Lush Desert Landscape

By Evelyn Theiss / May 1, 2014


The lush green sycamores that line the banks of Sedona’s Oak Creek offer a sharp contrast to the red rock cliffs above. While Sedona itself offers an escape from endless desert landscapes, and from the sprawl of Phoenix and other Arizona cities, L’Auberge de Sedona is a luxurious oasis that rewards one for the strenuous, yet often spiritual hikes that beckon guests to those mystical rocky peaks. Guests at L’Auberge de Sedona—especially those in the cottages along the creek with their spacious terraces—have the ideal spot, where they can lounge and listen to the rushing creek.

Post-hike, or after a heart-thumping Pink Jeep tour over boulders, visit the spa’s new L’Apothecary, and concoct your own custom body scrubs and oils, drawing from local herbs like rosemary, juniper and more. You can also experience a Signature Blend from Lotus Wei—mists, scrubs and oils created with gorgeous locally sourced flower essences.

There’s no reason to leave the resort (or the burble of the creek) at dinner, either, where Chef Rochelle Daniel’s creative fare emphasizes local ingredients. Most tables sit right on the edge of Oak Creek, where the occasional bass pierces the water. Evenings end with astronomer-guided lessons, with powerful telescopes, on a nearby hill.

But no telescope is required to see that stars rarely sparkle as vividly as they do against the desert’s black velvet sky.

—Evelyn Theiss

Evelyn Theiss

Evelyn Theiss

Evelyn Theiss is a print and online reporter who has covered everything from national politics to fashion in her journalism career. Now, she's a health reporter whose beat is nutrition and wellness. But this Midwesterner has found the greatest inspiration for her own journey to well-being at spas--whether those spas are in the U.S., Europe or Asia.
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