Hilton Hotels Corporation said the Boulders Resort in Carefree, Ariz., has joined the Waldorf Astoria Collection as the luxury brand's second resort in Arizona. This newest addition demonstrates Hilton's commitment to the expansion of its luxury and lifestyle brands in key markets worldwide. The first Arizona property of Waldorf Astoria Collection is the Arizona Biltmore Resort and Spa, Phoenix, which is celebrating its 80th anniversary. Named for 12 million-year-old granite boulder formations, the Boulders Resort's architecture blends with the surrounding desert landscape. This desert hideaway offers 160 adobe style casitas and 60 one-, two- and three-bedroom luxury villas. Each accommodation features hand-hewn wood beamed ceilings, wood-burning fireplaces, wet bars, large dressing and bathroom areas and private patios or decks overlooking the desert or the resort's two championship golf courses.
The Boulders Resort's six restaurants range from elegant to casual, featuring innovative, Southwestern cuisine prepared from locally sourced ingredients. Two Jay Morrish-designed championship golf courses have earned the distinction of providing 36-holes of play. The Golden Door Spa at The Boulders Resort reflects the integrity and spirit of the original Golden Door in Escondido, Calif., blending Eastern and Western influences in its architecture and offering healing methods, treatments and philosophies. The 33,000-square-foot spa offers 24 private spaces in which an array of treatments incorporating indigenous herbs and rituals can be experienced. Bamboo accents, hand-sculpted water fountains, aromatic candles and Japanese gardens reflect the Golden Door's Asian influences while artworks by local artisans, accented by a palate of cool desert hues and indigenous plantings, pay homage to the Southwest. The Boulders Resort has also earned acclaim as a conference venue accommodating groups up to 300. The Tohono Conference Center features 12,000 square feet of dedicated and flexible meeting space. For more information or reservations, visit www.waldorfastoriacollection.com.
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