World-class dining, wellness and restoration meet at Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain Resort & Spa

When the kids are away the grown-ups can play (thank you, sleepaway camp). For those looking for a bit of summer magic of their own, there is an otherworldly quality about Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain Resort & Spa.
Splash-Free Zone: Sanctuary’s weekend rules come to the rescue of a much-needed mini-break, reserving the resort’s iconic infinity-edge pool for those ages 16 and over. Relax on a lounger or reserve a poolside cabana, which comes loaded with creature comforts like a fan, TV, mini fridge, and snacks.

There’s No Place Like (THEIR) Home: In addition to Sanctuary’s prized casitas and suites, eight private villas – each one an architectural and design triumph, ranging up to 5,500 square feet – can be booked at Sanctuary for a brief retreat with friends or a longer work-from-anywhere summer escape. Amenities like private movement studio and spa therapy spaces, tennis court, home theaters, game room and pool make it easy to nest in The Villas as Sanctuary.

Adult Mixers: Summer will be the season to wine, dine and shine, and Sanctuary has a series of dinner events running through August. Featuring the genius of Executive Chef Beau MacMillan’s team, including Chef de Cuisine Samantha Sanz and Bar Chef Christiaan Röllich, Master of Taste events will connect guests with leading Napa Valley winemakers from the likes of Far Niente and Plumpjack Winery. And a Late Lunch and Learn series will include live music and chef demonstrations around themes like “Fire in the French Quarter” and “Whiskey Made Me Do It.”

Seeing Stars: Things should be looking up this summer, in part thanks to two celestial events worth planning around. On July 12 Venus and Mars will appear to touch in the sky after sunset, complemented by a crescent moon. And the Perseid meteor shower on August 12-13 coincides with an especially dark sky. Pair these events with a warm soak under a star shower in one of Sanctuary’s Spa Suites, which feature al fresco oversized soaking tubs and canopied daybeds.

Wellness Sanctuary: Get a summer glow with the Signature Coconut Sumatra Body Ritual at Sanctuary Spa, where silky smooth pure organic coconut oil is combined with the stimulating and cleansing properties of sea salt for a full body exfoliation that invigorates the senses and creates a healthy, youthful glow. An application of decadent coconut-vanilla lotion seals the skin thereafter. Spa buffs will also appreciate the resort’s Reiki experience—a perfect antidote to the last year— which promotes healing with an ancient Japanese technique for stress reduction and relaxation.

Packaged Perks: Locals can save a pretty penny thanks to Sanctuary’s Arizona Residents offer, with 20 percent off the resort’s best available rate. Another rich offer is the Sanctuary Escape package, including daily breakfast and a $240 spa credit per adult, per night.

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