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CASTLE HOT SPRINGS NAMED THE NO. 1 RESORT HOTEL IN ARIZONA BY TRAVEL + LEISURE

The 1,100-acre luxury desert retreat boasting world-class hot springs, is recognized as one of the Southwest’s most illustrious properties after also being named a Top 500 Hotel in the World by Travel + Leisure earlier this year


Travel + Leisure, an essential trusted source for travel guidance and inspiration around the globe, announced the 2022 winners of the annual World’s Best Awards including luxury desert oasis, Castle Hot Springs, which has been named the No. 1 Resort Hotel in Arizona for the second consecutive year in a row in this year’s edition of the Travel + Leisure World’s Best Awards.


Each year, the readers of Travel + Leisure — the largest travel media brand in the United States, with a total audience of 35 million across all platforms — share their thoughts on destinations, hotels, resorts, spas, and more in their annual survey. The illustrious list—curated on reader-generated survey responses—recognizes the greatest destinations spanning the world on all seven continents. Earlier this year, Castle Hot Springs was also recognized by Travel + Leisure in the annual T+L 500 list, recognizing the 500 best hotels around the globe, as voted by readers.

Providing travelers with the perfect respite surrounded by nature, Arizona’s first luxury and wellness resort originally made its debut in 1896 and has been re-established as one of the most idyllic luxury outdoor destination resorts in the country offering an abundance of unrivalled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 and only Via Ferrata adventure course, or a more leisurely tour and taste of the property’s award-winning and sustainably-driven farm 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.

Earlier 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:

  • Travel + Leisure’s Top 500 Hotels in the World 2022

  • 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 World’s Best Awards will be published in the August 2022 issue of Travel + Leisure and featured on travelandleisure.com today, July 12, 2022. To view a full list of the 2022 winners, please visit: https://www.travelandleisure.com/worlds-best/worlds-best-2022