Louise Speaks: This resort was listed by itself in Patricia’s book “1000 Places To See Before You Die” and is also mentioned in the international book. Finally Patricia got it right. This resort is something to see…and visit. Set on 70 acres of panoramic natural terrain, Enchantment Resort stands at the doorway of secluded Boynton Canyon…surrounded by red-rock formations known for inspiring the mind, body and spirit.
No one knows when the first humans arrived in Boynton Canyon, but this magnificent setting is part of the creation story told by the elders from various Arizona tribes. Ancient waters that covered the Southwest left behind incredible red rocks, which attracted long-ago people to this enchanting area. Homesteader John Boeington, whose name became associated with the canyon, was only one of the early settlers. Miners, ranchers and Native Americans who struggled to survive in the region were all drawn by the natural pageantry of the breathtaking red rock walls. After Boeington left, other owners included a Montana rancher, Western novelist Zane Grey’s literary secretary, a mid-century resident who built a 9,000-square-foot mansion, and eventually tennis legend John Gardiner with plans for a hotel in Sedona.
In 1987 John Gardiner’s Tennis Ranch opened on these beautiful grounds, and guests from all over the world responded enthusiastically. Enchantment Resort became an even more appropriate name, as travelers and critics alike discovered the compelling allure of architecture that reflects the spectacular setting amidst crimson monoliths and Coconino sandstone, cool pine forests and fields dotted with wildflowers. The Enchantment Resort is the leading Sedona resort and spa, renowned in Arizona and beyond. Whether it’s for a family vacation, couple’s getaway, or focus-driven executive meeting, the southwest resort and hotel offers an abundance of amenities with stunning views. This Sedona luxury resort combines the unique natural beauty of Arizona’s red rocks with superb hotel accommodations, delicious dining, spa services and beautiful hiking trails all throughout Sedona.
Enchantment pays tribute to those who lived here first, with a Native American program unlike any other Sedona hotel. Guests enjoy exploring the hiking trails and ancient ruins amidst the secret mountain wilderness as a delightful contrast to the luxurious splendor of the resort’s world-class dining and destination spa. It all adds up to a truly enchanting experience. This land still belongs to the Yavapai Indian tribe. They have given permission for the resort to conduct business, but there are rules and guidelines to follow. For example, there is a section of the resort reserved specifically for special Indian rituals, many of the employees are from the Yavapai tribe, and even driving around the property comes with its own set of rules. In a box canyon of towering cliffs, Enchantment sits on land sacred to Native Americans. The resort is committed to honoring and preserving this land and its heritage.
In June 2012, The Enchantment Resort reviled the finishing touches of its extensive renovation. Taking two years and $25 million to complete, the transformation touched on every aspect of the resort, including refurbishment of all 218 guest rooms; an expansion of the resort’s Meeting Village; the transformation of the Clubhouse; a larger pool area with 360-degree views; and a new retail boutique and outdoor spaces. Creating a warm and welcoming first impression for the Enchantment experience, guests encounter a totally new arrival experience. Greeted curbside by resort attendants, guests are instantly checked in via electronic tablets and escorted to their rooms via golf carts. A concierge corner is located just inside the Clubhouse entrance for guest requiring further assistance.
Enchantment Resort’s pool area features an expanded pool deck and terrace area with chaise lounges, umbrellas, and private cabanas for individuals and small groups. A whirlpool spa, a well-stocked pool bar with small bites and an adjacent game room keep things lively for both couples and families. A new activities center provides a multitude of offerings to complement any vacation including tennis, croquet, biking, guided hikes, Native American programs and more.
The guest rooms and casitas at the Enchantment Resort are not your typical rooms. For example the Hacienda suite combines a 1,400 sq.ft. studio — featuring a living room, full kitchen and dining room, two queen pull-down beds, and bathroom — with one or two adjoining king or queen bedrooms. There are no rooms available until June 2013 so I could not get a nightly rate.
One or two-bedroom Casa King suites, are 470 sq. ft. This suite comes with a coffee maker, robes, iPod docking station, and WiFi internet access. Orange juice and newspapers are delivered each morning and bottled water is always available in your room. Rooms come with satellite HD television with games and Pay-Per-View Movies and turn-down service is provided each evening. All this for the small fee of $355.00 per night.
The versatile Casitas offer a variety of options from a deluxe studio, one or two-bedroom suite, or a suite with a private pool. Deluxe studios and suites include a fireplace, kitchenette and dining area. These accommodations feature designs inspired by Native American traditions. Each room includes new state-of-the-art technologies as well as new furniture, linens, décor and outdoor patio furniture. Decorative fixtures derived from local jewelers, and artistic materials and details, are fused with uncomplicated lines and forms to maintain the balance between history and clean-lined comfort. These features are what make Enchantment Resort one of the most unique resorts to stay at in Sedona. The one bedroom king Casita is 1,120 square feet and comes with a coffee maker, robes, iPod docking station, and WiFi internet access. Like with the casa,orange juice and newspapers are delivered each morning and bottled water is always available in your room. The casita comes with satellite HD television with games and Pay-Per-View Movies and turn-down service is provided each evening. What makes this a casita instead of a casa is that it comes with a gas fireplace, a built-in gas grill on your private deck, a kitchenette with a stove, microwave, and small fridge as well as a dining table for your dining pleasure. You get all this for the small fee of $735.00 per night. Now if you want to try one of their “packages” those range in price from $444.00 per night for the “Family Getaway Package” to $1,030.00 per night for the “Journey at Enchantment”. Although this place is beautiful, I’m not sure about those rates.
As part of the Enchantment Resort, Patricia mentioned two restaurants on the property. With doors just opening in June the launch of new restaurants and bars, Che-Ah-Chi , formerly named the Yavapai, View 180, and a Wine Bar, as well as the re-opening of Tii Gavo, the resort’s casual dining restaurant are quickly gaining reputations as local gathering spots for epicurean and wine aficionados alike. All establishments located in the newly renovated clubhouse offer distinctly different but equally fresh approaches to upscale dining at Enchantment. We toured the Che-Ah-Chi and Tii Gavo but did not eat there as looking at the menu it was clear we could not afford to. Again the views are breathtaking, but a sandwich is a sandwich and paying $39.00 for bread, meat and lettuce just seemed a bit much.
The fiinal thing mentioned in Patricia’s book was the Mii Amo Spa www.miiamo.com . We were given a private tour and we were told this spa was like a resort inside a resort. What I found to be a bit unusual is the spa also had guest room accommodations. Everything was based around 3 to 7 day packages. A 3 night package with a 450 sq ft with two queen beds or one King bed, was $1,050.00 per night. That does includes two spa services per day, per person, breakfast, lunch and dinner at Mii amo Cafe, supplements and alcoholic beverages excluded. You also receive an exclusive Mii amo robe, tote bag and sports water bottle, nightly turn down service and gift, use of all fitness facilities, scheduled fitness classes, and all scheduled lectures and activities. And for that price you also have use of the spa pool, lap pool, steam room, sauna, whirlpool, meditation areas and lounge areas. If you are staying at the Enchantment Resort and want just a spa treatment, they range in price from $415.00 for a massage and facial to $670.00 for two 60 minute massages and one 75 minute hot stone massage. I’m not really a “spa” person and for these prices I’m definetly not a spa person…give me a glass of wine and a hot tub and I’m good.
Yes without a doubt this was a beautiful resort. The scenery and landscaping was beautiful. The amenities were above reproach. The staff couldn’t have been more accommodating to us if they tried, I mean they literally took us around the property by golf cart and gave us a history of the entire property. The concierge called the Mii Amo Spa and arranged for us to have a private tour. If this was how they treated us and we were not actual guests, I can only imagine how they would treat us if we were paying guest. That being said, the Enchantment Resort gets an A rating, but I for one will never stay here unless I win the lottery.
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Thelma Speaks: I have friends that have stayed here and said it was an amazing place to enjoy! They had nothing but praise for every thing that they enjoyed doing while here. This is a place of peace and quite. Everywhere you go you feel the calm and natural beauty. I can see why they were booked months ahead with all they have to offer. The outdoor spaces were tree covered and had lots of outdoor activities for everyone to enjoy. The spa was relaxing and offered all kinds of spa packages. When you want something to eat there are several places to enjoy a fresh dish. If you want to shop there are items in the gift shop. I can’t imagine needing anything while you are enjoying your time at the Enchantment! This is truely a place of peace and calm where you can relax from the stresses of daily life. I would stay here and enjoy the spa packages along with a glass of wine sitting outside on the patio with friends. My vote is for an A+ for the relaxation and peace you find here. I would stay here if I wanted a real treat!