Just because a destination features exceptional outdoor activities doesn’t mean you need to spend your entire trip outside. Sometimes, pairing active pursuits with decadent lodging is the perfect fit. We did the heavy lifting to uncover the best Arizona luxury accommodations, from the base of the San Francisco Peaks to the year-round luxury of Scottsdale. All that’s left for you to do is make your reservation!
This story was created in partnership with Visit Arizona.
1. Stay in Style on Route 66
Anyone who has driven along I-80 in Wyoming is familiar with the Little America Hotel. (Thanks, billboards!) While there aren’t copious advertisements announcing the whereabouts of the Little America in Flagstaff, Arizona, we’re here to tell you not to miss this unexpected gem. You’ll find the hotel tucked just off the many twisting highways of Flagstaff, waiting serenely beneath towering ponderosa pine trees on 500 acres of private forest. Each of the guest rooms boasts floor-to-ceiling windows, imported marble, and other opulent touches that make this one of Northern Arizona’s most upscale accommodations.
THE PERFECT STAY:
As Arizona’s quintessential mountain town, Flagstaff is a hub for outdoor adventure. From hiking and skiing to observing the night sky at the Lowell Observatory, it’s easy to make the most of every day. Don’t miss the many art galleries in town or the chance to ride to the top of the San Francisco Peaks in a Snowbowl gondola. Then, fuel your fun with one of Flagstaff’s fine dining restaurants, from Italian fare to the delicious menu at the Brix Restaurant and Wine Bar located in downtown Flagstaff.
2. Sleep on the Banks of Oak Creek in Sedona
In Sedona, Arizona, “L’Auberge” is synonymous with luxury. Visitors hoping to experience the most decadent lodging in this red rock paradise need look no further than L’Auberge de Sedona. Located in the heart of the city yet tucked discreetly beneath the foliage of Oak Creek. Guests can choose to overnight in the main lodge or in one of the cottages. With contemporary touches throughout, this is a beautiful spot for any special occasion or personal wellness retreat.
GET OUT AND EXPLORE:
While it may be tempting to spend your entire stay on the property, Sedona beckons to be discovered. Hike to a vortex, take a hot air balloon ride, or embark on a privately guided 4×4 tour through red rock country. Next, return for a spa treatment before dinner and cocktails in town at a chic spot like The Hudson. Don’t forget to take the Sedona Cares Pledge when visiting this bucket-list destination!
3. Discover a Desert Retreat at Andaz
Immerse yourself in Southwestern architecture and style at Andaz in Scottsdale. This boutique property set on 23 acres in the Sonoran Desert invites guests to slow down the pace of daily life with three unique pools, a spa and apothecary, fitness center, and mercantile. Dog and family friendly, this modern escape is ideal for travelers seeking an experiential stay.
SPEND THE DAY:
Your time at Andaz is meant to be fully customizable. Truly, you could let the concierge team at this oasis plan your entire vacation! Their team can help set up guided mountain bike rides, kayaking, and more. Or, join in an art or cooking workshop. Of course, should you choose to leave the resort, the museums and entertainment of downtown Scottsdale are all within reach.
4. Experience Rustic Luxury at this Orchard Inn
Tucked into the landscape between Phoenix and Tucson, those searching for an off-the-beaten-path option can find it at Aravaipa Farms Orchard and Inn. This unique lodge embraces the quirky and fun in a rustic, country setting. Don’t be fooled by the fact that this is a working farm producing peaches, pears, root vegetables, and much more! One glance at the eucalyptus-enshrouded ramada and swimming pool with fountains reminds visitors; they aren’t roughing it.
WANDER THE FARM:
While away your time at Aravaipa Inn harvesting fruit, stretching tight road-trip muscles during an on-site yoga class, or simply wandering through the 900 trees in the orchard. Those looking to get their steps in can select a longer trail option, like summiting nearby Brandenburg Mountain. The beautiful Aravaipa Canyon Wilderness is also only five minutes down the road. You will need a permits to hike here, and don’t forget your Appreciate AZ principles, but it’s worth the extra effort!
5. Get a Non-Haunted Night’s Sleep in Bisbee
Travelers who journey to Southern Arizona in search of outdoor recreation, world-class birding, and historic sites need not fear—there are plenty of upscale lodging options in this part of the Grand Canyon State. Try the Letson Loft Hotel in downtown Bisbee. This boutique property features only eight rooms; each beautifully appointed for a comfortable stay. Visitors who dive into Bisbee’s haunted past will be happy to hear that the Letson does not appear on the ghost tour!
One of the most unique cities in Arizona, Bisbee is a truly fascinating destination. Founded in the 1870s as a mining claim, this boomtown turned beloved tourist stop is teeming with things to do. Go underground on a tour of the Queen Mine, before taking a self-guided tour of Bisbee’s famous heritage stairs. Afterwards, you won’t want to miss the Old Bisbee Ghost Tour after a cocktail at Bisbee’s Table.