The Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain Resort and Spa grabbed the international spotlight as Jay-Z and Beyoncé’s honeymoon hideaway a few years back—and again when Executive Chef Beau MacMillan grabbed the Food Network’s Next Iron Chef title. Today, the tucked away resort is summoning high volumes of corporate retreats thanks to Condé Nast’s “No. 1 Resort in Southwest U.S.” 2013 accolade and a building reputation for serenity and highly-personalized service. Planners are finding value in the resort—and with 105 casitas, six private estate homes and the Asian-inspired services of a rejuvenating spa to work with, it’s no wonder.
“Real value comes down to finding just exactly what it is you’re after,” says Debra Reasy, director of sales. She recalls a recent group of free-spending, cash-only customers who valued privacy above all else while booking out a full-service executive compound to plan a surprise corporate retreat. “They came to the right place,” she says with a wink when pressed for details.
Though the main resort seems intimately proportioned—with casitas perched on 53 cliffside acres overlooking Paradise Valley—Sanctuary can accommodate groups of virtually any size spread out in the dazzling selection of private estate homes. The otherwise reclusive property melts into its environment seamlessly, easily accommodating elite business gatherings and corporate retreats with flexible indoor/outdoor meeting spaces, from a 3,200-sf ballroom and three high-tech boardrooms to Praying Monk, a meeting space accommodating 60 dining or 100 cocktail reception guests that is reached via a new wine corridor featuring a sommelier station and nearly 1,000 bottles.
Clearly catering to the CEO set, thoughtfully appointed function space ranges from the recently expanded, 50-seat Jade Bar (named for the formidable slab of authentic green gemstone) to XII, an intimate and posh atrium-style dining space. At XII, groups can mingle with the chef and learn what inspires his culinary decisions.