Phoenix is growing at a fast pace. There is so much excitement about all the new restaurants and businesses that are beginning to open up here. Not only that, but these new businesses are staying true to the heritage of Phoenix – as the region’s citrus groves, the Wild West, and ancient landscapes are not forgotten amidst the contemporary architecture.

My Perfect Day

What to do in a place like this if you only have 24 hours?

I’d suggest waking early enough to see the sunrise from your balcony at Boulders Resort & Spa. Just as the wildlife are beginning their day, make your way to the spa and see who you happen to run into – it could be a bobcat or javelina! Once at the spa, I’d suggest ordering the yogurt parfait, and enjoying it while admiring the view of the herb garden.

If there is a yoga class going on be sure to join in; or if you have a spa treatment scheduled, go snip some rosemary or sage for your therapist to add to the oils that they’ll make just for you. After your spa experience, set an intention for the rest of the day for discovery, mindfulness and gratitude and partake in any of the cleansing or rejuvenating rituals. Some are guided, others are noted in locations around the spa for you to do individually.

Next, head into Scottsdale the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art. The Phoenix Art Museum and the Heard Museum are phenomenal as well. For lunch, I would recommend shopping at the Kierland Commons, and then dining at Zinc Bistro for French onion soup, pommes frites and champagne. If in Phoenix, be sure to stop into Pane Bianco; it’s a relaxed, comfortable establishment and by far the best lunch spot. By the time the golden hour sets in, the scenic drive back to Boulders Resort &pa is itself an experience. Enjoy it with the windows down, listening to Waylon Jennings.

Enjoy your beautiful room while you get ready for dinner at Palo Verde. Keep the vast balcony doors open and take some time to sit and enjoy the sunset with a chilled glass of rosé. After having enjoyed the museums earlier in the day, you will see what inspired the local artists as you watch the sunset over Boulders. This is the reason why the Southwest is often painted with hues of pinks, purples and oranges.

Stop by the Discovery Lounge for a nightcap before heading back to your casita to slink into the cozy robe waiting for you.

Where to Stay: Boulders Resort & Spa, Curio Collection by Hilton

My impression

Boulders Resort & Spa is a retreat for pure comfort and calm. During my stay, I was aware and mindful of what I was surrounded by — whether it was the bobcat (I actually did meet one!) or the way the desert light cast shadows at different times of the day on the ancient boulders hugging the property. The attention to detail and the respect given to the landscape is Hilton honorable. The resort has a teepee available where you’re encouraged to give herb offerings or you can take a mindful walk through their beautiful grounds. I didn’t feel like I was staying in the desert; I actually felt I was a part of the desert. From the pathways that lead you between 12 million-year-old boulders to journeys amongst wildlife, I felt very connected to what makes this part of the desert so special.

My experience

I felt so cared for during my whole stay. The team members were beyond superb! The Boulders’ property consists of individual casitas and villas as well as a full-service spa, pool, golf course and a variety of dining options. The attentive team members made wandering the grounds even more enjoyable.

I was happily educated about the history and artifacts that exist at Boulders Resort & Spa, Curio Collection by Hilton. I was staying near the spa, which was pure heaven and made my relaxation dreams a prime experience. I have had spa treatments at The Boulders before and they have always been exceptional – particularly their locally-infused spa treatments. One of their specialties is the Desert Rose Radiance Facial. It consists of delightful jojoba and desert rose exfoliation followed by a cool aloe mask, then a naturally lifting facial massage with prickly pear and pomegranate, finished with signature Desert Rose body lotion. But even if you don’t have a scheduled treatment, guests can still use other amenities, including a meditation tipi and spiral steam room.

To end my stay, I indulged in one of the best meals I’ve had anywhere in Arizona at Palo Verde, right on the property. Each course was abundant in flavor and color, and the presentation was an art unto itself.

This article was originally published by Cities by Curio.

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