Amara Resort and Spa offers excellent service, landscapes, serene spaces

Whether you are in a state of argh, ugh or the like, can I suggest a healthy dose of ahhh? To find this remedy, go straight to Sedona. You will find the Amara Resort & Spa, a retreat within a retreat. Spa enthusiasts will of course want to book a spa treatment (at the time of writing, it’s best to book six to eight weeks in advance). In addition to favorites like the Rain Dance massage, with oils of lavender, rosemary and sage, concluded with a delicious hot oil scalp massage, spa enthusiasts can also enjoy a relaxation bath and of steam. But massages, facials, body scrubs, and other treatments aren’t the only ways to unwind in Amara.

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As part of the property’s multi-million dollar renovation, the Amara Resort has rejuvenated its Southwestern cuisine from SaltRock. The restaurant’s renovated interior features Himalayan salt-accented walls, antique mirrors, and sweeping views of Sedona’s awe-inspiring Cleopatra Red Rock and Snoopy Rock formations. But, one of the key parts of Amara’s makeover is the extended bar. The beautifully lit dark wood communal bar just as you step into the SaltRock has an old school and modern craft drink vibe. And what is immediately noticeable is the crowd. People of all ages gather in this intimate space to chat and have a drink. But it’s not just the good drinks and the company that draw people to Amara’s bar, it’s the bartenders themselves, who deserve praise from visitors and locals for their knowledge and mastery of cocktails.

The atmosphere surrounding the SalRock bar and restaurant – which, by the way, offers phenomenal food (I suggest the branzino!) – is a microcosm of the whole resort. Everywhere you look, someone is clearly at ease and clearly in their element. Amara, by far, has one of the best customer services I have encountered in the state. From Britney at the front desk to Britney at the restaurant to manager and assistant manager Nick and Nick (yes, they’re four different people) the staff go out of their way to help – and I mean beyond. Again, patrons of all ages seemed to be having fun, whether they were eating short rib tacos at SaltRock or sitting by the infinity pool with a mojito. You have to actively try not to have a good time in Amara!

And, for those of you planning to get married in Sedona, I encourage you to check out the gorgeous balcony right next to the upstairs meeting space (also parallel to the Cleopatra and Snoopy Rocks). There is also a beautiful cascading freshwater cove with walking trails and places to sit and relax at the back of the property. No matter the weather or time of day, this property offers stunning scenery and surprises.

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