Suite Dreams: The Best Luxury Accommodations in Arizona

Among the most epic ways to experience Arizona is by indulging in one of its elegant and ultra-exclusive VIP accommodation options, be it at a local resort or resort community. These are some of our choices for the best luxury accommodations in Arizona.

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The Presidential Suites at The Canyon Suites in Phoenix/Scottsdale

Definitely high on our list of the best luxury accommodations in Arizona is The Canyon Suites in Phoenix/Scottsdale. The Forbes Five-Star, AAA Five Diamond award-winning Canyon Suites is a 60-room boutique hotel on The Phoenician at the base of Camelback Mountain.

In addition to everything offered at The Phoenician, Canyon Suites guests enjoy specialty ambassador services. You can also enjoy the private Canyon Pool.

Within The Canyon Suites, there are two 1,800-square-foot presidential suites. The interior of each features a living room with a gas fireplace; a dining room with a family-sized marble dining table; and a gourmet kitchen.

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The living and dining room in the Presidential Suite at Canyon Suites at The Phoenician. Photo courtesy Canyon Suites

The master suite features a four-poster king bed dressed with Frette Linens. Of course, since this is a luxury suite, you have your choice from the pillow menu: foam, down feather, cooling gel, charcoal, or pregnancy pillows.

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Master bedroom in the Presidential Suite at Canyon Suites at The Phoenician. Photo courtesy Canyon Suites

Ever important in Arizona where the weather is almost always sunshine, there is a great private outdoor space with this luxury suite. In fact, there are three private balconies with enough space to comfortably entertain a dozen guests as well as a fire pit located on the primary balcony.

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One of three balconies in the Presidential Suite at Canyon Suites at The Phoenician. Photo courtesy Canyon Suites

You can also opt for the connecting king accommodation to create a two-bedroom presidential suite option, which also adds a fourth balcony. Presidential Suite guests also have a reserved poolside cabana at the private pool throughout the duration of the stay and complimentary round-trip airport transportation if needed.

Presidential Loft at Hotel Valley Ho in Scottsdale

The artful Presidential Loft at the iconic Hotel Valley Ho spans the fifth and sixth floors of the hotel’s seven-story tower. The loft features 1,500 square feet of bright indoor space as well as 550 square feet of outdoor space, complete with stunning views of Camelback Mountain.

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Hotel Valley Ho in downtown Scottsdale. Photo courtesy Hotel Valley Ho

The downstairs level includes a living room with stunning Scottsdale views. The design is based on the idea of a modern desert loft with mid-century-modern influences. Neutral colors reflect the desert palette, with pops of color through accessories and locally made art.

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Presidential loft suite at Hotel Valley Ho. Photo courtesy Hotel Valley Ho

The main floor also features a dining room and a full kitchen with Dacor and Sub-Zero appliances.

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Kitchen in the presidential loft suite at Hotel Valley Ho. Photo courtesy Hotel Valley Ho

Upstairs is a seating area and your private bedroom suite. You will also find a washer/dryer if you need it. The terrazzo-tile bathroom offers a separate bathtub and shower, both of which feature modern glass subway tiles. If you need more space, you can add the suite next door for a two-bedroom stunner.

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Bedroom in the presidential loft suite at Hotel Valley Ho. Photo courtesy Hotel Valley Ho


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The Penthouse at the Tavern Hotel in Cottonwood

Perfectly tucked along the picturesque main street of Old Town Cottonwood, the Tavern Hotel—a historic building refurbished in recent years into one of Northern Arizona’s top hotel destinations—boasts only deluxe rooms and luxury penthouses.

Its 900-square-foot bocce suite is a dream with two bedrooms, a gourmet kitchen, a full living room, and a massive rooftop patio. However, its 2,300-square-foot big sister, the Tavern Hotel Penthouse, is quite possibly the most fabulous accommodations in all of Verde Valley. This is definitely at the top of our list of the best luxury accommodations in Arizona.

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Tavern Hotel Penthouse in Cottonwood, AZ. Photo courtesy Tavern Hotel

It has three patios, including one with an oversized fireplace.  Master suite with eye-popping bathroom, two additional bedrooms, oversized chef's kitchen, formal dining room, and cozy family room.

The Creekhouse at L'Auberge de Sedona, A Destination Hotel in Sedona

L'Auberge de Sedona is tucked into the green and gorgeous Oak Creek, making it an altogether otherworldly Sedona experience. On-site there are actually two suites. Each is so amazing that it is hard to choose just one. First, there are the Creekside cottages, each with both indoor and outdoor shower options and a deck overlooking the babbling brook of the creek, often with ducks, squirrels, and birds swirling about.

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L'Auberge de Sedona sits on the banks of Oak Creek in Sedona. Photo courtesy L'Auberge de Sedona

For those looking for something even grander, however, there is The Creekhouse. Similarly, just steps from the creek, this actual creek-side, the multi-level house easily makes its way onto our list of best luxury accommodations in Arizona. The Creekhouse features 3,070 square feet of space including a great room, antique wet bar, dining room, and ample canopied terrace for entertaining, plus five expansive bedrooms, each with a king-sized bed, private bath with bidet toilet, and separate keyed entrance.

Talking Rock Ranch Club Cabin in Prescott

Nestled between Prescott and Coconino National Forest, Talking Rock Ranch is a private golf community dually inspired by the ruggedly beautiful high desert landscape and the luxuries of a well-appointed resort.

Cooper Hawk Ridge. Photo Courtesy of Talking Rock Ranch

Wide-open spaces with expansive views abound as do amenities, and even those who do not own a home in the exclusive enclave may come to sample them all thanks to the Talking Rock Discovery Experience’s club cabin.

Completed in May 2021, this fully furnished escape from the ordinary is both to allow residents additional space to host their visiting friends and family as well as to welcome guests unfamiliar with Talking Rock. The cabin has nearly 4,700-square-feet of indoor/outdoor space including four bedrooms, four-and-a-half baths, a full kitchen, a working fireplace, dining and living areas, and multiple outdoor spaces.

Depending on the size of your party, the entire cabin may be made available or partitioned off into one- and two-bedroom options as well. Each booking includes access to all public areas including the pool, tennis, and pickleball courts as well as hiking and biking trails. It also includes a foursome at the Jay Morrish-designed championship golf course, breakfast daily at Coop’s Coffee Shop, and dinner at the luxe Ranch House. Finally, each stay includes full use of the Talking Rock Barn, which is home to the sprawling fitness center and spa with yoga, spin, and tai chi classes plus Pilates and Barre programs, one-on-one personal training, and a full menu of wellness treatments.

Pine Canyon Cabin in Flagstaff

Surrounded by majestic Ponderosas as far as the eye can see, the Pine Canyon private luxury home community in Flagstaff is grandeur on the grandest of scales. Until recently, only residents and their personal guests have had the chance to experience the magic within Pine Canyon’s gates. In 2019, however, the exclusive and effortlessly elegant community opened itself up to allow non-residents the chance to enjoy its unique brand of high country living, offering similar club cabins to Talking Rock.

Stunning views and lush golf at Pine Canyon in Flagstaff. Photo by Michelle Talsma Everson

Each 3,600-square-foot fully furnished Pine Canyon cabin—just feet from the 35,000-square-foot clubhouse—has four total bedrooms. You'll also enjoy three-and-a-half baths, a full kitchen, a working fireplace, dining and living areas, and multiple outdoor spaces. Once booked, a concierge reaches out to learn more about your group, including the type of music you prefer hearing in your cabin, your wine preferences, and any housekeeping needs. They also review the amenities available, of which there are many, including:

  • a 19-hole golf course, which has the extra hole to allow for players to settle any final bets
  • a full-service spa
  • multiple playgrounds
  • three pools, including one for the kids, with a slide and water toys
  • a kids’ club with staff
  • multiple dining venues
  • a state-of-the-art fitness center
  • hiking and biking paths
  • parks and multiple ponds

An extra wow: the golf club offers the increasingly popular golf boards on the property, which are motorized, single-user boards that hold a player’s bag up front and rely on body weight for steering, much like a surfboard or skateboard would, to help with pace of play.

CIVANA Tranquility Suite in Carefree

CIVANA is a wellness resort in the Carefree area, high in the Sonoran Desert. The resort's 1,200-square-foot tranquility suite overlooks the resort pool and offers partial views of the Continental Mountains.

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The pool at CIVANA in Carefree. Photo by Lisa Diederich Photography courtesy of CIVANA

The tranquility suite includes private sleeping quarters, a great room with a dining table, kitchen, two bathrooms, and a gorgeous balcony. It is at the heart of the wellness resort, just steps from both casual and fine dining options as well as the two-story, 22,000 square-foot spa.

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The spa at CIVANA offers breathtaking mountain views. Photo by Lisa Diederich Photography courtesy of CIVANA

Centered on the theme of “healing through water,” the spa features 23 treatment areas. Along with treatment rooms, the spa features a Watsu® therapy pool. Be sure to enjoy the communal area of hydrotherapy immersions at the Aqua Vitality Circuit.

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Aqua Vitality Circuit in the spa at CIVANA. Photo by Lisa Diederich Photography courtesy of CIVANA


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Presidential Villa at Royal Palms Resort and Spa in Scottsdale

Royal Palms Resort, originally built as a private estate in 1929, is one of the Phoenix area's most unique properties. The historic resort's lush gardens, outdoor fountains, and Spanish Colonial architecture introduce an air of Mediterranean romance.

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The front drive at Royal Palms. Photo courtesy Royal Palms Resort and Spa

This oasis in the desert features more than 120 towering palm trees, winding pathways, and historic details at every turn. The Mother-of-Pearl-tiled pool evokes a timeless feel of old Hollywood glamour.

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The pool at Royal Palms Resort. Photo courtesy Royal Palms

Within the property are six ultra-spacious villas, each with intricate stone floors, grand outdoor patios, and crackling fireplaces. The grandest of these specialty suites is the presidential villa.

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Inside the Presidential Villa at Royal Palms Resort. Photo courtesy Royal Palms

This 1,700-square-foot respite from the hustle of daily life has its own separate entrance. You step into a spacious living room with a vaulted wood ceiling, floor-to-ceiling stone fireplace, and three private patios. The living room, designed to evoke old-world charm with rich tapestries and antique décor, also features more modern amenities.

There is also a formal dining room as well as a gourmet kitchen. The patio off the dining room, with a private fountain, is ideal for a romantic meal for two. You can order something prepared just for you from the resort's restaurant, T. Cook's.

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T. Cook's Dining Room. Photo courtesy Royal Palms Resort and Spa

Presidential Suite at the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess Resort & Spa in Scottsdale

Set against the backdrop of Arizona’s McDowell Mountains is the AAA Five Diamond Fairmont Scottsdale Princess. The resort reflects its Southwestern setting with Spanish colonial-style architecture, expansive plazas, and lush gardens. It also happens to have two of the most stunning presidential suites in Arizona.

The president suites, located on the fourth floor and at the very center of the resort, offer a 180-degree view of Scottsdale, Paradise Valley, Phoenix, and beyond. The magnificent 2,700-square-foot presidential suite features two private, expansive balconies overlooking the property’s south pool, lagoons, and TPC of Scottsdale.

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Presidential suite at The Fairmont Scottsdale Princess. Photo courtesy Fairmont Scottsdale Princess

You enter the foyer through a striking double door. Inside, there is everything you need and expect from one of the best luxury accommodations in Arizona.

You can work out in the privacy of your suite with the Wi-Fi-enabled Peloton. Relax in the living area where you'll find an art installation under the television that—through modern technology and sunset-hued lighting—gives the illusion of a dancing, crackling fire.

There is one full master suite with its own private bathroom featuring a walk-in shower and soaking tub. The bedroom also features a private living area. A second king bedroom with a third private patio and full bathroom can also be added, upping the square footage to 3,225.

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Master bedroom in the presidential suite at The Fairmont Scottsdale Princess. Photo courtesy Fairmont Scottsdale Princess

Villa Luna at Sanctuary on Camelback in Paradise Valley

The Sanctuary on Camelback offers eight architecturally distinctive mountain homes that are high on the list of the best luxury suites in Arizona. Each home gives resort guests the intimacy of a private retreat with full access to Sanctuary’s amenities. You can relax at the world-class Sanctuary Spa, dine at the critically acclaimed elements restaurant, or sip cocktails while the sun sets at jade bar. There are also a wide array of recreational activities.

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jade bar at Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain. Photo courtesy Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain

Among its most stunning options is Villa Luna, formerly Casa 10. Renovated by award-winning Phoenix designer Lynne Beyer, Villa Luna takes full advantage of the breathtaking vistas from its perch high on Camelback Mountain.

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Villa Luna at Sanctuary on Camelback Photo by Michael Baxter, Baxter Imaging LLC courtesy Lynne Beyer

The 5,500-square-foot, five-bedroom, four-bath showstopper is from architect Paul Christian Yeager, who employs many of the same principles as Frank Lloyd Wright. The villa features a secluded master suite and a private indoor/outdoor shower with a soaking tub. The entire villa has massive floor-to-ceiling glass walls.

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Villa Luna at Sanctuary on Camelback Photo by Michael Baxter, Baxter Imaging LLC courtesy Lynne Beyer

Beyer reconfigured the interior, moving the living area to face an expansive wall of floor-to-ceiling windows with swiveling chairs to take in the full view. The outdoor patios are probably some of the best patios in the Valley of the Sun.

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Villa Luna at Sanctuary on Camelback Photo by Michael Baxter, Baxter Imaging LLC courtesy Lynne Beyer

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Penthouse South at Mountain Shadows in Paradise Valley

In 2018, Mountain Shadows unveiled a luxury wing of 40 resort condominiums on the property. The largest of the four penthouses within these gated, secured residences—Penthouse South—clocks in at 3,410 square feet. If that's not enough, there is an additional 700 square feet of deck space. The deck features views of both Camelback and Mummy Mountains. A floor-to-ceiling glass wall separates the outside and inside living spaces but opens electronically to provide a dramatic indoor-outdoor entertainment space, weather permitting.

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The entire wall opens at Penthouse South at Mountain Shadows, offering views of the mountains and indoor/outdoor living. Photo by Mark Boisclair Photography, Inc. for Mountain Shadows

The three-bedroom, three-and-a-half bathroom interior boasts ultra-modern décor with incredible finishes, high-end appliances, and the latest in technology. There is also a 250-square-foot theater room with fully reclining leather seating for seven and a 110-inch flat screen. The private bar features a 102-bottle wine refrigerator, a separate beverage refrigerator, and a 24-bottle wine rack.

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Penthouse South at Mountain Shadows, offering views of the mountains and indoor/outdoor living. Photo by Mark Boisclair Photography, Inc. for Mountain Shadows

This is definitely an epic way to experience Arizona. Our choices for the best luxury accommodations in Arizona give you a taste of the luxury awaiting in Arizona, and there happens to be something for any taste. Be sure to check out Wander for our suggestions on what you can see and do during your visit to Arizona.

 

Among the most epic ways to experience Arizona is by indulging in one of its elegant and ultra-exclusive VIP accommodation options, be it at a local resort or resort community. These are some of our choices for the best luxury accommodations in Arizona.

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