I consider myself to be a well traveled New Yorker, but when Sony invited me to come test out their latest cameras at L’Auberge de Sedona in Sedona, Arizona, my first thought was, where is that? It turns out that L’Auberge de Sedona might be one of the U.S.A.’s best kept destination secrets.
A two hour’s drive from Phoenix, Sedona might as well be a different state all together. While Phoenix has grown into a relatively congested and very spread out city, Sedona manages to have a small town feel, but with all the amenities you could want from a bigger city. And driving through Sedona is an experience in itself. Right beyond the strip of shops and restaurants are beautiful post-card like vistas that will make you do a double take. As a matter of fact, there is hardly a spot in Sedona where you can’t soak in the beautiful surrounding horizons.
Before going anywhere, I always check ahead for cellular coverage. Much to my relief, L’Auberge is tucked away safe inside an AT&T 4G coverage area. While there is no LTE coverage there yet, I consistently received 4 bars while walking around their grounds. This coverage is a lot better then what I can say for the rest of Sedona, as there were many other pockets that I passed through which were devoid of AT&T cellular coverage altogether. The resort also offers free Wi-Fi to all of its guests.
The resort has an assortment of different accommodations, many of which are private cottages. I stayed in one of their Spa cottages. The Spa Cottage is super roomy and much larger than the traditional accommodations you’ll find in many other resorts. The room is equipped with a 42″ LCD TV, an iPod Docking station, a Keurig coffee maker, an in-room safe, and mini-fridge. But I especially appreciated that the table lamps each have AC outlets directly on their bases. This way I could plug in my phone and laptop without having to shift around on the floor for additional outlets, or having to pull out the lamp plugs, which is something I often find myself having to do in hotel rooms.
The bathroom inside the Spa Cottage is equally as impressive as the bedroom area. For starters it has a Jacuzzi tub. But here is where things get especially interesting. Aside from a standard shower, the cottage also sports an outdoor cedar shower. That means you can take a private shower outside under the sun, or under the stars, if you so choose. Although I didn’t get a chance to try it, some of my colleagues raved about the outdoor cedar shower experience. And while unfortunately, I did not get a chance to try out their Spa, it’s worth noting that L’Auberge de Sedona is also named the #17 Hotel Spa in the U.S.
L’Auberge de Sedona itself has its own restaurant called the L’Auberge Restaurant on Oak Creek. The restaurant serves Mediterranean-inspired American cuisine and is situated right alongside a beautiful Creek with running waters and some adorable ducks. The restaurant also has a wine bar.
The resort is tucked right nearby Sedona’s uptown district. It’s just the right distance to be separated and secluded from the town’s noise, yet still just a quick walk up hill to town, so that you are conveniently located to other restaurants and have access to other outside activities. Some of Sedona’s most popular activities includes hiking, jeep tours, and even helicopter tours which launch from Sedona’s local airport.
The resort is also down the road from the Sedona Art Center where visitors are welcome to come in year round for art classes. Our group enjoyed trying out a pottery class, which was also a personal first for me. We had a fabulous time trying out all of these activities and documented all of them using Sony’s latest Cybershot and NEX series cameras. The Cybershots were the perfect tools to capture the beautiful scenery surrounding L’Auberge in Sedona.
Until my visit to L’Auberge, I have never enjoyed going upstate to places like Lake George or the Poconos, which are rich with nature. Instead my idea of the perfect vacation usually meant visiting a city like Paris, or a city with great beaches and sunshine like Miami or St.Tropez. Yet, my experience at L’Auberge has changed all that. The resort offers the best of both world’s for a city girl like me. There is a surplus of beautiful vistas to soak in,as well as amazing adventures awaiting for you in the form of hiking, jeep tours, and breath-taking helicopter views. And at the end of the day you have L’Auberge’s first class accommodations to come home to and relax in.
All in all, there is no denying that there is a special energy flowing through Sedona. The locals describe it as vortex points that are sprinkled throughout out the city, and many travel to Sedona just to experience these vortex points. But after spending just three fun-filled yet relaxing days in the hidden gem that is Sedona, we can testify to the fact that the whole city might just be one massive vortex of positive energy.