sensual, lovely, calming, as are the very low lights at night and the casitas with vigas. It's a southwest-desert-casita-meets-Ritz experience. Quiet. tranquil.
Los Abrigados is in a downtown area of Sedona that's just too "cute" and "Euro" for me. But there are people who adore the place and wouldn't go anywhere else (maybe they've never -been- anywhere else?) You're within walking distance of galleries, creek, etc. And the little cobblestones are quaint, but if you're going to Sedona, you're there for GIANT red rocks, n'est-ce pas?! Go to Enchantment/Mi Amo!!!! It's in the MIDDLE of Boynton Canyon (red rock spires/cliffs ALL around you), and the spa and spa cusine (light but super-healthy/progressive) is wonderful. I hate to post this on the internet, but Enchantment is a nice middle between the two places you've selected. I'd choose it. In fact, I have; I'm headed there in a few days for my 40th birthday, myself!
Thanks for your help. I've also heard great things about the "Enchantment" but found it a little bit to expensive. It might be worth taking another look. If we stay at "The Boulders" we'll have to take a day trip to Sedona. Is it doable in a day? Do you reccomend more time? We're not rock climbers we just want to take in some of the sights. Thanks again.
You should be able to get Enchantment for $295/night--tell them you REALLY want to come, but need a low-season special just a wee bit early. $295 is still a lot, but isn't the Boulders a few more? Is Abrigados really less?
I'd want to stay in Sedona. I'd even give up Scottsdale/Carefree or stay somewhere cheap in Scottsdale/Cave Creek to have a night or two in Sedona.
Scottsdale is just a bunch of resorts. The Boulders is pretty, and Cave Creek (nearby) had some cowboy character, but it's not really fabulous as a location as much as it is as a resort.
Here's an idea: If you're flying into PHX, either drive straight to Sedona or get a good rate at someplace like the Orange Tree in Scottsdale ($169/night, generic but large timeshare/clean/nice on golf course; also near Taliesin West and Whole Foods market, where you can get gourmet picnic meals inexpesnively from the deli); OR stay in Cave Creek ($216/night with AAA); have a meal and/or spa treatment at the Boulders/Golden Door Spa; then take two nights in Sedona. You could just enjoy Boynton Canyon or make your trip up to the Grand Canyone from there.
I'll be curious to hea what you do and how you enjoy it!
Thanks for the tips. it looks like we'll be taking a couple nights to stay in Sedona. Your right "the Boulders" is usually expensive but since we are going in July we are getting the off season rate and we are also receiving other discounts that bring the price down to $139.00 a night. Thats a great price for a five star resort. I've been told that the rainy season in July is not so bad. (I hope thats true, any thoughts?) Anyway, thanks for your help and Happy Birthday!!!
Don't go to Los Abrigados! The outside of the resort is very nice but the insides of the rooms are run down and falling apart (seriously, one drawer front pulled off and the closet doors kept falling of the rails)! You will also be bothered nonstop to attend one of their timeshare presentations, it's really bad. The resort if filled with people being taken on this timeshare tour, you'll be "on display" for them while in the pool. They pass by every 2 minutes, no joke! I've also read some reviews on this site that stated that they have an onsite theft problem, someone with key access to the resort rooms is stealing. I wouldn't recommend Los Abrigados to anyone!
Thanks for your comments. I've also read something about a sales atmosphere at Los Abrigados. It looks like the couple nights we spend in Sedona will be at the Enchantment. Thanks again!!
Go to the Enchantment!!!! Worth Every penny. The rooms are Gigantic!!! The service is unbelievable and dont miss the Mi Amo spa. Definetly an experience that will seriously make your trip. The Zen room with white sand was so relaxing as was the relaxation room. While in Sedona make it to atleast one Vortex. A wonderful feeling. Have fun
We just got back from there and though our room was a little old, we did not stay in the room that much..we went to the Grand Canyon, Flagstaff, Painted Desert, Montazuma Well, the town of Jerome, which was really nice and interesting, along with Crater Mountain. Los Abrigados is nice, because you are in a small village setting w/shops and restaurants right there. It has security when you drive in, which we liked. The pool is great and the spa is too, along with tennis courts and a putt-putt. The many restaurants are nice, but just that it's convenient. We'd go back. Some of the rooms were being redone, so maybe just ask for a newer room and see.
If you haven't gone already, hope this helped. Have fun!
I have only been to Sedona once, but I have to agree with everyone else, the Enchantment is absolutely enchanting and the spa was wonderful! I'd be surprised if you find anything better.