Playtime in Paradise Valley

Guest post by Melissa Larsen

Seeking a retreat replete with serenity, amazing food, deluxe accommodations and a variety of ways to kick back and relax? Only have one day to get away? Take an overnight summertime escape to Paradise Valley’s hospitality jewel, Camelback Inn.


Lately, Camelback Inn has made headlines due to the recent completion of the $10 million Ambiente golf course, which culminated Camelback Inn’s seven-year, $70 million Marriott renewal project. Though the fresh greens are sure to please golfers and outdoor enthusiasts, Camelback Inn offers plenty to see and do off the course, as well.

Ladies Outdoor Lounge

One of the resort’s biggest draws is its Spa at Camelback Inn. The spa, which is a favorite relaxation destination for both men and women, offers head-to-toe treatments that will melt your muscles alongside your stresses. For a bit of everything, the Camelback Signature Massage Treatment is the way to go. The treatment spotlights aromatherapy, hot and cold stone massage, reflexology and traditional massage techniques to create a one-of-a-kind experience. While many traditional massages put a big focus on the back, this signature service—which is performed face up, entirely—give the feet, legs, arms, hands and scalp the royal treatment.

Ladies Jacuzzi
Outside of the spa’s ahh-inducing treatments, the spa features whirlpools, a Turkish steam bath, solariums, Finnish saunas, Swiss shower, relaxation lounges and more for its guests, as well as a private lap pool that provides the perfect place to soak up some sun pre- or post-treatment. There is also Camelback Inn’s guest pool that is a fun place for families to frolic or relaxation-seekers to lounge with a cocktail in hand.

Guacamole Demonstration 3

Dining at Camelback Inn is just as much of an attraction. The Paradise Valley property is home to BLT Steak, a high-end steakhouse with views of Camelback Mountain that is sure to please any palate. However, the real jewel is the recently redone Rita’s Kitchen. The casual eatery—with an amazing outdoor dining space that features live entertainment in the evenings—boasts an amazing menu of Southwestern eats. The enchiladas are a must (the recipes come from the chef’s grandmother in Mexico), as is the tableside guacamole and any one of Rita’s Kitchen margaritas.

In the a.m. on Sundays, head back to Rita’s Kitchen for a brunch that will knock you out of your socks. Carving stations; pancakes, egg dishes, Belgian waffles and more to order; traditional breakfast eats, like bacon and sausage; Southwestern delicacies that Rita’s Kitchen is known for; pastries galore; salads; meat and cheese assortments; and even candy jars for the kiddos greet hungry guests. (Did we mention that the brunch includes endless Champagne?)

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