Romance in red rock country.

By Travel & Leisure
October 02, 2013
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This town’s much-hyped desert terrain is even more hype-worthy from above. A sunrise hot-air balloon ride over Sedona’s Red Rocks is perhaps the most breathtaking way to experience the landscapes. Combined with hearty food, a spa treatment, and very private accommodations, it’s one of west’s most romantic retreats.

Mii amo, A Destination Spa at Enchantment

The Mii Amo Spa offers spa "journeys" of three, four, and seven nights. The resort comprises 16 rose-colored, adobe casitas surrounded by twisting cottonwoods at the foot of the Boynton Canyon buttes. Upon arrival, guests meet with a spa representative to map out personalized programs, which may include organic facials, acupuncture sessions, or even watsu, a therapy combining massage, stretching, joint work, and Shiatsu. Additionally, classes on topics such as cooking, dance, vortex energy, and medicine plants are offered throughout the day, as well as spiritual therapies such as tarot card readings and reiki.

L'Auberge de Sedona

Cozy English country-inspired inn and cottages in a wooded, creekside setting that is a refreshing change from the desert, but still within easy reach of the red rocks. Staffers gladly arrange romantic creekside dinners and couples-only treatments at its spa.


Formerly Yavapai Restaurant

Red Rock Balloon Adventures

The company runs 1.5-hour flights—and promises both peaceful landings and a celebratory post-flight picnic.

The Heartline Café

Head to The Heartline Café for pecan-crusted trout with Dijon cream sauce and Asian braised beef short ribs.