How does soaking in a hot spring sound to you? Well, if you need a quality R&R, the thought alone is already tempting. Match that with a lush desert background, and a tranquil environment, we’re sure you’ll immediately be transported to heaven. A gorgeous hotel in Sedona is a great idea. But let’s take it up a notch. Check out the famed Castle Hot Springs tucked away in the Bradshaw Mountains:
Castle Hot Springs is Arizona’s First Luxury Resort
Castle Hot Springs is a popular and luxurious resort where the mega-celebrities, affluent families, and other dignitaries once visited for relaxation and rejuvenation. It was also used as a military rehabilitation center during World War II. In fact, former President John F. Kennedy spent three months here to recover from his wounds.
The famed wellness resort was originally built in 1896 to serve the indigenous people who journeyed to the waters for medicinal purposes. The promise of the springs was a refreshing partner to the desert environment. Sure enough, the first guests had to trek to the spring and endure a difficult five-hour stagecoach ride. But the natural hot springs are worth it. So much so that this natural wonder attracted throngs of people, including intrepid travelers, artists, as well as other dignitaries. You will be surprised to know that their guest register includes the Rockefeller, Pew, Vanderbilt and Astor families, as well as former President Theodore Roosevelt.
The property ownership changed a few more times until Phoenix business couple Cindy and Mike Watts acquired it in 2014. They finished the restoration and development by 2019, and Castle Hot Springs emerged once more, to deliver wellness in a verdant desert oasis.
Who Would Say ‘No’ to an Oasis Escape?
This beautiful resort is located in the Sonoran Desert and is only about an hour’s drive from Phoenix.
If you are seeking digital detox, or if you simply want to commune with nature as you relax, this place is definitely for you. You won’t find any televisions in the guestrooms, and the Wi-Fi service is limited. It’s a good thing if you do value peace of mind, and if you don’t want to stay glued into your gadgets. You won’t even have to worry about a trip to the Castle Hot Springs being a dull one. This oasis escape has 12 Spring Bungalows set on a hillside surrounded by palm trees. There, you can find gas fireplaces as well as oversized soaking tubs filled with water from the hot springs. Feel free to bathe and relax.
Once done, you can proceed to the Sky View Cabins, and take in the breathtaking view of the surrounding mountains. Nighttime is equally amazing. Guests can enjoy the starry night simply by looking up or using the telescopes in the wood decks.
What Can You Do Here
Here are some of the activities you can enjoy doing in Castle Hot Springs:
- Horseback Riding
- Bathing in the Hot Springs
- Dining (care of Executive Chef Christopher Brugman)
Of course, there are certainly a whole other set of activities you can try. For instance, they offer a farm tour and tasting during your stay. You will be in awe of the thoughtfully gardened farm with more than 150 varieties of fruits and vegetables. Why not end that with a little stargazing activity while enjoying s’mores over the fire pit?
An overnight stay at Castle Hot Springs starts at $800 per night at the Sky View Cabin, $1,015 per night at the Spring Bungalow, and $1,315 per night at the Historic Cottage. *rates excluding taxes
Are the Hot Springs Worth All the Hype?
If soaking in the minerals and magic of the hot springs in a remote location doesn’t excite you, we don’t know what will. It’s safe to say that Castle Hot Springs is truly an oasis in every sense of the word. The hot springs in this unique and one of the best wellness resorts in Arizona have the power to eliminate everyday worry and stress. Surely, the desert air and serene sounds will only make your experience much more magical. You will emerge from your soak feeling renewed and revitalized.
Some of the minerals you can expect in the springs include sodium sulfate anhydrous, potassium, aluminum oxide, magnesium, sodium chloride, silica, iron, lime bicarbonate, and lithium. All these minerals have major therapeutic qualities.
Don’t forget, the hot springs were once sought after by the Apache and Yavapai tribes for restoration and care.
How to Get Here
The beautiful and luxurious resort is developed in a remote location amidst a 1,100-acre ranch. Since it is only an hour away from Phoenix, guests may go here using their cars.
- From the 1-17, take exit 223B to 74 West (Carefree Highway) and drive 11.3 miles
- Turn right on Castle Hot Springs Road which is right after milepost 19
- Travel to the stop sign, where the road ends in a T. Then, turn left.
- However, it is worth noting that the final 7.2 miles to reach the front gate transitions to a dirt road, and so, a high profile vehicle is recommended.
One can also choose to have his or her transportation arranged by the hotel. You can actually go here via helicopter! Isn’t that cool?
Location: 5050 East Castle Hot Springs Road, Castle Hot Springs, Arizona 85342
Contact: 877 600 1137
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