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Dramatic Designs: Enchantment Resort's spiritual surroundings

Posted by Melanie Nayer  August 27, 2012 10:38 AM

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echantement.jpgSweeping views of Boynton Canyon at Enchantment Resort in Sedona.

Typically, hotel decorators and designers aim for the extraordinary - whether it comes from artwork, lighting, views or even something as simple as floral displays. But when the extraordinary comes on behalf of Mother Nature, it's simply a designer's dream. Case in point: Enchantment Resort in Sedona, Arizona.

It wasn't enough that this resort is surrounded by the stunning (and often referred to as "spiritual") Boynton Canyon, but the resort also recently completed a $25 million multi-phase renovation that included upgrades to its guest rooms, clubhouse and dining venues.

The 218 newly remodeled guest accommodations are dressed in styles, fabrics and artwork reflective of Native American culture. The renovated Clubhouse came with the opening of a new restaurant, Che-Ah-Chi, which sets the stage for a spectacular evening (thanks in most part to its natural surroundings). I hear the food lives up to the views, and while I haven't taste-tested my way through the restaurant, yet, I can tell you the views are second-to-none. Enjoy evening cocktails while you watch the sun set over the Sedona Red Rocks, turning the entire vista shades of red, orange and yellow. Having been there to witness it myself, I can attest to the fact that the moment the sun hits the horizon, and the Red Rocks illuminate under the sky, is one of the more magical moments you'll enjoy on your visit.

Of design note, the new restaurant features hand-blown chiseled glass shards that amplify the glow from the canyon. The nice thing about this new restaurant: there's always a view.

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Past Dramatic Designs:
B2Hotel's Lobby Lounge and Wine Bar
Gramercy Park Hotel's Drawing Room
Mandarin Oriental New York's elliptical lobby
Ritz-Carlton Wolfsburg's 'floating' swimming pool
Ireland's Lismore Castle
Frescos at Four Seasons Hotel Firenze
Cave Bar at Mövenpick Hotel Hamburg
Bulgari Hotel London's glass mosaic pool
3D art at Four Seasons Baltimore
Viceroy Miami outdoor pool deck
Fairmont Copley Plaza's $20 million renovation
Holiday Inn Shanghai Pudong Kangqiao's glass-bottom pool
Madonna Inn's themed guest rooms

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Melanie Nayer is a travel writer who spent many years in the newsroom before jetting off to see the world. Her goal is to bring readers the best insider information More »

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