Sedona

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Enchantment Resort

Address: 525 Boynton Canyon Rd.

Neighborhood: Boynton Canyon

City: Sedona

Phone: 928-282-2900

Website: www.enchantmentresort.com

Expert Review

While Sedona’s main drags have become somewhat clogged with new age souvenir shops, art galleries, and eateries, the luxury Enchantment Resort remains blissfully tucked away from the diversions, surrounded by nothing but the American Southwest wilderness that Sedona is so renowned for. Individual pueblo-style casitas at the mouth of the Boynton Canyon have outdoor decks and complimentary high-speed internet; many have two-bedroom configurations to accommodate families (children under 12 stay free). The resort-led Camp Coyote caters to children from 4 to 12 years old, with daily themed activities (“Earth Friendly Tuesdays” or “Solar System Saturdays”) geared towards immersing kids in the natural environment (nature walks, star gazing) and Native American culture (weaving dream catchers, sculpting pottery).Guests of all ages can sample outdoor pursuits like hiking, tennis, swimming, mountain biking, or golfing, or enjoy fine dining at the Yavapai Restaurant. Though it routinely tops spa lists and wins awards, the resort’s Mii amo spa is not for everyone. The most distinctive feature is its location among the red buttes and cliffs of the canyon, which the Yavapai-Apache nation has long considered a sacred place for healing. Local tribe elders bless the therapists who lead spa-goers on Inner Quest sessions, incorporating sweet grass smudging (intended to eliminate “negative energy”) and a special blanket to simulate the warmth of a Native American sweat lodge. After attending to the spirit, the therapists can wrap guests up in detoxifying Sedona red clay or scrub them down with a mixture of blue corn, salt, and oil.

Tags: luxury | family | expensive | editor pick | spa | smart splurge

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