Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain

Modern design resort on Camelback Mountain

5700 East McDonald Drive Paradise Valley AZ 85253 USA 480 948-2100

Who's Going

Jennifer Aniston, John Mayer, Britney Spears

Reason to Stay

Hip Clientele, Chic Spa, Desert Lounge

Hotel Type

Boutique Resort

When it opened in the late 90s it made quite a splash with design travelers who had yet to see a property of this magnitude in the Arizona desert. Today, Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain is a unique luxury design hotel defined by dramatic views of Paradise Valley. The resort is set amongst a series of post-and-beam buildings with intermittent cubist structures surround a central pool with its clean lines a secluded loungers. Sanctuary is home to an in-house spa with Asian-inspired treatments rooms opposite a meditation garden, movement studio and fitness center. The on-site eatery is a popular destination with visitors and local alike, called Elements, with its farm-fresh cuisine with Asian accents with adjacent Jade Bar offering late night cocktails overlooking the sprawling hotel grounds. 

The Room

A total of 105 mountain and spa casitas offer a colorful Southwest design palette with concrete walls and hardwood block or tile floors. Mountainside casitas feature views of Camelback Mountain as well as a small seating area atop fluffy, almost too-colorful couches opposite small business desk with LCD TV overhead. Spa casitas are definitely a preferable room category, with suite-level spa casitas being the best, with better living area with lava rock fireplaces and large private furnished-terraces. Bathrooms feature double-sink vanities with rain showers and walk-in closets all beginning to show their age. A selection of 4 private homes is also available for overnight rental, with fully outfitted kitchens and luxurious craftsman-meets-southwest d├ęcor a short walk from the main resort.

Preferred Room

Spa Casita Suite

Special Features

Hip Clientele, Villa Rentals, Design Hotel


Lounge, Bar, Restaurant, Pool, Spa

Reviewed by:

Angela Trotz
Editorial Review Author


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