Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain Resort & Spa

Welcome to Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain Resort & Spa, an oasis of tranquility perched on the hillside of its namesake. If there’s one resort you want to bookmark for future staycation reference, this is most definitely the one. 

While visiting Arizona I made a trip to Elements restaurant located within the resort and with its own panoramic views of Scottsdale and Paradise Valley.  Just the process of arriving at Sanctuary is a beautiful trip in itself.  Coming from the west side of town, the drive on McDonald and up through Superstition Lane presents you with views of Camelback mountain's red rocks and desert landscape. 

Upon arrival I am told that all walkways here lead you to two places:  Sanctuary's reception and Elements.  The restaurant has the option of indoor seating in the sophisticated dining room or you can sit alfresco style outside.  On the day of my visit It's a chilly (for Arizona standards) November day and so we sit indoors at a table that's the next best thing to sitting outdoors.  It's a table with views all across Paradise Valley with windows that reach the ceiling.  I highly recommend anyone who dines here to arrive before dusk, when the sun begins to set.  The never redundant setting of the sun really adds to the tranquil yet dramatic mood at Elements. 

I wore the Rock 'N Roll Gypsy Dress for this visit.  Our server for the evening is also a Sommalier and he suggests we started with glasses of Arizona white wine by Pillsbury.  Gorgeous Arizona landscape views paired with Arizona wine seemed the most appropriate. 

My starter was the Asian Oyster Rockefeller.  I cannot begin to express how delicious these oysters were.  I've had Rockefeller before but not made to perfection with the Asian influenced flavors in this dish.  I learned that the chef at the helm of Elements is Iron Chef All Star, Beau MacMillan which doesn't surprise me considering how all the dishes are executed to perfection.  Next up I have the Big Eye Tuna Tartare which is refreshing yet tasty with the not so subtle Asian influenced flavors of soy sesame and ginger.  Instead of an entree for the finale, I decide to go the tapas route with 3 small plates and I end my meal with the Salt & Pepper Pork Belly. With kimchi brussels sprouts and organic fried egg, I am on cloud 9 with this dish.  

If you're in Arizona for business or pleasure, you should not miss out on Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain Resort & Spa or at the very least make sure to pay a visit to the fantastic Elements restaurant.