Sedona, Arizona takes it name from Sedona Arabella Schnebly, wife of the city’s first postmaster. Her mother came up with the name and thought it sounded pretty. Well, this desert town certainly lives up to its namesake, nestled among sandstone formations that glow orange and red in the sunlight. Hikers, cyclers and seekers abound here, as do spas, art galleries and New Age wares.
If a vacation to Sedona sounds relaxing, staying at a resort will help ensure your time there is as stressless as possible. We’ve chosen three resorts for you to check out, ranging from relatively inexpensive to more upscale. Regardless of price, all three of these properties have on-site spas or massages, so relaxation won’t be far away!
From $69/ night
While this resort lacks a full spa, guests can still treat themselves to a steam sauna, massages or a dip in the hot tub. A fitness center and outdoor heated pool are also available. This resort’s biggest attraction, however, is probably its 18-hole golf course. After putting the day away, you can enjoy a barbecue outdoors, or go for a short drive to one of the several restaurants and coffee shops nearby.
After that, enjoy a good night’s sleep in the spacious rooms. Both studios and larger rooms come equipped with a kitchenette or full kitchen, so you’ll have no trouble indulging a midnight snack. One caveat: you may be lured into a timeshare presentation, so just say no if you’re not interested.
From $149/ night
Boasting the only Native American spa in Sedona, Poco Diablo promises a tranquil visit, with goodies like body wraps, facials, pedicures and manicures. Their salon services use only vegan styling products. Can’t decide what to indulge? The hotel offers numerous spa packages. After you’ve recharged, spend some of that energy at the fitness center, tennis courts or nine-hole golf course. You can rent a bike if you’d like to explore Sedona by cruiser, and a concierge is available to help you plan activities. Certain rooms are pet-friendly, and there are even special dining areas for your furry friend. As for human chow, try the on-site T. Carl’s Restaurant, which serves up classics like filet mignon, seared salmon or herb Alfredo pasta.
From $203/ night
Set against the Red Rocks, the sandstone sceneries at Amara can be powerful and enchanting. Should they not suffice as calmatives, the full-service spa offers a variety of treatments for body and face with natural, rejuvenating ingredients. Once you’re looking and feeling good, saunter into the nightly social reception, hosted from 5 to 6 pm. For breakfast, lunch and dinner, you can try the on-site Saltrock Southwest Kitchen, which offers both prix fixe and a la carte menus. Guests can enjoy these local flavors indoors, or dine outside on a patio. After such an eventful day, rest easy in beds outfitted with supple Italian linen. The next morning, imbibe the desert views once more before heading to a free yoga class.