My wife and I were fortunate enough to spend 5 nights at Camelback Sanctuary last week as part of a surprise getaway for my wifes 40th. I wanted a place that was warm, good pool/spa options, and of course great food etc. After exhaustive research I settled on Camelback based largely on the reviews here on TA and overall the reviews were spot on. I emailed back and forth with the concierge (thanks Carol!!) organizing spa appointments, dinner, and of course flowers/champagne to be in the room on arrival (all of which were wonderful!)
We stayed in a "Spa Suite" which was beautiful and although it didn't have any view to speak of (I take it that the mountain side rooms might have better views but they're less 'spectacular' rooms) the fit out was great and it was perfectly located near the Spa, main Pool etc. There's a great outdoor tub which on paper was great but unfortunately due to quite noisy events each night we were there, we weren't able to enjoy the romantic aspect of it. Another negative was the noise of the A/C unit in the room..it didn't disturb me very much but it disrupted my wifes sleep every night as it turned on and off.
The restaurant and bar were great and the staff for all meals we had there were all fantastic as well. We ate in Elements 2 nights and were wowed by the menu each time. We also took advantage of the closeness of Old Scottsdale to head there for a few meals out as well.
Most of the reason we went to Sanctuary was to relax and that meant lots of lazy time around the pool which by and large was great. One point of slight frustration (which has been mentioned by several reports here) is how busy everything can seem. The spa is 'public' and anyone with any kind of spa treatment can use the full resort facilities including the pool etc so it tends to get very busy, especially on the weekends. Most of the five days we were there almost every single chaise at the pool was full (and we went Thurs - Tues). It was frustrating when you could tell (they were in spa robs, sandals etc) that the majority of the chairs were being used by day spa visitors and not prioritized for guests paying ~$600+/night. That being said, poolside service was always fast and courteous and we never went without (LOTS of water top ups which was awesome!)
Overall we were really happy with Sanctuary. Its small and upscale and although it can feel overrun quite easily in the bar/restaurant and around the pool it was definitely a great choice for our special getaway. The location is great and accessible to day trips or just nights out but you always have great room service and a comfortable night in should you want to put your feet up. If you're looking for a small luxurious retreat in the Scottsdale area you should definitely give Sanctuary a go!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Discover your sanctuary at the best Arizona resort...a luxury boutique hideaway on Camelback Mountain. Overlooking the spectacular views of Paradise Valley, relax in a mountainside or spa casita. Retreat to Sanctuary Spa for Asian-inspired treatments and exhilarating classes. Taste the award-winning cuisine of elements' by Food Network star Chef Beau MacMillan. Savor the sunset at jade bar or on edge, raising the bar for happy hour. Play tennis or hike in a fabulous setting, lounge by the infinity-edge pool, or indulge in Scottsdale's hottest shopping, cultural attractions and championship golf just minutes away. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Sanctuary Camelback Mountain Hotel Paradise Valley
- Sanctuary Camelback Mountain Paradise Valley