Arizona has some of the most indulgent spas and resorts in the world, and summer is the ideal time to check out those resorts when there are some great Arizona summer staycation deals. Today, we head to The Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain, located in Marana just north of Tucson.

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The Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain

I am a huge fan of The Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain, a Forbes Five-Star luxury resort. I have visited twice and both times, it has been magical. The resort covers 850 acres in the high Sonoran Desert, at the foot of the Tortolita Mountains. It’s less than ten minutes from the Marana exit on I-10 between Phoenix and Tucson, but once you arrive at the resort, you feel as if you are a entire world away. The resort is usually about 10 degrees cooler than the city and, when you add in that there are three swimming pools, a 235-foot water slide and splash pad, it becomes the perfect spot to enjoy an Arizona summer staycation.

Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain. Photo by Susan Lanier-Graham

Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain. Photo by Susan Lanier-Graham

Resort Amenities

The Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain has been ranked among the world’s top 100 resorts by Travel + Leisure magazine and named Arizona’s #1 resort by Condé Nast Traveler. When you arrive, with a drive through pristine Sonoran Desert then hear the haunting sounds of the Native American flute welcoming the sunset, you will understand why it deserves those designations.

Ritz-Carlton Dove Mountain offers golf, spa, dining, and desert adventures. There are multiple dining outlets, including CORE Kitchen & Wine Bar that serves up some outstanding flavors. Even in summer, seating on the patio for dinner or an early morning breakfast is ideal, where you can breathe in the clear air.

Dine in Core Kitchen at Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain. Photo courtesy Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain

Dine in Core Kitchen at Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain. Photo courtesy Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain

The 27-hole Jack Nicklaus Signature golf course and 17,000-square-foot spa with infinity pool and relaxation lounges, offer great escapes. For summer, the spa has introduced a Hydrating Series, providing advanced quenching experiences for face and body featuring a choice of several targeted skin indulgences and a special half-day Spa Hydrating Retreat Package.

Spa Pool at Ritz-Carlton Dove Mountain. Photo by Susan Lanier-Graham

Spa Pool at Ritz-Carlton Dove Mountain. Photo by Susan Lanier-Graham

While the adults spend the days at the golf course in the spa, kids who visit the resort can take part in the Ritz Kids program, offering adventure, cultural, and nature days inspired by the flora, fauna, and unparalleled Southwestern heritage of the region.

Arizona Summer Staycation at Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain

For summer 2016, The Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain is offering a Summer of Adventure package now through September 8, 2016. The package features a daily resort credit valid for dining, recreation, or spa activities, giving you the chance to customize your luxury summer getaway in the Arizona desert.

King Guestroom at Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain. Photo courtesy Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain

King Guestroom at Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain. Photo courtesy Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain

Priced from $199 per night, the Summer Adventure Package at The Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain includes:

  • Deluxe overnight accommodations
  • $50 resort credit per day
  • Participation in summer resort activities

The great summer activities that are available to guests include:

  • Astronomer-led stargazing
  • GPS-guided geocaching
  • Night-time scorpion hunts
  • Dive-in movies at the pool
  • Golf at the Golf Club at Dove Mountain
  • Hikes for all abilities and interest levels, including one focused on the rare rock art and petroglyphs of Arizona’s ancient Hohokam people.

Visiting The Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain

Lobby at Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain. Photo courtesy Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain

Lobby at Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain. Photo courtesy Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain

To make your reservations for overnight packages and room-only summer rates, call 800.241.3333 or visit online at ritzcarlton.com/dovemountain. For spa reservations only, call 520.572.3030.

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