*This experience was sponsored by Enchantment Resort and Mii amo Spa, and we thank them for hosting our family for this fantastic stay.
Our family is a careful balance, really. A balance of rough-and-tumble wanderlust with an equal part luxury retreat thrown in. These two things don’t always fit together, so planning a vacation can sometimes be hard unless you find one of those unique destinations that offers it all – like the Enchantment Resort & Spa in Sedona.
Little did we know that when planning this trip we could not have chosen a better stay for our mixed bag of needs. The Enchantment Resort & Spa is, well, enchanting in every sense of the word.
1..A feeling of great pleasure; delight
ie: ‘The enchantment of the mountains’
2. The state of being under a spell; magic
ie: “A world of mystery and enchantment’
Clearly, the good people behind the Enchantment Resort & Spa took the definition of this word literally as they created this amazing destination.
The resort’s setting amidst the red rocks and incredible vistas of Sedona’s Boynton Canyon offers the perfect combination to infuse the word “enchantment” with even more meaning. Driving into the property, you have the feeling this little encampment is the only thing here – and it is. Other than the occasional conversation overheard from other guests, you are alone in the quiet to enjoy the beauty, the sound of birds and a stillness we rarely experience in our busy lives. Even our kids felt the calm, and their frenetic energy was quelled.
Wandering the grounds, we found constant points of interest. Easy hiking trails on both sides of the canyon lead to rocky outcroppings and fascinating terrain through the famous red rocks. On our walk, we ran into a group of mule deer grazing on the lawns, a meditation circle in the grass, a collection of rocks stacked in a balanced tower, and tons of interesting flowers and plants that enjoy this arid terrain.
Both kids said the surrounding red peaks and valleys reminded them of scenes from the “Cars” ride at Disneyland, and they were right. Except this is the real thing. Oh, and those ubiquitous Pink Jeeps I wrote about in an earlier post? There is one parked in the lot here too.
Many make a pilgrimage to Sedona from around the world to experience the magnetic energy vortexes here, and Enchantment is situated on top of one of the most powerful. Vortexes are focus points for spiritual energy coming from deep inside the Earth, and the Boynton Canyon Vortex is thought to be the perfect balance to bring peace and harmony within oneself and relationships with others. What a great place for a destination spa resort.
Truth be told, none of us felt any special energy from the vortex, although we aren’t sure what that would be expected to feel like. If pure relaxation, calmed emotions and inner peace are what these spiritual pilgrims are talking about, then I guess it worked!
We love to visit smart resort destinations like Enchantment that sprinkle just the right amount of luxury into their natural surroundings. Our family of four fit comfortably into the spacious casita, and the bathroom was enormous – really huge with whirlpool tub, shower and double sink with signature amenities (the soap branded by their own Mii amo Spa smelled so good that I saved a small bar to bring home).
Best yet, we never left the resort because the food was so delicious. Lunch at Tii Gavo (which means “gathering place”) was refreshing and inventive, especially the hot-pink Prickly Pear Margarita. Dinner at Che Ah Chi was 5-star food and equally fantastic service. Even our kids remarked on how friendly and attentive our server was, and at 13 and 15 they are darn hard to impress. We sampled several menu items that were all delicious, especially the Lobster Bisque Cappuccino, the chef’s favorite family recipe for chicken with preserved lemon and tomato confit, and the grilled lamb with mint, feta and kalamata olives. Mmmm, I’m making myself hungry!
Plus there’s a fantastic pool and Jacuzzi overlooking the cliffs and canyons, serving up a postcard perfect view. Seven Canyons Golf is world-class play on a gorgeous course (those views!). If that’s not enough, there are also tennis courts, hikes, bike tours, and a host of complimentary resort activities that include yoga, photography workshops, aqua fitness, guided meditation and much more. If we had the time, I think we would have signed up for every single one of these activities – they all sounded so amazing.
Top Rated Spa
Okay, Enchantment’s renowned and awarded Mii amo Spa was a must-visit on this trip, and I am so glad we did. While the girls slept in back at the room, Triton and I walked down to the spa for some transcendent treatments. This place is amazing and well worth the visit – read much more about our experience in my blog post entitled Stoned at Mii amo Spa (soon to post).
So would we suggest Enchantment Spa & Resort as a great family getaway destination? Four out of four thumbs up from the 2DadsWithBaggage gang – a resounding and unanimous YES!