Scottsdale, Arizona Wedding VenuesWords by Jennifer Stein
Spa enthusiasts, golf lovers and foodies, consider yourselves covered in the Scottsdale area of Arizona. Home to some of the most renowned golf courses in the West and equally impressive destination spas, you can enjoy over 300 days of sunshine and nine months of near-perfect temperatures. Wedding groups will find convenience (the airport is a mere 20 minute drive), adventure (Camelback Mountain is one of the most hiked locations in the valley) and beauty (jaw dropping sunsets appear nightly).
One of our favorite properties in the valley for events is the Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain Resort and Spa, which is situated on the side of, you guessed it, Camelback Mountain. This modern-meets-magnificent property offers spectacular views, sumptuous dining, newly refurbished spa suites and multi-level spa casitas – all within close proximity to the action nearby Scottsdale is known for.
The luxury accommodations come complete with outdoor bathtubs, fireplaces, day beds overlooking Paradise Valley, bright and cozy décor and the seclusion all romantic retreats should offer.
Food Network star, Chef Beau MacMillan has created a culinary paradise ideally suited for the very destination it’s in. At elements restaurant, choose from local, organic and seasonal ingredients found on Chef MacMillan’s artfully crafted menu.
For those spa-goers in the group, you’ve truly found the perfect haven. Sanctuary Spa is one of the most well-known and popular spa destinations in the area. Celebrities have graced the massage tables for a reason – it’s transcendent. The comfortable, yet luxurious décor sets your mind and body at ease.
Around the corner from Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain is Andaz Scottsdale Resort and Spa – one of the area’s newest and most celebrated arrivals.
This mid-century modern gem is thoughtful in all the right ways. Instead of the typical reservation desk, the welcoming “Living Room” gives you the impression you’ve been invited into someone’s home rather than a hotel. Local artists have work on display throughout the hotel, for sale in the gift shop and the Andaz Scottsdale has gone so far as to partner with a local nonprofit organization called Cattle Track (a historic complex for local artisans, performers and students in celebration of Scottsdale’s heritage).
The heart of the resort, which is getting widespread acclaim, is Weft & Warp Art Bar + Kitchen. Serving up seasonal specialties in interesting ways – like their mouthwatering watermelon starter with sea salt, crispy chicken skin and basil on goat cheese crème – makes this place an inviting culinary escape.
Venue options here are numerous – both indoors and out. Sprawling lawns with Mummy Mountain and Camelback Mountain views are in abundance, as well as ballrooms with floor-to-ceiling windows and modern décor. The two presidential suites would prove ideal for a rehearsal dinner. With stunning views and a wrap-around patio complete with a fire pit, your guests will continue the celebration straight through into the wedding.
As you look to the West for your destination wedding event and honeymoon vacation, a trip to paradise in the Valley of the Sun may just be the retreat you’re looking for.
Photos courtesy of (in order of appearance): Andaz Scottsdale Resort and Spa (1st & 5th-7th) & Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain Resort and Spa (2nd-4th).
This article first appeared in Destination I Do's Spring/Summer 2018 issue. You can order a copy here.
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