Just a quick drive north to Sedona brings vistas of stunning red rocks, a walkable area of quaint shops and art galleries, and resorts nestled creekside, like the Amara Resort and Spa.
A beloved favorite of both Valley residents and those who travel worldwide to visit, the destination recently underwent a multimillion-dollar renovation of all of its 100 guestrooms and its public spaces, including the resort's signature restaurant SaltRock Southwest Kitchen and award-winning Amara Spa.
“Amara’s refreshed look takes inspiration from the surrounding red rocks and brings the outdoors in to create a 'tree-lodge' aesthetic by encompassing the five elements of nature—earth, wood, metal, fire, and water,” explains a resort spokesperson.
Changes to note include the rich wooden elements such as headboards handcrafted from local fallen trees and walk-in showers with rain showerheads and large porcelain tile that reflects the look of sandstone layers in the guestrooms. The lobby now features chandeliers inspired by star constellations. And in SaltRock, spot Himalayan salt accent walls. Of course, there are also flooring and furnishing changes throughout, and other refreshes. At the spa, not only have the finishes and features been changed, but there's also a new 24-hour fitness center and retail outpost. The resort's event areas have also all been elevated.
When I arrived at the 100-room boutique resort I was greeted with a view of the stunning Cleopatra Red Rock Formation and Snoopy Rock, which can be seen framed through the glass windows of its lobby. The property itself is not only set amongst Sedona's stunning red rocks, but nestled against the banks of Oak Creek. It also sits just below the main Uptown shopping area.
In addition to a welcoming lobby, cozy rooms, and the spa, the property features a negative edge pool and hot tub, as well as lush green foliage. A nearby lawn area is complete with lawn games—including a giant Connect Four and corn hole. Just steps from there, a path leads to the creek.
When you’re ready to dine, make it a point to eat at SaltRock, the resort’s on-property restaurant. The restaurant offers breakfast, lunch, and dinner, with menu items ranging from a Pork Belly Tostada or burger (lunch) to Branzino or the Filet Mignon (dinner). They also offer a number of signature craft margaritas, tequilas, and mezcal drinks, served both in the restaurant and at the inviting indoor bar.
If you venture off property, it's just a brief walk up a short hill to the town, where you can wander amongst the shops and restaurants, and take in the views. There is plenty to do in Sedona, from hiking to Jeep tours to sightseeing. And yes, to relaxing—preferably while floating in a negative-edge pool, with the stunning scenery nearby, at a perfectly cozy, recently stunningly renovated resort. AmaraResort.com