Arizona Resorts & Hotels

by Allison Westbrook
Arizona is home to many championship golf resorts.

Arizona is home to many championship golf resorts.

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The State of Arizona has more to offer than the Grand Canyon and warm weather. In addition to its abundance of natural beauty, the state is also home to world-class skiing, championship golfing and numerous spa retreats. Many of the hotels and resorts in the state cater to guests with these interests in mind.

Ski Resorts

When thinking of Arizona, many people think of a hot southwestern climate. However, with an average of more than 100 inches of snowfall per year in some parts of the state, Arizona is home to a handful of ski resorts that offer snowboarding, snow skiing and snowmobiling with quality that rivals the same activities at similar resorts in states like Colorado and Utah. The Sunrise Park Ski Resort is located in Greer, Arizona and caters to skiers of all ages and experience levels. Beginners benefit from the resort's ski and snowboard school, while experienced skiers can participate in cross country snow activities. Other activities include sledding, tubing, disc golf, seasonal horseback riding and mountain biking. At the end of the day, the resort's lodge features comfortable amenities, an indoor swimming pool, two restaurant options and a game room.

Nature Resort

For vacationers looking to get close with nature, the Westward Look Resort in Tucson is located in the midst of an ecosystem unlike any other in the United States. The resort's 80 acres are surrounded by the Sonoran Desert and the Santa Catalina Mountains where guests can venture out on excursions via horseback, hiking, jeep tours or hot air balloon rides. Guided nature walks are available each morning at the resort, and opportunities for extreme hobbies such as rock climbing and spelunking are available in the immediate area. At the end of the day, guests can retreat to their personal suites, relax by the resort campfire or stargaze through the resort's Celestron 2000 telescope.

Spa Retreat

Vacationers who want to relax and unwind without the worries of home can do so at one of Arizona's top spa retreats. Many of these destinations focus on renewing the body, soul and mind through healthy foods, meditative exercises and challenging physical activities. For example, the Miraval Resort in Tucson is an all-inclusive spa retreat located on 400 acres near the Santa Catalina Mountains. Miraval's physical activities span a wide range of interests and include classes in art, balance, breath-walking, cardio dance, rock wall climbing, cooking and zip-lining. The resort offers activities for the mind such as meditation classes, holographic memory resolution, custom yoga and aqua zen therapy. Spa services also abound at Miraval; guests have access to beauty treatments, massages, facials and acupuncture. Group retreats are welcome.

Golf Resorts

Avid golfers know that Arizona is an epicenter of championship courses and endless greens. Several hotels and resorts are conveniently positioned next to many of these courses, including the Wigwam Golf Resort and Spa in the Phoenix area. Established in the 1930s, Wigwam was named in 2006 as Travel and Leisure Golf Magazine's top southwest golf resort for buddy and family trips. Three 18-hole championship courses surround the resort, two of which were designed by Robert Trent Jones, Sr. Other resort recreation includes tennis, hiking and horseback riding. Two dining options are available at the resort, as well as a Red Door Spa and a staffed fitness center.

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