- Author: Niki D’Andrea, Mirelle Inglefield, Leah LeMoine, Craig Outhier
- Category: Lifestyle
- Issue: Aug 2014
The summer is in full swing, and it’s time to face facts: You’re not making it to Paris this year. Don’t despair! Grab a smokin' resort deal for a splashy and splendid in-town escape.
MOST TRANSPORTIVE STAYCATION
34631 N. Tom Darlington Dr., Carefree,
Want to feel like you’re vacationing in another part of the world, without the hassle of baggage fees and TSA pat-downs? The Boulders is your jam. Artfully integrated into the Black Mountain foothills of Carefree, the sprawling Waldorf Astoria property feels like an alien hybrid version of Phoenix, with spectacular fairways framed by towering saguaros and multi-ton desert granite, and elegant chaparral flats between the casitas and footpaths. The pièce de résistance: a mountain of russet boulders overlooking the main lobby and pool, shielding guests from both the late afternoon sun and any visual evidence of the metro beyond. It’s like getting away from it all, without going away.
Three Things We Love Most About the Boulders
1 - The Waldorf Astoria Spa. This 33,000-square-foot temple of body-pampering pleasure features a private swimming pool and labyrinth-like zen footpath, in addition to a superb suite of steam rooms and revitalizing saunas. It’s a true purpose-built, dedicated spa complex – instantly distinguishable from the converted gym-and-locker-room setups you find at many Valley resorts.
2 - Dining. Fronted by chef de cuisine Nicholas Hertel, the resort’s on-site Palo Verde restaurant takes resort dining up a notch with Arizona-sourced produce (melons from Nogales, pumpkins from Prescott) and i