Top 5 luxury Grand Canyon Resorts

Though beautiful in its desert sparseness, the American West can offer visitors a lush, opulent experience if you know where to look. If you’re in the mood for easy access to a world class spa, championship golf, fine dining or simply a room designed to make you swoon, here are the Top 5 luxury Grand Canyon resorts. Careful, each are so extravagant you’ll never want to leave. The Enchantment Resort is no stranger to accolades. Listed as one of Zagat’s Top 10 Hotels in America, this award winning Grand Canyon resort is also home to the ‘Mii amo’ spa. This famous spa is known for treatments designed to fortify yet relax body and mind. Enjoy Mii amo’s spa cuisine in the café while waiting for a session in one of their 24 treatment centres. The 238 room Enchantment is located at 525 Boynton Canyon Road in Sedona. Call (800) 826 4180 to plan your stay. Rates vary from $295 to $1,075 per night.

Some say the El Tovar Hotel has the best location of all the Grand Canyon resorts. Perfectly located in Grand Canyon Village on the South Rim, this 78 room historic hotel opened for business in 1905. Listed in the National Register of Historic Places, El Tovar boasts Theodore Roosevelt, Albert Einstein and author Zane Grey as former guests. Enjoy a meal in their fine restaurant or sip a drink in the lounge while waiting for sunset to afford amazing views over the gorge. Call (303) 297 2757 for reservations. Rates vary from $124 to $286 per night.

If you don’t mind a bit of a drive, two of the best Grand Canyon resorts are located in Phoenix…

Known as the ‘Jewel of the Desert,’ the Arizona Biltmore Estate Spa stands on 39 acres of manicured gardens, lawns and swimming pools. Designed in the 1930s by Frank Lloyd Wright, the resort today offers guests access to four restaurants, a spa and some of the best golfing in the West. Choose to stay in a hotel room, suite or private villa. The 738 room resort is located at 2400 East Missouri Avenue. Tel: (602) 381 7600. Rates vary from $195 to $1,560 per night.

The Wigwam Resort sits on over 463 acres in the Sonoran Desert, yet remains a lush experience for any visitor. With a spa, 54 hole champion golf course and delicious restaurants, the Wigwam Resort is located at 300 East Wigwam Boulevard. Call (623) 935 3811 to book one of their 331 suites and adobe style casita rooms. Rates start at $200 per night.

And one very famous resort is in Scottsdale…

The renowned Boulders Resort and Golden Door Spa is nestled among the 12 million year old boulders of the desert foothills. Named America’s Top Resort for 14 straight years, the Boulders offers overstuffed leather couches, wood fireplaces and hand hewn ceiling beams in all its adobe style casitas and suites. Try your hand on the two 18 hole champion golf courses or enjoy the resort’s own Native American art museum and festive marketplace. Located at 34631 North Tom Darlington Drive. Call (480) 488 9009 for rates and reservations.