Paradise Valley’s Newest Treasure: InterContinental Montelucia Resort and Spa

Guest Editor:
- Carrie Harrison-Ell, Senior Vice President of Hotel Programs for Kiwi Collection and mother of three; she is an expert on family travel. Carrie’s not-so-secret pleasures include: romantic trips to Siena, wine and cheese pairings and everything about the Mayan Riviera.

The InterContinental Montelucia Resort and Spa is a perfect spa hotel for those who want to kick back and relax in the Phoenix desert. This hotel’s spa has it’s very own signature scent!

My first impression of the InterContinental Montelucia Resort and Spa?  Absolutely breathtaking.  I’d seen the images, but there is nothing like seeing this resort in person. Nestled in the heart of Paradise Valley, this Phoenix hotel has a Moroccan / Spanish / Italian design, which is beautifully complimented by a stunning view of Scottsdale’s treasured Camelback Mountain. Where was I? I felt as though I had entered a small European city boasting intricate architecture and dancing waterfalls (one of which is likened to Spain’s Alhambra fountain – no kidding).

I had that excited feeling you get when you know there is so much more to explore and experience.

What else did Montelucia have in store for me? Plenty. Beautiful swimming pools, luscious gardens, and something I’m not used to seeing: orange trees! In fact I was delighted to find one just outside my window, perched between my large patio and perfect view of Camelback Mountain.

I immediately found time to stretch out on my over sized lounge chair to take in the scenery.

James, the incredibly knowledgeable gentleman who escorted me to my room, had also pointed out that Paradise Valley had strict lighting regulations that would guard against anything taking away from the views of the Mountain at night. He was right. As the sun went down, the mountain appeared to glow. Wow. Now the name Montelucia made sense. Intercontinental Montelucia Resort in ArizonaI’ve seen a lot of impressive spas in my career, but Joya Spa at Montelucia is one I will always remember. It’s 31,000 square feet of pure luxury.

Everything at Joya is custom, right down to its signature scent.

Joya’s scent was created by alchemists Katie Hess and Lisa Reinhardt who discovered a bloom on Joya’s Queen of the Night cactus, which is known for blooming very rarely; sometimes every three years.

There is plenty to eat and drink at Montelucia as well.

I recommend a drink at Mbar, followed by a meal at Prado – and get a seat on the patio by the fire if you can! Remember that Spanish fountain? You have a clear view of it from Prado’s patio, only at night you will witness the splashing of water against a fiery back drop as flames bellow from the wall behind. Have dessert too, because the next morning, when you’d prefer not to have big sit-down meal, you can grab a great cappuccino and bowl of fruit at Crave Cafe. How convenient!

The timing of my visit also allowed me to experience one of many events that Montelucia hosts, often at no cost, to both resort guests and an affluent group of locals. There is nothing like indulging in a wine and Julia Baker chocolate pairing event. It was right up my alley!

In case you haven’t gathered this already, I highly recommend InterContinental Montelucia Spa and Resort. In fact, it’s one of my favorite hotels, hands down.

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  2. Sanitha William says:

    Any news about when the InterContinental Marrakech Resort and Sp is expected to open. What is its status. Who is the contractor?