Boulders Resort & Spa - Carefree, Scottsdale, Arizona

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Rooms & Suites: 218

Nestled among 12-million-year-old boulders in the scenic desert foothills near Scottsdale, Arizona.

The Boulders Resort and Golden Door Spa is one of the country's most prestigious destinations. Imagine awakening in an adobe casita that offers an enchanting desert view of towering cacti, ancient boulders, coyote, deer and jackrabbits. Sip your morning coffee in pampered comfort and enjoy thoughtful touches such as overstuffed leather chairs, hand-hewn wood beams and an aromatic wood-burning fireplace. Rejuvenate your spirit at our world-class Golden Door Spa or enjoy outdoor activities such as tennis, swimming, hiking and horseback riding - as well as exceptional golfing on our two 18-hole, Jay Morrish championship courses. The resort also features its own festival marketplace, with galleries, cafés and Native-American art museum. Celebrate a spectacular Sonoran sunset with a romantic dinner at our elegant Latilla restaurant, or explore the desert nightlife with a special tour featuring night vision gear.


Conde Nast Gold List, Travel+Leisure World's Best, Andrew Harper Award Winner, SpaFinder Award, A-List - Luxury Travel Magazine Award

Trip Type

Business Meeting, Family Vacation, Golf Getaway, Pet Friendly, Romantic Getaway, Shopping & Fashion, Spa & Wellness, Wedding


The Villa Retreat - A spacious Bali influenced 5 bedroom, 2 unit, luxurious adobe complete with infinite-edge pool, gym, full-kitchens, and elevator. Hacienda Villas - Treat yourself to the unparalleled luxury of one of our stunning and new, privately-owned Haciendas. Luxury Pueblo Villas - Our One-Two and Three-Bedroom Pueblo Villas are beautifully decorated and include a spacious dining area and living room, fireplace, private patio, fully equipped kitchen, laundry facilities, and garage. The Boulders Suite - Our Luxury Suites offer additional living space and are ideal for corporate retreats and company gatherings. Sonoran Casitas - Featuring all the amenities of our Casitas, our Sonoran Casitas are either free standing units, or second floor units with spectacular views of the Boulders golf course, boulder pile, or Arizona's beautiful desert landscape. Casitas - Natural wood beams, Mexican tiling, and overstuffed leather chairs create a warm, Southwestern ambience inside these spacious guestrooms.


On-site: 2 Swimming pools, Jacuzzi, Tennis (Honored by Tennis Magazine as one of the "50 Greatest U.S. Tennis Resorts"), Horseback Riding, Hiking, Biking, Ballooning, Helicopter Tours. Two 18-hole championship golf courses are built right into the desert, challenging and thrilling golfers from around the world with their stunning design.

The two golf courses, the North Course and the South Course, are alternated on a daily basis. The North Course (6,811 yards, par 72, slope 137) was the original and is considered more challenging, but the South Course (6,726 yards, par 71, slope 140) is the most scenic because it has holes that go right up to the boulder piles. There is even a rock formation that looks like a giant golf ball on a tee. Don't forget to bring your camera.


The 33,000-square-foot Golden Door Spa offers a long list of treatments and exercise options.

Spa cuisine - Available at the Golden Door® Spa.


Nearby: Boating, jet-skiing and fishing at nearby lake - 10 miles, Casino - 20 miles. The adjacent El Pedregal Festival Marketplace has 41 shops displaying Southwestern art, jewelry, and home accessories. It's also host to a branch of Heard Museum of Phoenix, with samples from its world-renowned collection of Native American arts and crafts. Rawhide Western Town - 7 miles Frank Lloyd Wright's Taliesin West - 14 miles Fountain Hills Fountain - 18.5 miles Castles 'N Coasters - 19 miles Old Town Scottsdale - 21 miles Scottsdale Fashion Square - 21 miles Out of Africa Wildlife Park - 21 miles Scottsdale Center for the Arts - 22 miles Casino Arizona at Salt River - 24 miles


Phoenix-Sky Harbor International Airport (PHX)

Airport Distance

33 miles/45 minutes

Getting There

The Boulders Resort & Spa is located about 16 miles north of Scottsdale, Arizona in Carefree in the Sonoran Desert foothills.