Royal Palms Resort Adds Outdoor Function Space

The historic 119-room Royal Palms Resort and Spa in Phoenix has added 3,600 square feet of outdoor meeting and event space. Famous for its rich history as a private estate dating back nearly 100 years, Royal Palms is reminiscent of a Mediterranean-style retreat with original design details like rustic doors, winding stone paths, hand-painted tile, courtyard fountains, outdoor fireplaces and lush gardens. The property sits on nine acres just below the area’s famous Camelback Mountain.

Tucked on the north side of the property, Camelback Vista can host 100 for a seated dinner and 180 for a reception and features a fireplace and surrounding brick patio, lawn and gated entrance.

The newly imagined Orange Grove accommodates 170 for seated dinners and 200 for receptions and was built on the site of the estate’s original orange grove. Highlights include a fireplace, pergola, tile mural and orange trees. royalpalmshotel.com

Renovation & Accolades for Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain

Only eight properties in the world and three in the United States, including The Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain in Tucson, have secured spots on both the Forbes Travel Guide 2018 “World’s Most Luxurious Hotels” and “World’s Most Luxurious Spas” lists. Forbes Travel Guide’s new  verified lists are compiled from data gathered by the company’s incognito inspectors, who stay at the properties and evaluate them on up to 900 standards used to determine the guide’s annual star ratings.

The Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain also has unveiled a floor-toceiling makeover of its 253 guest rooms and 44,000 square feet of meeting space, all inspired by the resort’s Sonoran Desert sense of place. As part of the upgrade, an arcade and 14 ground-level Fireside Mountain View guest rooms, each outfitted with its own outdoor fire pit, were introduced. ritzcarlton.com/dovemountain

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.

 

As travel comes returns in many parts of the world, Forbes Travel Guide unveiled its 2022 Star Award winners on April 26, 2022. The United States debuted 10 hotels, three restaurants and seven spas on the Five-Star list. In U.S. Mountain West towns with peaks, 12 hotels, one restaurant, and six spas landed a Five-Star nod. 

 

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.