Dreamy Arizona Resorts for Desert Date Nights

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Pool at Fairmont Scottsdale Princess, a top luxury Arizona resort for couples
Enjoy sunset at the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess, one of Arizona’s best resorts for couples. Photo credit: Cindy Richards

Looking for a luxe Arizona resort for a romantic getaway for two? There are many to choose from, including Sedona’s breathtaking Enchantment Resort and the romantic Fairmont Scottsdale Princess. Here are 12 of the top Arizona resorts for couples to help you plan your desert date nights.

Arizona is an unforgettable travel destination with unique desert landscapes. Travelers en route to Grand Canyon National Park or road tripping through the west will leave this state dreaming of its desert sunsets, endless stretches of saguaro cacti and warm evening breezes.

This southwestern state also boasts a number of luxurious resorts, ideal for a romantic getaway. Couples can stay at a cozy rustic cabin while at the L’Auberge de Sedona or in a glamorous suite at the The Phoenician. Those looking for an intimate stay in Phoenix can check out the Royal Palms Resort and Spa, and anyone in the Tucson area will adore the Loews Ventana Canyon Resort. Plan your next desert vacation and check out our list of the 12 best resorts in Arizona for couples.

Enchantment Resort pool in Arizona
Enchantment Resort – Sedona, Arizona

1. Enchantment Resort – Sedona

Nestled in Boynton Canyon, Enchantment Resort offers superb views of the red rocks, ponderosa pines and desert night skies, and is particularly popular among couples looking to explore the outdoors.

Looking for a good hike? Visit the Trail House and learn about the surrounding hiking trails, rent mountain biking equipment and hear from experienced guides. Trail House guides even coordinate private or group hikes. Those planning a more relaxing stay can enjoy cocktails by the resort’s pool, or visit the on-site spa. There is also a fitness studio, a golf course, tennis courts, evening meditation and stargazing with an astronomer.

Guests can either stay in casitas or one to two bedroom suites. All accommodations feature cozy Southwestern décor and a private deck or patio with canyon views. Regionally inspired cuisine and specialty cocktails are available at the resort’s three restaurants, which range from casual to fine dining.


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2. The Hermosa Inn – Paradise Valley

In the foothills of Camelback Mountain in Paradise Valley lies a charming boutique hotel called the Hermosa Inn. The Inn was started in the 1930s by artist Lon Megargee who created the hotel as a private art escape. Though it’s now open to the public, the hotel maintains its cozy, intimate charm, while paying homage to its history by featuring some of Megargee’s original art.

The guest rooms and casitas are the epitome of privacy and comfort, with fireplaces, vaulted ceilings, patios, warm lighting and pedestal tubs. On-site amenities include a fitness center, a spa, bike rentals, a pool and a hot tub.

Hiking trails in Camelback Mountain or Piestewa Peak are only five minutes from the hotel so you can check out desert vista views. The Hermosa Inn is also located conveniently close to shopping, dining and entertainment in both Phoenix and Scottsdale. It is also only a 15-minute drive from the Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport.


3. Castle Hot Springs – Morristown

Castle Hot Springs is an oasis in the desert. The resort provides access to natural hot springs, rich in minerals and healing properties. Pools are surrounded by a stunning desert landscape, with waterfalls, cacti and palm trees. Temperatures range between 86 and 106 degrees.

There are endless other activities at Castle Hot Springs. Horseback riding, history tours, canyoning, water aerobics, wine tasting, paddle board yoga, gardening, archery, yoga and mediation can be enjoyed here. There is a one-of-a-kind spa and an adventure course for fearless travelers, who will traverse a 200-foot long aerial walkway and climb across a rugged landscape using ladders and cables.

Rooms at the resort offer unparalleled luxury and relaxation. Here, guests can expect amenities like an outdoor bathtub, a stone fireplace, a covered deck and a telescope for stargazing, depending on the suite or room they book. The onsite restaurant boasts five-course menus.


4. The Royal Palms Resort and Spa – Phoenix

Royal Palms Resort and Spa is a romantic paradise located at the base of Camelback Mountain. With Spanish Colonial architecture, stunning gardens, palm trees and tasty on-site dining, the resort makes for the perfect romantic getaway.

Guests can rent private cabanas or daybeds and relax beside the outdoor swimming pool. There is a 2-story fitness center offering exercise classes and a Forbes four-star spa with Mediterranean-inspired treatments. You’ll also find a cocktail lounge, a café and a tapas restaurant where guests can dine under the Arizona night sky.

Rooms feature European furniture and stunning garden or mountain views. Larger villas have grand patios, rainfall showers and large soaking tubs.


View of Red Rock State Park in Sedona
Beautiful vistas abound at Sedona’s Red Rock State Park. Photo credit: Arizona Office of Tourism

5. L’Auberge de Sedona – Sedona

Celebrate comfort, intimacy and relaxation at the L’Auberge de Sedona. This five-star hotel in Sedona is a cozy hideaway, tucked under the canopy of sycamore trees.

Guests can enjoy a relaxing stay in one of the resort’s cottages, which offer amenities like outdoor showers, fireplaces and private decks. Cottages boast views of the babbling Oak Creek, the Red Rocks or the resort’s charming garden, complete with a koi pond. There are also larger accommodations, including the art-inspired 2-story Lodge and the five-bedroom Creekhouse.

Amidst the lush forest, there is a spa, offering massages, skincare treatments and holistic experiences. At the apothecary blending station, guests can create their own concoction by mixing herbs, botanicals and essential oils.

There’s also a fitness center, a pool, a hot tub and a poolside bar. Art-lovers can join the La Galerie program and take classes and attend art-related event. There’s also a masterclass on metaphysical power. Delicious Southern European cuisine is served at the restaurant, Cress on Oak Creek.


The "beach" at the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess
The white sand for this”beach” was imported from Miami. Photo credit: Cindy Richards

6. The Fairmont Scottsdale Princess – Scottsdale

The Fairmont Scottsdale Princess is truly fit for royalty and is one of the best hotels in Arizona. This five-star hotel in Scottsdale flaunts Spanish Colonial Architecture and provides unparalleled luxury and world-class hospitality. The hotel has more than 700 guest rooms and suites, all of which have living areas, terraces and large bathrooms. Rooms feature earthy southwest patterns and modern furniture.

The resort has six different pools, including a pool with a 9,000 square foot white sand beach, a rooftop pool and an oasis with water slides. There is also an adults-only zone with a pool, hammocks and day beds. Other luxury amenities include a golf course, a spa, laundry services and a fitness center. There are four on-site restaurants, a bar and in-room dining services.


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7. Boulders Resort & Spa – Scottsdale

Boulders Resort & Spa Scottsdale is a luxurious hideaway in the Sonoran Desert. The resort is surrounded by stunning rock formations and an endless desert landscape. Guests will feel right at home in the resort’s adobe casitas, which come with fireplaces, wood-beamed ceilings and stone showers. There are also larger villas available.

There are four outdoor pools, two golf courses and tennis and pickleball courts. Adventure-seekers can select from a long list of outdoor excursions, including a hot air balloon ride, rock climbing, stargazing, horseback riding, midnight biking and guided hiking.

The six dining options offer something for everyone. Guests can enjoy a private meal in a wine room or enjoy fresh authentic Mexican food at the Spotted Donkey Cantina.


8. Omni Scottsdale Resort – Scottsdale

At the Omni Scottsdale Resort, guests are transported out of the US and straight to Spain for a carefree getaway. The hotel takes inspiration from the Andalusia region of Spain, with rooms featuring dark woods and rich shades of yellow and red. Some have private patios. The resort’s restaurants serve Spanish-inspired drinks and cuisine, including sangria, Spanish wines and tapas.

Even the 31,000 square foot spa is inspired by the southern Spain and the Moroccan deserts. Here, guests are spoiled and pampered with facials, body treatments, massages and traditional Moroccan healing rituals.

The resort organizes a champagne-tasting, a s’mores night, live music, flamenco dancing performance and a walking tour. There are three pools with cabanas, several on-site boutiques and a fitness center.


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The mother-of-pearl inlaid pool at The Phoenician, an Arizona resort
The three tiers of pools at The Phoenician include this one, inlaid with Mother-of-Pearl tiles. Photo creditL Cindy Richards

9. The Phoenician – Scottsdale

Set on 250 acres of lush, desert landscape, The Phoenician is a destination in itself. This luxury resort has a three-level pool complex, which includes an adults-only pool, a swimming pool featuring Mother-of-Pearl Pool tile, a Kid’s Zone and a rooftop pool with breathtaking views of Camelback Mountain.

Teens will love the resort’s 2,100+ square foot Game Room, and athletes will enjoy the tennis and pickleball courts. There is a golf course, a huge fitness center offering exercise classes, and a spa and spa movement center with yoga, meditation and stretching classes. Those looking to shop can explore several on-site shops, including a tennis store, a golf shop and a boutique.

Accommodations are spacious with warm, custom décor, Italian linen, floor-to-ceiling windows and marble bathrooms. There are eight unique dining options include a steakhouse, a tavern with dueling pianos on the weekend and an afternoon tea room.


10. The Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain – Marana

For a private, relaxing retreat, book a stay at the Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain in Tucson. Secluded in the Tortolita Mountains, this Arizona resort is still conveniently close to Tucson and its many attractions.

But with its many amenities, there’s no need to leave the resort. Zoom down the hotel’s 235-foot waterslide or relax at one of the three pools. Treat yourself to a deep muscle massage, an age-defying facial or a desert gemstone ritual at the spa. Or play a round of golf at the neighboring Dove Mountain Golf Club.

At breakfast, guests can pick their own oranges from the restaurant’s orchard, and in the evening, live music brightens the lobby lounge.

Rooms feature neutral tones and indigenous textiles while boasting beautiful views of the mountains or of Marana. Amenities include private terraces, terry robes, feather beds and goose down pillows.


11. Sanctuary Camelback Mountain – Paradise Valley

Located on the slopes of Camelback Mountain, Sanctuary Camelback Mountain is a luxurious retreat spanning 53 acres of desert. The resort offers a range of luxurious accommodations, including casitas, suites and villas. All rooms are chic and airy, with neutral color tones, modern décor and striking views.

The infinity pool is adults-only on Fridays through Sundays, for couples planning a romantic weekend getaway. There are two other satellite pools available for families traveling during that time. The Asian-inspired spa includes a zen garden, a reflection pool and 12 indoor and outdoor treatment rooms. The on-site restaurant, Elements, also draws inspiration from Asian cuisine.

The hotel has high speed wifi, a fitness center and lots of meeting space. A busy events calendar advertises game nights, happy hour, a private mixology class, daily wellness classes, live music Sundays and weekend brunch.


Catalina Mountains
The mountains at Catalina State Park in Tucson. Photo credit: Arizona Office of Tourism

12. Loews Ventana Canyon Resort – Tucson

And last but certainly not least, we suggest a visit to the Loews Ventana Canyon Resort. Located in Tucson, this desert oasis boasts dreamy views of the Catalina Mountain range. Resort amenities include two award-winning golf courses, four tennis courts, a lakeside spa, two heated pools, a jacuzzi and almost 400 guest rooms.

The Bar and Grill features Executive Chef Ken Harvey, who was Food Network’s Chef Chopped Winner and Finalist in 2019. There’s also a restaurant with local cuisine.

Rooms are spacious, with a comfortable desk, a large bathtub, terry towels, Julien Farel Anti-Aging haircare and body products, a flat screen TV and a Keurig. The beautiful Catalina Mountains can be seen from large windows.


Adina Keeling is a freelance travel writer from San Diego, CA. She worked in local news for a year until her wanderlust drew her to Costa Rica, where she is now based while freelancing and traveling the world. She has lived in three different countries and traveled to 27. An avid solo traveler, Adina wants to empower other women to safely travel alone.
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