The Boulders Resort & Spa


34631 N. Tom Darlington Drive
Carefree, AZ 85377


Escape to a secluded haven amid the natural splendor of painted desert sand, towering cacti, and clear, blue sky – Located on 1,300 acres of pristine Sonoran desert, this retreat truly inhabits a unique location offering guests an authentic Arizona experience. Nestled in the Sonoran Desert – just outside Scottsdale, Arizona – our stunning natural beauty, World-renowned Waldorf Astoria Spa, and award-winning accommodations create the setting for an unparalleled getaway.

Enjoy a round of golf with a choice of two Jay Morrish designed courses. Relax and repose in adobe casitas and villas expertly blended into the breathtaking landscape of ancient 12-million-year-old boulders. Experience unsurpassed recreation elegantly combined with robust indulgence, flawless service, and a breathtaking setting.

These Southwest-styled adobe accommodations feature wood-burning fireplaces, hand-hewn wood-beamed ceilings, and overstuffed leather chairs to create a warm, Southwestern ambiance. Enjoy a day of world-class golf or outdoor adventure and retire to your elegantly appointed room to rest and relax.

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    Room with King Bed The Casitas are set amid the natural Sonoran Desert terrain and ancient boulder formations. These Southwest-styled adobe accommodations feature wood-burning fireplaces, hand-hewn wood-beamed ceilings, and overstuffed leather chairs to create a warm, Southwestern ambiance. Enjoy a day of world-class golf or outdoor adventure and retire to your elegantly appointed room to rest and relax.
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    Room with Two Double Beds Each double bedroom Casita features a rustic wood-burning fireplace, 42-inch flat-screen HDTV and private patio or balcony overlooking the beautiful golden sands of the Sonoran Desert and ancient boulders landscape. Each Casita offers a large dressing and bathroom area with walk-in closet and separate bath and shower units.

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Palo Verde Patio Dining

Palo Verde
The dining experience at the Palo Verde is simple, sophisticated and comforting, and offers breathtaking views of the Sonoran Desert overlooking the 6th fairway of the award-winning South Course and the charming Duck Pond.

The Grill Restaurant & Bar
Casual yet elegant with a menu featuring a wide variety of American cuisine, The Grill features an exhibition kitchen, fireplace, and beautiful patio seating with grand views of the lush 18th hole fairways.

The Spotted Donkey Cantina
Experience the lively atmosphere and unique food at The Spotted Donkey Cantina at El Pedregal. Choose from a menu of Mexican classics and 46 varieties of Tequila while sitting outside in the large patio underneath the Arizona sky.

Spa Café
The fresh, healthy and balanced meals prepared by Chef Neal Hall at the Waldorf Astoria Spa Café are made from regional ingredients and fresh herbs harvested daily from our own certified organic garden whenever possible.

Discovery Lounge
Comfortable furnishings and a well-stocked bar and humidor await you at the Discovery Lounge. Enjoy spirits and stogies by one of our outdoor fireplaces as you revel in breathtaking resort views and an atmospheric waterfall.

Bakery Café
Kick start your morning with hot breakfast entrees, delectable pastries, homemade bagels or refreshing fruit. This quaint bistro is the perfect place to sit back and refuel when you need a break from shopping.

Pool Pavilion
Enjoy a casual lunch or beverage while relaxing by the lodge pool and take in the scenery of the boulders.

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Play challenging golf on two championship courses ranked among the ‘Top 100 Courses in the U.S.’ by Golf Magazine. Tee off on courses surrounded by Arizona’s stunning Sonoran Desert. Tennis Magazine ranks The Boulders one of the ‘Top 50 Tennis Resorts in America.’ Play invigorating matches in the terraced tennis garden. Enroll in a clinic or private lessons with professional golf or tennis instructors and take home improved techniques.

Indulge in proven therapies and services at the renowned Waldorf Astoria Spa at The Boulders Resort. The spa offers treatments such as facials and body wraps infused with ingredients harvested from the desert. Traditional massage therapies and innovative, unique experiences inspired by the culture of the desert Southwest are also offered.

ATM/Banking, Audio Visual Equipment, Bellman, Business Center, Concierge, Event Catering, Express Check-In and Checkout, Gift Shop, Laundry / Dry Cleaning Service, Luggage Storage, Multilingual Staff, Pets Are Welcome, Safe Deposit Boxes, Salon / Spa, Wedding Services, Wired Internet Access in Rooms, Cable / Satellite Television Channels, Clock Radio, Coffee Maker, Complimentary Toiletries, Crib Upon Request, Hot Tub, Massage Services, Pool (Outdoor), Running Path, Sauna, Steam Room, Weight Lifting Equipment, Whirlpool, Golf, Tennis, Accessible Path of Travel, Accessible Bathroom, Roll-In Shower, In-Room Accessibility, Accessibility Equipment for the Deaf, Braille or Raised Signage

*Additional fees may apply for select amenities and services.

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Please note: Guests will be required to present a valid photo ID and a credit card upon hotel check-in. Hotel package prices include room and room tax only, and do not cover incidental charges, parking fees, cleaning fees, or resort fees which some hotels may collect upon check-in. In most cases, guests must be at least 21 years old to check in and there must be one person at least 21 years old staying in each room. Most hotel check-in times are 2:00pm to 3:00pm and most hotel check-out times are 11:00am to 12:00pm. To avoid confusion, please note that your flight departure date and time may be different from your hotel checkout date and time.

Check-in: 3pm Check-out: 12pm Minimum Check-in Age: 21
Resort Fees Applicable: Yes
Resort Fees Include:

The USD $30 per room, per night Resort Fee includes:

  • Self parking
  • Wireless high speed internet
  • Gratuities for all service personnel (excluding F&B and Spa)
  • Daily membership to the Waldorf Astoria Spa, which includes access to the locker rooms and amenities, weight and cardio rooms, and complimentary fitness classes.
Parking Fees Applicable: No