Royal Palms Resort and Spa in Phoenix, Arizona is often called the most romantic hotel in Arizona. It definitely lived up to the reputation when I paid a visit.
During my stay, I was fortunate to enjoy an Alvadora Spa Terrace suite. This tranquil room had dark wood, with white and sage accents. There was a fireplace in the front room, where a day bed was draped in wispy white curtains. The bedroom's king bed was delightfully soft and inviting. It's another mattress I wouldn't mind calling my own. The balcony door opened onto a gorgeous view — Camelback Mountain was stark against a bright blue sky the day I visited and down below was the courtyard with a fountain was a perfect spot for reminiscing or enjoying the Arizona sun. The bathroom sat between the bedroom and sitting room, with a big soaking tub taking center stage. I enjoyed a nice leisurely soak before bed.
As with so many great properties, the staff makes all the difference between a good stay and a great stay. At Royal Palms, the staff makes this an extraordinary place. I felt important from the moment I stepped onto the property.
Dinner at the award-winning restaurant T. Cook's was a delight. How could it go wrong when you have a Director of Romance at your disposal? Yes, the resort has a Director of Romance. Robert Vickrey is charming and eloquent. He worked hard to make my evening at the resort unforgettable. Even my husband was impressed. The director can tailor a visit to include anything the couple wants to experience — from outside dining, to arranging intimate dinner in the Bell Tower, or setting up private massages, to creating entire custom vacations down to every orchestrated detail — perhaps even a private fireworks display. An eloquent meal with champagne, rose petals, and specially-selected dishes was quite romantic for me.
I can't wait to visit Royal Palms Resort and Spa again. This time I hope to stay longer than overnight so I have time to sleep a little longer in that bed. I want to wander the beautiful grounds and swim in the pool. I want to eat more of Chef Hillson's Carbonara with it's luscious prosciutto, pancetta, and egg yolk. I want another spa treatment in the beautiful Acqua Dolce room with its private bath made for two.
Royal Palms Resort and Spa was a wonderfully romantic experience and definitely one of my top hotel room choices.