Top Hotel Picks: Spring 2016

From Scottsdale to Amsterdam, the best in hotel getaways, weekend road trips and far-flung adventures.

Amangiri Resort

Canyon Point, Utah

Sage Advice

Sage is the secret ingredient at Amangiri Resort, set on 600 acres of Utah desert. Touches of the fragrant herb, prized by local Navajo, pop up throughout this minimalist getaway built around a sandstone escarpment and navigable by foot, on horseback and along a via ferrata network of cables, ladders and steps. In the restaurant, find crispy sage leaves on woodfire-oven pizza and muddled into mojitos and lemonade. In the spa, treatments start with an optional smudging ceremony, and the herb’s smoky unisex scent is infused into bespoke body wash and moisturizer. At turndown, lucky guests might even find their own dried sage bundle on their pillow (different local treasures are left there every night, from dreamcatchers to photo books), ready to hang or burn once they’ve returned home.

Sanctuary Spa

Scottsdale, Arizona

Higher Power

At Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain Resort in Scottsdale, Arizona, active guests are perfectly situated for guided or solo treks up Camelback Mountain, which resembles a kneeling camel from a distance and stands taller than the Empire State Building. Climb to the top (the trail is just under two kilometres long) for a challenging workout and epic panoramas of the city below. Later on, rest and rejuvenate with a customized sports massage at the resort’s award-winning Sanctuary Spa. Visitors seeking the ultimate wellness retreat can book the brand new Spa House, an on-site vacation home that doubles as a private spa with its own outdoor baths, pool and treatment rooms.

L Spa and Wellness Centre

Grand Prairie, Alberta

Good To the Bone

The Pipestone Creek near Grande Prairie, Alberta, is home to one of the world’s richest dinosaur bonebeds. It’s perfect for exploring through hikes, heli-tours and visits to the Philip J. Currie Dinosaur Museum – but there’s no need to rough it while playing paleontologist. Visitors to the nearby L Spa and Wellness Centre, ranked among Spa of America’s Top 100 Spas, can take advantage of pedicures, an infrared sauna and treatments like oxygen facials – guaranteed to keep you from looking (and feeling) time-worn.

Canal Huis 58

Amsterdam, Holland

Amsterdam Three Ways

The picturesque Dutch capital is best explored by bike, boat or balloon. Book a stay at Canal Huis 58, an exclusive-use property featuring Eleven Experience concierge services, and try the city three ways.

1. Boat Guests at Canal Huis 58 have complimentary access to a private boat (and skipper services), ideal for getting to know the city via its elaborate canal system.

2. Bicycle Most locals go everywhere on two wheels, and bikes have priority over cars and pedestrians in the city. Hop on one of the house’s lightweight bikes for a leisurely ride, or request a savvy guide to take you on a tour.

3. Balloon Ask the house manager to arrange a bucket-list-worthy trip in a hot-air balloon – you’ll be treated to a bird’s-eye view of the Netherlands’ colourful flower fields in full bloom.

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