Sedona, Arizona is one of the most unique travel destinations. The location has a powerful energy and an unparalleled beauty. Many years ago, the area was governed by Spanish kings. Today, you can relive the experience of royalty in the numerous hotels and resorts in Sedona. The accommodation is first class, the foods unforgettable, and the spas are to kill for. Here are the top five Sedona hotels of 2016.
Sedona Rouge Hotel and Spa
$170 – $351
Sedona Rouge Hotel and Spa neighbors the Oak Creek Canyon, the Cathedral Rock Trail, and the Thunder Mountain trailhead, all of which are excellent places to visit on your stay in Sedona. The hotel features elegant rooms with red accents, each containing flat screen TVs, free Wi-Fi, Turkish linens, coffeemakers, and mini-fridges. There are upgraded rooms as well, which come with balconies, rainfall showers, and/or fireplaces. Sedona Rouge also offers a fitness center, a rooftop terrace, a New American restaurant, and a spa complete with yoga sessions (surcharged) and treatments. Guests also have access to a hot tub and outdoor swimming pool, which are flanked by a seating area and a fireplace.
Lamb’s wool throw blankets and Simmons Super Plush Pillow top mattresses are available in each room to provide maximum comfort. Food comes in the form of delicious comfort foods and modern cuisine at REDS Restaurant, after which you can unwind at the luxurious Sedona Spa. The neighboring Red Rock Country can also serve as a great destination for those looking to connect with their spirituality.
L’Auberge de Sedona
This high end resort is perfectly nestled on the banks of Oak Creek, and is just a short distance from the Sedona Chamber of Commerce Visitor Center downtown. The hotel offers excellent accommodations in a lodge and four types of cottages (Garden, Creek-side, Vista, and Spa), each featuring free Wi-Fi, iPod docks, fridges, flat screen TVs (42”), and balconies or patios. Most of them come with fireplaces, outdoor showers, Jacuzzis, and desert views. Guests also get access to yoga classes, continental breakfast, and evening stargazing, as well as a wine bar, a pool, and a luxury French-inspired creek-side restaurant. You can also pay an extra fee for valet parking and spa treatments.
There are about 62 contemporary cottages and twenty one lodge-style guest rooms in total. The garden cottages are hidden beautifully within the premises’ numerous colorful flowers, landscapes, natural foliage, and fruit-filled trees. The spa cottages are equipped with expansive bathrooms with ideal Jacuzzi tubs for romantic getaways.
Amara Resort & Spa, a Kimpton Hotel
Situated just a few miles from Sedona Airport, this first class hotel is mostly famous for the red rock monoliths that enclose it. It offers modern, stylish rooms with patios or balconies, flat screen TVs with DVD players, desks, pillow top mattresses, and fine linens. Suites provide excellent views of the Oak Creek, and are fitted with pullout sofas and whirlpool tubs. Additionally, there is a saltwater infinity pool with cabanas, a spa with yoga classes and treatments, as well as a fitness center. Meals are served at the onsite restaurant, including seasonal Southwestern fare. There are complimentary evening wine hour and loaner bikes as well. The fee is inclusive of local shuttle service and valet parking, but you will have to pay for Wi-Fi.
Perhaps the most appealing thing about the resort is the surrounding scenery. The Red Rocks, in particular, provide the spectacular backdrop for the first class Amara Resort. A good way to spend your stay at the hotel is by biking across the Coconino National Forest or hiring a jeep to Broken Arrow Trail. You can even decide to relax your way through the day in the award-winning spa, or treat yourself to chick art galleries, state parks, championship golf, and fantastic shopping. The evenings, on the other hand, are best spent at the blazing fire pits with a glass of wine or a handcrafted cocktail.
$392 – $831
Sitting on a staggering 70 acres at the Boynton Canyon, the Enchantment Resort provides great access to the Slide Rock State Park. It offers elegant rooms with a Southwestern style, each equipped with coffeemakers, minibars, Wi-Fi, and panoramic views of the Red Rock Mountains. There are suites and upgraded rooms as well, incorporating kitchens and fireplaces, and some hot tubs and private pools. Guests are also given access to the fitness center and spa. Meals and drinks, on the other hand, are served in two restaurants, a café, and a tapas bar. Other amenities include a kids’ activity program, hiking trails, five tennis courts, as well as outdoor and indoor pools.
Once you enter the Enchantment Resort, the atmosphere feels different. The hotel is hidden within a natural nucleus of vermillion colored rock formations. This, combined with the unsurpassed service, five star accommodations, and the rugged exquisiteness of the Southwest add up to provide guests an unforgettable stay. It is an excellent destination for executive meetings, couples getaways, and family vacations with its infinite collection of high end amenities coupled with spectacular views.
Adobe Grand Villas
Just a few miles away from the Red Rock State Park, the Adobe Grand Villas has been described as one of the best bed and breakfast hotels in Sedona. It offers world class private villas varying in décor from Spanish to pueblo-style to Western. The rooms are equipped with kitchenettes, two-person whirlpool tubs, walk in waterfall showers, satellite channels, TVs, and free WiFi. The villas also have balconies/patios and fireplaces. The hotel serves complimentary breakfast and afternoon horse d’oeuvres. Amenities include an in-ground hot tub, swimming pool, and spa with in-room treatments. Guests also have access to a personal chef on request.
Adobe Grand Villas is a great destination for travelers interested in nature, mountains, and sightseeing. There are private guides available for the hiking enthusiasts, who can customize your hike depending on your ability. Those looking to simply connect with nature can hire a guide through the beauty of Sedona. You can also take some time to exercise some horseback riding, with packages ranging from one to three hours.