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AMARA RESORT GETAWAY

AMARA RESORT GETAWAY

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amara resort getaway - sedona weekend guide - weekend amara sedona - no basis in reality

Sedona. How can I even begin to describe it? One of those utterly magical places that is so otherworldly in its natural beauty – incredible rock formations, sunsets to blow your mind, the quaintness of a small town. It’s such a hot destination right now, so there is a growing scene of amazing resorts, new restaurants and shopping. Even with the bustle of tourism, you can still get away from it all on a long hike or trail ride, allowing you time to recharge and connect with nature. I’m hooked on going to Sedona and can’t wait to experience more! If you’re in need of a unique place to visit this Spring or Summer, you should consider this gorgeous town, you won’t regret it!

The climate in Sedona is moderate year round, but spring and fall are the peak times to visit.

My boyfriend and I absolutely love Sedona. This past visit, I stayed at the Amara Resort and Spa, a beautiful and breathtaking Sedona resort. It’s located in a primo spot – walking distance of uptown Sedona’s shops and restaurants. Despite its central location, it feels tucked away and hidden from the busyness of town and features amazing views of red rock formations and its natural surroundings. The hotel’s two wings perfectly frame this view. Trails for hiking and biking, shopping, restaurants and other excursions are only a few minutes away. The hotel even offers a complimentary transportation service.

amara resort getaway - sedona weekend guide - weekend amara sedona - no basis in reality
amara resort getaway - sedona weekend guide - weekend amara sedona - no basis in reality

Southwestern decor mixes with a chic urban feel from the hotel’s lobby to the rooms. Artfully arranged Native American baskets installed on wood-paneled walls, rich textiles and modern takes on traditional motifs capture the energy of Sedona.

The lobby, with its vaulted ceilings and carefully curated decor, leads straight to the killer view of red rocks through a wall of windows facing the courtyard.

amara resort getaway - sedona weekend guide - weekend amara sedona - no basis in reality
amara resort getaway - sedona weekend guide - weekend amara sedona - no basis in reality

The rooms continue the modern / Southwest decor. Pops of aubergine and green mixed with turquoise, yellow and orange are a fresh take on colors on the region. Glass doors open to the outdoors, and each private balcony or patio is furnished with table and chairs. Bathrobes, a too well-stocked mini bar and yoga mat round out the in-room experience.

The Amara Resort features a ton of fun amenities, including an evening wine hour each night, complimentary coffee and tea service each morning, in-room yoga mats, a mountain bike you can borrow at any time, a convenient spa, pet services, a fitness center, heated saltwater pool (infinity-edge, overlooking Oak Creek and the red rocks!!), and hot tub (which we spent wayyyy too much time in the first night).

amara resort getaway - sedona weekend guide - weekend amara sedona - no basis in reality
amara resort getaway - sedona weekend guide - weekend amara sedona - no basis in reality
amara resort getaway - sedona weekend guide - weekend amara sedona - no basis in reality

Here’s a look at the itinerary we (kinda) tried to keep while we were in Sedona. It’s a perfect long weekend schedule, in my opinion!

DAY ONE

Start your day at Trailhead Tea. They have over 130 varieties of tea, tisanes, botanicals, and medicinals. I usually get the Matcha Latte with Almond Milk.

The red rock formations in the area, as well as Oak Creek Canyon are the main reasons to come to Sedona. A hike is the best way to really take in the views all around Sedona. A few hikes I really loved are ::

Brins Mesa :: This trail will take you up to a mesa that overlooks Soldiers Pass and Mormon Canyon. It’s a 1.5 mile out-and-back for a total of 3 miles.

Courthouse / Bell Rock :: The Courthouse Butte Loop Trail is so scenic and peaceful. It’s a 4.2 mile loop.

After you burn off some calories, grab lunch at Creekside. They have outdoor seating and great red rock views! The menu changes seasonally, but I love the Organic Cantaloupe Melon with Sea Salt and Lime, the Organic Baby Beets and Goat Cheese Salad, and a shared bottled of white wine.

Because the main attraction is the scenery of Sedona, a Pink Jeep Tour in the afternoon will get you back out into nature. The ‘Touch the Earth Vortex Tour’ give you a real Sedona experience.

amara resort getaway - sedona weekend guide - weekend amara sedona - no basis in reality
amara resort getaway - sedona weekend guide - weekend amara sedona - no basis in reality
amara resort getaway - sedona weekend guide - weekend amara sedona - no basis in reality
amara resort getaway - sedona weekend guide - weekend amara sedona - no basis in reality
amara resort getaway - sedona weekend guide - weekend amara sedona - no basis in reality
amara resort getaway - sedona weekend guide - weekend amara sedona - no basis in reality

Sunset is a major event each evening when the combination of red rocks and fading light continually changes the scene. The resort’s own Saltrock Kitchen is perfect for watching the changing night sky against the red rocks. The fire pit outside keeps away the nighttime chill, which makes this a perfect spot to relax and spend your evening.

DAY TWO

The Amara’s Spa offers a yoga class each morning, which I would definitely recommend. It’s a perfect way to start the day.

Heartline Cafe is a great breakfast spot to catch the early morning light on Thunder Mountain. Sit out in the adorable outdoor seating area and share a Sedona Sunrise.

Sedona is a fun shopping experience. Here’s quick rundown of shops I like to hit up with I’m in Sedona –

Tlaquepaque :: a Spanish colonial shopping plaza with 42 shops. Check out Isadora for unique handwoven clothing.

The Center for the New Age is across the road from Tlaquepaque. Here, you’ll be able to delve into all the New Age culture you desire – photographs of your aura, readings, healers.

For Southwestern and Native American crafts and jewelry, visit the Blue-Eyed Bear.

No trip to Sedona is complete without massages and spa treatments. The Amara’s Spa is perfect for treatments! I recommend the Detox Wrap, the Moon Chasing Sun Facial, the Soleful Traveler Pedicure, and the Rain Dance Massage.

After cleaning up, head next door to L’Auberge de Sedona for a decadent meal overlooking Oak Creek.

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DAY THREE

A quick coffee at The Secret Garden Cafe to energize you for your last day in red rock country.

This is your last chance to immerse yourself in the beauty of the red rock formations. West Fork is my favorite trail in the Sedona area. Water, views, canyons and cliffs make the 6.4 miles of this hike so amazing.

Refuel at Indian Gardens Cafe and Market with a hearty Sedona Spinach Salad. While you’re there, check out Garland’s Indian Jewelry, which has work by Hopi, Navajo and Zuni craftspeople.

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We truly enjoyed our Sedona trip, and especially enjoyed the treat of staying at the Amara Resort. We would happily return again! It’s an ideal destination for anyone!


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  1. La Caleya

    9 April

    What an amazing place!!!!!!

    http://www.lacaleya.com

    • meredith

      9 April

      It’s definitely worth a visit sometime! xoxo

  2. Toks

    9 April

    This look like an amazing place. Thanks so much for your visit and comment. xoxoxo

    www,toksblog.com

    • meredith

      10 April

      It is truly spectacular! I hope you get to check it out sometime in person =) xoxo

  3. I have always wanted to go visit Sedona! I have heard so many amazing things about Sedona and about the Amara resorts in general. What a beautiful and breathtaking place to stay. The hotel decor is still true to the desert vibes, yet also modern and minimal. The resort looks incredible and the perfect getaway spot for some R&R after exploring Sedona and the trails. I can’t wait to book a trip there and check out this hotel! xoxo, Christine
    http://dailykongfidence.com/

    • meredith

      10 April

      Definitely check out the Amara if you go! It’s such a reasonable price for the luxe feel! xoxo

  4. Amazing pic…great place as well!

    • meredith

      10 April

      It’s hard to take a bad pic in such a beautiful place! =) xoxo

  5. Cielo

    10 April

    Wow, what a getaway! Fantastic photos! =)

    – Cielo
    Mermaid in Heels

    • meredith

      10 April

      So so amazing! A picture-perfect getaway =) xoxo

  6. Emma

    10 April

    What an incredible place!
    Love it!
    Emma
    http://www.emmalovesfashion.com

    • meredith

      10 April

      Definitely put it on your bucket list! xoxo

  7. Mary Maria

    10 April

    Wooow you look amazing!! Have a nice day! ❤

    PS: Follow each other? Let me know!
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    • meredith

      10 April

      Thanks babe! For sure =) xoxo

  8. Kiran

    10 April

    This place is stunning! I am mesmerised, amazing photos!

    ALittleKiran | Bloglovin

    • meredith

      10 April

      It’s hard to take a bad photo here! From the red rocks to the resort, everything was too pretty!! xoxo

  9. Alyssa

    10 April

    Great photos! That place looks amazing 🙂

    ❤️ ALYSSA // STYLE VANITY ❤️

    • meredith

      10 April

      Thanks babe! It’s even more amazing in person!! xoxo

  10. Gemma

    10 April

    Wow what an amazing place! Looks so relaxing.

    Gemma x
    http://www.jacquardflower.uk

    • meredith

      10 April

      It’s a perfect place to relax! The hot tub and pool were so peaceful! xoxo

  11. Margot

    10 April

    Woow this place looks so amazing !
    xx,
    Margot
    https://troughthepasturesofthesky.com/

    • meredith

      10 April

      It’s so great! Hope you get a chance to visit =) xoxo

  12. Aria Di Bari

    10 April

    This place is just so gorgeous!

    http://ariadibari.com

  13. Jalisa

    10 April

    I’ve actually never heard of Sedona before, but it sounds wonderful and Amara Resort sounds like the best place to stay while there, their decor is so lovely; I love all the bright colors and patterns, you do get that strong southwestern vibe. Thanks for sharing and I hope you’re having great start to your week so far!

    XO,

    Jalisa
    http://www.thestylecontour.com

    • meredith

      11 April

      It is so spectacular! Definitely something to add to your bucket list now =) xoxo

  14. So beautiful! I’d love to visit! Lovely photos! 🙂

    • meredith

      11 April

      xoxo

  15. Harija Ravi

    11 April

    Amazing blog post and great photos.
    I am glad you enjoyed reading my recent post and thank you for the comments!!
    MyLyfeMyStory

    • meredith

      11 April

      xoxo

  16. Vivian

    11 April

    what a stunning resort! these are fab photos~

    Vivian | LIVE . IN . LOVE

    ~

    • meredith

      11 April

      Thanks babe! Hard to take a bad photo here =) xoxo

  17. Mercy

    11 April

    I agree, the place is so beautiful. The red rock mountain right at the back of the resort is incredible and the facilities and food look really good. You must be pretty happy when you were there.

    http://www.busyandfab.com

  18. Tina

    11 April

    Sounds like you had the time of your life there! I’ve been wanting to go to Sedona and now I know where to stay!

    Tina
    http://www.justatinabit.com

    • meredith

      11 April

      So glad I could share this with you! I definitely recommend the Amara! xoxo

  19. Amy

    11 April

    I am so jealous! This looks like a wonderful getaway with great views and awesome foods.

    The Blushing Pink

    • meredith

      11 April

      It was amazing! I hope you get to visit Sedona soon =) xoxo

  20. Ashley

    11 April

    How gorgeous is Sedona? I want to visit immediately!

    -Ashley
    Le Stylo Rouge

    • meredith

      11 April

      Definitely put it on the top of your bucket list! xoxo

  21. Siffat

    11 April

    Omg this resort looks like a slice of heaven on earth, so beautiful! Great review, now I want to book a stay at Amara!
    xo
    Siffat
    http://icingandglitter.com

    • meredith

      11 April

      The view is perfection! Definitely check it out if you visit Sedona! xoxo

  22. Carina

    11 April

    Wow, it looks breathtaking! Hopefully I’ll visit it soon!

    xo
    http://www.carinavardie.com

    • meredith

      11 April

      Hope you get a chance to! xoxo

  23. Carmen

    11 April

    Wow this hotel looks amazing! Such a beautiful place – everything looks so peaceful <3
    xx, Carmen – http://www.carmitive.com

  24. naghmeh

    12 April

    omg Sedona looks so so stunning! definitely going on the list of places to travel to. Also your resort looked amazing <3

    naghmeh lesani

  25. yuka

    12 April

    wow this place is so surreal!

    http://www.prettyinleather.net

    • meredith

      12 April

      xoxo

  26. Maray

    12 April

    Beautiful post!
    Kisses 🙂

    http://www.alasdeangel.net

    • meredith

      12 April

      xoxo

  27. Valerie

    12 April

    I’ve stayed at this hotel and absolutely loved it! Sedona is definitely a great vacation spot! Great post!

    http://roadesque.com
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    • meredith

      12 April

      Isn’t it so nice! Especially for the price =) Thanks for stopping by! xoxo

  28. Dominique

    12 April

    Oh my goodness! How stunning! Fab photos hun, makes me wish I was there xx

    http://www.thatnewdress.com

  29. Comfy Cozy Up

    12 April

    OMG this place looks amazing. It’s like a dream. I so need a vacation. Thanks for sharing!
    http://www.comfycozyup.com

  30. Wow! The place is so beautiful, I love the decor!

  31. Atsuna

    14 April

    These photos from Amara resort look so beautiful! Hehe I’m doing a weekend getaway in May to the desert springs and I’m so excited as well.

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    • meredith

      14 April

      That will be such a great time to take a desert vacation! I can’t wait to see pics from it =) xoxo

  32. Angela

    15 April

    Look so otherworldly with those giant rocks! It’s on my bucket list to visit one day! Thanks for sharing such an insightful post! xx

    http://www.crystalchiffon.com/

  33. Marta

    15 April

    What an amazing place to stay at! Wonderful!
    LA VEINE

  34. What a beautiful place! I could see myself escaping here for the weekend =o)

    https://dreamofadventures.com/

  35. losaway

    19 April

    Nice photos!
    xx
    http://losaway.blogspot.com.es/

  36. Beautiful photos! Ready to pack my bags and go!

    Luci’s Morsels | fashion. food. frivolity.

  37. Simply outstanding!
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  38. Ana

    6 May

    Woow that place looks so cute! I love the pictures xxx
    http://fallingforablog.blogspot.com.es/2017/05/instagram-inspiration-april.html

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