Luxury Tucson hotels: unique retreats in the heart of the desert
In the heart of the Sonoran Desert, with the rugged Santa Catalina Mountains rearing up around it, Tucson, Arizona, is a mesmerising destination in America’s Southwest.
Unique flora and fauna, exceptional Southwestern cuisine, breathtaking scenery, and 350 days of sunshine a year are just some of the attractions that appeal to the more than a million visitors who travel there every year. If you’re planning on joining them and you’re looking for a relaxing place to stay in and around Arizona’s second largest city there are some excellent luxury Tucson hotels to choose from. We’ve listed a selection of the best below.
The incredibly iconic giant saguaros, America’s largest cacti known as the “Kings of the Sonoran Desert” and a symbol of the American west, can be seen in their native environment at Saguaro National Park, just under half an hour’s drive west from Tucson.
The saguaros can reach a staggering 50ft tall and have been known to live for 200 years. The park also features mountainous regions covered in pine and coniferous forests.
With around 60 species of mammals, more than 350 species of birds, 100 reptiles, 30 species of native fish and more than 2,000 species of plants the Sonoran Desert is the most biodiverse desert in the world, making this region an incredible place to explore from whichever of the luxury Tucson hotels you choose to settle at. A great place to learn more about what’s around you is the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, a world-renowned zoo, natural history museum and botanical garden, located just west of Tucson, adjacent to Saguaro National Park West.
Downtown Tucson is a vibrant hub. Discover many of the city’s cultural and historical landmarks on the 2.5 mile Turquoise Trail which weaves through downtown Tucson highlighting structures and sites of historic interest including Hotel Congress, Armory Park, the Pima County Courthouse, and Fox Tucson Theatre. It begins at the site of the Presidio San Agustin del Tucson. The original fortress was built by Spanish soldiers during the 18th century and was the founding structure of what became the city of Tucson.
Food in Tucson tells a story that dates back 4,000 years. The city’s culinary heritage is a tapestry of Mexican and Native American traditions. Eating local means honoring history, and each bite is an experience. In 2015 Tucson became the first city in the US to be named a UNESCO City of Gastronomy and the restaurant scene in Tucson is arguably worth the trip alone. Fine dining can be found at The Grill at Hacienda Del Sol, known for its scenic views and innovative New American Cuisine, and CORE Kitchen & Wine Bar in Marana, at The Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain, with menus focused on regional and sustainable cuisine.
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Step into the Sonoran sunshine.
Miraval Arizona Resort & Spa
Miraval Arizona Resort & Spa. Meander on desert flora-peppered pathways to casita-style rooms, suites, Villas, and Retreats.
Sonoran Desert sanctuary
North of Tucson, AZ on 400 acres of idyllic land, Miraval is an inclusive destination resort and spa designed for living life in the moment. With creative programs, unique spa treatments, nourishing cuisine, and top wellness specialists, Miraval helps people build their own sense of balance.
This Sonoran Desert enclave provides a wide range of casita-style rooms, suites, villas, and retreats that offer comfort within a healing desert environment. Each guestroom features a Tibetan singing bowl, meditation cushion, guided meditation channels, and cloud-like bedding for the ultimate restful respite.
One of the most beautiful luxury Tucson hotels for a relaxing desert retreat.
A world where transformation is tradition.
Canyon Ranch Tucson
New beginnings bloom in the desert at Canyon Ranch Tucson health and wellness resort.
Sunsets and striking canyons
Welcome to a world where transformation is tradition. Here, you are immersed in your intention and expertly guided with integral answers and sustainable practices to cultivate lasting change.
Accommodations at this luxury Tucson Arizona resort are more beautiful than ever, with a modern, airy feel and thoughtful amenities to make your stay a constant pleasure.
In the foothills of the Santa Catalina Mountains, explore 150 acres of the lush Sonoran Desert. Let the sunsets, striking canyons, and endless possibilities inspire you.
Welcome to Graduate Tucson.
Nestled in the heart of the University of Arizona’s campus, Graduate Tucson hotel blends modern accommodations with a trailblazing Southwestern spirit.
Unique desert retreat
Nestled in the heart of the University of Arizona’s campus, this unique hotel blends modern accommodations with a trailblazing Southwestern spirit. Feel at home in this charming desert retreat, just steps from Arizona Stadium and downtown Tucson.
Guest rooms celebrate the natural flora and fauna of the region with pops of color against neutral backdrops. Accents of natural materials such as leather, wood and textiles blend together to create a modern space that’s distinctly Southwest.
In the lobby, a vibrant desert sunset scene illuminates the front desk, while giant cacti and woven textiles make the bright, open interior about more than the natural sunlight. While you’re here, relax at the terrazo communal table and make yourself at home at Poindexter, the hotel’s onsite café. Or head to the rooftop for a drink or a swim.
Historic jewel in the Sonoran Desert.
Hacienda Del Sol
An Authentic Tucson Experience Nestled at the base of the Santa Catalina Mountain Range, Hacienda Del Sol is a relaxing refuge with breathtaking views.
Authentic Tucson experience
Nestled at the base of the Santa Catalina Mountain Range, Hacienda Del Sol is a relaxing refuge with breathtaking views and a storied history. Spencer Tracy and Katharine Hepburn are among many of the famous names who’ve strolled the grounds of this stunning resort, which is included in the National Registry of Historic Places in Arizona and is a member of Historic Hotels of America.
Unwind in luxurious rooms, suites, and casitas. Enjoy live music while indulging in award-winning culinary experiences. Treat yourself to rejuvenating spa treatments, take a refreshing dip in the pool, stroll through the lush botanical gardens, or be inspired as you check out the artistic masterpieces spread out across one of the most charming luxury Tucson hotels.
Five-star luxury resort.
The Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain
The Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain. Secluded amid the Tortolita Mountains of Arizona lies a 5 star resort designed for adventurous travelers with a preference for solitude.
Spirit of adventure
Surrounded by the canyons of the Tortolita Mountains in Tucson, AZ, The Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain offers a spirit of adventure and the feeling of true relaxation.
The secluded setting creates a quiet retreat where resort guests indulge in a wide array of experiences: 27 championship holes at the Golf Club of Dove Mountain; holistic, gemstone-inspired therapies at a luxury spa; 26 miles of hiking trails and a sprawling swimming pool complex.
Close to Tucson yet secluded amid the Tortolita Mountains, The Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain appeals to adventurous travelers who seek solitude.
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