4.0
Very Good 108 Reviews
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What We Love

  • A fun Southwestern retreat just north of Phoenix and Scottsdale, with beautiful mountain viewsPlaying paddleball, or tennis in one of the five championship courts
  • Learning about the history of the resort, which was once frequented by Lucille Ball, Bob Hope and Dick van Dyke
  • Exploring the desert flora at the property’s on-site botanical garden or the nearby Carefree Desert Gardens
  • Driving out to Phoenix, Sedona or the Grand Canyon for the day

What To Know

  • The resort has beautiful grounds with a pool area, fire pit, and desert landscape
  • Rooms could use a little updating, but are clean and have a cowboy feel
  • Free WiFi
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Overview

A room with your own private balcony or patio at a laid-back resort in the sun-kissed Arizona desert

The Lowdown

Yes, there’s an Arizona town called Carefree, and yes, its thoroughfares have names like Tranquil Trail and Lazy Lane. Get a taste of the happy-go-lucky living at what was the first destination resort in town and once hosted such luminaries as Lucille Ball, Bob Hope and Dick van Dyke. Carefree Resort & Conference Center may be located on Mule Train Road, but with its extensive array of leisure offerings and activities, it could just as well be on Easy Street (which is, incidentally, just a few blocks away). Five lighted championship tennis matches, a wildflower-studded botanical garden and a serenity-inspired pool all appear on this property, and there are even paddles for pick-up games of pickleball.
You’ll also find a desert-inspired spa on these 23 acres, as well as a restaurant and bar that serves burgers and brews. For more help in the relaxation department, a private balcony or patio is included with every accommodation. And then there’s the rest of Carefree, which really is a place to forget your troubles and get happy. You can visit yet another botanical garden, the all-new Carefree Desert Gardens, showcasing hundreds of cacti, or watch for wildlife at expansive Bartlett Lake. Take a light, one-mile walk through the ruins at Sears Kay or a more strenuous trek around Cave Creek Regional Park. Within an hour are the red rocks of Sedona and the Phoenix mountains, too, if you’re up for a day trip – just set out towards Rambling Road, and you’ll be on your merry way.
Good to know
Please note that a resort fee of $12 (plus tax) per room, per night is payable directly to the hotel. The resort fee includes Wi-Fi in rooms and common areas, access to the fitness center, complimentary USA Today newspaper and a local, hourly shuttle within a three-mile radius.

Rooms

 Each of the 218 rooms at Carefree Resort boasts its own private patio or balcony, with fantastic views of the desert landscape. For your convenience, a tea- and coffeemaker and complimentary Wi-Fi are also included. 

Dining

 Chow down on Southwestern fare at Lariat Restaurant and Lounge, which is open for three meals a day, every day. Steaks, burgers and beers are all on the menu here, along with several seafood options. Come on a Saturday night to catch the piano stylings of Jay Steinberg, an accomplished musician and composer. 

Spa

You can pamper your mind, body and spirit with a massage, body treatment or skincare therapy at The Spa at Carefree.  

Location

 Pass your days in the desert at 23-acre Carefree Resort’s championship tennis courts, swimming in one of the pools, wandering around the botanical gardens or playing pickleball with the paddles that it keeps on hand. Or, take a trip around this historic artist’s colony, stopping at such destinations as Bartlett Lake; one of the 200-plus local golf courses; or the Spur Cross Stables, for a horseback ride. A bit farther out are the red rocks of Sedona, with Phoenix less than an hour away.

How to Get There

Carefree Resort & Conference Center
37220 Mule Train Road
Carefree, AZ 85377 United States

Reviews

4.0 Very Good 108 Reviews
Last minute getaway
Reviewed 2 days ago

My husband, 13 yr old daughter and I went on a spur of the moment last minute trip to CIVANA and everyone loved it! From great food to the numerous options of activities, there was something for everyone. Best of all our daughter could do all of the classes with us. We’ll go again.

Relaxing, clean, and welcoming.
Reviewed 3 days ago

Friendly staff, delicious organic food, refreshing drinks with a clean relaxing environment. The rooms are comfortable and large. With cold air conditioning. The folks managing and working at this hotel truly care about their guests experience.

Amazing resort
Reviewed 6 days ago

I loved my stay, the rooms are clean, botanical garden is beautiful and activities are perfect for a weekend getaway. I would highly recommends this resort if you are looking for a weekend of relaxation.

Gorgeous and Peaceful
Reviewed 6 days ago

Beautiful facility, love the remodel. Staff was super helpful and nice. Gorgeous views and peaceful atmosphere. The menu at the restuarant had a good variety and the food & drinks that we enjoyed were delicious! Would highly recommend this gem and look forward to visiting again.

Oasis in The Desert
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This was our second stay at Civana, formerly known as Carfree Resort and Conference Center. Since our previous stay they have started a multi million dollar upgrade to the property. Our room was tastefully redone and was very welcoming and comfortable. The staff is friendly, knowledgeable and professional. The resort is adding a new spa with a separate pool and a variety of classes. The location is perfect for going into Cave Creek and Carefree and just a short distance from Scottsdale. We plan on returning next season and would recommend this property to anyone seeking a modern and scenic resort.