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A Luxury Resort in Phoenix

Words by Jennifer Stein
Photos courtesy of Arizona Biltmore

Endless sunshine and breathtaking mountain vistas make Phoenix a hot spot for destination weddings. It’s also a reasonable drive from several cities and a vacation getaway for many around the country.

Nestled in the valley just south of Piestewa Peak is the storied Arizona Biltmore, A Waldorf Astoria Resort. Inspired by Frank Llyod Wright’s designs, one of the famed architect’s former students and protégé, Albert Chase McArthur, created this one-of-a-kind sprawling property. 

Couples come to the Arizona Biltmore from all over for destination weddings and to experience the world-renowned service. Past guests have included Michael Phelps, who married Nicole Johnson during a New Year’s Eve wedding; and who could forget the star-studded guest list coming from Hollywood and Washington D.C. such as Marilyn Monroe, Ronald and Nancy Reagan, Frank Sinatra and many others.  

The unmistakable architecture paired with glamorous décor in such places as the Gold Room (the steps leading up to the room are shallow and wide, so when brides ascend the stairs, they appear as if they are floating) provide couples the exceptional wedding experience only a Waldorf Astoria can give.

Dining here is exquisite and Wright’s at the Biltmore is a stand-out. Tables are flanked by floor-to-ceiling windows, giving an outdoor patio experience with the fidelity of indoor temperatures. The cuisine is a fusion of local and native traditions using ingredients such as mesquite, corn, poblano and chile. The best part of the meal and a can’t-miss is the freshly made fry bread.

Accommodations were redone in 2014 and offer a sophisticated, yet comfortable stay. A mixture of textures, patterns and woods combine to give a modern, upscale feel with the historic ambiance the Arizona Biltmore is famous for.

Consider a visit to the Spa Biltmore to relax and unwind before or after the big day. A myriad of traditional spa offerings can be found, as well as salon and skin care treatments.

Whatever your reason for celebrating – honeymoon or destination wedding – the Arizona Biltmore provides excellent service in a warm and inviting atmosphere. A perfect combination, just like the two of you.

This article first appeared in Destination I Do's Fall/Winter 2017 issue. You can order a copy here.

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