Travel + Leisure, a source for travel guidance and inspiration around the globe, announced the 2021 winners of the annual World’s Best Awards, including luxury desert oasis Castle Hot Springs, which was named the No. 1 Resort Hotel in Arizona.
Each year, the readers of travel media brand Travel + Leisure share their thoughts on destinations, hotels, resorts, spas and more in their annual survey. The list — curated on reader-generated survey responses — recognizes the greatest destinations spanning the world on all seven continents.
Providing travelers with the perfect respite surrounded by nature, Arizona’s first luxury and wellness resort originally made its debut in 1896 and has been re-established as one of the most idyllic luxury outdoor destination resorts in the country, offering an abundance of wellness, adventure and unrivaled culinary experiences.
Once a western hideaway and retreat of choice for America’s titans of industry, such as the Cabots, Vanderbilts, Wrigleys, Roosevelts and Astors, Castle Hot Springs hosted some of America’s most prominent families throughout the early-1900s. The destination weaves the rich and storied history throughout the resort, culminating in a tranquil desert oasis that encourages visitors to reconnect with their surroundings and unplug from the outside world.
The 1,100-acre hideaway set against the Bradshaw Mountains, just 50 miles from Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport, is a 30-room desert oasis boasting contemporary luxury in the heart of the Sonoran Desert. Allowing each guest experience to interact and immerse with the surrounding natural elements, Castle Hot Springs’ amenities and activities range from a soak in the mineral-rich geo-thermal hot springs to scaling new heights on Arizona’s first-ever Via Ferrata adventure course, or a more leisurely tour and taste of the property’s expansive farm to peruse a stunning array of produce that is featured daily across the menus at the on-property dining destination, Harvest Restaurant.
Adding to the property’s already impressive portfolio of accolades since reopening in 2019, Castle Hot Springs has also been recognized by:
• USA Today 10Best Best All-Inclusive Resort (2021);
• Departures’ 2021 Legend Awards;
• Business Insider’s 2021 Most Luxurious Hotels in the United States;
• Business Insider’s ’10 Best Hotels in Arizona’;
• Condé Nast Traveler 2020 Hot List (the only resort in Arizona to be recognized);
• An Emmy for Best Historical Documentary in 2020;
• Forbes’ 2019 Top Spa Resorts in America.
To view a full list of the 2021 winners, visit travelandleisure.com/worlds-best.