The 10 Best Resorts in Arizona

The best resorts in Arizona, according to Travel + Leisure readers, capitalize on their desert surroundings for design and on-site activities.

Fiery sunsets, dry heat, and cactus-studded landscapes — those are a few of the hallmarks of a desert holiday at the best resorts in Arizona. Travel + Leisure readers' favorites are primarily found in the hills surrounding Phoenix and Scottsdale or in the Sonoran Desert. To some travelers, those environments might just seem barren, but to others those pockets of the Copper State offer the space and solitude to recharge and leave more refreshed than when they arrived.

Every year for our World's Best Awards survey, T+L asks readers to weigh in on travel experiences around the globe — to share their opinions on the top hotels, resorts, cities, islands, cruise ships, spas, airlines, and more. Hotels (including safari lodges) were rated on their facilities, location, service, food, and overall value. Properties were classified as city hotel, resort, or safari lodge based on their locations and amenities.

Exterior landscape with pool and golf green at Castle Hot Springs
Courtesy of Castle Hot Springs

Most of readers' picks for 2022 are traditional resorts with luxe accommodations, world-class restaurants, and a plentiful array of activities. One such property — No. 3 Sanctuary Camelback Mountain, now a Gurney's Resort & Spa — is beloved for its culinary program by chef Beau MacMillan of Food Network fame, as well as hiking trails that show off the area's impressive natural vistas. The restorative magic of the desert can also be felt at No. 8 Mountain Shadows Resort Scottsdale. "There are serene private areas that are quite relaxing," one reader wrote.

But glamping mecca No. 5 Under Canvas Grand Canyon also impressed voters, who appreciated the property's proximity to the namesake wonder's South Rim — a mere 30 minutes away. "Sleeping in a yurt under the stars with bonfires around was incredible," wrote one guest, who noted that the food exceeded expectations.

Still, it was a property that married nature with unabashed pampering that took home the No. 1 spot among the best resorts in Arizona for a second year running. Read on to find out which hotel landed on top — and which others joined it on this year's list.

1. Castle Hot Springs, Morristown

Hot springs in Arizona
Courtesy of Castle Hot Springs

This 1,100-acre desert retreat, which has been in operation for more than 100 years, offers a variety of wellness, adventure, and culinary experiences. "An incredible destination to recharge your mind and body," wrote one fan. "The meals are exquisite and abundant in their offerings, and the staff makes you feel at home." While yoga and meditation are on offer, the most popular activity is — as the resort's name implies — taking a dip in the thermal waters, which are naturally loaded with magnesium and other health-promoting minerals.

Score: 93.81

More information: castlehotsprings.com

2. The Hermosa Inn, Paradise Valley

Exteriror evening view of The Hermosa Inn
Courtesy of The Hermosa Inn

Score: 93.38

More information: hermosainn.com

3. Sanctuary Camelback Mountain, a Gurney's Resort & Spa, Paradise Valley

Guestroom with a view of mountain at Sanctuary Camelback Mountain, a Gurney’s Resort & Spa
Courtesy of Sanctuary Camelback Mountain, a Gurney’s Resort & Spa

Score: 93.34

More information: gurneysresorts.com

4. The Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain, Marana

Lobby lounge view at The Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain
Courtesy of The Ritz-Carlton

Score: 91.90

More information: ritzcarlton.com

5. Under Canvas Grand Canyon, Grand Canyon Junction

Under Canvas Grand Canyon at night with Milky Way in view
Bailey Made

Score: 91.85

More information: undercanvas.com

6. L'Auberge de Sedona

L'Auberge de Sedona interior cottage suite
Courtesy of L'Auberge de Sedona

Score: 91.21

More information: lauberge.com

7. Loews Ventana Canyon Resort, Tucson

Lobby of Loews Ventana Canyon Resort
Courtesy of Loews Hotels

Score: 90.56

More information: loewshotel.com

8. Mountain Shadows Resort Scottsdale, Paradise Valley

Nighttime view of the pool at Mountain Shadows Resort Scottsdale
Courtesy of Mountain Shadows Resort Scottsdale

Score: 90.49

More information: mountainshadows.com

9. The Canyon Suites at the Phoenician, a Luxury Collection Resort, Scottsdale

Interior view of guest suite at The Canyon Suites at the Phoenician
Courtesy of The Luxury Collection

Score: 90.33

More information: canyonsuites.com

10. Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale at Troon North

Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale at Troon North firepit with sunset view of desert mountains
Courtesy of Four Seasons Resorts

Score: 90.33

More information: fourseasons.com

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