Grown-up getaways: 6 adults-only resorts in Arizona

Grown-Up Getaways: 6 Adults-Only Resorts In Arizona

(Photo courtesy of CIVANA Wellness Resort & Spa)

By Teresa K. Traverse

February 21, 2024

There’s plenty to love about living in Arizona—the sunshine, great restaurants, and plenty to do when the weather’s good for about half the year. Another perk of living here? The state’s many fine resorts.

If you’re looking for a quiet, kids-free environment, these top-rated, adults-only resorts more than deliver. From four spa properties to North America’s first landscape hotel, discover these six adults-only Arizona resorts.


Miraval Arizona Resort & Spa

Location: 5000 E. Via Estancia in Tucson

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Miraval is a renowned and award-winning spa brand that counts celebs like Oprah among its many fans. Miraval welcomes guests who are 18 and older. The Tucson outpost is located in the Santa Catalina Mountains, and the resort features plenty of desert scenery. Think cactus, agave, and wide open spaces throughout.

Miraval offers all-inclusive packages that include a $175 daily credit for spa treatment and activities, access to the spa, meals and drinks (excluding alcohol), tips, and activities. The star of the resort? The 16,000-square-foot Life in Balance spa. The spa is influenced by its desert surroundings, and its light was even designed to mimic desert light. Some treatments are influenced by the spa’s desert locale. The full spa menu features skin care, salon and nail care, energy work (and one treatment called the “Energy of the Wolves,” which includes drumming, song, and sacred energy work) ayurveda, body renewal rituals, prenatal, and massage.

Miraval also has a packed calendar of things to do. Activities include drumming, horseback riding, foam rolling, and yoga, among other options. One of the most unique? Guests can don a beekeeper suit and head inside the hives on the property for an extra fee.

Lodging options include casitas, suites, villas, and even retreats. The décor is in neutral colors and designed to create a restful environment. We’ve stayed here and can tell you from experience that the beds are truly heavenly and unbelievably soft. The full bedding set can be purchased for less than $5,000.

Although most activities are reserved for guests staying overnight, day packages are available. Learn more about them in the link.


Ambiente, A Landscape Hotel

Location: 900 W. AZ-89A in Sedona

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Sedona’s Ambiente touts itself as the first landscape hotel in North America. In case you’re not familiar with this term, a landscape hotel is a property that aims to blend in with its surrounding environment.

Guests must be 18 years or older to stay here. The 40 rooms here are called Atriums, and they all feature floor-to-ceiling windows showcasing Sedona’s stunning red rocks. If you’re worried about other guests seeing inside, don’t fret. The bronzed glass windows are designed in such a way so guests can see out but others can’t see in. Rooms are decorated in soothing earth tones. The atriums would be ideal for couples seeking a romantic getaway, and some of the room’s features reflect this. Rooms are outfitted with king beds, double vanities, a walk-in shower with two rain heads, and a freestanding tub designed for two people. Guests also can take in expansive views from the rooftop terraces that include a fire pit and day bed.

Ambiente also includes the Velvet Spa and Forty 1 Restaurant. Forty 1 serves cuisine inspired by the local area. A vegan menu at Forty 1 is available upon request, and reservations are encouraged. Lunch is served at the on-site bar called The Drifter. The property is also right by the Adobe Jack Trailhead in West Sedona if you’d like to take a hike when you’re in town.

The spa and on-site restaurant are both open to the public but have limited availability. Contact the hotel for more.


Mii Amo

Location: 525 Boynton Canyon Road in Sedona

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Tucked away in Boynton Canyon in West Sedona, destination spa Mii amo beckons with a recently renovated 34,000-square-foot spa. There’s plenty to love about this place, starting with the striking design. The spa features expansive windows showcasing the stunning red rocks of Sedona. The earthy colors in the 23 guest rooms and casitas and at the spa facility are also intended to reflect the natural surroundings. Mii Amo guests must be 16 or older.

The property shares a gated entrance with Enchantment Resort but is a separate entity. Mii amo guests looking for a quieter experience can find just that at this property. According to its website, guests are encouraged to spend as much time in their robes as possible. Guests must book multi-day stays (called journeys) here — making this one of the most exclusive resorts on this list as only overnight guests of either Mii amo or Enchantment can visit. Journeys start at three days and are as long as 10 days.

In keeping with a destination spa, the spa menu is long and varied. Specific dynamic treatments include a four-hand massage, chakra balancing, an intuitive massage that couples bodywork and therapeutic conversation, a high desert enzyme wrap, past life regression, astrology, meditations, and treatments inspired by each of the four seasons. Additional Mii amo amenities include an outdoor pool, a 3,300 square-foot fitness center and movement studio, and an on-site restaurant Hummingbird. Much of the cuisine from Hummingbird is made from the chef’s outdoor garden which guests can see from the dining room.

Mii amo guests also can access Enchantment Resort’s amenities like its outdoor pools, restaurants, and Trail House, an outdoor adventure center where guests can rent sporting equipment and book guided recreational tours. Mii amo is also mere steps from Sedona’s Boynton Canyon Trail so they soak up the city’s natural beauty with a hike.

Arizona residents can book two-night journeys that are available seasonally. Read more about this here.


Castle Hot Springs

Location: 5050 N. Castle Hot Springs Road in Morristown

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Castle Hot Springs is one of Arizona’s most storied resorts that was established way, way back in 1896. Tucked away off a dirt road (a high clearance vehicle is recommended to reach this resort) in Morristown, Castle Hot Springs was and currently is a destination that’s best known for its natural hot springs. Some of its most famous guests in the early 20th century included the Rockefellers, Vanderbilts, and Astors. Presidents Theodore Roosevelt and John F. Kennedy were also both guests. A fire in 1976 forced to resort to close, and it remained dormant for decades before reopening in 2019.

Guests, who must be 16 or older to stay here, can enjoy three aforementioned outdoor, mineral-rich hot springs and plenty of luxe amenities at this resort that’s open seasonally and just for overnight guests. Expect a quiet, remote location that beckons with desert and Bradshaw mountain views. The just 30 lodging options include cabins, bungalows, and even a historic cottage. Casitas and bungalows feature outdoor tubs or showers, private decks or patios, a Nespresso coffee machine, plush beds, and rustic chic décor like wood dressers and leather chairs. When guests book stays here, fees include guided activities, all meals, and nightly turndown service. Meals here are all chef-curated, and many of the ingredients come from the resort’s very own three-acre farm. For additional fees, diners can enjoy wine pairings at the restaurant Harvest and take homegrown gardening classes.

Guests searching for even more adventure can dive into activities like horseback riding, UTV tours, a private slot canyon exploration, a Via Ferrata, and star gazing. Some activities are included and others are not. The resort also offers spa treatments and group fitness classes.


Canyon Ranch Tucson

Location: 8600 E. Rockcliff Road in Tucson

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Canyon Ranch is another well-known spa and health brand that has five locations throughout the United States. Compared to the other resorts on this list, Canyon Ranch has a much stronger medical focus. Guests (who must be at least 14 years old to stay) can undergo vascular ultrasounds, take sleep screenings, and attend weight loss retreats. Wellness guides can create tailored diet and fitness programs. One Canyon Ranch location just so happens to be in Tucson.

Canyon Ranch’s Tucson location features 171 guest rooms and suites and is located on 150 acres in the Sonoran Desert. Guests can participate in outdoor activities like hiking, mountain biking, rock climbing, bird watching, and exploring historic sites. Tucson’s Sabino Canyon and Mount Lemmon—two of Tucson’s outdoor recreational destinations—are also near the resort.

Canyon Ranch offers more than 300 services to pick from that are for overnight guests only. These include spa treatments, nutrition classes and performance assessments. Canyon Ranch sells a variety of all-inclusive packages ranging from tennis doubles camps to spa renewal. The resort has a wide variety of daily activities ranging from buff booty (woot!) classes and yoga to public speaking lessons.

The property is home to a spiritual wellness center, a health and performance center, a spa, a fitness center, nine exercise studios, three outdoor pools, and a 12,000-square-foot aquatic center. Food-wise, look forward to healthy fare at two different eateries. Slated to open this month is the new bar, Javelina Cantina.


Civana Wellness Resort and Spa

Location: 37220 Mule Train Road in Carefree

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Located just outside of metro Phoenix in Carefree is Civana Wellness Resort and Spa. Civana opened in 2018 and beckons with desert scenery and a top-notch spa. Guests must be at least 14 to stay here. According to its website, Civana focuses on four pillars: movement, spa, nourishment, and discovery.

Like most of these properties, the 22-treatment room spa here is remarkable. One of the impressive parts of the spa is the hydrotherapy thermal circuit of hot and cold pools, a waterfall shower, and a sanarium sauna. This aqua therapy circuit is the only one in the continental United States. Spa treatments include massages, reiki, sound bowl healing, a Sonoran rain dance, facials, manicures, and pedicures.

Programming here is robust. Civana offers more than 70 complimentary classes like yoga flow, meditation, pilates, inner intimacy workshops, and cardio strength. For an added fee, guests can enjoy aerial yoga, guided hikes, and mountain biking. Dining options include Terra and Seed. Seed is a more casual café serving fresh juices and grab-and-go options. Terra is Civana’s fine dining outlet that serves veggie-forward cuisine.

Guests can stay in one of 144 total guest rooms. Most feature excellent views of the surrounding desert.  Although most treatments are only for overnight guests, Civana offers a day pass during the summer. Read more about this here.

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  • Teresa K. Traverse

    Teresa K. Traverse is a Phoenix, Arizona-based writer and editor. Her work also has appeared in national print outlets including Weight Watchers, Bust and Parenting magazines and on sites like Tripadvisor, Wine Enthusiast, SFGate, Brides, Rachael Ray Every Day, Bustle, Racked,, WeddingWire, Refinery29, The Daily Meal,, USA Today and Fast Company. She's the managing editor of Sedona Monthly. In her spare time, she loves hiking, reading magazines and spending quality time with her long-haired Chihuahua, Rocket. Visit to check out more of her work.



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