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Kimpton’s Amara Resort & Spa offers summer deals

This summer, Kimpton’s Amara Resort and Spa invites guests to escape the heat and head to Sedona for cooler temperatures and endless summer fun with discounted stays, dining and spa packages and memorable activities.

Now through the end of August, Amara is hosting a number of activities to take full advantage of its outdoor grass courtyard overlooking the picturesque Sedona red rocks. Lawn games like cornhole and bocce ball are available to guests daily and set the stage for the resort’s complimentary nightly wine hour from 5pm – 6pm.

Every Friday and Saturday night, guests can take full advantage of Sedona’s rare “Dark Sky Designation” with the resort’s “Stargazing & S’mores” offering. A local astronomy expert is on-hand to guide guests through the solar system as they use iPads with a stargazing app. Complimentary s’mores kits are provided for toasting marshmallows around the outdoor fire pits and blankets are available to bundle up on chilly nights.

Now through Labor Day, rates are as low as $220 per night, which is discounted 25 percent from high-season. Rounding out the summer offering, Amara is offering two stay packages that highlight the resort’s signature restaurant, SaltRock, and Amara Spa:

Rise and Dine (from $239/night)
Beautifully appointed deluxe accommodations.
$25 daily food and beverage credit to SaltRock Southwest Kitchen & Craft Margaritas.
Book online or call (877) 488-1908 and mention rate code RISE.
Available now through 12/30/15.

Relax and Recharge (from $299/night)
Beautifully appointed deluxe accommodations.
$100 daily spa credit to the Amara Spa.
Spa appointments must be booked separately by calling 928-282-6088.
Book online or call (877) 488-1908 and mention rate code RNR.
Available now through 12/30/15.


Amara offers unique wedding options

At Kimpton’s Amara Resort & Spa, intimate weddings and elopement ceremonies are considered a specialty with picturesque settings, adventurous outdoor excursions and traditional Native American touches that can only be found in Sedona.  

Elopement ceremonies along Oak Creek with a red rock backdrop, horseback riding and Native American drummers are just a few of the enchanting experiences that are available to couples planning their special day at Amara. Specialty day-of experiences can be fully customized by the Amara wedding team and may include:

  • Let’s Elope: Sedona ranks among the top spots for elopement ceremonies, behind Las Vegas. Amara is the perfect choice to celebrate the intimate affair. The calm creek-side venue is a popular location for the eloping bride and groom because it is the most intimate space. Following the ceremony, the bride, groom and guests will dine under the stars on the patio at SaltRock where they can sip specialty cocktails and enjoy regional dishes from an exclusive menu created by the bride and groom with the help of Executive Chef Massimo De Francesca.
  • Adventure Awaits: Sedona offers visitors stunning outdoor excursions through the famous red rocks with sights unlike anywhere else in the world. Amara is ideally located in the heart of uptown Sedona to allow for easy access to many of the city’s top activities. For the couples that want to add a dash of adventure to their special day, Amara’s team coordinates for the couple, or the wedding party, to be whisked away to enjoy a hot air balloon ride, horseback riding through desert trails or romantic hikes with a custom picnic basket.
  • Native American Touches: Sedona offers a rich history in Native American culture and spirituality that is as unique as the red rock. Brides and grooms have an exclusive opportunity to incorporate this connection to Sedona with Native American drummers and dancers following the ceremony, spiritual readings from local psychics at the reception and harness the powers of the local crystals and vortexes for which Sedona has become known.

Overlooking the gorgeous red rock and nestled along Oak Creek, Amara provides the ideal dramatic backdrop for traditional and non-traditional ceremonies. Indoor and outdoor venues such as the resort courtyard and the secluded creek side will host up to 85 dinner guests or 125 guests at a cocktail reception.

Amara only books one wedding on property per day to ensure the dedicated wedding staff can focus entirely on creating a completely customized wedding experience for the bride and groom.

The resorts signature restaurant, SaltRock, offers Southwest-inspired cuisine marrying the fresh, light and seasonal approach to California cooking with culinary traditions and ingredients of the Southwest and Verde Valley. SaltRock is also available for the rehearsal dinner, bridal parties and morning-after brunches. 

For more information about weddings at Kimpton’s Amara Resort & Spa, visit www.amararesort.com or call 928-282-4828.

Part of the transformation of at Kimpton’s Amara Resort & Spa in Sedona includes SaltRock, a new restaurant that offers Southwest-inspired cuisine.

Amara debuts redesigned spa, Sedona-centric services

Amara Spa at Kimpton’s Amara Resort & Spa is debuting a variety of new Sedona-centric services exclusive to the resort that tie into its new look after undergoing a refresh that was part of a $1 million property redesign.

Native American rattles, sage smudging, healing crystals, chakra balancing, custom oil blends of lavender, rosemary and sage that rain down the spine and the detoxifying properties of local Sedona mud, help guests reconnect spiritually to the local environment and harness the metaphysical energy of the area for which Sedona has become famous. Set against red rock panoramas and nestled along Oak Creek, Amara Spa adds another dimension of peace and tranquility. The spa’s new enchanting experiences are rich in native ingredients and reflect a sincere love for the area. Some favorites include:

Rain Dance Massage ($140): Integrating body, mind and spirit, this ceremonial 60-minute massage uses Amara’s signature oils of lavender, rosemary, and sage which are luxuriously dropped down your spine. Ease into this harmonious dance as sprinkles of lavender oil both help to relax muscles and address fatigue. Rosemary oil trickles down next in this powerful service for deeper clearing and healing effects. Purifying and grounding qualities of sage are then delivered along with a rhythmic movement dancing you into tranquility. Conclude with a warm oil scalp massage.

Winds of Change Massage ($190): Native rattles, smudging with sage, crystals and specially crafted oils, combined with compassionate healing hands, reconnects your being to your spirit during a 90-minute massage. Amara’s gifted healers use energy work, balance your chakras and connect you to ancient healing rituals. The wind of a feather sweeps away tension. This complete service includes a relaxing massage.

Moon Chasing Sun Facial ($190): This 90 minute ritual will take you deeper into a state of bliss. Begin with an aroma inhalation of your choosing, body compressions, and warm towels. This customized skin treatment includes a choreographed facial massage using cool and warm stones simultaneously to promote the purging of toxins and reduce swelling, while the anti-oxidant mask is fighting free-radicals, experience a highly concentrated scalp massage. Tension melts and your skin is left glowing.

Soleful Traveler ($90): This 90 minute treatment is designed to revitalize your body and soles. Begin with a heated herbal neck wrap. A Sedona mud mask detoxifies your lower legs and vanilla scented sugar-scrub refreshes your feet. Enjoy a hot stone massage using a luxurious renewing body cream and finish with our vegan gel alternative quick dry polish. Pamper.
For the ultimate spa experience paired with a resort stay, Amara is offering a Crystal Chakras Reconnect Retreat package that includes a deluxe guest room along with three hours of spa treatments, at a 15 percent discount, including the Winds of Change massage and the Soleful Traveler Pedicure. The package is available Nov. 1 through Feb. 7 (blackout dates: Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Eve). Rate code: CRYSTL.

With six treatment rooms, the full-service spa offers massages, facials, body treatments, foot and hand rituals, nail services, makeup application and a variety of perfectly paired spa packages. Amara Spa also boasts a private yoga studio with complimentary daily classes for resort guests, eucalyptus steam rooms, men’s and women’s locker rooms with showers and a retail boutique selling all-natural products.

Amara’s new “modern native” esthetic, infuses elements of Native American and Southwestern pattern and designs, but reinvented in a contemporary way. 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 define the new interiors, which perfectly complement the red rock views that envelop the resort.

To learn more about Kimpton’s Amara Resort & Spa and book your next spa treatment, visit www.amararesort.com or call 928-282-4828.

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SaltRock Now Open at Sedona’s Amara

A new restaurant, SaltRock, has opened as the signature dining destination at Kimpton’s Amara Resort & Spa in Sedona, lead by Executive Chef Massimo De Francesca.

SaltRock offers Southwest-inspired cuisine marrying the fresh, light and seasonal approach to California cooking with culinary traditions and ingredients of the Southwest and Verde Valley. SaltRock serves breakfast, lunch and dinner and its outdoor patio offers guests a breathtaking setting under the stars with a majestic red rock backdrop, live music Thursday through Saturday and views of the heated, sea salt infinity-edge pool and nearby fire pits.

Chef Massimo is also the executive chef at Taggia, located at Kimpton’s FireSky Resort & Spa in Scottsdale, where he showcases coastal Italian cuisine, sourcing local Arizona organic produce, herbs from the on-site garden and top-quality meats and seafood flown in fresh daily. Classic in his training, yet innovative in his approach, Chef Massimo is known for connecting tradition with contemporary musings.

For Chef Massimo, standouts have already emerged from the menu including Deviled Eggs, chipotle-egg yolk mousse with pasilla maple syrup; King Oyster Mushrooms, confit, charred and marinated in local pine needles and served with warm Mexican chocolate and pinenut gremolata; Mini Bell Peppers, smoked with pecan wood and garnished with spicy aioli; Trout Pâté, local Sedona trout slow roasted over apple wood, made into a pâté and layered in a smoking jar served with toasted baguette; Lamb Tostadas, braised lamb belly, smoked goat cheese and apple-mint chutney and fresh epazote served over freshly made crispy tostadas; Wild So-Cal Swordfish, citrus grilled, layered with tomatillos, pineapple-puree and topped with mango and black bean salsa and Achiote Chicken, marinated organic chicken breast served over jalapeño and cilantro risotto, asparagus, garnished with piñon sauce and pomegranate seeds.

The cocktail program at SaltRock highlights craft margaritas and was created by Kimpton Lead Bartender Jacques Bezuidenhout, who oversees the cocktails and spirits program for Kimpton’s nearly 70 restaurants, bars and lounges across the country. The bar offers a thoughtful selection of tequila and mezcal, along with a curated selection of other spirits, local wines and craft, domestic and international beer favorites.

SaltRock’s design complements the resort’s new “modern native” design esthetic, which infuses elements of Native American patterns, but reinvented in a contemporary way. With charcoal-colored oak flooring, mix-and-match dining chairs, a live-edge wood communal dining table and banquets upholstered in vintage rugs, the restaurant embodies a timeless and comfortable American vibe and spirit. An art-installation of more than 300 antique spoons, found at flea markets across the country and artfully dipped in a variety of colors, adorn the wall. Lush, green air-plants in ceramic pots hang from ropes and leather straps to create a living wall that separates the restaurant from the resort’s living room to connect the spaces, while still allowing for privacy.

Born in Toronto, Chef Massimo’s international culinary passions have led him to positions in such places as Toronto, Canada; Torino and Cesenatico, Italy; Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands; Washington DC; Manhattan, New York and Dallas, Texas. In addition to his diverse experiences, he has worked under world renowned chefs such as Gianpiero Tondina, Vincenzo Cammeruci, Oscar Tuchi and JP Challet.

Chef Massimo joined Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants in 2008 where he has served as executive chef at a variety of restaurants across the country over the years. He moved to Scottsdale to lead the culinary vision at Taggia in 2012, where he has earned numerous accolades including “Top 10 Best Italian Restaurants” by Phoenix Magazine. Kimpton is known for its award-winning collection of seasonally-inspired restaurants and bars lead by creative, local chefs that turn farm-fresh flavors into memorable dishes.

Last month, Amara Resort & Spa unveiled a $1 million redesign of the boutique resort’s 100 spacious guest rooms and suites, common spaces including the living room where guests enjoy complimentary wine hour nightly, the outdoor lounge and the 26,000-gallon infinity edge saltwater pool that overlooks the serene Oak Creek and red rocks. As Kimpton’s newest addition to its Arizona properties, Amara is 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.

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.

Perched on the third-floor pool deck at Kimpton’s Hotel Palomar Phoenix, LUSTRE is an oasis in the heart of Downtown Phoenix with sweeping views of the city skyline, fresh cocktails and seasonal menu items perfect for enjoying poolside.

Some of the best staycations for the holiday weekend

You don’t need to go away for the holiday weekend when we have the world’s most fantastic pools, luxurious spas, romantic retreats, spectacular golf courses and best restaurants right in our backyard.

You can forget about the flight delays and rental cars because many of Arizona’s award-winning hotels and resorts offer summer deals that are designed specifically for local residents who want a staycation to get away from it all. The best part about it getting to experience the best Arizona has to offer? During the summer, the rates are very low.

Hotel Palomar Phoenix
The deals: “Night on the Town” includes accommodations and $25 gift card to Copper Blues starting at $129. “$102 and a Round of Brew” includes accommodations and a round of four beers at Blue Hound Kitchen & Cocktails. “Sweet Dreams” features accommodations, “Some Day, Some Night” children’s book by local author Jack Guinan, milk and cookies starting at $129. “Summer Getaway” offers accommodations, $10 iTunes gift card and two welcome cocktails at LUSTRE Rooftop Garden starting from $129.
To book: (602) 253-6633 or hotelpalomar-phoenix.com

Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Gainey Ranch
The deal: The Splash Into Summer package is available May 21-Sept. 3. From just $169 per night, guests get a deluxe room (50 percent off second room), free dinner in SWB for one child with each paying adult, free golf for kids ages 15 and under, 50 percent off Camp Hyatt each day for up to two children per room, and access to the resort’s 2.5-acre water extravaganza complete with 10 pools and three-story, high-speed waterslide.
To book: (480) 444-1234 or scottsdale.hyatt.com and reference rate code SSPLSH

JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort & Spa
The deal: The “Fling & Swing” package starting at $169 is available May 22 through Sept. 2. The summer package includes a daily $50 resort credit, free golf on Faldo and Palmer championship golf courses (after 3 p.m. day of arrival, 11 a.m. on for remainder of stay), free meals for kids 12 and under, free access to the Family Escape Center, free in-room Wi-Fi, complimentary appetizer or dessert daily with an entree and free tennis.
To book: familyflingandswing.com/

Kimpton’s Amara Resort & Spa
The deals: Amara offers two summer packages. “Rise & Dine” includes deluxe accommodations and a $25 daily dining credit starting from $339 per night. “Relax & Recharge” features deluxe accommodations and $100 daily spa credit starting from $339 per night. Packages valid now through December 31.
To book: (928) 282-4828 or amararesort.com

L’Auberge de Sedona
The deal: For the past 3 summers L’Auberge has had a “Drop it Like it’s Hot” deal that is geared towards Phoenix residents. As the temperatures heat up in Phoenix, Phoenician can escape the heat and drive North to Sedona and “Drop it Like it’s Hot.” At 4 p.m., L’Auberge takes the temperature on Oak Creek and compares it with the temperature at Sky Harbor. The difference will be the discount on your rate.
To book: (928) 282-1661 or lauberge.com

Lodge on the Desert
The deal: From May 27-Aug. 14, guests can get deluxe accommodations at $99 per night with breakfast for two (plus tax). Based on availability.
To book: (520) 320-2000

Loews Ventana Canyon Resort
The deal: Dive into Summer Savings with Loews Best Rate. Rates start from $99 per night, May 21-Sept. 4, and some restrictions apply. Rates are also based on availability.
To book: (800) 235-6397 or loewshotels.com

Pointe Hilton Tapatio Cliffs Resort
The deal: Discover refreshing pools, water slides, complimentary kid’s meals, poolside activities, dive-in movies, all-suite accommodations, themed restaurants, children’s programs, championship golf and relaxing spa services for the ultimate in summer chill time. Rates starting from $89 per room, per night.
To book: (602) 943-7752 or pointehiltontapatiocliffs.com

Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain
The deal: Sanctuary offers the “For Arizonans Only” deal, which gives local residents 20 percent off the resort’s best available rate for a two-night stay or more. Guests must present a valid Arizona ID at check-in. Offer is valid June 1-Aug. 27. In addition, Sanctuary’s starting rates drop 45 percent — from $529 to $289 per night — beginning May 16.
To book: (800) 245-2051 or sanctuaryaz.com

Scottsdale Resort and Conference Center
The deal: Rates from $89, guests choose from the resort’s Stay Scottsdale, Play Scottsdale or Summer Seclusions “Kid Free Zone” packages. Available May 23-Sept. 1.
To book: (480) 991-9000 or TheScottsdaleResort.com

Talking Stick Resort
The deal: This summer, Talking Stick Resort is offering discounted hotel rates starting from $119 per night plus applicable taxes.
To book: (480) 850-7777 or talkingstickresort.com

The Boulders, a Waldorf Astoria Resort
The deal: The Boulders beckons travelers to the “cool side of the desert,” where temperatures are typically10 degrees cooler than in the valley. Seasonal rates dip to $99 per night. When booking a stay, request the “Best of Waldorf Astoria Package” and receive $50 resort reward for each night of the stay. The Truly Boulders Package includes luxury Casita accommodations, daily $15/adult breakfast credit, 20 percent off spa services, complimentary parking and golf club/tennis racquet rentals for just $159 per night, double occupancy.
To book: (480) 488-9009 or theboulders.com

The Phoenician
The deal: Book and stay between May 30 and September 1 and be entered to win a two-night New Year’s Eve stay at The Canyon Suites, Arizona’s only Forbes Five Star, AAA Five Diamond hotel. Summer rates start at $159 per night.
To book: (480) 941-8200 or thephoenician.com/offers and reference rate code SUMMER

The Scottsdale Plaza Resort
The deal: At The Plaza, enjoy luxury accommodations from $99 per night plus a $50 food & beverage credit for any resort bar, poolside café or restaurant.
To book: (480) 948-5000 or scottsdaleplaza.com

The Scottsdale Resort
The deals: “Stay Scottsdale, Play Scottsdale Summer Package” offers rates from $89 weekdays and $99 weekends and includes accommodations, $50 food and beverage credit and weekend movie showings in the Pueblo Theater. The “Kid Free Zone” package offers rates from $89 weekdays and $119 weekends and includes accommodations, $50 food and beverage credit and Saturday and Sunday full breakfast buffet for two in the clubhouse. Casita suites available starting from $149 weekday and $179 on weekends. Summer deals available May 23-Sept. 1.
To book: (800) 540-0727 or thescottsdaleresort.com

W Scottsdale Hotel
The deal: The W lets you kick back and take it easy with two special summer packages. The Vitamin W comes with sunglasses, sunblock, beach bag, a poolside pitcher of Vitamin W and a room. The Road Trip includes a $25 gas card, overnight valet parking, a USB car charger and a room. Rates are from $160 per night and available for stays May 11-Sept. 6
To book: (877) 782-0104 or wscottsdalehotel.com/specialoffers

Westward Look Wyndham Grand Resort and Spa
The deal: Get Baja Bound starting at $99, Your tropical staycation includes a discount “passport book” with savings on all restaurants, spa, tennis, horseback riding and more.
To book: (520) 297-1151 or westwardlook.com

Wild Horse Pass Hotel & Casino and Vee Quiva Hotel & Casino
The deal: Gila River Casinos is a great place to stay and play! From June 1-Sept. 25, guests can stay at Wild Horse Pass Hotel & Casino and Vee Quiva Hotel & Casino for rates starting as low as $69. The best gaming, dining and night life in the valley, Gila River Casinos offers all the hottest slots and best entertainment destination all under one roof.
To book: WinGilaRiver.com