• 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.

Recently, I wrote about Santa Fe, New Mexico’s new Sky Railway, which made me think about all the train tie-ins for groups in the U.S. Mountain West and western Canada. Several tourist trains offer special events that groups can tag onto and allow private rental of train cars, and there are venues and museums that celebrate the railroad’s front-and-center place in the development of the West.

 

The slopeside Viewline Resort Snowmass has reopened in the heart of Snowmass Village after a $40 million refresh. Previously known as The Westin Snowmass, this prominent property for meetings and events was purchased in December 2020 and has relaunched with a new name, elevated interior and exterior, and enhanced culinary offerings and guest programming.

 

Located in the heart of the Fort Worth Stockyards National Historic District, Hotel Drover, an award-winning Autograph Collection Hotel by Marriott, focuses on simple pleasures and genuine hospitality. Kick-off your boots and stay awhile with 200 rustic-luxe rooms and suites. When ready, grab a hand-crafted cocktail or cold beer and wander outside to The Backyard at Hotel Drover, an outdoor oasis, with creekside seating, outdoor games, and seasonal live music.