In September, I was invited as a journalist to experience the Hilton Sedona at Bell Rock, a luxury property with an 18-hole championship golf course, spa, and fitness center. Since my last visit here was four years ago, I was looking forward to learning about the recent changes. It's always been a favorite property, surrounded by mesmerizing red rock views, including namesake Bell Rock, and centrally located close to shops, restaurants and picturesque hiking trails. However, now it's even more inviting. Formerly Hilton Sedona Resort & Spa, it has undergone a multi-million dollar renovation that was completed this week with the re-launch of its signature restaurant, ShadowRock Tap + Table.
On a warm and sunny autumn afternoon, we stepped into the beautifully-designed lobby. You'll notice works by local artists and an aesthetic of bringing the outside in with details such as a striking sculpture suspended over grass planters and a river of crystals representing Sedona's Oak Creek.
The adjacent Living Room is a 4,875 square-foot multi-use space with comfortable seating areas, a fireplace, and a wood raised relief topographical map of Sedona's canyons and rock formations complete with clip-on hiking information cards describing the area's popular trails. Here you'll also find a business center with work stations, an Adventure Concierge desk for scheduling activities, and a cozy corner where movies that have been filmed in Sedona are shown on a flat screen TV.
All 171 one-bedroom suites and 48 standard guest rooms have been fully renovated. Our spacious suite featured a separate bedroom with a king bed, bathroom, living room with fireplace, a dining area with mini-fridge, wet bar and microwave, and a private patio for two with this gorgeous view.
Before dinner that night, I had a chance to stroll around the scenic property, including Blue Water Cafe for poolside dining at the Family Pool (there is also an adult pool and a fitness pool).
Feeling energetic? You can work out in the Sedona Athletic Club and fitness complex with a gym, 25-meter lap pool, Outdoor Warrior Pit cross-fitness program, tennis courts, heated lap pool and cafe. If you're in the mood for relaxation, visit the Eforea Spa with Sedona-inspired treatments, where I spent my Saturday afternoon enjoying a massage, whirlpool, and steam room.
Meandering around the property, I was ready to settle in at my home away from home for the next three nights. That evening, we would be meeting the talented chefs and management team for an al fresco dinner to explore the new menu. Click the photo below for a detailed feature.
Thank you to the Hilton Sedona at Bell Rock for what turned out to be a fun and fantastic weekend filled with delicious food, Arizona wine, spectacular scenery, and even a friendly poolside cocktail competition.
I was hosted by Hilton Sedona as a media guest and my stay was complimentary.