The most enchanting stay in Arizona

Enchanting by name and nature, this is why Arizona’s Enchantment Resort lives up to its name…

Driving through the arid, monumental beauty of Arizona is a journey of bucket-list proportions, and you should take stock along the way at a resort with views that will have you thinking ‘How’d they get planning permission for that?’.

Nestled up against the red-rock buttresses of Boynton Canyon, five-star villas perch on the edge of vistas straight from the Wild West – just without the saloon brawls and bawdy houses.

With plenty of trails carving a path into the wilderness, you can explore on bike or horse before cooling off in a pool with staggering views of the iconic landscape.

Kids can be offloaded to learn Yavapai-Apache legends, while you enjoy a spot of croquet… how civilised.

Tennis is also big; legendary coach John Gardiner first established an academy-cum-hotel here in 1987.

Fine dining can then be had at any of the four sumptuously stylish restaurants, one of which serves up food from its own organic garden.

Wine lovers can head to the bar where taster menus can be enjoyed alongside one of the largest selection of Arizonan wines in the state.

Really though, you’re in the US, and it’s nice to know that a good ’ol burger is on the menu too.

Designed to blend into the imposing red rock, the architecture reflects the way Native American tribes once took shelter within the surrounding cliffs.

You’ll find yourself similarly ensconced in rooms with fireplaces, private decks, and subtle south-western US styling.

From $460 a night, it’s a desert dream that should be on the map of any well-heeled road trip.

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This article appeared in issue 17


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