16 Unforgettable Romantic Getaways in Arizona

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D.T. Christensen
May 24, 2021
Updated March 20, 2023

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Photo credit: The Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain

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Deserts, canyons and mountains make the perfect backdrops to Arizona’s most romantic getaways. Here’s where to make your next escape.

There’s no better way to reconnect as a couple than a charming weekend trip away, whether it’s filled with outdoor activities like hitting Arizona’s swimming holes or Sedona’s best hikes, or just lounging poolside in the Valley.

Here are 16 of the best romantic getaways in Arizona, from high-end boutique resorts to private, cozy vacation rentals you won’t want to leave all weekend.

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Romantic Getaways in Sedona

1. L’Auberge de Sedona

L'Auberge de Sedona
Photo: L’Auberge de Sedona

Why you should stay: high-end romantic resort ideal for weekend getaways or intimate events.

  • Nearest town: Sedona
  • Sleeps: 2+
  • Minimum stay: 1 night
  • Rates from: $459/night

L’Auberge de Sedona offers a traditional resort vibe that’s high on scenery and amenities.

Their cottages are focused around outdoor attractions – go for creekside or red rock views – and the property’s nooks are more private than you’d expect, including the grassy lawn and relaxing Duck Beach.

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2. Enchantment Resort

Enchantment Resort - Sedona, Arizona
Photo: Enchantment Resort

Why you should stay: luxurious red rock resort in one of Sedona’s most scenic canyons.

  • Nearest town: Sedona
  • Sleeps: 2+
  • Minimum stay: 1 night
  • Rates from: $1,079/night

This luxury resort at the base of Boynton Canyon blends well into the beauty of Sedona, and its 200-plus suites offer a range of canyon views from the 70-acre property.

“Perfect place for a relaxing romantic getaway. This resort has it all, stunning scenery, wonderful hiking trails, a great restaurant and a bar with a view,” said Heather M. on Google.

Active couples will dig the resort’s full calendar of activities, and 300-plus miles of hiking and mountain biking right from the resort ensures there’s never a dull moment. And if there is, spend it at Enchantment’s world-class spa or pool.

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3. Sedona Studio

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Photo: VRBO

Why you should stay: private studio on par with Sedona’s best resorts.

  • Nearest town: Sedona
  • Sleeps: 2
  • Minimum stay: 2 nights
  • Rates from: $537/night

If this residential studio in West Sedona makes you rethink what a romantic getaway looks like, you won’t be alone. The beautiful views, on-site spa treatments and nearby hiking rivals any resort in Red Rock Country, but the privacy and location makes it appealing for couples looking for something unique.

“One of the most special places we’ve stayed. Loved it and hope to return yearly!” said guest Shelley K.

The home’s located on 5.3 acres in a quiet, elevated neighborhood, so you’ll get views and scenery you won’t see at Sedona’s more traditional creek-side resorts. Still, it’s a quick drive to the creek, shopping and dining when you’re ready to leave the home’s two private decks and salt water pool.

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4. Chateau Belle

Creekside Chateau
Photo: VRBO

Why you should stay: spellbinding creek-side chateau straight out of Grimm’s fairy tales.

  • Nearest town: Sedona
  • Sleeps: 10
  • Minimum stay: 3 nights
  • Rates from: $550/night

This whimsical chateau is located across the creek from Indian Gardens Café & Market, a staple of Oak Creek Canyon since the 1940s. The exterior’s storybook theme continues inside, where you’ll find ornately decorated rooms with a southwest touch.

Outside, an oversized chess board, stone fire pit and stairway down to the creek make this one of the most unique romantic getaways in Arizona, let alone Oak Creek.

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5. Oak Creek Canyon Cabin

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Photo: VRBO

Why you should stay: quiet, low-key stay with scenic hiking from your front door.

  • Nearest town: Sedona
  • Sleeps: 6
  • Minimum stay: 3 nights
  • Rates from: $320/night

The neighborhood of Pine Flats in Oak Creek Canyon is a hidden getaway gem — there aren’t many rentals here, and it’s a quiet, close-knit community right off the creek.

So when you can snag a few nights at this custom-built home, go for it. It’s a cozy, well-lit place with stellar views, especially from the loft’s tranquil reading nook.

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6. Forest Houses Resort

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Photo: Jake Case

Why you should stay: rustic and romantic quiet time in Oak Creek Canyon.

  • Nearest town: Sedona
  • Sleeps: 2+
  • Minimum stay: 2+ nights
  • Rates from: $125/night

The vibe here is purposely low-key: the Forest Houses don’t allow large groups, and the resort tries to avoid guests who are loud and rowdy (sorry, Uncle Randall!).

All that’s to say the owners do a spectacular job of creating a peaceful place to enjoy Oak Creek. The cabins here are cozy and affordable, and the atmosphere’s ideal for couples looking to escape the crowds in Sedona. Once you’ve visited, you’ll want to make it a regular excursion.

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Romantic Getaways in Central Arizona

7. Cave Creek Glamping

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Photo: Tina D., Hipcamp

Why you should stay: whimsical desert glamping on a ranch.

  • Nearest town: Cave Creek
  • Sleeps: 2
  • Minimum stay: 1 night
  • Rates from: $72/night

This glamping tent on a homestead in Cave Creek was recently voted one of Arizona’s best Hipcamps, and for good reason. The chic setup’s surrounded by beautiful desert, and hiking trails from the property lead to even more places to explore.

Host Shantel and her husband also offer unique experiences like a guided meditation with horses, and fresh eggs from their chicken coop. It’s not the most secluded place to stay on our list, but it is one of the most unforgettable — especially for anniversaries and other nights away.

“Shantel’s glamping tent exceeded our expectations of a small romantic getaway for Valentine’s Day this year,” said Hipcamp guest Gizelle R.

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8. Boulders Resort & Spa

Boulders Resort & Spa
Photo: Boulders Resort & Spa

Why you should stay: desert escape once named the best wellness resort in the southwest by Sunset Magazine.

  • Nearest town: Carefree
  • Sleeps: 2+
  • Minimum stay: 1 night
  • Rates from: $372/night

The Boulders is in Scottsdale, sure, but this resort is far from Old Town. It’s in the north reaches of the city, on a 1,300-acre property that’s kept intact much of the native landscape.

“A beautiful and peaceful resort that captures the essence and spirit of the desert. Makes for a perfect vacation or romantic getaway.” said Trent Bianchi on Google.

Here, hiking and rock climbing outings are just as popular as days on the links or in the spa, so there’s never a bad way to spend your trip. Suites, casitas and haciendas offer a variety of living spaces, all surrounded by near-pristine Sonoran desert.

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9. The Phoenician

The Phoenician
Photo: The Phoenician

Why you should stay: consistently ranked the top resort in Arizona by U.S. News & World Report.

  • Nearest town: Scottsdale
  • Sleeps: 2+
  • Minimum stay: 1 night
  • Rates from: $440/night

Location is everything, which is why The Phoenician is considered one of Arizona’s best luxury resorts. Its grounds on the southeast base of Camelback Mountain offers amazing views of the iconic peak, but amenities and services make it a go-to for romantic vacations in the valley.

Years of five-star and five-diamond awards make The Phoenician one of Arizona’s most decorated resorts, and an ideal destination for discerning couples with a taste for nature and city all at once.

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10. Sanctuary Camelback Mountain Resort

Sanctuary Camelback Mountain Resort
Photo: Sanctuary Camelback Mountain Resort

Why you should stay: vibrant luxury in the heart of the East Valley.

  • Nearest town: Paradise Valley
  • Sleeps: 2+
  • Minimum stay: 1 night
  • Rates from: $499/night

Sanctuary Camelback Mountain Resort, on the north side of Camelback, is a posh setting with accolades from Condé Nast Traveler, Travel + Leisure and Forbes.

Suites and casitas spread across the 53-acre property offer captivating Camelback views, and days spent at the resort’s spa and fine dining never cease to impress.

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11. Castle Hot Springs Resort

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Photo: Castle Hot Springs

Why you should stay: a true desert oasis that’s lured travelers for more than 100 years.

  • Nearest town: Morristown
  • Sleeps: 2+
  • Minimum stay: 2 nights
  • Rates from: $1500/night

Castle Hot Springs’ roots as a wellness resort date back to the late 1800s, when Frank M. Murphy saw the hot springs and surrounding area as a potential tourist destination.

Over the decades, the resort hosted Teddy Roosevelt, John F. Kennedy and members of the Vanderbilt family. Today, it’s a recently-revamped world-class resort damn near the middle of nowhere – part of its alluring romantic appeal.

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Romantic Getaways in Northern Arizona

12. Clear Sky Resorts

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Photo: Clear Sky Resorts

Why you should stay: romantic glamping digs just a short drive from the Grand Canyon’s South Rim.

  • Nearest town: Grand Canyon Junction
  • Sleeps: 2+
  • Minimum stay: 1 night
  • Rates from: $390/night

Clear Sky Resorts is one of the newest glamping options near the Grand Canyon – and its far more glam than camping. After checking into the resort’s Welcome Dome with 1,000-square-foot viewing window, you’ll head to one of several themed domes, where your robe, slippers and high-end linens await.

Each dome has a unique setup and décor scheme, and one even includes a separate cocoon-style treehouse suspended eight feet in the air.

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13. Snover Lodge and Stables

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Photo: VRBO

Why you should stay: relaxing B&B-style cabin far from Arizona’s typical vacation crowds.

  • Nearest town: Greer
  • Sleeps: 7
  • Minimum stay: 2 nights
  • Rates from: $311/night

Greer is Arizona’s highest town (8,356 feet) and one of the state’s more remote getaways because of its distance from Phoenix. If you don’t mind the drive east, you’ll experience firsthand the high-elevation beauty of Snover Lodge and Stables.

Take in mornings and evenings on the porch overlooking a small catch-and-release pond, or follow the meandering Little Colorado River as it winds north from the property.

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Related Read: 10 Best Cabin Rentals in Greer, Arizona

Romantic Getaways in Southern Arizona

14. Loews Ventana Canyon Resort

Loews Ventana Canyon Resort
Photo: Loews Ventana Canyon Resort

Why you should stay: award-winning spa, golf and dining in a picturesque desert setting.

  • Nearest town: Tucson
  • Sleeps: 2+
  • Minimum stay: 1 night
  • Rates from: $259/night

Lakeside Spa at Loews Ventana Canyon Resort was once named one of the best desert spas in the country by Architectural Digest. Since then, the resort’s reputation for unmatched desert relaxation has only grown, and today more than 400 rooms and suites make up one of Tucson’s best romantic getaways.

Throw in an award-winning golf course and dining led by Executive Chef Ken Harvey of Food Network renown, and you’ll see why this is one of the area’s most romantic vacation ideas.

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15. The Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain

The Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain
Photo: The Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain

Why you should stay: five-star service, suites and activities in a quiet corner of Southern Arizona.

  • Nearest town: Marana
  • Sleeps: 2+
  • Minimum stay: 1 night
  • Rates from: $450/night

The Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain lies just north of Tucson, in the Tortolita Mountains, an area occupied by indigenous people for thousands of years. T

oday, it’s the setting for one of Tucson’s best high-end resorts, with more than 25 miles of on-site hiking trails, several pools and no shortage of fine dining bistros and restaurants. The first-rate amenities are nice, to be sure, but it’s the solitude here that makes Dove Mountain so romantic.

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16. Private Cottage on 20 Acre Estate

Private Cottage on 20 Acre Estate
Photo: Airbnb

Why you should stay: zen-like atmosphere on immaculate 20-acre grounds.

  • Nearest town: Tucson
  • Sleeps: 2
  • Minimum stay: 4 nights
  • Rates from: $179/night

This estate’s claim to fame is hosting the Dalai Lama on Tucson stops of his world tours, and you can see why His Holiness would want to shack up here. Off the main residence is a small one-bedroom cottage surrounded by lush Southern Arizona greenery and roaming wildlife.

“We came to celebrate our anniversary and see our friends get married. Perfect spot for a romantic getaway!” said guest Kayli of Oklahoma City.

It’s a serene spot for couples, where birds of all species come and go – a family of Harris hawks lives nearby – and desert days pass in quiet comfort. It may feel far from the city, but it’s a quick drive downtown for lively eats and shopping.

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