North America

Enchantment Resort, Sedona

written by | Posted on October 1st, 2009

If your clients are looking for a pampered escape in a magical territory far from the sounds of cars, crowds and cities, then look no further than Enchantment Resort.

This luxe property in Sedona’s buzzing Boynton Canyon is vortex central for the traveler looking for a spiritual kick-start in exquisite harmony with the earth’s natural forces. Vortexes occur rarely and sporadically and are caused by an abundance of iron and ferrous minerals at the earth’s surface. Compasses go wild, watches stop mid-second, and humans absorb waves of energy shocks from the rocks, the earth and cliffs to get just enough of a buzz to spark some amazing adventures of spirit and body. No one really knows the true nature of vortexes, but everyone seems to have a story.

Clients can discover their own experience of nature’s mysterious energy pulses and write their own story in this little pocket of geologic paradise in northern Arizona. Enchantment Resort is also a destination spa resort with legendary Mii amo Spa sitting squarely on a vortex of its own. Here, spa-goers can venture from their casita suite to the spa for a number of massage treatments offered in a sunlit treatment room or in their own private desert hut, opening onto the surrounding red rock escarpment.

They can have their auras read, their palms and cards analyzed, their muscles interpreted in intense psychic massage, indulge in special meditation ceremonies in a heavenly crystal grotto, even have personal consultations with a Native American healer.

Or, days can be spent exploring the terrain on foot with the many hiking trails around Enchantment’s Boynton Canyon, on a bike along breezy streets shaded by cottonwood and oak trees, or heading off on sacred paths in the outback with Pink Jeep Tours.

The 70-acre resort is designed to take full advantage of the scenery with 220 private, 1-story adobe accommodations and panoramic views of rock formations and pine forests. All are furnished in Southwest motifs and a lavish list of luxurious extras—beehive fireplaces and private viewing decks with stunning views of the canyon, and outdoor grills—even private pools. Selected accommodations feature gas grills, kitchens, microwaves and indoor/outdoor dining areas. All guestrooms are equipped with high-speed Internet, mini-bars, coffee makers, irons, hair dryers, bathrobes, nightly turndown service and fresh orange juice and a newspaper each morning.

The brand-new private spa suites offer a grand deck with a secluded spa for two and unobstructed views of the Milky Way performance happening for free each night. Some six common guest pools around the spread keep lovers cool on hot summer days or they can head to the nearby natural rock slide pools throughout stunning Oak Creek Canyon. But steamy days are rare in the air up at 4,600 ft. The temperatures remain a good 10 degrees cooler in Sedona than in Phoenix and Tucson for chilly winters, perfectly temperate springs and falls, and tolerable summers.

Clients can dine in or out at Enchantment Resort. Chefs are ready with an a la carte menu for grilling on guests’ private casita patios under the stars. Or resort guests can have a meal on the terrace at Yavapai restaurant surrounded by the powerful cliffs of Boynton Canyon. They can eat healthy at Mii amo Spa Cafe, calorie counts included, or engage in chips, salsa, prickly pear margaritas and nopale fries at Tii Gavo.

A concierge desk manages daily requests for area tours—mostly jeep tours into the outback. But these can be arranged for groups and individuals directly for commissionable sums averaging around $35/hour pp for tours that last from 90 minutes to a full day with lunch, water and hiking to ruins. Jeeps seat six comfortably and convert into roofless Indiana Jones-style muscle vehicles for the full adventure effect.

Surprisingly, the resort does not supply regular transport into town, a little more than five miles down the road. But the concierge desk can schedule guests for a pick-up by Sedona Trolley for about $12, including stops at points of interest for visitors, or $22 for the full 2-hour tour.

Sedona is a 2-hour drive north from Phoenix or five hours southeast from Las Vegas. The international airport is Phoenix Sky Harbor and it would likely be less expensive to rent a car for transport than it would be to hire roundtrip car service. Another option—perhaps lesser known but much more convenient—involves booking clients on Horizon Air, which provides daily nonstop flights between Los Angeles and Flagstaff/Sedona, making it the fastest way to get to Sedona from Los Angeles. Horizon offers low fares when purchasing roundtrip tickets from anywhere in the Alaska Airlines/Horizon Air route network to Flagstaff/Sedona. Enchantment offers complimentary Flagstaff/Sedona airport pick-up and drop-off, which takes about a half-hour each way.