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Where to Go Next? Royal Palms Resort, Arizona

by Rona Berg

Royal palms resort

At Royal Palms Resort, an archway opens to a tiled courtyard, bougainvillea and palm trees, burbling fountains. When you look up, tones of

terra cotta meet a clear blue sky. 

The Royal Palms Resort was built as a private residence in 1929, by Delos Cooke, a man who traveled to Spain regularly, and wanted to bring that flavor back home to Arizona. 

Set near Scottsdale’s famous Camelback Mountain, an archway opens to a tiled courtyard, bougainvillea and palm trees, burbling fountains. When you look up, tones of terra cotta meet a clear blue sky. Alvadora Spa, a lovely wood and stone structure, with tiled pathways open to outdoor courtyards, is studded with adobe kiva fireplaces. Temperatures drop in the desert, and it is always a good idea to warm yourself by the fire while you wait for your treatment. 

Royal Palms is a charming spot, with 119 guest rooms and casitas, pocket gardens and citrus trees that remind you of a villa on the Mediterranean. With lush local plants and herbs nearby, it makes sense that the spa incorporates them onto the menu. Standout treatments include signature citrus body therapies, the Mind Body Renewal and customized facials. After the spa, you’ll want to float back to the kiva, take a swim in the private pool, work out at the fitness center, hike or bike, or play a game of tennis. 

Even though Scottsdale is emerging as a top culinary destination, and there are many incredible restaurants that beckon not far away, you will not want to miss a romantic outdoor dinner on the patio at T. Cook’s, on property. Don’t miss  another bout of mountain-gazing from your private patio before you turn in.



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