Amara Resort and Spa
100 Amara Ln., Sedona
Amara is the kind of place that turns fallen trees into headboards for the guest rooms. It lives in harmony with its surroundings. The rooms (there are a hundred of them) are clean and modern, with spare design, wood accents, and lots of right angles. The best part of the hotel is what’s outside the rooms: cornhole by day, a firepit by night, and an infinity pool with a view of Red Rock Canyon. And we haven’t even mentioned the spa, which is very, very worth a mention. A guided meditation or detox wrap is about the nicest way to unwind after a day spent, um, unwinding. For good reason, Amara is a popular place for weddings. If that’s not your jam, call ahead to make sure there won’t be one during your stay.
525 Boynton Canyon Rd., Sedona
Enchantment Resort, considered the most luxurious in Sedona, is tucked into Boynton Canyon, but if that doesn’t mean anything to you, just know that it’s exactly where you want to be if you want to go exploring, biking, or hiking, even if you can’t commit and call it walking. The trails will take your breath away and are easily accessible. Rooms are a beautiful amalgam of luxury hotel amenities (flat-screen TVs, plush king-size beds, private decks) and pure Sedona tranquility (adobe fireplaces, exposed-beam ceilings, red rock views). All the rooms are wonderful, but if we had to pick, we’re partial to the pool suites, which have decks, wood-burning stoves, outdoor fireplaces, private pools, and views that are all your own. Enchantment also has tennis courts, yoga classes, and all manner of activities down to a foam-rolling class, along with the services at its Mii Amo spa, which is right next door.
A Sunset Chateau
665 S. Sunset Dr., Sedona
If you’re going to name your hotel after the view, you’d better be damn sure it delivers. Let’s put it this way: If there is a better view of the overwhelming, vivid red that is a Sedona sunset in Red Rock Canyon, we haven’t found it. The rooms here feel a little on the Airbnb side (leather sofas, faux antiques, electric fireplaces), but that’s all the more reason to get out of them and go explore. There’s a pool and a hot tub, but better still, make your way to the Airport Mesa Loop, one of the loveliest hikes in Sedona—or anywhere.
Hilton Sedona Resort at Bell Rock
90 Ridge Trail Dr., Sedona
The Hilton has a slightly corporate vibe but in a very definite Sedona way. All the rooms are done in muted earth tones, fireplaces abound, and activities include watching the sunrise, kayaking down the Verde River, and everything in between. Yes, there are boardrooms and conference halls, but if you look in the other direction, you’ll find the Eforea Spa (the red clay body wrap is as cleansing and detoxifying as it sounds) and about a dozen beers on tap at the hotel’s Shadowrock Bar. And then there’s the real reason we love this place: Pets are welcome.
Mii Amo Spa
525 Boynton Canyon Rd., Sedona
Known—actually, make that adored—as one of the best spas anywhere, Mii Amo doesn’t get enough praise for its sixteen guest rooms. Pale wood accents, private decks, a flood of natural light: All the rooms are geared toward creating a soothing environment. And then there’s the Mii Amo Luxury Suite, which has indoor and outdoor showers, indoor and outdoor living rooms, and indoor and outdoor ways to completely unwind. If the private massage room doesn’t help you reach next-level calm, nothing will. Mii Amo has an on-site café and juice bar, but it’s not the kind of spa that doesn’t serve wine. All of which is to say: You may never leave the premises.
L’Auberge de Sedona
301 Little Ln., Sedona
Hikes, yoga, a forest-bathing program, and views that look like you’re surrounded by iPhone billboards. That’s the gist of the sixty-two cottages and twenty-one guest rooms that make up L’Auberge de Sedona. This is the kind of place with outdoor showers (which you’ll love in the summer) and woodburning fireplaces (which you’ll love in the winter). As soon as you check in, head directly to L’Apothecary Spa, where therapists create oils, salts, scrubs, and other skin- and body-care products at an herbal blending station. They’re essentially Southwestern apothecaries using the full spectrum of herbs, flowers, and essences at their disposal to cure whatever ails you or, at the very least, to make you very, very relaxed. When you’re not at the spa, hang out in your creek-side cabin or get cozy by the fire. Just plan to spend the evening looking up—you’ve never seen so many stars in your life.