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Enchantment Resort
525 Boynton Canyon Rd.
Sedona, AZ 86336
928-282-2900, 800-826-4180

The Great Escape:
Captivated in the Canyon
By Louis Charles

Casitas Blend into the Landscape

In a location as beguiling as Boynton Canyon, just outside Sedona, Arizona, you could easily plop down a few tents, call yourself a resort and seduce the most discerning traveler. The setting is that gorgeous. The Enchantment Resort deserves special recognition, as it doesn’t rely solely on its surroundings to please visitors. Yes, the locale is essential, but guests also come here for the way the resort seamlessly blends into the red rock landscape, from casitas inspired by Native American dwellings to environmentally-savvy programs.

Bordered by Coconino National Forest, the seventy-acre property is home to ancient Indian ruins and 200 guestrooms, all with private balconies. The style is southwestern, without going over the top; subtle accents—earth-colored native patterns on pillows and throw blankets—are paired with tasteful, modern furnishings and contemporary art. Among accommodation choices are casita bedrooms, hacienda studios (with 1,400-square-foot living areas) and luxury one- and two-bedroom casa suites. The bigger the room, the more elaborate the amenities, which may include beehive fireplaces, full kitchens and gas grills for outdoor dining.

Well-appointed Accommodations
Cozy Fireplaces

The vastness of the canyon contrasts nicely with the intimacy of the service. Mornings begin with fresh orange juice and a newspaper. And days offer opportunities for interaction with the staff, from cooking demonstrations with the chef to educational walks through the canyon with the resort’s dedicated U.S Forest Service ranger. Another way in which the resort strives to personalize service is Mii amo, a destination spa resort within Enchantment. This unique microcosm has fourteen casitas of its own, and its three- to seven-day programs feature a range of services, from a Blue Corn Vichy shower to Past Life Regression. Enchantment guests are welcome to use Mii amo’s fitness classes and weight room, and for a fee they can access the spa, whose offerings complement the resort’s daily programs, which might include morning power walks, power Pilates, wine tasting, restorative yoga and Vortex talks. (According to Indian myth, the red rocks of Sedona and Boynton Canyon are considered to have a special powerful energy, considered a vortex.) Another favorite aspect of Mii amo is its Crystal Grotto, the serene retreat for meditation.

Meditative Interiors
Mii amo Spa

For more social pursuits there is the clubhouse, which contains the Mii Amo Cafe, whose menu showcases local herbs and produce, and the more casual Tii Gavo. At night, head for the clubhouse roof and check out the wow-inducing star-filled sky. Along with plenty of activities—walking Deadman’s Pass, horseback riding by moonlight and visiting Indian ruins—you’ll also find expected resort amenities: half a dozen swimming pools, a comprehensive tennis program, the Meeting Village for conferences and Camp Coyote for kids.

Mystical Landscape Said to be a Vortex

At 4,600 feet, Enchantment Resort sits at an ideal altitude, offering the raw beauty of a desert environment without the searing heat. Stands of juniper and pine add to the invigorating atmosphere, and an intriguing legend lends the landscape a touch of the mystical. According to the local Apache, Boynton Canyon is the site of the tribe’s creation myth. As such, it is Eden, and we can think of no better place to escape and unwind.

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(Updated: 06/08/09 DN)

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