Andaz Scottsdale Resort & Spa, a luxury desert retreat which opened less than a year ago, was recognized today among the top resorts in the world in the coveted Condé Nast Traveler’s 2017 Readers’ Choice Awards, ranking #3 Top Resort in Texas & the Southwest. Andaz Scottsdale Resort & Spa received an overall score of 95.60 in the magazine’s 30th annual poll, published in its November 2017 issue. The list of 25 resorts in this region includes 10 properties in the greater Phoenix/Scottsdale area and several more within Arizona, a popular destination for luxury leisure and business travelers.

Andaz Scottsdale Resort & Spa, which opened its doors on December 15, 2016, is located on 23 acres in Paradise Valley, less than two miles north of Old Town Scottsdale, the mid-century inspired resort features 201 bungalow-style guestrooms and suites. Providing a true oasis setting with incomparable views of nearby Camelback Mountain, Andaz Scottsdale Resort & Spa offers guests a place to inhabit, explore and create. The resort was also recently recognized as one of the world’s best new hotels in the Condé Nast Traveler 2017 Hot List, curated by the magazine’s editorial staff in May 2017, as well as the No. 3 Best New Hotel in the 2016 USA Today 10Best™ Readers’ Choice Awards.

“It is such an honor to be named among the top resorts in the Southwest, and it means even more knowing it is our guests and the magazine’s readers who voted us into this top spot,” said Mike Waddill, general manager of Andaz Scottsdale Resort & Spa. “Since the property opened in December, we’ve strived every day to connect our visitors with interesting cultural experiences that leave them enriched and inspired. We are so thankful to our incredible team that delivers memorable and enriching experiences to our guests day after day.”

The Condé Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Awards are the longest-running and most prestigious recognition of excellence in the travel industry and are commonly known as “the best of the best of travel.” Under Editor in Chief Pilar Guzmán, the Readers’ Choice Awards have become more selective and specific to the passions that inspire today’s travelers. More than 300,000 dedicated readers cast votes for the world’s cities, islands, hotels, resorts, cruise lines, airlines, and airports; resulting in the best travel experiences in the world.

Andaz Scottsdale Resort & Spa draws inspiration from the innovative 1950s desert art scene and pays homage to notable artists who used the desert landscape as their artistic expression. Guestrooms feature comfortable and functional mid-century modern interiors, bathrooms with oversized showers with windows and skylights that fill each space with natural light and outdoor terraces. The Guest House is a central gathering place that resembles an artist’s studio in design and features a live rotating art collection. Centrally located for guest access, the Guest House opens onto the Turquoise Pool, the center of outdoor activity in the resort with an expansive sundeck with 13 private cabanas, of which six are connected to guestrooms and a suite overlooking the pool. The Turquoise Pool Bar offers refreshments during the day and hosts parties and events at night. 

Signature restaurant Weft & Warp Art Bar + Kitchen features a glass box exhibition kitchen with a plancha and chef’s table, beckoning guests to become a part of the culinary experience. Specializing in contemporary Sonoran cuisine in small, sharable plates under the helm of Executive Chef Adam Sheff, the restaurant infuses Sonoran inspired flavors and ingredients into a menu that showcases of Sheff’s urban culinary experience. 

Palo Verde Spa & Apothecary embodies the calming and healing qualities of the desert. Featuring an extensive menu of personalized treatments utilizing unique and indigenous ingredients, the spa also encourages guests to invent their own concoctions at the Desert Blending Bar. The 12,000-square-foot facility features four treatment rooms, outdoor hydrotherapy pools, eucalyptus steam rooms, a nail and hair salon, fitness center, outdoor relaxation lounges and an exclusive private pool for spa guests. 

The resort also features The Retreat, a hidden gem offering a cluster of 22 guestrooms and one suite. Surrounding a pool and several outdoor dining and event spaces, The Retreat is an ideal venue for corporate retreats and destination weddings. In all, Andaz Scottsdale Resort & Spa features more than 46,000 square feet of flexible, indoor/outdoor event space, including an expansive event lawn, Foundry Ballroom, two large Studios and more.

In partnership with the nearby Cattle Track Arts & Preservation compound, resort guests can interact, learn and create alongside the local craftsman in painting, pottery, photography and more. Established in the 1930s and located less than one mile from the resort, Cattle Track is a community where artists live and work among their art. The resort’s artist-in-residence program allows guests to engage with the artists at the resort through curated programming, as well as at the artists’ personal Cattle Track studios.

Nightly room rates are seasonally based, starting at $399 per night during Scottsdale peak season. Suite pricing starts at $2,500 during peak season. For more information about Andaz Scottsdale Resort & Spa, visit Stay social with Andaz Scottsdale Resort & Spa on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, and join in on the conversation using #WhyNotAZAZ.