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What We Love

  • The seclusion of the lush resort, with nine acres of gardens
  • A full-service spa and swimming pool on-site
  • Paella at the lodgelike T Cooks restaurant
  • WiFi throughout the resort
  • Citrus-scented treatments at Alvadora Spa
  • Concierge can snag guests the best tee times at nearby TPC Scottsdale and Troon North courses

What To Know

  • This is the desert, so slather on sunscreen and stay hydrated
  • Local traffic can be brutal; let the hotel pick you up and arrange your tours
  • A resort fee of $28 per night will be collected upon checkout from Jetsetter

Amenities

  •  Bar
  •  Eco-Friendly
  •  Free WiFi
  •  Golf Course
  •  Gym
  •  Handicap Accessible
  •  Parking On Site
  •  Pet-friendly
  •  Pool
  •  Restaurant
  •  Room Service
  •  Spa
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Overview

The Review

The Sonora Desert stretches out in every direction from the Royal Palms Resort and Spa, but the property itself bears a closer resemblance to a Mediterranean mirage. In Arizona’s Valley of the Sun and in the shadow of Camelback Mountain, this private mansion turned Spanish colonial-style resort is a secluded escape from the Phoenix sprawl.

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Inside the lobby, a hand-carved stone fireplace adds to the intimate ambience. Beautifully manicured lawns and nine acres of gardens are scented with honeysuckle, jasmine and flowering fruit trees; a swimming pool lined with mother of pearl glimmers in the sunlight. The Montavista Courtyard, with its bubbling fountains and Spanish tile, is a perfect place to soak in the desert sun on comfy lounge chairs.

The 119 guestrooms, casitas and villas blend the rustic and the romantic, with wood-beam ceilings and views of the tiered garden and reflecting pool. Many rooms have terraces or patios and deep soaking tubs (a real treat after a hike up Camelback) in huge, well-lit bathrooms. And if you’re looking to go above and beyond, the resort employs a Director of Romance who can produce flamenco guitarists or flocks of white doves upon request.

The Mediterranean design continues in the Alvadora Spa, which offers shiatsu, energy therapies, a full line of body treatments and citrus-based therapies. And, no, it’s not a mirage — the spa also provides soothing water therapies like watsu and a selection of Acqua Dolce bathing rituals, ideal after a long day in the sun.

How to Get There

Royal Palms Resort and Spa in the Unbound Collection by Hyatt
5200 E Camelback Road
Phoenix, AZ 85018 United States

Reviews

Excellent Customer Service, Welcoming Staff, Beautiful Property
RoxanneD468

Gwendolyn and Drew were very accommodation and went above and beyond to make my stay special. This is my favorite local hideaway as I am a native to Phoenix. I love everything about this property, from their gorgeous suites, excellent spa, well-groomed and beautiful landscaping, and the great food at T Cooks. It is a sanctuary and the perfect place for a little escape or an intimate experience. I also love that the pool is 24/7.

Feeling Like Royalty at the Royal Palms!!
lizzybtru

Whether it's dining at T. Cook's, having cocktails and enjoying live music at Mix Up Bar, or spending a relaxing weekend as resort guests, we are always on cloud nine at Royal Palms! The staff is absolutely topnotch with their attention to detail and willingness to make personalized accomodations. It is a place you truly feel like ROYALTY!

Nice resort
F-F-7676

This is a great resort, great rooms spacious and clean, beautiful landscape very well maintained, friendly and professional staff. Only downside we were there during I think 2 weddings so the place was super full of people, etc. pretty chaotic. Other than that it is an awesome resort