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The Boulders

Carefree, United States

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The Boulders
Escape to the natural splendor of The Boulders Resort and Spa; a beautiful secluded destination with unsurpassed amenities and understated elegance.

A luxurious spa, championship golf, and pampering service await you in a breathtaking setting tucked into 1,300 acres of the Sonoran Desert foothills of Scottsdale, Arizona, where the awe-inspiring views and 12-million-year-old boulder formations create the perfect backdrop for vacations, meetings, weddings, and other special events.

Known for environmentally sound landscaping, the resort has ensured that the surrounding terrain and plant life have been left virtually untouched, allowing indigenous flora and fauna to thrive. In acknowledgment of eco-friendly design and everyday practices (like using green-seal approved cleaning products and CFL bulbs resort-wide), The Boulders has been awarded the Urban Land Institute's Environmental Award of Excellence and the Valley Forward Association's Crescordia Award of Environmental Excellence.

But while comfortable accommodations, unequaled natural beauty, and indulgent atmosphere certainly rejuvenate the soul, there's also have plenty of invigorating onsite recreational activities, including tennis, swimming, hiking and rock climbing. In addition, the dining establishments offer captivating views from every turn in a variety of atmospheres.

And Boulders Resort is always looking for ways to make the guest experience even more special – which is why its pleased to be a uniquely pet-friendly resort. The Boulders Pet Program includes a delicious gourmet pet food menu, delicious in-house baked treats, and even pet photography.
Hotel Address:
  • The Boulders
  • 34631 N. Tom Darlington Drive
  • Carefree, AZ 85377
  • United States

Location Summary
Located in the foothills of Carefree, just outside of Scottsdale, AZ. Thirty-three miles north of Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport The Boulders, A Waldorf Astoria Resort is easily accessible, while providing guests a unique Sonoran Desert experience.

Directions to Hotel
From Sky Harbor Airport, Follow the airport signs to the 202 Exit. Take 202 East to the 101 North. Continue North on 101 to the Scottsdale Road exit. North (right) on Scottsdale Road and continue North for approximately 11 Miles to Carefree Highway. Continue just past intersection of Carefree Highway and Scottsdale Road. Entrance to • The Boulders Resort is 500 Feet North ofthe intersection on the East (right) side of the road.
Conde Nast Award Winner, Travel And Leisure Award
Note Bene
Ranked by Condé Nast Traveler as one of America's 'Top 15 Golf Resorts.' U.S Top 10 - Best Golf Resort by Travel + Leisure Golf. Golf Magazine’s Platinum Medal award winner and named among the nation's Best Golf Resorts.
Business Center
Full-service business center.
Banquets & Meetings
The largest room accommodates 400.
Meeting Space
Over 50,000 square feet of outdoor and indoor meeting space.
Fine Dining On Site
The unique restaurants and cafes conveniently located across The Boulders' resort grounds offer delicious food in both casual and formal atmospheres. The innovative menus feature sumptuous American, South of the Border, Spa and Southwestern-inspired cuisine – all made from the freshest ingredients and served in truly striking settings.
Fitness Center
The Fitness Center is the ideal setting to achieve optimum fitness while enjoying revitalizing views. Surrounded by the golden sands of the Sonoran Desert, the 2000 sq. ft. Fitness Center is equipped with a wide selection of free weights, cardiovascular equipment, fitness classes and soothing whirlpools and saunas.
Pets Allowed
Additional pet fee applies.
Pool Outdoor
Four pools including an adults only pool at the Waldorf Astoria Spa.
Spa Facility
The 33,000 square foot Waldorf Astoria Spa features 24 treatment rooms, an adults only pool, a meditation labyrinth and spa cuisine at the Spa Cafe.
Tennis Courts On Site
Four premier hard courts, three premier cushioned courts, and one classic clay court.
Ballooning, Hot Air
Less than 5 miles away.
Biking, Mountain
On property rental and tours available.
Ecological Tourism
Scenic nature trails and hiking.
Fishing Fly
Available on property.
Experience challenging play at The Boulders- the leader among Arizona golf destinations. Featuring two championship-level, Jay Morrish-designed courses, these links are known for breathtaking surroundings and sweeping panoramic views.
A variety of treks are available, from modest rolling desert to challenging mountain terrain.
Horseback Riding
Trails on Horseback explore the beautiful desert terrain of the Tonto National Forest and some of the most vibrant scenery in the United States.
Jet Skiing
Located at a nearby lake.
On-property shopping includes a golf shop, spa boutique, tennis shop, and lodge shop. Nearby El Pedregal offers upscale boutiques and unique specialty stores.
Recommended Rooms
For couples seeking the ultimate privacy, consider our Boulders casita which is a standalone unit with breathtaking views of the desert or golf course. If you’re traveling as a group or with your family, book one of our Villa homes featuring a full-kitchen and a private patio with a gas grill.

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Hotel Amenities
  • - Banquets & Meetings
    - Business Center
    - Meeting Space
    - Disabled Access
    - Executive Retreat
    - Fine Dining On Site
    - Fine Dining Nearby
    - Fitness Center
    - High Speed Internet
    - Child Programs
    - Pets Allowed
    - Pool Outdoor
    - Spa Facility
    - Tennis Courts On Site
Available Activities
  • - Ballooning Hot Air
    - Biking Mountain
    - Ecological Tourism
    - Fishing Fly
    - Golf Driving Range
    - Golfing
    - Hiking
    - Horseback Riding
    - Jet Skiing
    - Shopping
    - Tennis Courts Nearby
    - Theatre & Museums
    - Winery Tours