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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


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


J Timothy L

the restaurant food was average at best. There were so many weddings goin on that the ambiance of the place was hard to actually experience. I asked a bellman for ice and it never came though it was promised. Checking in the receptionist said the restaurant was completely booked , there were actually 62 tables available. We were told our room was an upgrade when actually it was the room we booked even though other better rooms were available. ETC ETC ETC. We got salads for the room that were really skimpy and the beds were worn in and uncomfortable. The sounds of maintenance people breaking down weddings filled the air at night. Not worth the price or the hype.

Beautiful place to stay!!
Michelle R

We went to this resort for my husbands birthday. The rooms and grounds were fabulous, lovely gardens and the palms were huge! The meal at T Cooks was amazing! Our waiter gave us his personal favorite steak entree and my husband ordered it exactly as he recommended and it was one of the best he’s ever had!

Amazing Wedding Venue

Fabulous in every way - lovely lovely place for a get-away or a special occasion like ours - A Wedding! Attention to detail, great staff, the grounds and all the wonderful photo opportunity spots. Food at the reception was delicious, great service too. Highly recommend this property! We loved it ...