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For a third consecutive year, the boutique resort is once again listed among the top resorts in Arizona with its world-class geothermal hot springs, outdoor adventures, and innovative farm program

Travel + Leisure, an essential, trusted source for travel guidance and inspiration around the globe, announced the 2023 winners of the annual World’s Best Awards, including luxury desert oasis,Castle Hot Springs. For a third consecutive year, Castle Hot Springs is named as one of the Best Resorts in Arizona, in addition to being recognized as one of the 500 Best Hotels in the World on Travel + Leisure’s T+L 500 List earlier this year.

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.

New this season, the property introduced a Crater Canyon Experience, where guests hike to a private slot canyon in a remote section of the Sonoran Desert, led by an expert outdoorsman who shares information on the surrounding ecosystem along the way such as Saguaro Cacti and desert wildflowers. Along the route, guests will take time to enjoy splendid vistas, pause in anticipation of observing the resident pair of Peregrine falcons and see the years unfold in layers of geology that tell a fascinating story of history. Arizona’s first-ever Via Ferrata adventure course is also a heart-pumping option for the resort’s adrenaline-seeking guests. All of Castle Hot Spring’s activities, leisurely or more adventure-leaning, invite guests to immerse themselves in the Sonoran Desert and glean all the benefits of being surrounded by the elements.

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

  • Travel + Leisure World’s Best Awards: #1 Resort Hotel in Arizona (2022, 2021)

  • USA Today: 10 Best Reader’s Choice Awards (2023) – Best Spa Resort

  • Thrillist 50 Awards 2023

  • Organic Spa Media 2022 Wellness Awards

  • Wine Spectator 2022 Restaurant Award

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

  • Arizona Governor’s Award (2021): Best Arizona Cultural and Historic Preservation Award

  • Business Insider: Best Hotels in Arizona (2021)

  • Departures: 2021 Legend Awards – Most Rejuvenating Wellness Experiences in the U.S. and Best Outdoor Hotel Experiences in the U.S.

  • USA Today: 10 Best Reader’s Choice Awards (2022) - Best All-Inclusive Resorts

The 2023 T+L 500 is featured in the May 2023 ‘The Hotels’ issue of Travel + Leisure and select highlights of the list will be found at


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