Sneak Peek at New Luxury Resort Coming to Arizona

“Mommy, are they bringing back the Teddy Bear Tea at Christmas?” This is the burning question my daughter asked when I told her I was invited to attend the official site dedication for the highly-anticipated Ritz-Carlton, Paradise Valley resort community this week. If you’ve lived in Phoenix for a few years and have kids, you’ll remember the Ritz-Carlton in the Biltmore area and the wildly-popular Teddy Bear Tea, which sold out by mid-October every year. Fingers crossed, I told her.

Tea or not, the new Ritz promises to be stunning and is the centerpiece of the largest luxury resort community being developed in Arizona right now. Situated on 122 acres in Paradise Valley at Lincoln & Scottsdale Roads overlooking Camelback Mountain, the location is beautiful and centrally located. Whether you live here (we’re all about staycations and spa days!) or travel to Arizona, this will be a fantastic addition to our list of favorite resorts.

In addition to the five-star resort, the community will include 39 multimillion-dollar estate homes (that will be available for purchase this spring) and 81 single-level residences. The residences and grounds will be managed by The Ritz-Carlton and have their own clubhouse, pool, gym, concierge, priority access to hotel amenities, and services available, such as in-residence dining, housekeeping and engineering services. Sounds about perfect to us. For more information, visit visit

Befitting of the luxury resort to come, the media event featured an the extensive brunch spread and Bellini bar, plus hot air balloon rides for a bird’s-eye view of the site. A number of VIPs were on hand to show their support, including Paradise Valley Mayor Michael Collins, U.S. Congressman David Schweikert and the Ritz-Carlton’s Chairman Emeritus Herve Humler.

Here are an artist’s renderings of the resort, which is scheduled to open in late 2019.

The Grand Lobby which will overlook Camelback Mountain and include a water feature that cascades down through the property to a world-class spa.

The lobby seating area.

The reception area.

The hotel bar area.

A rendering of the main pool, which will be nearly 400 feet in length, making it one of the longest resort pools in North America.

A view of the hotel from the pool area.

Other amenities will include:

  • A restaurant featuring seasonal produce from the resort’s anticipated herb garden and citrus orchard.
  • A 16,000 square-foot spa with indoor/outdoor treatment areas.
  • A 2,500 square-foot health and fitness center.
  • Indoor and outdoor meeting and event space.

Hotel tower guest room.

Guest room bathroom.

Hotel suite bathroom.

I can’t wait for the VIP opening party in 2019 to see the final result!


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