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Travel + Leisure, an essential, trusted source for travel guidance and inspiration around the globe, announced the 2022 winners of the annual T+L 500 including luxury desert oasis, Castle Hot Springs.

Each year, the readers of Travel + Leisure — the largest travel media brand in the United States, with an audience of 8.1million — vote for their favorite destinations, city hotels, resorts, and more in the annual World’s Best Awards survey. Drawing from the 2021 winners, Travel + Leisure recognizes the 500 best hotels around the globe, as voted by readers. Each prestigious edition of this roster of properties, divided into eight geographic regions, serves as a trusted resource for millions of enthusiastic travelers. In 2021, Castle Hot Springs was also recognized by Travel + Leisure as the #1 Resort in Arizona in the annual World’s Best Awards.

Providing travelers with the perfect respite surrounded by nature, Arizona’s first luxury and wellness resort originally made its debut in 1896 and has been re-established as one of the most idyllic luxury outdoor destination resorts in the country offering an abundance of unrivalled wellness, adventure, and 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 has 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 outside of the 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 soaking 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 award-winning and sustainably-driven farm (a leader in the regenerative farming movement) to peruse and pick from a stunning array of produce that is featured daily across the menus of the on-property dining destination, Harvest Restaurant.

This Spring, the property introduced a brand-new wellness menu with enhanced treatments, therapies, and body rituals that maximize the benefits of the hot springs’ unique mineral mixture – particularly rich in Lithium, Magnesium, and Bicarbonates which together help lift your mood, calm your mind, and ease physical stress. Additional new programming in 2022 includes a Gong Bath Sound Ceremony, Mindfulness Activities, a Homegrown Gardening Workshop, Scenic Desert E-Bike Tour, and an ATV Razor Tour.

Adding to the property’s already impressive portfolio of accolades since reopening in 2019, Castle Hot Springs has also been recognized by:

  • Condé Nast Traveler’s 2021 Reader’s Choice Awards: Top 25 Destination Spa Resorts

  • Travel + Leisure’s World Best Awards 2022: #1 Resort in Arizona

  • USA Today 10Best Best All-Inclusive Resort (2021)

  • Departures’ 2021 Legend Awards

  • Business Insider’s 2021 Most Luxurious Hotels in the United States

  • Condé Nast Traveler’s 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

This year’s T+L 500 is featured in the May 2022 issue of Travel + Leisure.

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