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Amara Resort and Spa

Kimpton begins refresh on Sedona’s Amara Resort

Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants begins renovations today at Amara Resort & Spa in Sedona, Ariz., one of the leading resorts in the area, that includes a design refresh of the resort’s 100 guest rooms, common areas and restaurant.

The refresh is rolling out in stages, as to not affect the guest experience, with completion expected at the end of June. As Kimpton’s newest addition to its Arizona properties, Amara is a boutique resort located in the heart of uptown Sedona. Nestled along Oak Creek, the resort overlooks the Cleopatra Red Rock Formation where Camel Rock and the much-loved Snoopy Rock are in perfect view.

“‘Modern native’ is the idea our design team was inspired by and we held ourselves to that creative development in all aspects of the refresh,” said Patrick Gaskin, general manager at Amara. “It was important for us to infuse elements of the craftsmanship and traditions of the Hopi and Navajo tribes that are indigenous to Northern Arizona, such as basket-making, rope-weaving, rain sticks and turquoise. Our designers were inspired by native patterns and indigenous skills, but we’ve reinvented it in a contemporary way instead of trying to be too literal.”

Pulling from the color palette of the surrounding lush foliage and the brilliant desert flowers that dot the property, green, aubergine, bright marigold and injections of hot fuchsia can be found throughout the new interiors, which perfectly complement the red rock views that envelop the resort.

Design elements found throughout the rooms are live-edge wooden headboards that were individually crafted from fallen trees and vary from room-to-room, crystal drawer accents and geode artwork that pull inspiration from Sedona’s spiritual center, turquoise table lamps, oversized sitting chairs with woven rope accents, colorful rain sticks positioned above the bed to promote sweet dreams and artwork featuring a jackalope, the mythological creature, adding a bit of whimsy.

The resort’s common spaces that are undergoing design renovations include the living room where guests enjoy complimentary wine hour nightly, the outdoor lounge and lawn areas and the 26,000-gallon infinity edge saltwater pool that overlooks the serene Oak Creek and red rocks.

“With spectacular weather year-round, our outdoor spaces are very social environments and we wanted to create a place that invites our guests to relax in cheery Adirondack chairs on the lawn, cozy up with plush blankets on starry nights over a glass of wine with new friends by the fire pits or catch some Arizona rays by the pool while enjoying the view,” said Gaskin.

The resort’s signature restaurant, Hundred Rox, is being completely redesigned and reimagined by Kimpton, known for their award-winning collection of seasonally-inspired restaurants and bars lead by creative, local chefs that turn farm-fresh flavors into memorable dishes. Set to be unveiled later this summer, the restaurant will embody a new concept along with a new menu and name. Hundred Rox will remain open to resort guests and the public throughout the renovation process.

Guests of Amara can enjoy complimentary morning coffee and tea service in the living room, hosted evening wine hour from 5pm – 6pm daily, a 24-hour fitness center, complimentary daily yoga, a heated, sea salt infinity pool and hot tub overlooking the red rocks and Oak Creek, free Wi-Fi for Kimpton loyalty members, custom PUBLIC Bikes for complimentary use, pet-friendly amenities and accommodations and 5,000 square feet of multi-use space accommodating up to 160 people, which can be customized for social and business events.

While Amara is just steps from the hustle and bustle of Sedona’s uptown shopping, dining and cultural hub, the resort is situated below the main area, nestled on the banks of the creek, which makes it feel worlds away.

To learn more about Kimpton’s Amara Resort & Spa, visit www.amararesort.com or call 928-282-4828.
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Top 5 Accommodations: Northern Arizona (Spring-Summer 2014)

Get ready to experience Arizona’s spring/summer 2014 Top 5 Accommodations in Northern Arizona! And use Experience AZ to guide you toward a visit that will make you want to come back time after time to keep crossing the must see hot spots off your Top 5 lists.

Top 5 Accommodations: Northern Arizona

Amara Resort & Spa
100 Amara Lane Sedona, AZ 86336

(928) 282-4828
Set against a superb backdrop of red-rock buttes and steps from the banks of Oak Creek, this Arizona hotel offers breathtaking views and is just a block from Uptown Sedona’s shopping and restaurants.

Enchantment Resort
525 Boynton Canyon Rd. Sedona, AZ 86336

(800) 826-4180
This resort combines luxury with rugged grandeur inspired by Native American culture. The adobe casita-style accommodations offer world-class comforts amid the Sedona red rocks.

Jerome Grand Hotel
200 Hill St. Jerome, AZ 86331

(928) 634-8200
The Jerome Grand Hotel was originally constructed in 1926 under the name United Verde Hospital. After the United Verde Hospital became the Jerome Grand Hotel, many alleged hauntings began to occur and it has become a quite popular destination for amateur ghost hunters.

L’Auberge de Sedona
301 L’Auberge Ln. Sedona, AZ 86336

(800) 905-5745
L’Auberge is rated one of the Top 50 Hotels in the U.S. by Condé Nast. AAA Four-Diamond luxury accommodations in 89 meticulously appointed guest rooms and cottages in distinctive settings, including creekside, hillside, spa and garden cottages, the Lodge and the Creek House. Enjoy creekside dining at L’Auberge Restaurant on Oak Creek.

Hassayampa Inn
122 E. Gurley St. Prescott, AZ 86301

(928) 778-9434
Since 1927, when writers and artists were drawn to the stunning landscapes of the Southwest, the Hassayampa Inn has been the “Grand Jewel of Prescott,” a fashionable resort for the well-heeled. Georgia O’Keeffe stayed there. So did D.H. Lawrence, Clark Gable, Greta Garbo, Tom Mix and Will Rogers.


Favorite Sedona Spot Becomes Kimpton Hotel

Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants  has acquired Amara Resort and Spa in Sedona, Ariz.  The 100-room boutique resort overlooking Sedona’s beautiful Oak Creek will be the third Kimpton hotel in Arizona and will join Kimpton’s portfolio of 59 hotels and 68 restaurants, bars and lounges in 25 cities nationwide.

Amara Resort and Spa is located in the heart of Uptown Sedona and is just a two-minute walk from Sedona’s popular shops, galleries, wine tasting and restaurants. As a luxurious boutique hotel immersed in Sedona’s iconic red rocks, Amara Resort and Spa combines the tranquility of Sedona with Kimpton’s hallmark customer care and stylish ambiance, providing a top-rated Northern Arizona destination for both business and leisure travelers.

“We’re proud to add the Amara Resort and Spa to our collection,” said Mike Depatie, chief executive officer, Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants. “We saw an opportunity to expand to Sedona, an area that’s a very desirable resort destination for travelers for its ideal weather, stunning views and serene environment. It’s a perfect addition to our growing roster of hotels because it further expands our presence in popular leisure markets  adding to hotels we already have open or in development in Scottsdale, Vero Beach, South Beach, Miami, Aspen and Palm Springs.”

As one of the leading resorts in Sedona, Amara Resort and Spa completed a $2 million renovation in September 2012. The renovations included the addition of a 26,000-gallon infinity edge saltwater pool that directly overlooks the serene Oak Creek and Sedona’s red rocks, along with upgrades to the resort’s restaurant, outdoor event space, fitness center and lobby. Many of the resort’s 100 guest rooms also overlook Oak Creek and offer stunning red rock views.

Kimpton plans further renovations to align the property with its high standards in the area of design and comfort. Amara Resort and Spa has already begun to incorporate and offer Kimpton’s popular complimentary perks and amenities, such as the Kimpton InTouch loyalty program, hosted evening wine hour from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m., coffee and tea service in the living room lobby daily, in-room yoga mats, loaner bikes, the company’s pet friendly policies and more.

Amara Resort and Spa guests can also experience the beauty of Sedona at its popular restaurant Hundred Rox, with indoor/outdoor seating. Hundred Rox’s al fresco dining was recently updated with soothing water features and romantic fire pits – all overlooking the infinity pool and natural landscape. The outdoor area capitalizes on the stunning view and can also function as an outdoor event space for intimate weddings or corporate events.


San Francisco-based Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants, the leading collection of boutique hotels and restaurants in the United States, is an acknowledged industry pioneer and was the first to bring the boutique hotel concept to America. In 1981, Bill Kimpton founded the company that today is well-known for making travelers feel genuinely cared for while away from home through personal perks and services, a highly stylized ambiance and a playful spirit found throughout. Helping guests live full, balanced lives on the road, Kimpton offers thoughtful amenities including complimentary yoga mats in every room, modern and well-appointed fitness centers, a daily hosted Wine Hour to relax and unwind and locally-loved destination restaurants and bars. Kimpton leads the hospitality industry in eco-friendly practices that span all hotels and restaurants. Kimpton is highly regarded for its innovative employee culture and benefits. The company has been named a Fortune magazine “Best Place to Work” four times since 2009, most recently in 2013.  The company operates nearly 60 hotels and 68 restaurants, bars and lounges in 25 cities. For more information visit www.KimptonHotels.com.