The captivating Boulders Resort is a magical retreat from the conventional, nestled on 1300 acres in the Sonoran Desert foothills of northern Scottsdale. It’s a virtual outdoor museum of nature where dramatic and innovative architecture blends with the sun-splashed terrain, towering cacti, and spectacular 12-million-year-old granite boulder formations that dot the landscape.
A nature-lover’s paradise where the terrain and plant life have been left virtually untouched to allow indigenous plant and wildlife to prosper, The Boulders is renowned as one of the finest golf, tennis and spa resorts in the United States. Named one of America’s top golf resorts by Conde Nast Traveler and Golf Digest, The Boulders features two Jay Morrish-designed 18 hole golf courses that combine challenging greens with the extraordinary beauty of the Sonoran Desert.
Accommodations have a warm, contemporary Southwestern ambience with hand-hewn wood-beamed ceilings with fans, regional art, Mexican tiling and wood-burning fireplaces. Casitas are adobe-style guestrooms; one-, two- and three-bedroom Pueblo Villas are spacious patio homes with full kitchens, laundry facilities and garage. The five-bedroom Villa Retreat compound, favored by celebrities, captains of industry, and families requiring perfect service and privacy, offers a private infinity-edged pool, gymnasium, Japanese tub, floor to ceiling windows of the very best of desert views, separate catering kitchen, unique artwork, and is stylishly unparalleled in every way.
The colorful restaurants at The Boulders Resort serve up Southwestern flair as vibrant as the Sonoran Desert setting. You can enjoy cocktails with commanding sunset views, traditional club dishes, Mexican specialties and seasonal culinary options at six different dining venues.
The 33,000 square-foot Golden Door Spa at The Boulders offers pampering treatments including Native American specialties, a meditation labyrinth, circular tea room with vibrant desert vistas, spa café, organic garden and heated swimming pool nestled against ancient boulders.
Other pleasures of the award-winning resort include the tennis garden with three classic clay courts and five premier cushioned courts, rock climbing excursions, evocative event and meeting space, and el Pedregal marketplace of intriguing shops, restaurants, and galleries.
Three popular event series have returned to The Boulders for the summer of 2012:
The Arizona Microbrewery Series includes pre-dinner reception, three-course dinner and beer tasting. Held on Thursdays, June 7, July 5 and August 2, $39 per person.
- The Summer Wellness Series includes a 90-minute lecture, 50-minute spa treatment related to the lecture topic, lunch at the Spa Café and full use of the luxurious spa amenities. Lectures begin at 11:00 am, $195 per person.
- Carefree Sundays Live Series features the ever-popular marmalade Skies performing a musical tribute to The Beatles on the outdoor amphitheatre stage. Sundays from 1:00 – 4:00 pm, no admission fee.
Only 33 miles north of Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport, The Boulders is listed in the New York Times bestseller “1,000 Places to See Before You Die” by Patricia Schultz as a bucket-list worthy destination. If you need more incentive to visit, exclusive and complimentary Virtuoso amenities include an upgrade on arrival, daily continental breakfast, a $100 recreational credit and VIP status. And the countless crystalline clear twinkling stars visible at night are just a bonus that you have to see to believe. If you want to be vigorously challenged or indulgently relaxed, contact Covington Travel’s expert advisors for your escape to The Boulders Resort.