TUCSON – The 34-acre Hacienda Del Sol Guest Ranch Resort recently completed a multi-million-dollar expansion, adding 32 new guestrooms and suites, an infinity-edge pool and a new Casa Luna Ballroom featuring over 5,100 square feet of indoor and outdoor space. During and since the expansion, historic rooms have received new furnishings, updated technology and refreshed bathrooms. Notable embellishments have recently been added to 22 historic rooms as homage to the resort’s rich past as a college preparatory school for girls and, later, a getaway for Hollywood’s Golden Age and sports royalty. Rooms built as part of the original ranch-house structure surrounding the inner courtyard once served as dorms for daughters of some of the country’s wealthiest families and have been named in those families’ honor. In addition to the renovations, leisure and business travelers can book new on and off-site adventures that conveniently begin and end at the resort’s doorstep including horseback rides and lessons, guided hikes, nature walks and astronomy tours. >MORE
Mountain Shadows Resort
PARADISE VALLEY – The long-anticipated opening has finally taken place. This new boutique resort will feature a desert modern design, 183 guest rooms, a luxury wing with 42 resort condominiums and suites, a restaurant with an exhibition kitchen, two pools, a high-tech fitness facility, and an 18-hole golf course. The property is on the same site as the historic Marriott Mountain Shadows Resort, which opened in 1959 and closed in 2004. The Short Course at Mountain Shadows is also open, featuring 18 distinctive par-3 holes, with a bonus “wager” hole. It offers a variety of play options for families, corporate outings, novice players and serious golfers. Golf course architect Forrest Richardson created rugged slopes, rising ridges and dramatic mounds set in the scenic desert landscape. The Short Course at Mountain Shadows is among only a handful of 18-hole, high-end, par-3 golf courses in the world that are open to the public.
CHANDLER – For those wanting shaded sanctuary from the outdoors and feel that a spot of retail therapy is required then Cambria Hotel & Suites is the ideal property. Set to open in spring 2017, as part of a larger development, this hotel includes chic décor, flexible spaces for meeting or socialising and impressive ‘standard’ rooms that feel first class. Of course, booking a room at the Cambria gives guests the opportunity to stay on the doorstep of a shopping mecca, Chandler Fashion Center. However, if it’s practicalities that impress, then the Cambria includes no less than 136, a pool with cabanas, fitness room, lounge area and 1,300 square feet of meeting space.
PHOENIX – For the artistically inclined there’s the recently opened boutique property, FOUND:RE, located in downtown Phoenix. The defining feature of this hotel is to treat guests to an ever-changing art gallery, surrounded by varied and amazing talent of all kinds, created and donated by local artists. This unique combination of local creativity is amplified in MATCH Cuisine & Cocktails, the hotel’s wood–fired, taste-bud-tantalising restaurant. The menu is inspired by global street food with a commitment to local sourcing and top-drawer quality. The hotel suites and interior exhume an industrial, bronze cast, post-modern feel that is impossible to experience anywhere else in the state. The hotel and restaurant are close to stadiums, convention venues, cultural epicentres such as the Phoenix Art Museum, Heard Museum, Arizona Opera and, of course, the downtown Phoenix foodie epicentre.