Sanctuary on Camelback Review

Sanctuary Camelback Mountain

A Luxury Camelback Resort

If you have hiked Camelback Mountain and looked to the north, you have probably noticed the Sanctuary Camelback Mountain Resort & Spa.  It is kind of hard to miss the giant buildings and property with five tennis courts and large infinity pool.  Sanctuary is known as one of the best resorts in Paradise Valley if not Scottsdale.  Sanctuary is partly popular because of its proximity to Camelback Mountain and surrounding destinations in Scottsdale and Phoenix.  It also has gained recognition due to its fine dining, spa treatments and other up-scale features.

Sanctuary: Quick Facts

  • Address: 5700 East McDonald Drive, Paradise Valley, AZ 85253
  • Phone: 480-948-2100
  • Hotel Class: Five Stars
  • Prices: Starting at $219 per night
  • Notable People: Beau MacMillan (Executive Chef), Misty Hyman (Olympic Gold Medalist)


Brief History on Sanctuary Resort

Sanctuary was known as the Paradise Valley Racquet Club in the 50s and then was renamed John Gardiner’s Tennis Ranch in 1965.  This attracted not only Hollywood celebrates but also international tennis stars.

In 1999 Westroc Hospitality took over and reopened in 2001 as Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain after extensive renovations.  Since that time Sanctuary has won several prestigious awards including AAA Four Diamond Award, Reader’s Choice #1 Resort in the US and Best New Bar in the country from Esquire Magazine for its Jade Bar.


Sanctuary Accommodations

Sanctuary features 105 Casitas and seven private estate homes as well as spa & fitness packages for both the traveler and the Arizona resident looking for a day of leisure.  Sanctuary features Asian-inspired services along with fitness and tennis activities.

Dining is top notch at Sanctuary with Elements featuring Iron Chef America winner and master chef Beau MacMillan.  Sanctuary also has two bars both Jade and Edge along with private dining and special events.  Weddings are also very popular at Sanctuary including both ceremony and reception activities.


More Information

If you are traveling to Phoenix and want to stay at an upscale resort with every amenity you would need, Sanctuary is a solid choice.  Due to its proximity to the Camelback Mountain hiking trails, Sanctuary is a great destination for those looking to hike while in Phoenix on vacation or for business travel.

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Have you stayed at Sanctuary or had the opportunity to take advantage of their spa treatments? Please let us know about your experience in the comments section below.

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