L’Auberge de Sedona
What We Love
- Free WiFi and morning coffee and pastries are included in the rate
- Fireplaces in every cottage
- Delish dining at L’Auberge Restaurant on Oak Creek
- Telescope stargazing every Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday evening with a professional astronomer
- Taking a dip in the heated outdoor saltwater pool
What To Know
- It's within walking distance to the galleries, shops and restaurants of uptown Sedona
- Located minutes (by car) from Coconino National Forest and Oak Creek Canyon, and 2.5 hours from the Grand Canyon
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
Once a sleepy hippie getaway, Sedona has become more upscale as the years have passed, stretching beyond healing crystals, energy vortices, and nonstop New Ageyness. Eschewing the region’s oft-overdone adobe motif, the wood hunting lodge and cottages at L’Auberge de Sedona feel more modern than traditionally Southwestern. Hugging a gurgling creek in a leafy valley, the resort sits on 11 acres of land and has enviable views of the majestic red rocks of central Arizona. Guests can choose from Garden, Vista and Creekside Cottages, each with its own fireplace (lit by the staff) and outdoor showers. Twenty-one rooms are also available in the hunting lodge–style main building, though they’re a bit smaller. The décor is country-chic, with down bedding, plank floors, and a private patio or balcony. One particularly bright spot is the resort’s award-winning L’Auberge Restaurant on Oak Creek, which serves up seasonal dishes by huge windows or outdoors along the leafy creek (weather permitting). A full-fledged spa offers integrated energy therapy treatments, and it’s worth having one creekside. The staff is always helpful for arranging activities, and they’ll even act as chauffeurs and take guests in electric cars to nearby restaurants, shops and galleries. Other thoughtful programming includes telescope stargazing evenings three times a week with a professional astronomer, daily yoga, and guided meditations.
In the Area
Sedona is a major center for massage therapists, yoga instructors, crystal healers and New Age practitioners. Start with a treatment, or two, at the resort, and later on receive a “guided visualization” at the well-known Red Rock Healing Arts Center in town. Tucked under crimson red rock walls, the well-preserved Sinagua cliff dwellings at the Palatki Heritage Site are a short drive from Sedona. Although there are stunning panoramas everywhere you turn in Sedona, the best drive for views is along (the sometimes rough) Schnebly Hill Road, which climbs into the red rocks east of town. Explore Sedona’s mystical side with a New Age–flavored tour of the area’s geographical vortex sites.
How to Get There
We spent 3 days at L'Auberge and had a wonderful time. Service was excellent. We were upgraded to a cottage on arrival and everything exceeded our expectations. Dining in the main restaurant down by the river is a must - food was excellent
We came for a girls spa day (make your reservation well in advance!) and loved it! Free valet covered parking - great for hot days, and the spa itself is really small, only about a dozen lockers in the changing room. Robe and slippers provided, tea, fruit and signature granola in the waiting room, and a tiny outdoor patio. You can also use the pool but have to walk outside and down the path to get there, no private jacuzzi.
You’ll get a chance to make a custom sugar scrub blend ($$) as you leave or pick up your therapist-recommended items. I had a great desert sage sugar scrub with Chehale and would recommend her for any spa service. The scrub actually doesn’t require that you get wrapped in plastic or waddle to a shower area like some spas do. Very nice.
L’Auberge is the perfect hide-away on Sedona’s beautiful Oak Creek. Cabins offer views of the creek, and the red rock formations that have made Sedona so popular. Staff is wonderful and professional. This is our third stay and, we’re looking forward to another visit.