Blink and you might miss elegant Hacienda, whose luxuriously modern rooms, deliciously inviting restaurant and indulgently charming spa lies almost hidden beneath flower-filled vines and canopies. But this is one of Tucson’s best kept secrets.
Originally a ranch, this impressively isolated retreat is nestled atop a hill in the heart of the Tucson desert framed by the Santa Catalina Mountains. And while it may feel miles away form civilisation, you’re in fact a mere 10 minute drive from La Encantada’s swanky shops, St Philip’s Plaza’s stylish boutiques. Plus, your only 30 minutes from the Tucson International Airport, meaning you can go from the plane to the pool in no time.
A mixture of historic builds and contemporary accommodations, Hacienda is home to 59 rooms, suites and casitas, all of which are complete with modern comforts and stylish luxuries. Each of the historic rooms are steeped in south-western charm and character, while the newer rooms combine modern furnishings with traditional materials to reflect the beautiful Arizonian surroundings. But, if your stuck for choice (since its hard not to be), then we suggest booking yourself into the incredible Catalina Suite, whose Spanish-style interiors, hand-crafted furniture, sumptuously plump beds, spa-like bathrooms and breath-taking views will certainly impress.
Why we like it
We love the scenery and old-world vibe, but it’s the culinary stars that are the biggest draws. Equipped with an extensive wine selection of the finest local (and international) wines around and an expertly trained sommelier, plus a restaurant largely supplied by its own organic food garden, where they grow anything from basil to thyme, oranges to eggplant and grapefruit to lettuce—this is a wine connoisseur and food fanatic’s heaven.