It might not be a well known fact, but in Tucson, you get more for your money with Real Estate. You can get a multi-million dollar home (California standards) starting at $700,000 in Tucson. Resorts are not badly priced either, but prices are time sensitive. The beauty of Tucson, besides the Saguaros, Ocotillos, and other attractive desert plants is that it isn’t as hot as Phoenix in the summer. Tucson is generally about eight degrees cooler. The heat doesn’t seem quite as oppressive. Also, in my metaphysical opinion, the vibration there is much more mild than other parts of Arizona.
Luxury resort prices in Tucson range from $99 to $499 depending on the resort and the season. Summer time is a great time to get a great deal on a stay in Tucson. Prices are roughly half of what they are in peak season, and you can still enjoy most of the attractions of the metro in the blazing heat. You can still enjoy going to museums, restaurants, caves. Gardens might be a little more difficult on a hot day, but still possible. Hiking might not be a good idea if it is over one hundred degrees, but if you have lots of cold water and know you can handle it, put your sunscreen on and go for it!
(1) The Ritz at Dove Mountain – Most Luxurious & Best Nestled.
This is the king of resorts in Tucson and also by far the most expensive resort that is open to the public. Rooms are around $500 per night in the Winter and early Spring. I loved the staff near the pool. Their outfits resemble those at the Beverly Hills Hotel Cabana! Unfortunately, the parking facilities at this hotel are the farthest from the rooms, so call a golf cart to help you. This hotel is nestled in the hills of Dove Mountain inside a sort of a U-shape in the hills. If you like hiking, there will be a lot of places for short hikes. The menus at the restaurants were excellent with an impressive wine list as well. I appreciated the Cinnabun that I had as I am a man of simple tastes! I wanted to try some of the Cabernets, but I had to drive — maybe I’m not so simple after all. The drive up to the resort is quite an experience. The road goes on and on, and is very attractively laid out as well. This is by far the most beautiful of the resorts and by far the most expensive as well. But, try it out in the summer and see if you like it at less than half the normal cost!
(2) Loews Ventana Hotel – Most Traditional
The uniqueness of this hotel is that they seem to have a clientele of more traditional and old fashioned people. The crowd here resembles the understated old rich where the other resorts seem to cater to the new rich and upper middle classes! You are walking distance from hiking trails, and the food is excellent. I didn’t like how the building has so many perpendicular angles — not good for feng-shui! But, it is an attractive place, and the ancient tree they have in the front is a real icon! Although prices fluctuate, I would assign this hotel as being the second most expensive in the area!
(3) The Hilton Conquistador – Best Service
I was struck by how good the service was. The valets and bell-boys were very meticulously trained, and it showed! I had wine in the restaurant which had an innovative menu. The rooms here are nice, and it is right near the Catalina mountains which are a nice place to hike. Shopping in Oro Valley is upscale and there are a few good restaurants around as well, although the really reputed restaurants are down in various parts of Tucson. I enjoyed meditating at this hotel since the spiritual vibration was excellent — who would have thought! This is my personal favorite, but next time I will try out some other places so I can compare! Pricing here is average for a Tucson Resort and range from around $99 to $199 depending on the season.
(4) Westin Paloma — Best Views!
I stayed at this hotel once. It is nestled in the hills of Northeastern Tucson in a very affluent area. You can enjoy upscale dining and shopping in this area, not to mention proximity to some of Tuscon’s best hiking. I enjoyed desert and a mocha at their restaurant downstairs. I will note that rooms in their resort are in buildings three stories high. If you end up in the basement, it is not as nice in my opinion. Parking is a walk from the rooms which ensures more peace and quiet, but if you have a lot of luggage, it is a hassle. The pool was spectacular and the views were amazing!
(5) Omni National – Most Centrally Located
This resort offers golf and spa treatments and is right in Northwest Tucson not far from the 10. Enjoy a sauna, steam room, pool, cabanas, yoga, aerobics, zumba (sorry, but no catumba,) and many types of massage and body treatments. I haven’t stayed there yet, but it is on my list. I might just drop by and sample a massage and a glass of wine next time I’m in town!
(6) JW Marriot Starr Pass Resort & Spa – Most Picturesque Golf Courses
This resort is west of the 10 freeway near the hills. It is a quick drive to do some hiking in the Western part of Saguaro National park or see the Desert Museum or Old Tucson amusement park. Enjoy BBQ, steaks, grilled food, tequilas, Starbucks, patio and poolside dining! I think I’ll order a desert latte (not sure if that exists.) Unfortunately for me (and you) their website fails to list items on their menus from their six restaurants!
(7) Hacienda Del Sol Guest Ranch Resort – Most Romantic & Nice Spanish Hacienda Architecture
Here is yet another Northeast Tucson resort that I haven’t been to. I’ll comment more once I have visited there! Enjoy sports, soother, or aromatherapy massage. They also have reflexology and prenatal, not to mention mud wraps! Did I mention couples massage? I told you this place was romantic! They have horseback riding as well, and you will not be far from hiking trails!
(8) Miraval Resort & Spa – Most Remote!
Note: This resort is closed to the public. You can only get in with a reservation or appointment to take a tour. Prices to stay there are around 700+ per night.
This resort is farther from the city than the other ones. It is an hour due North in the City of Catalina. You are near some great hiking here. This spa offers Ayervedic, Asian and other types of massage and skin care, not to mention stretching and other types of bodywork. It is in a remote and very scenic part of the desert, so you will be surrounded by palm trees, mountain views, unusually shaped pools, and beauty on all sides. Enjoy gourmet food too at their cactus flower restaurant! Also, enjoy a drink at the Brave Bill Lounge, Palm Court juice bar, or Oasis Poolside Bar! I’m a little disappointed that their elaborate web site fails to mention what their actual culinary offerings are, but I’m sure they’re good!
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