The Boulders, Carefree AZ

OVERVIEW of the Boulders Resort

As its name implies, The Boulders Resort is set amidst massive, 12 million year old boulders on 1300 acres of natural beauty in the Sonoran Desert just outside of Scottsdale, Arizona. The stunning majesty of these rock formations matched with clear blue skies, the natural colors of desert flowers and the lush fairways of the two golf courses create a breathtaking tableau. As an Easterner this terrain is unfamiliar, but that unfamiliarity makes its impact all the more dramatic.

The Boulders dramatic and innovative architecture blends perfectly with the surrounding landscape and seems to be a part of it. The vegetation is breathtaking with towering saguaro cacti stretching for the sky and wildflowers blooming in vivid shades of magenta, gold and lavender. Paths meander among the buildings and it is not unusual to see jackrabbits and deer on the property. At night the lonely howl of the coyote can be heard from the desert beyond.

The public spaces carry a Southwestern motif with examples of Native American crafts and striking regional artwork displayed throughout the buildings. Skylights and fireplaces provide light and warmth.

THE ROOMS at the Boulders Resort

=160 guest accommodations are spread throughout the property and nestled in the foothills. Guests can choose from private casitas to 1-3 bedroom villas to private haciendas. Casitas are oversized with natural wood beams, whitewashed walls, overstuffed leather chairs, Mexican tiling and Southwestern artwork. Each has a separate sitting area and a patio. Many have wood burning fireplaces. Bathrooms are also large and feature fluffy robes, plush towels and Clear by LXR toiletries. Beds are plump with Egyptian cotton linens, there’s a personal refreshment bar, Internet access and a walk-in closet.

DINING at the Boulders Resort

The stylish dining rooms of Palo Verde take full advantage of the lake view through nearly ceiling to floor windows.  The charming outdoor terrace is available in the nicer weather. Fresh and innovative Southwestern cuisine is offered with simple, but delicious preparations.

The Grill Kitchen & Bar is a bit more casual. An open kitchen, dark woods, a fireplace, wine bottles in glass cases along the walls set the tone. Another delightful outside patio with views of the 18th fairway. Burgers, sandwiches, salads fresh seafood and prime steaks highlight the menu.

The Spotted Donkey Cantina was voted the best Mexican restaurant in the Greater Phoenix area. Great food, a vast tequila selection and seasonal barrel aged cocktails. Oh, that guacamole!

THE SERVICE at the Boulders Resort

The staff was friendly, helpful and efficient both in the Inn and restaurant. You are made to feel very welcome. Complimentary NY Times in the morning, full size umbrellas for rainy days, evening turn-down service (not always available in Inns), afternoon tea, complimentary use of boats and bicycles and a wonderful full breakfast are just some of the touches that will make you want to come back to this charming retreat.

THE RATES at the Boulders Resort

From $322 Peak Season Weekend

WHAT OTHERS SAY About the Boulders Resort

AAA Four Diamond Award

“A fabulous place to unwind” that “melts into the mountains” of the Sonoran Desert outside Scottsdale, this “unique venue” is “a treat for the senses”; “outstanding” for golfers and a “magnificent” spot even for non-duffers (try the “couples massage in a VIP suite” at the “A++” Golden Door Spa), it boasts “secluded” grounds, “breathtaking views,” “luxurious” casitas in which you “could live forever,” a “can-do” staff that “goes above and beyond” and “excellent” dining. ZAGAT

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