North view from Sanctuary's Infinity Pool at sunrise with Mummy Mountain in background.

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How to Spend Four Days in Paradise: A Holistic Experience at Sanctuary

By Editor 2023, October

Welcome to Paradise Valley, an enclave of Scottsdale, Arizona, and a haven of luxury, natural beauty, and wellness. If you're looking for the perfect escape to rejuvenate your mind, body, and soul, Sanctuary Camelback Mountain, a Gurney’s Resort and Spa, is the ideal destination. With its stunning views and impeccable amenities, our oasis will be your home for a transformative journey. Stay for a day or a week, however long feels right for you. We think a 4 day stay is the perfect amount of time to spend with us focusing on health and wellness, food and culinary experiences, outdoor adventure, and, finally, relaxation and rest.

Woman relaxing and enjoying view from Sanctuary Spa's locker room.
Day 1: Health and Wellness


Start your day with an invigorating yoga session on the resort's fitness center, surrounded by breathtaking desert landscapes. This mindful practice will set the tone for your wellness-focused day.

After yoga, head to the Sanctuary Spa for a rejuvenating spa treatment. Choose from a variety of therapies and massages, such as the hot stone massage or botanical wrap, designed to nurture your body and soul.


Enjoy a healthy and nutritious lunch at elements restaurant, known for its views and refreshing cuisine.

Spend the afternoon lounging by the Infinity Pool, sipping on detoxifying juices and herbal teas (or a cocktail, if you prefer to indulge).


As the day winds down, participate in a guided meditation or a relaxing sound healing session. Embrace the serenity of the desert sunset and prepare your mind for a peaceful night's sleep.

Two couples enjoying brunch on elements' outdoor sunset patio.
Day 2: Food and Culinary Experiences


Embark on a long walk through the property around the luscious local flora and fauna.

Indulge in a hearty breakfast at the elements restaurant or enjoy breakfast in bed, showcasing healthy dishes alongside other locally sourced delicacies.


Take a break from the resort and explore the nearby Old Town Scottsdale. Wander through its charming streets filled with art galleries, boutiques, and southwestern-style architecture.

For lunch, discover the vibrant culinary scene of Old Town by trying a local favorite, like southwestern tacos or fresh seafood.


Return to the resort and enjoy a fine dining experience at the award-winning elements restaurant. Savor a carefully crafted tasting menu paired with exquisite wines, all while gazing at the twinkling star lights rising over the mountains.

Couple walking through beautiful desert landscape outside Mountain Casitas and Suites.
Day 3: Sightseeing and Outdoor Adventure


Start your day with an early hike up Camelback Mountain, a famous landmark offering unparalleled views of the valley. Be sure to carry water and wear appropriate footwear for this moderate-level hike.


Recharge with a delicious picnic lunch amid nature's splendor, which the resort can help prepare for you.

Explore the Desert Botanical Garden, home to a stunning array of desert plants and unique wildlife.


Venture out to the nearby McDowell Sonoran Preserve for a peaceful sunset hike. Witness the breathtaking colors of the desert sky as you connect with nature.

Woman smiling and enjoying a dip in the Infinity Pool with beautiful desert views of surrounding mountains.
Day 4: Relaxation and Rest


Begin your last day with a slow-paced morning. Enjoy a leisurely breakfast in bed while taking in the picturesque views from your private terrace.


Pamper yourself with a final spa treatment or simply unwind by the pool with a good book.

Take advantage of the resort's world-class amenities, such as the state-of-the-art fitness center or hang out at one of our more intimate satellite pools.


As the sun sets on your unforgettable retreat, head to the resort's jade bar for a farewell cocktail. Reflect on your journey and cherish the memories created during your stay.

A four-day retreat at Sanctuary in Scottsdale, Arizona, is an unparalleled experience of wellness, gastronomy, adventure, and relaxation. Each day's focus on a different aspect of your well-being ensures you return home feeling rejuvenated and inspired. Scottsdale's enchanting landscapes and the resort's luxurious offerings will undoubtedly leave you with cherished memories to last a lifetime. So, embark on this unforgettable journey to discover the true essence of Scottsdale and reconnect with your inner self.