After a $25-million renovation, L’Auberge de Sedona offers an exclusive getaway a stone’s-throw from Northern Arizona’s red rocks and babbling Oak Creek.
FOR VALLEY DWELLERS IN NEED of an escape, Sedona has long provided a not-too-far respite with world-class spa services, incredible hiking opportunities and, most notably, stunning red rock panoramas. After the completion of a $25-million, three-year-long renovation, the new digs and amenities at L’Auberge de Sedona might just steal some of the attention from Snoopy Rock.
Guests who previously stayed at the resort will notice changes immediately, as the L’Auberge lobby has been completely relocated. After leaving their car with the friendly valet (no gratuity needed, as the resort enlists a service fee that eliminates the need for tipping), there is no line at a reception desk to wait in. Instead, the lobby at L’Auberge consists of a few desks by which guests get to take a seat and check in with the helpful front desk personnel. The best part of the check-in process is the lobby’s proximity to Oak Creek, the babbling water surrounded by picturesque trees that runs alongside the resort. After the room key is in-hand, a few moments of deep breathing by the water is the most relaxing way to kick off a weekend away up north. (In the morning, be sure to head back to the creek for the 8 a.m. duck feeding. Guests of all ages are invited to watch different species of ducks waddle out of Oak Creek by the dozens and enjoy some corn on the cob.)