I wanted to share one of my all-time favorite luxury boutique hotels – L’Auberge de Sedona. I’ve had the pleasure to stay at L’Auberge resort 3 times with my husband…it’s a luxurious investment for my mind, body and soul.
L’Augerge is located on the banks of majestic Oak Creek in Sedona, AZ. There are numerous room & cottage options like the Vista cottages with beautiful views overlooking the painted Red Rocks of Sedona. Or the Creekside Cottages where you can be lulled to sleep by the sound of the running creek. I’ve always stayed in the Creekside Cottages and this time I stayed in “what I would consider” one of the best cottages on the property, cottage number 6. However there is a row of three cottages, numbers 5, 6 & 7 that are the most private and closest to the creek, you can’t go wrong with either of the three.
Notable fact #1: I want to mention that L’Auberge just went under beautiful renovations in the summer of 2015 including all cottages, main lodge and both restaurants on the property. As I mentioned, I’ve stayed here twice before and fell in love with the property but now with the updates…L’Auberge is at its best!!!
Notable fact #2: L’Auberge is pet friendly! We brought our boxer pup, Ellie May. L’Auberge is wonderfully welcoming to dogs; when arriving at our cottage, Ellie sniffed her way to her own “treat bag” full of goodies. Have to say Ellie May was just as spoiled as we were… she was in pup heaven!
L’Auberge Creekside Cottages :These cottages have a large expansive deck overlooking Oak Creek, perfect place to read a book enjoy a cup of coffee or glass of wine, practice yoga. The interior of the cottages have vaulted ceilings, cozy wood burning fireplaces, heavenly beds and linens, bright, fresh bathrooms with; wait for it…AMAZING outdoor private cedar showers!!! To shower under the sun, moon and starry night sky is truly soul connective. The outdoor shower has a rain shower head with hot water – easing your muscles; add the fresh air and the view of the sky above and all your embodied senses are ignited. Honestly there are no words…you just have to experience it for yourself.
L ‘Apothecary Spa: I have 2 amazing experiences to share.
First– I received the “Quiet Mind” treatment which is inspired by the Quiet Mind flower essence blend from Lotus Wei “enhance your state of mind”. The meditative treatment was very relaxing and soul soothing. I worked with the therapist thru various breathing techniques to get out of my head and connect inward. The “Quiet Mind” flower essence mist therapy was used with breath work, to dive in deep. Once my mind was quieted, my therapist started a Swedish massage…I literally felt like I had been transported into another space, which was full of peace. Highly recommend the “Quiet Mind” treatment.
Second – I did the L ‘Apothecary Blending Experience. This is a unique offering to the spa and I have never done anything like it. The L ‘Apothecary Blending consists of “you” mixing together aromatic dried herbs, with oil and sea salt to create a customized body scrub. There is someone to guide you thru the step by step process. I worked with Suzi, she did a wonderful job guiding and teaching me about each herb and the health/detoxifying benefits. This process was fun, educational and took me on a sensory journey. After you’ve ground and blended your way to completion, you’re given a container to fill with your hand-crafted body scrub & then take home with you. I used it that evening in our outdoor rain shower… amazingness!!! Certainly add this to your list of L’Auberge experiences.
“Clear Mind Scrub – Expand, clarify,and sharpen the mind by increasing circulation and stimulating blood flow with rosemary and cardamom, this blend promotes dissipation of negative thoughts thru the cleansing properties of white ceremonial sage, which is used by indigenous cultures to cleanse ceremonial spaces.” – L’Auberge de Sedona
On to our culinary journey at L’Auberge – We had two beautiful meals on Oak Creek. First was Sunday Brunch at Etch. Sunday brunch is a beautiful buffet, with a wide variety of breakfast delicacies along with a fresh seafood bar; shrimp, crab claws, oysters and smoked salmon… all of which we devoured!
Cress on Oak Creek: My husband and I had an extraordinary 6 course dinner Sunday night. Here we were taken on an exquisite culinary journey, not soon to be forgotten. Enjoyed impeccable drink pairings thanks to Joel our waiter, culinary guide & sommelier. Dinner at Cress is another must to add to your L’Auberge experience. Your taste buds, will be awakened with excitement and completely satiated.
L’Auberge de Sedona Special Savings: If you’re being called to embrace (or have L’Auberge de Sedona) embrace you…for the rest of the summer they are offering 30% off cottages! Best deals are during the week, so it’s a great time to play hooky from work and drive up, to cool down!
Disclosure: I wanted to Thank L’Auberge de Sedona for having us as their guest this July 2016. My review in this blog post is my personal opinion.
Lastly, I want to share one on my favorite Sedona hikes, West Fork Trail located in Oak Creek Caynon:
Hiking time: 2-3 hours round trip
Embrace your mind, body and soul Journey inward and onward.
With gratitude & light,