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Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain, Paradise Valley, Arizona 

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5700 E. McDonald Drive
Paradise Valley , Arizona
Tel: 800 245 2051 (toll-free)
Tel: 480 948 2100
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Perched on the north slope of Camelback Mountain (which looks just like it sounds), the Sanctuary attracts big-name celebs and travelers who favor a chic, modern aesthetic. It's hard to find much to fault here—from Elements restaurant, headed up by an Iron Chef winner, Beau MacMillan (whose farm-fresh American menu is tinted with Asian influences), to the indoor-outdoor spa with its reputation for having the city's top therapists. Couples visiting the spa should book a few hours in its inner sanctum: an open-roofed, circular structure of stacked stone with a private Jacuzzi, shower, daybed, and massage tables for two (cost for four hours: $125). Guest rooms show contemporary design touches like brick walls and stained concrete floors. We especially love the Spa Casita Suites for their outdoor soaking tubs and living-room fireplaces. Sanctuary is so sufficiently spread out that even when all 98 casitas are full, it doesn't feel crowded. If you're traveling in a small group, think about renting one of the houses around the property—prices start at $2,000 per night, and all of them have private pools (one even has a private tennis court).

Appeared in the Condé Nast Traveler Gold List, a directory of the world's best hotels and resorts, in 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007

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Gorgeous mountain vistas by day with city lights tucked inside them by night. Hummingbirds hover nearby as you sit on the patio watching the sun set and sip a ginger... more