By Nancy LeFever
Arizona has some of the most amazing vistas in the world with its mountains, canyons, cliffs and the indescribable Grand Canyon. If you’re heading to the Phoenix area, book a hotel in nearby Scottsdale that gives you the best mountain and canyon views. Make Mother Nature’s Southwest splendor your travel destination!
Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain
It doesn’t get much better than staying at a deluxe hotel that’s literally perched on a mountainside. The Sanctuary Resort is on the famed Camelback Mountain. Nestled on the mountain in beautiful Scottsdale, this 53-acre luxury resort has an Asian-influenced spa and an award-winning chef on site. Oh, and did we mention the view?
If hiking the mountain is your style, it’s right outside your door. Or maybe you’re a tennis buff or would prefer a stroll in the meditation garden? It’s all here. Sip a glass of wine while you gaze at one of the most interesting mountains in the United States that’s named for its “camel back” shape.
Las Posadas of Sedona
If you’re up for a bit of a drive from Phoenix and want to enjoy the views of Oak Canyon, head for Las Posadas of Sedona. Kind of a combo of luxury suites and a very upscale b&b, this hotel is tucked into Arizona’s famous red rocks.
Oak Canyon is often called the Grand Canyon’s “smaller cousin,” but it doesn’t skimp on the breath-taking vistas. Unlike some luxury b&bs, at Las Posadas you can opt for a spa package after enjoying a round of golf at a nearby course. Retire to your room with a double-sided fireplace – those Arizona evenings can get cool! Don’t forget the hot tub just outside your door — one of the suite options you can choose.
Nancy LaFever writes from the middle of landlocked Ohio, where she has convinced herself that the decking around her neighbor’s pool qualifies as “the beach.”