Awe-Inspring Arizona

Recently named “The Most Beautiful Place in America,” according to USA Today, Sedona, AZ, is an ideal vacation destination for travelers looking for plenty of sunshine and outdoor activities this fall and winter. We hear the expansive mountain views aren’t too shabby either.

Hilton Sedona Resort & Spa—located along the picturesque Red Rock Scenic Byway, Sedona’s gateway to world-famous red rock country—is offering guests the Winter Stay and Play golf package, available Nov. 26, 2011 through Jan. 19, 2012.

Designed for golf enthusiasts looking to hit the greens in the heart of Sedona’s Red Rock Country, this package includes a 1-night stay in a deluxe guestroom or a 1-bedroom suite; breakfast for two at the resort’s signature restaurant, The Grille at ShadowRock; and a round of golf for two at Sedona Golf Resort, including cart, practice balls and rental of clubs and shoes, if needed.

Rates for the Winter Play and Stay package start at $316 per night (blackout dates apply). For more information, call (877) 273-3762 or visit

For a truly memorable outdoor adventure, recommend a stay at Amara Resort Hotel & Spa, where travelers can book the Grand Canyon Vacation package. Priced from $315 per night, this package includes 2-night accommodations, a Grand Canyon tour for two by Silver Spurs Tours, including a drive up scenic Oak Creek Canyon and complimentary bagged lunch.

Located in Sedona’s Uptown area, Amara Resort Hotel & Spa is situated on five acres along Oak Creek with a stunning backdrop of Sedona’s famous Red Rocks. Before or after their Grand Canyon excursions, guests here can enjoy dining at the onsite Hundred Rox restaurant, book a treatment at the Amara Spa or take a dip in the saltwater pool. The property is located near art galleries, shops, cafes and bars.

For more information, call (800) 815-6152 or visit

More Fun to be Had in Scottsdale Sedona isn’t the only place where Arizona-bound travelers can experience the best of what this destination has to offer. In fact, The Ascend Collection recently announced its first property in Arizona—Xona Resort and Suites—and it’s located in northern Scottsdale.

Set against 12 acres of dazzling desert backdrop, Xona Resort and Suites, features a contemporary Southwest-inspired design with expansive views, roomy accommodations, a spa, four pools and a fitness center. At the onsite Asada Desert Grille, guests can enjoy a Southwest-influenced menu of fresh fish, steaks, chops and poultry dishes, while the Orange Iguana Lounge boasts an outdoor patio, giant fireplace and comfortable couches, as well as drinks, dessert and live music.

The resort is currently offering a Bed & Breakfast package, complete with daily breakfast buffet for two and complimentary resort fee. Rates start at $219 per night through October. For more information, call (888) 222-1059 or visit

Meanwhile, sun worshipers can head to W Scottsdale as the hotel has debuted a new service to help them get that perfect Arizona glow.

W Scottsdale’s Tanning Concierge is an on-call service that provides guests with tips and access to the best sunscreens and after-sun care for the Arizona sun. Available 24/7, the Tanning Concierge can talk all things SPF with guests while on property or when packing for their Arizona getaway. They can even book appointments for an in-room airbrush tan.

“So many of our guests come to W Scottsdale to get a great Arizona tan and spend their days lounging poolside,” says Leon Young, general manager of W Scottsdale. “We created W Scottsdale’s Tanning Concierge to give guests insider access to a cool and convenient service that helps enhance their stay, whether it’s preventing a sun burn or providing an instant sun-kissed glow in a safe, alternative way.”

W Scottsdale marks the debut of W Hotels in Arizona. The property features 224 guestrooms including 27 suites, as well as Arizona’s only Bliss Spa, the Sushi Roku restaurant and three chic destination bars—the W Living Room, Shade and sunset.beach.

For more information, including rates, call (877) W-HOTELS or visit