Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain

Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain by www.carlosmeliablog.comSanctuary on Camelback Mountain Resort & Spa  |  Paradise Valley, United States  |   Update from my last stay OCT 2013.!!!! if you dine at Elements, know that the kitchen closes at 9PM (yes does not make much sense but it is what it is) Elements is a FAB restaurant. You MUST ask for table #41. I think that one of the best views from the rooms is from Room # 229. Now carry on reading my previous post. Enjoy. !!!

The Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain along with the Four Seasons Scottsdale, where both my favorite stays during my week exploring Scottsdale and Phoenix in Arizona. I felt that both properties offer exactly what I envisioned my experience would be, away from the urban areas, surrounded by the iconic Arizona desert. Perched on Camelback Mountain in an exhilarating blend of serenity and vitality. One of the most coveted retreats in Paradise Valley, Sanctuary a AAA Four Diamond Resort in Scottsdale, Arizona. With trend-setting architecture, copious modern luxuries, and culinary delights, our boutique resort will draw you back, time and time again.
Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain by www.carlosmeliablog.comSanctuary on Camelback Mountain enjoys a legendary history filled with Hollywood celebrities and international tennis stars.  The story begins in the early 1950s when the unique mountainside property was bought by a group of prominent investors including Hollywood stars John Ireland, Joanne Dru and Sydney Chaplin, Charlie Chaplin’s son.

I was hosted at one of their Spa Suites, one of the largest Scottsdale suites, offers 1200 sq. ft. of vibrant décor and contemporary amenities, including a lava rock fireplace and a wet bar in the spacious living area. These Scottsdale suites feature an airy patio that surrounds the living room and bedroom. Large walk-in closets and a vessel sink enhance the spacious bathrooms, which include a separate shower and vanity, two sinks, and an outdoor soaking tub. My suite was the Topaz Suite, since all are named after a gemstone.
Elements Restaurant by www.carlosmeliablog.comOne of the highlights of my stay at the Sanctuary, was dinner at Elements overlooking the sunset over Paradise Valley. You can read my post here. But the breakfast the following morning was as equally spectacular or even more beautiful, this time overlooking the dawn.
Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain by www.carlosmeliablog.comI am sure you will agree looking at the photos I did while enjoying a healthy breakfast. Either if you are staying at the Sanctuary or not, Elements by Food Network celebrity and Executive Chef Beau MacMillan is a must.
Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain by www.carlosmeliablog.comOne of my favorites was to spend the afternoon laying at their infinity-edge pool overlooking Camelback Mountain, the palm trees and breathtaking views over Paradise Valley. FYI their pool is open 24 hours, so feel free to jump at any time.
Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain by www.carlosmeliablog.comUnfortunately timing did not allow me to experience their Spa, which features a menu of Asian–inspired services in twelve indoor & outdoor treatment rooms, so I wont be commenting on that. But I did have time to enjoy their state-of-the-art fitness facilities, including Pilates, meditation, Yoga, fitness & nutrition consultations by certified instructors and Personal Trainers. Arizona is very popular among professional athletes for its year round fantastic weather, and the Sanctuary is one of the favorite spots for those coming out of state. If you enjoy swimming, there is a special program at their outdoors lap pool taught by Olympic gold medalist Misty Hyman. Recognized as the Paradise Valley Racquet Club throughout the 1950’s and renamed John Gardiner’s Tennis Ranch in 1965, our property continues a legacy of championship courts and professional coaches.
Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain by www.carlosmeliablog.comThe hotel was undergoing some renovations and expansions during my visit, a multi-million dollar renovation that will yield an exciting new experience this Fall.

Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain by www.carlosmeliablog.comSituated 8 miles north of Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport, and 5 minutes from downtown Scottsdale. Sanctuary is conveniently located for Arizona travel, while still offering a serene hideaway to guests. In terms of location, Sanctuary has a true advantage over the Four Seasons Scottsdale, for those in Arizona for business, but still looking to unwind after office. Literary and Oasis in the desert. When booking by you will get the following extra amenities: Continental Breakfast for two Daily. Also available with Room Service + One 30 Minutes Spa Treatment or 50% off 60 Minutes Treatment, per Room, Once During Stay + Subject to availability at time of reservation Upgrade on Mountain Vista Casitas and Spa Casitas. CM @ Carlos Melia Recommends
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J&G Steakhouse Scottsdale

J&G Steakhouse Scottsdale by www.carlosmeliablog.comJ&G Steakhouse  |  Scottsdale, United States |  If you follow my blog, you will know by now that despite being a native Argentinean, I do not eat beef… therefore when I hear the word Steakhouse, I already feel totally out of my lead. But priorities are priorities, and when you are hosted for a formal dinner at a signature Jean-Georges Restaurant, all you do is to open your mind and get ready for a fabulous gourmet experience. So I did. !!! I drove from the Four Seasons Scottsdale all the way to The Phoenixian Hotel, to meet with my hosts at Visit Phoenix. When I arrived to the 5th floor I was amazed by the gorgeous panoramic views over Camelback Mountain, just in time to enjoy a lovely sunset at the bar, over a perfect Grey-Goose Filthy Vodka Martini with huger blue cheese stuffed olives.
J&G Steakhouse Scottsdale by www.carlosmeliablog.comBefore I go one, I would like to comment on this… What’s with US clientele and their need to have a TV Screen and sport channels, even at the most breathtaking panoramic views of sophisticated environments ? I just don’t get it. There is a place and time for everything. I know, I know…. in the end it all comes down to what makes money, and if guest come to the bad and seat down for hours to watch a game, that’s the beauty of it right!!! I guess, NOT.
J&G Steakhouse Scottsdale by www.carlosmeliablog.comJ&G Steakhouse offers a sophisticated collection of steakhouse classics as interpreted by Chef Jean-Georges. Situated atop the world-famous Phoenician resort in Scottsdale, the restaurant is draped in a rich palette of purple and gold. Guests enjoy dramatic sunsets and views of the valley while dining on premium meats and a global selection of fish. Dishes are masterfully executed using fresh, local ingredients and spices from around the world.
J&G Steakhouse Scottsdale by www.carlosmeliablog.comAfter a few Martinis enjoying the sunset over Camelback Mountain listening to live piano and singing, we were escorted to our table. But this time the night was already falling and the room was lighting up with candles and low lights, bringing up the sophistication and intimate ambiance.
J&G Steakhouse Scottsdale by www.carlosmeliablog.comWe began our Jean-Georges culinary experience with the Raw Bar. The Chilled Shellfish Platter  1⁄2 Chilled Lobster, 2 Oysters 2 Clams, 5 Jumbo Shrimp and 4 Mussels (USD 38). Continued with (my favorites) Heirloom Tomatoes over Crispy Onions, Russian Dressing (USD 12). As my main course I chose the Parmesan Crusted Chicken Lemon-Basil Butter Artichoke (USD 24). As you can see the menu is very well priced and accessible, given the fact of being one of the top rated restaurants in Scottsdale. Of course the Chef indulged us with a degustation of desserts, which I feel too guilty to share. My visit to Scottsdale/Phoenix, was to my surprise, all about amazing restaurants, with very interesting concepts, fresh farmer produce and vegetables, fabulous food and breathtaking panoramic views. Check their site Enjoy !!! CM @ Carlos Melia Recommends
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