Enchantment Resort, a southwestern luxury, blends naturally with its surroundings, smack in the middle of the breath-taking Red Rock Country of Boynton Canyon. While the resort is just a few minutes west of Sedona, Arizona, once inside you’ll feel a million miles away.
Enchantment’s name says it all. The resort offers up high-end resort-style lodging with oodles of charm and mystique from their cool casitas with honeycomb fireplaces and wood-beamed ceilings to their more urban-styled rooms in their world-class Mii amo spa. The resort is private with a gated entrance and casitas nestled throughout like a natural part of the landscape. No matter the type of room you book, you’ll have red rock views everywhere you turn, with more amenities and special activities than you can imagine. It’s a small touch, but every morning I couldn’t wait to open my door for the morning newspaper and iced down orange juice. Besides the swanky spa, the lodge has organized hikes, fine dining, swimming, tennis, bocce ball, croquet, all kinds of classes, and the list goes on.
So who comes to the Enchantment Resort? Couples who want a romantic retreat, girlfriends needing a getaway, spa lovers who will plunk down some cash for arguably the best spa in the world, families who can afford and want everything at their disposal, and those looking for world-class lodging, that’s who comes to Enchantment.
Overall, the resort is casual, but with an air of elegance. Guests don the white terry cloth robes for trips to the spa and for an evening soak in the hot tub. For evening dining at award-winning Yavapai, men will need a collared shirt.
Yavapai is on a fine dining scale and is known for its Sunday brunch. Yavapai’s dining room has floor to ceiling windows so you won’t miss a minute of the red rock surroundings that have been in the making for some 350 million years. Wine Spectator granted Yavapai as the “Best of Award of Excellence” in 2008 and AAA gave it a noted four diamonds. For a more casual feel head to Mii amo’s café or to Tii Gavo. Tii Gavo’s flatbread pesto pizza stands out as a lunch to remember, but part of that memory is because I was sitting on the outside dining deck face to face with stunning scenery. The resort’s new executive chef, Ted Cizma, is bound to keep the tradition of excellence alive with a multiple award winning background himself.
If the kids are coming along on vacation, they’ll have plenty to do at Enchantment. The resort has (for a fee) a special camp just for kids at Camp Coyote where they explore Native American culture and from what I’ve heard, have loads of fun. Register the kids for all day or for the morning or afternoon. Evening babysitting is also available.
Enchantment is pricy, but you’re not just paying for a place to stay. The resort has panoramic views and a way of making guests feel pampered with all the resort amenities. Don’t plan on running off every day of your stay, but plan to enjoy what the resort has to offer. Check for special room rates online or get them quickly when you become a facebook friend. Right now a summer getaway runs $175 a night, with continental breakfast and a welcome gift. The staff by the way is top of the line, over the top friendly, and ready to be at your beck and call.
Whether its sipping a Boynton Breeze on the outside deck, going on an early morning guided nature hike, relaxing in the spa, or playing a game of tennis, or whatever suits your fancy, it shouldn’t be hard to see why Travel and Leisure a recognized Enchantment Resort as one of the “top three” resorts around and its spa as the world’s best. Enchantment is even on the prestigious list of The Leading Hotels of the World.
Visit Enchantment and find what draws you in, making you want to return, making you want to stay, that Enchantment magnetism.
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