• Amara Resort and Spa Unveils Tree-Lodge Aesthetic and Major Renovation

     
    POSTED February 14, 2022
     
  • Amara Resort and Spa Unveils Tree-Lodge Aesthetic and Major Renovation

     
    POSTED February 14, 2022
     
  • Amara Resort and Spa Unveils Tree-Lodge Aesthetic and Major Renovation

     
    POSTED February 14, 2022
     

Tucked along the banks of Oak Creek Canyon in Sedona, Amara Resort and Spa has wrapped up a multimillion-dollar renovation that has upgraded all 100 guestrooms, public spaces, Amara Spa, SaltRockSouthwest Kitchen and 5,000 square feet of meeting and event space. The aim was to create a tree lodge aesthetic that plays off the surrounding red rocks of Sedona and brings the outdoors in through the five elements of nature: earth, wood, metal, fire and water. 

Guest Rooms - Neutral tones blend with organic textures, a deep blue feature wall creates a sense of connection to the sights and sounds of the nearby creek, and wooden elements like headboards handcrafted from local fallen trees provide a totally new feel to guest rooms. Bathrooms have walk-in showers with rain showerheads and large porcelain tile that reflects the look of the area’s sandstone layers.

Meetings and Event Space – Amara’s five meeting rooms have been refreshed with new carpet, window treatments and a neutral color palette paired with pops of accent colors.

Lobby - The vaulted ceilings are adorned with two chandeliers inspired by star constellations, and wood accents and bold textures are featured in the furniture, art and accessories. A focal point of the lobby is an elongated bar that extends from the adjoining SaltRock Southwest Kitchen to encourage guests and groups to mix and mingle.

SaltRockSouthwest Kitchen – Velvet banquettes, Himalayan salt accent walls, a community dining table, privacy screens replicating the colors of Sedona, and a more open bar complement the expanded seating layout at SaltRock. The restaurant’s expansive patio offers views of Sedona’s famous Cleopatra Red Rock Formation and Snoopy Rock.

Amara Spa – In addition to new finishes and features, a brand-new 24-hour fitness center and retail outpost have been added. 

Groups also will enjoy Amara Resort and Spa’s large open-air courtyard, heated infinity pool, outdoor fire pits and weekly stargazing sessions hosted by local astronomy experts.

Triple Creek Ranch in Darby, Montana, has named Molly Smith and Kristen Snavely co-general managers of the all-inclusive luxury property situated in the Bitterroot Valley. Smith is returning to Triple Creek Ranch after a brief hiatus. Previously serving as GM for four years after working her way up from pastry chef, she has since perfected her skills at The Inn at Hastings Park in Massachusetts, another Relais & Châteaux property. 

 

With meetings returning to normal as the COVID-19 pandemic levels out, outdoor mountain pursuits are finding more time on meeting agendas. Taking events outdoors not only boosts attendees’ comfort level as they ease back into in-person meetings, time spent in nature is proven to improve brain health and stimulate creative thinking as well.

We’ll be looking at this topic in-depth in the Spring/Summer 2022 issue of Mountain Meetings. Consider this as an introduction to some of the possibilities.  

 

The latest addition is the availability of Spanish-speaking guides. 

Based in Boulder City, Nevada, Evolution Expeditions has been running kayak tours since 2006. Today, the outfitter offers fully customizable tours that can include hiking for groups of up to 60 guests, whether it’s a half-day break from meetings or a full day expedition.