In the heart of Phoenix, Arizona, lies a mountain which resembles the hump and head of a kneeling camel that is known as Camelback Mountain. It is perfect for recreational activities and has two popular hiking trails: the Echo Canyon Trail (1.2 miles) and the Cholla Trail (1.4 miles). For rock climbing enthusiasts, the Praying Monk, which resembles the silhouette of man kneeling in prayer, is a great red sandstone rock formation that rises approximately 100 feet. Aside from hiking and rock climbing, Camelback also has several golf courses and offers exciting activities such as horseback and hot air balloon riding.
If you decide to visit Phoenix, you should consider staying at the Royal Palms Resort and Spa. This gorgeous little hideaway located at the foot of Camelback Mountain has the ambiance of a Spanish villa. It was originally constructed in 1929 for Delos Cooke, a New York City financier who was a collector of fine art and worldly antiques from Europe and Latin America. Several pieces from his collection can still be found throughout the resort’s 119 guest rooms. Because of its elegant antique decor, Royal Palms Resort and Spa is a proud member of the Historic Hotels of America National Trust for Historic Preservation.
The resort is considered a romantic getaway with its crackling fireplaces, romantic nooks, cobblestone pathways, first-rate restaurant, calming spa services, and artfully appointed casitas, estate rooms, and villas. Citrus groves and exotic flora fill the air with refreshing scents.
Rooms range from $169-$2,549, with services including daily use of the fitness center and spa facilities, housekeeping, concierge and valet, outdoor pool, The Mix Up Bar, Royal Pet Services, and poolside cabana rental.
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