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Summer Specials at Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain

There’s no time like the summer to visit Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain, not only to enjoy its award-winning facilities and amenities, but to do so at considerable savings.  The resort is offering an enticing line-up of packages that let guests experience luxurious guest rooms, the infinity-edge pool at the foot of scenic Camelback Mountain, the acclaimed Asian-inspired spa and highly touted cuisine of Executive Chef and Food Network star Beau MacMillan.  Cost-effective romantic escapes, girls’ getaways, extended stays in spectacular private homes and even an Arizona residents-only special are among the package choices.

Sanctuary’s Summer 2013 Specials are a vailable through August 31, 2013:

Spa Savings Celebration:

 

Spa-goers who book a 60-minute treatment at full price Monday–Thursday get 50% off a second 60-minute treatment of choice. Day spa and resort guests can also enjoy a 60-minute Therapeutic Massage, Emperor Facial or Sanctuary Jewel Facial for a special rate of $120, Monday–Thursday, or $130 Friday–Sunday (normally $150)

 For Arizonans Only:

 

· Local residents seeking a Sanctuary stay-cation receive 20% off Sanctuary’s best available rate for a two-night stay or more. Guests must present a valid Arizona ID at check-in. Advanced reservations required.

Ladies First:

 

Mother-Daughter duos, sisters and gal pals can treat themselves to a girl’s getaway to relax by the pool and indulge in Asian-inspired treatments at Sanctuary Spa. Package includes:

· One night in a luxurious Mountain Casita
· Relaxing 60-minute spa treatment per person
· Room tax and spa gratuity
· 25% off best Sanctuary rate

Summer of Love:

 

Couples can escape to Sanctuary to relax, reconnect and rejuvenate. They can also enhance the romance with add-ons like a couples’ massage, a guided hike on Camelback Mountain, or a peaceful afternoon in in a private poolside cabana. Package includes:

· One night in a luxurious Mountain Casita
· Dinner for two at elements restaurant (excluding alcohol)
· Chocolate-covered strawberries & champagne in-room upon arrival
· 25% off best Sanctuary rate

Sanctuary Escape:

 

Guests can enjoy spectacular views with accommodations overlooking the striking Camelback Mountain and Paradise Valley. Package includes:

· One night in a luxurious Mountain Casita
· Full breakfast for two at elements restaurant or in-room
· One 60-minute spa treatment per person
· Room tax, breakfast tax & gratuity, and spa gratuity
· 25% off best Sanctuary rate

Casa Spa Harmony Package:

 

Travelers in the market for the luxury and comfort of a private home can stay in one of Sanctuary’s distinctive private mountainside estates. Available for the night, week or month, each residence includes three to five bedrooms, a full kitchen and spacious living room, distinctive features like a private pool, guest casita, billiards room and more. Package includes:

· Three nights in a private home
· Two 60-minute spa treatments per person (up to four people)
· Full breakfast daily for up to four people
· Room tax, breakfast tax & gratuity, and spa gratuity

For more information and reservations, please call (480) 607-2300 or visit sanctuaryaz.com.

About Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain:  One of the country’s most lauded luxury resorts, Sanctuary is a striking boutique property on Camelback Mountain in Paradise Valley, Arizona, just minutes from downtown Scottsdale.  Under the direction of Westroc Hospitality, Sanctuary enjoys international acclaim for its contemporary design, and award-winning elements restaurant and Sanctuary Spa.  A member of Small Luxury Hotels of the World, Sanctuary was named the number one resort in Arizona in Travel + Leisure’s “500 Best Hotels in the World” and the number one resort in the Southwest in Condé Nast Traveler’s “Readers’ Choice Awards”.  Sanctuary has been a Condé Nast Traveler “Gold List” and “Reader’s Choice” winner since opening in 2001.

Elements at the Sanctuary - AZ Business Magazine Nov/Dec 2010

Elements At The Sanctuary Provides A Feast For The Eyes And Stomach

My dining companions and I took in the gorgeous view at the Sanctuary Camelback Mountain Resort & Spa in Paradise Valley, as the sun set behind Mummy Mountain in a swirl of pink and purple, before settling into a deep blue. But make no mistake, it was the food that took center stage.

elements’ location within the Sanctuary must be some sort of homage to the resort’s name, as the restaurant is truly a haven for food lovers. With prominent chef Beau MacMillan — of Iron Chef America fame — at the helm, elements has flourished into an innovative restaurant with a flair for bringing out the best in every dish. MacMillan has a passion for fresh and organic ingredients, and believes food should be appreciated for its simplicity and natural goodness. After the Sanctuary’s renovation last year, elements’ kitchen doubled in size. MacMillan seized the opportunity to expand the menu to feature more local ingredients obtained from organic farmers, hormone-free meats, as well as more vegetarian and gluten-free dishes.

In the sleek, modern dining area, we began the night with some exquisite ginger eggplant hummus, served with fresh, crunchy bread. The hummus was unlike anything I’d ever tasted before, with an unexpected ingredient, ginger, that gave it a kick.

For our appetizers, we chose the roasted corn bisque, black truffle and lobster fritter; the pan fried, short rib ravioli topped with sugar-cured shallot, horseradish hollandaise and tomato jam; and last but not least, the crispy soft shell crab with green garlic aioli. They were all, to put it bluntly, fantastic. Each appetizer had its own unique flavor, but somehow left us with the same expression: Yum! The bisque had a smooth, creamy texture with hints of lobster. Meanwhile, the pan-fried, short rib ravioli was definitely a new spin on an old favorite.

Next up we sampled elements’ salads, which also featured an interesting mix of ingredients. The braised bacon and poached egg salad sounded more like breakfast, but turned out to be a good complement to the organic greens, shaved vegetables and soy sesame vinaigrette. But the standout was definitely the beet salad, featuring salt roasted beets and fennel, goat cheese, mizuna and toasted walnuts.

Soon it was time for the entrees. Over pleasant conversation and beautiful backdrops, we sampled various dishes. From the classic chicken dish to the special of the day, we kept our taste buds tingling. Another old favorite that garnered positive feedback was the prime flat iron steak. You can’t really go wrong with steak, and elements turned things up a notch — with roasted oyster mushrooms, heirloom baby potatoes and spring onions. After the tasty ginger hummus, we selected the carrot and ginger gnocchi as one of our dishes, and a good thing we did. The punch of flavor that the ginger brought once again surprised us — an unexpected but perfect addition.

Of course, we couldn’t leave without sampling some dessert. And were we glad we did. The piña colada was just as delicious as the cocktail, minus the alcohol. Featuring warm pineapple upside down rum cake with vanilla coconut anglaise and coconut gelato, it was the perfect ending to an exquisite meal. You might say all the “elements” were there for a perfect evening, as well.

If You Go:
elements at Sanctuary
Camelback Mountain and Spa
5700 E. McDonald Drive
Paradise Valley
(480) 948-2100

Arizona Business Magazine Nov/Dec 2010