The new cool kid on Scottsdale’s block is the Andaz Resort & Spa. Its modern and eclectic décor sets it apart from other desert hideaways, and its link with the revered Cattle Track Arts Compound just around the corner makes it easy to connect with the local art scene during your stay. Keener on relaxation than culture? Not a problem. After a day’s exploring (or simply sunning yourself by the Turquoise Pool), you can make the most of Palo Verde Spa & Apothecary’s selection of desert botanical treatments.
Just minutes away from Camelback Mountain’s Echo Canyon trailhead, the Andaz is perfect for adventurers; the spectacular views alone of mountains rising suddenly out of flat plains that disappear into the distance is certain to have experienced hikers grappling for their boots. A slightly less challenging jaunt will take you to Cave Creek, where you can stroll through lush grassy fields and seasonal wildflowers and learn about the local wildlife. For a charming road trip, the town of Carefree offers soaring sand sculptures and festivals. But there’s no need to leave the resort to soak up some culture: the on-site textiles shop stocks one-of-a-kind artworks, and you can pick up some unique natural remedies in the spa’s apothecary boutique.
The clusters of casita-style bungalows are encompassed by astonishingly beautiful desert landscape and mountain views, but you won’t need to look out of the window to be inspired: unique folk artwork adorns the walls with playful touches inspired by the designs of Alexander Girard and the Zuni Tribe. It’s undeniable: a stay at Andaz Resort takes you to the core of Arizonian desert culture.
WHY WE LIKE IT
Its connection with Cattle Track Arts Compound sets Andaz apart and has made it a haven for creatives: printers, potters, and jewellers craft their works there, in a space that prizes collaboration and creativity. If you’re a fan of the art on your room wall, you’re bound to meet the artist before long. There aren’t many places that can claim such cultural riches.