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The Boulders Resort and Spa: Desert luxury and serenity

Written By | Jun 7, 2018
Boulders Resort and Spa

CAREFREE, AZ: Located in the foothills of the Sonoran Desert amongst the massive granite formations lies an oasis of serenity—The Boulders Resort and Spa. Since its inception in 1982, the property has earned numerous awards, including the Best Resort in Arizona by Travel + Leisure, a Gold Badge by U.S. News & World Report, and Golf Digest’s Editor’s Choice for Best Golf Resort in the Southwest.

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Excellence in Service at The Boulders Resort and Spa

Whether you stay in a Casita, Hacienda, Villa, the Executive Suite, or at the Villa Retreat, you can be assured of unparalleled excellence in service.

The Sonoran Casitas offer 550 square feet of Southwest architecture and design with outstanding views of the surrounding landscape. Wood burning fireplaces and private patios or balconies are standard.

The haciendas accommodate larger parties of 5-7 and are 3,000-3,200 square feet. Haciendas have outdoor patios with gas grills and fireplaces, fully stocked kitchens, and laundry rooms. The Villas fall in between the Casitas and Haciendas in terms of size and offer daily housekeeping and access to all resort amenities.

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Golfers will find two world-class golf courses with the option of the aid of a professional golf caddy. Both 18 hole courses have full-service pro shops, PGA and LPGA-certified instructors, and cart and equipment rentals.

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The ahh in the spa at The Boulders Resort and Spa

Those seeking a restorative experience will find it at the 33,000 square foot spa and fitness facility. Services offered include massage therapy, body treatments like the Turquoise Wrap and Yuzu Sage Splash, advanced skincare utilizing natural ingredients without synthetics, a full-service salon, and even a spa café.

For tennis enthusiasts, the resort earned a place on TENNIS Magazine’s Top 50 Tennis Resorts in America. Four hard courts and three cushioned courts, four pickleball courts, racquet rental, and private lessons are just some of the amenities.

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Swimmers will delight in the choice of four pools: the 24-hour Lodge Pool’s great desert views, the relaxing experience of the Spa Pool for ages 16 and up, the Club Pool, and the secluded Villa Pool.

Finding food at The Boulders Resort and Spa

All of this pampering, rest, and relaxation is sure to fuel healthy appetites, and the resort has anticipated this with five dining options: Palo Verde, The Grill Kitchen & Bar, the Spotted Donkey Cantina, the Spa Café, and the Discovery Lounge.

Palo Verde offers contemporary Southwestern cuisine. The Grill Kitchen & Bar serves American fare like burgers, steaks, seafood, salads, and sandwiches.  The Spa Café provides diners with healthy, contemporary choices for breakfast and lunch and even poolside. The Discovery Lounge is a place to enjoy drinks, light fare or something more substantial like a burger, salad or Cuban sandwich.

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The Mexican cuisine of the Spotted Donkey Cantina won Open Table’s Diners’ Choice Award and Best Mexican Restaurant in the Greater Phoenix Area. While here, don’t pass up on their cheesy, loaded nachos.

For those desiring exclusive access, membership in The Boulders Club may be the answer. Social events; use of the club swimming pool, fitness center, and Tennis Garden; access to the club’s sports bar Bogey’s; and other amenities are included.

This tranquil, serene and award-winning resort, nestled amongst the desert terrain’s gigantic boulders, saguaro cacti, and native trees and flowers, is where you should come for the ultimate vacation paradise.

For more information visit:

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The accommodations, meals, and spa services mentioned in this review were provided at no cost, however, all opinions herein are the authors.




Ron Stern

Ron Stern aka "The Global Gumshoe," I am a travel photojournalist and the author of hundreds of international and domestic travel articles. I am the Denver City Guide Editor for The Daily Meal, and a staff writer for Communities Digital News. My articles have appeared in The Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, Baltimore Sun, San Diego Union-Tribune, Sun Sentinel, Yahoo News, MSN, and others. Magazines include Shape, Cruise, AAA Motorist, Visit Los Cabos Guide, Destinations West, Key Biscayne and La Jolla Today. My contributions have been noted by PBS, Mobil Travel Guides and my photography/ videography has been used extensively by entities such as tourism boards and public relations firms.