What We Love
- Waking up to a newspaper and fresh orange juice waiting at the door
- The profusion of Native American motifs in the resort's design
- Playing croquet on the (internationally rated!) courts
What To Know
- The spa is adults only
- There's a daily resort fee
- Cell phone service can be spotty
You’d imagine that an isolated canyon resort would be a tranquil place to relax and do nothing—and it is—but there are also myriad activities available daily for those who want to do more than lounge by the pool looking at the scenery. Hiking Boynton Canyon is probably the most popular activity, but there are jeep tours, hot air balloon rides, tennis courts, a golf club, cooking demos, wine tastings and wellness workshops…and that’s just the tip of the iceberg. Accommodation at Enchantment is in adobe casitas that complement the landscape; inside, natural materials including wool Pendleton blankets, benches upholstered in leather, and stone countertops help enhance the feeling of being in one of nature’s most spectacular achievements. Comforts aren’t neglected—beehive fireplaces occupy a corner of most rooms and are deliciously cozy on cool desert nights, viewing decks are generously sized and look out onto the red rock formations, and the pool suites (splurge if you can) have heated outdoor spa pools with waterfall features that are a romantic’s dream.
In the Area
Part of the appeal of Enchantment Resort is its isolation. It’s a nine-mile drive from Sedona, and most guests will probably spend the majority of their time close to home or on one of the outdoor excursions that are so popular. The resort’s seclusion doesn’t extend to animals, though—javelin, coyote, and deer are all around. If you want to drive into Sedona for a day’s shopping or a nice dinner, you’ll want a car, but it’s probably easier to spend a day in the city before or after your stay at Enchantment, so you can let the isolation and natural beauty work its magic on your stress levels.
How to Get There
One of the best getaways possible. Beautiful, amazing food & lovely people. Hiking was amazing and the resort was wonderful. No improvement necessary!! Only downside is the expense!! Certain activities are fee based.
I guess Sedona is just overrun even during the offseason but it was not the peaceful getaway we hoped for - loud children & fighting couples distracted from dining experiences. The food was incredible though. For as many trails as there are nearby, they all seemed crowded. Our casita neighbors repeatedly left their noisy dog unattended and guest services did their best to resolve it. I expect more experienced spa professionals for the prices.
We stayed for 2 nights including the Valentine Day dinner. The preset menu was great but the beef tenderloin was vey tough for a filet. The Chef's response (through a third party) was insufficient but a substitute dish of scallops was provided which was nice. The dinner experience was tainted at that point despite the server's attempts to revive it. Constance did a great job.
Breakfast the following morning was average as well. We waited 5 minutes for a server after the hostess sat us. The food was good but the value lacking.
Overall, we had a wonderful trip. The staff was friendly, knowledgeable and efficient. The property is gorgeous and was extremely clean. All the food we ate was delicious. My gripe: when we checked in, there was a wet cleaning towel left in the sink and then when we were waiting for our table at dinner, the 5-10 min wait turned out to be 45 minutes. Usually, at a hotel of this class you expect some kind of compensation for this- as in free drink or appetizer. None was offered and an apology was barley provided. The other issue is that the spa quiet area shares space with their restaurant. It’s convenient, but it also means it smells like fish around dinner time. Not pleasant. But snags aside, it was a wonderful stay.
I've been returning to this place for over a decade. Each year the resort continues to impress. There are a variety of room configurations to meet every need. The offerings give something to the athlete as well as the person seeking R&R. This is my happy place.