Sanctuary Camelback Mountain Resort and Spa Review

Sanctuary Camelback Mountain Resort and Spa Review

The breathtaking terrain of Camelback Mountain is the perfect place to leave all your worries behind. Sanctuary Camelback Mountain Resort and Spa is an award-winning luxury hotel in Scottsdale that provides guests a place to unwind and revitalize. This sophisticated facility’s 53 acres are filled with spas and fitness activities to help you activate mindfulness and enjoy a stress-free vacation in paradise.

Located only 15 minutes from the Phoenix Sky Harbor and the Scottsdale Municipal airports, Sanctuary features style, functionality, and flexible configurations. It is a perfect venue for business meetings and social gatherings.

Sanctuary Spa

Sanctuary Spa offers a long list of options that you can customize to your wellness needs. You can de-stress with skincare procedures or balance the mind with Reiki. The 12 indoor and outdoor treatment rooms are located around the Zen meditation garden and reflecting pond. Other treatments include massage, reflexology, and acupuncture. For more privacy, you can order an in-room spa treatment service (temporarily unavailable due to COVID-19 restrictions). Each 60-minute spa session costs approximately $200. Quick fixes such as face masks and collagen enhancements range from $30 to $50

Sanctuary Salon

Are you needing a little TLC? Reserve sometime during your stay to enjoy the resort’s beauty services such as haircuts, relaxing manicures and pedicures, hair styling, and treatments. These services range from $10 to $105. They also offer bridal packages for $129.

Fitness Services

Sanctuary features a diverse fitness schedule made by certified personal trainers. The activities include yoga, Pilates, stretching, cardio, swimming, indoor cycling, bike and hike, and even paddleboard and aerial yoga.

You can also book individual training with their fitness specialists. These services include assessment, nutrition, and personalized exercise plans. You can also choose to take a 60 or 90-minute private class starting at $130.

Tennis and Pickleball Courts

Sanctuary was known as the Paradise Valley Racquet Club in the 1950s and John Gardiner’s Tennis Ranch in 1965. The resort provides tennis coaches to guide guests in their training. Guests can play tennis and pickleball matches on the Deco-Turf championship courts or try out demo racquets in the tennis lounge. They also offer several instructional programs with private and semi-private lessons. Court rental costs $20 per hour.

Sanctuary Rooms

The resort has 109 rooms, and each comes with different luxury amenities. The casitas and suites feature modern and contemporary furnishings, natural finishes, and tile flooring. Some rooms come with a private outdoor shower and soaking tub to relax and enjoy the mountain view. The rooms boast photography and desert-inspired artwork created by local artists. Casitas give guests private outdoor spaces with glass rock fireplaces. Casitas and suites come with king and double bed options and feature Fili D’Oro linens, Simmons Felicity pillow-top mattress, and baths with votive candles.

The Villas:

Villas are private homes that are perfect for larger gatherings. Some include several bedrooms, a fitness studio, spa treatment rooms, full kitchen, dining room, private pool. Smaller houses feature a king bed, full bathroom, TV, and more. The eight options come with luxurious services such as valet parking, 24-hour texting concierge, chauffeured car service to Scottsdale Fashion Square and Old Town Scottsdale, and more.

Room Accessibility

Casitas and suites are mobility and hearing accessible and feature an accessible pathway to all the resort’s luxurious amenities.

Nearby Attractions

Although there are lots to do at Sanctuary, there are almost 20 attractions worth exploring outside the resort. The Musical Instrumental Museum and the Desert Botanical Gardens are two popular options. If you’re traveling with kids, hit the Phoenix Zoo or the Heard Museum for fun sightings. The resort provides guests with a list of local attractions and day trips.

Dining at Elements

Chef Beau MacMillan, a Food Network star and chef at elements restaurant, creates seasonal menus filled with American cuisine infused with Asian influences and made with organic produce, sustainable seafood, and hormone-free meats.

Drinking at the Jade Bar

This chic and modern jade bar offers exceptional mixology and a stunning onyx bar with a backlit design and dynamic atmosphere. The cocktail menu features premium spirits complemented by local fruits, herbs, vegetables, and juices.


Celebrating your wedding at Sanctuary will take your guests’ breath away. The beautiful landscape makes the resort a romantic location to tie the knot. Wedding Packages include valet parking for your guests, full use of the resort for photographs, a bridal party changing room on the wedding day, and a water station. In addition, a honeymoon suite with candlelight turndown accompanies weddings with at least 50 guests.