This is a golf resort located in the scenic Cave Creek/Carefree area north of Phoenix. The weather was unusually cool for this late in spring, a pleasant surprise, and while my wife and I aren’t golfers, the course is a local favorite. We were in a two bedroom casita which was quite well appointed, with a full kitchen, two spacious bathrooms, and a nice living area. With no other plans than to get a taste of the area, we spent a lot of time at the resort.
My first impression was the courtesy of the staff. We dealt with only two employees, at check in and upon departure, and both ladies were extremely friendly and accommodating. All questions were answered fully and we were asked if there were any other areas in which they could help.
Since we didn’t have any plans for the weekend other than taking in a Diamondbacks game with some friends, we spent most of our time at Rancho Manana, with a dinner out at the Horney Toad, a local restaurant.
Only two complaints: The hot water was problematic in the showers. We found that the water heaters are on a timer, which apparently needs to be reset when a guest checks in. If you take a shower at say, 10 am, no problem. If you want to take one at 5:30 am, the water may not be heated. Upon checkout, we found out that this is an energy-saving move (kudos from our “green” sides), and that the water should normally be heated around the clock when a guest is staying in each casita. Apparently, someone didn’t get the word that our casita was to be rented that weekend. In actuality, as we showered later in the morning, the water was fine. My advice is to make sure that the timer has been reset at checkin.
Sidebar: This is a good energy-saving move. I estimated that the resort was only about half full on the weekend we visited, so keeping all those water heaters at full strength wouldn’t be a good idea.
The other problem we encountered was on our last day. The pool, which is quite large and accommodating, needed chemical treatment. The color was the typical green one sees in a pool in bad need of shock or chemicals. While this didn’t keep us from swimming, (the weather was typically blistering hot, as this was Phoenix in late May), it was a bit of a turnoff.
We presented both these issues to staff upon our departure, and were assured that the problems would be corrected.
Special thanks to the young security guard who allowed us to slightly “overstay” the hot tub closing time of 10 pm. We were running late one evening and he was quite accommodating.
One aspect of this place that needs to be mentioned is the "peace and quiet". Cave Creek has very strict noise ordinances, and the experience of walking around the property late at night was almost eerie in the complete lack of surrounding sound. A nice change from city noise.
All in all, a nice visit. The casitas are spacious enough to accommodate four guests comfortably, and the kitchens are fully stocked with cooking supplies for preparing one’s own meals. The friendly staff and extreme quiet of the area makes for a relaxing stay. We’ll be back!
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