The gracious staff anticipates everything you could possibly need—we felt like royalty. We stayed in one of the historic cottages—ours even had a patio with a couple of comfortable chairs overlooking the Squaw Peak Terrace and Lawn.
This is the gorgeous view from our patio:
Paradise Pool, one of the nation’s premier resort pools, boasts three different pools of varying size and depth, a 92-foot waterslide, in-water bar and dining, poolside dining, games and activities. The
“Jewel of the Desert” is a haven for couples as well as active families. Spacious, comfortable cabanas can be custom equipped with a private bathroom, pay-per-view movies, misters, a refrigerator, even a table for four. Cabana guests receive luxuries such as chilled, scented grapefruit facial towels, and bottles of water.
It was such a pleasure to be outside and warm, we went hiking with one of the Biltmore’s knowledgeable guides who took us as far as we could hike into the Phoenix Mountain Preserve. He was even kind enough to demonstrate Jumping Cholla cactus which jumped right onto him. On cue. Ow!
In addition to our hike, we thoroughly enjoyed a historical tour of gilt rooms (only the Taj Mahal has a larger gold ceiling than the Biltmore lobby), the art and architecture including two huge murals by Maynard Dixon and a stained glass window in the entrance by Frank Lloyd Wright.
Whether you’re a guest or not, you really must treat yourself to at least one special dinner at Wright’s at the Biltmore.
In the tradition of American Lodge, Chef de Cuisine Conor Favre’s creations are an innovative culinary style characterized by fresh, local ingredients that are hearty, yet simply elegant. Each course utilizes the freshest ingredients from boutique farms across the country including herbs from his herb garden outside the dining room. The menu changes weekly to reflect what is in season. Our dinner was so noteworthy I have written a separate review of it including pictures of the all the courses, the chef, our waiter and the wine room. Look for the story HERE .
The Arizona Biltmore, the resort that invented the Tequila Sunrise has updated its afternoon tradition to “Tea or ‘Tini?” Of course you can still choose elegant afternoon High Tea in the comfortable lobby.
Or, the relentlessly hip can choose martinis in the Wright Bar with its popular outdoor seating area.
Before checking out, I had a 4-hour spa treatment that included the 80th Anniversary Spa creation the Jackie O, an 80-minute
Anti-Aging Caviar Facial, 50-minute
Caviar Manicure as well as a 50-minute
Caviar Pedicure. And when I was done, the head make-up artist made me up! I was so totally relaxed and gorgeous I felt like I was in a trance! If you act before Labor Day, you can do the same and save 30% on ala carte spa services. Here's to a more beautiful YOU!
To celebrate its landmark 80th anniversary, the Biltmore is offering a variety of outstanding anniversary specials including
room rates from $99 per night!
Visit the Arizona Biltmore Resort and Spa, 2400 East Missouri, Phoeniz, AZ 85016, 602.955.6600, or www.arizonabiltmore.com for information, inspiration, special offers and special events. It truly is a “Jewel in the Desert.”
Photos: Arizona Biltmore Resort and Spa