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Each year when the travel industry publications and organizations that set the standards for excellence in destinations make their award presentations, Arizona reaffirms its “best of the best” status. 2013 was no exception, as diamonds and stars once again rained upon our resorts, hotels and restaurants. Here then, are the opinions of the experts…


Travel & Leisure magazine’s annual


reader’s survey ranked eight Arizona properties in the “T+L 500– Te World’s Best Hotels 2013”. Tucson’s Te Ritz- Carlton, Dove Mountain ranked highest of the Arizona properties and made top 100 Hotels Overall list. Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain Resort & Spa, Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale at Troon North, JW Marriott Camelback Inn Resort & Spa, Royal Palms Resort and Spa, and Te Phoenician Resort made the list for the Greater Phoenix area and both Enchantment Resort and L’Auberge de Sedona brought it home for North Central Arizona. Te Arizona Inn, Tucson’s historic


midtown gem, was named to the 2013 list of 10 top small city hotels in the continental United States in the 18th annual poll by readers of Travel + Leisure magazine. Te American Automobile


Association’s prestigious 2013 Five L’Auberge de Sedona


Expert Advice


AWARDS & ACCOLADES


Diamond Awards included top honors for five Arizona resort properties: Te Fairmont Scottsdale Princess, Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale at Troon North, Te Canyon Suites at Te Phoenician and Te Phoenician, all in Scottsdale.


Forbes Travel Guide’s 2013 Star Award


Winners include one Five-Star Lodging Winner (Te Canyon Suites at the Phoenician and one Five-Star Dining Winner (Kai Restaurant). Tere are seven Arizona Four-Star Lodging winners, Casino Del Sol, Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale at Troon North, Royal Palms Resort and Spa, Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain Resort and Spa, Te Phoenician, Scottsdale, Te Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain, and Te Ritz-Carlton, Phoenix. Mobil Four-Star Restaurant awards were bestowed on CORE Kitchen & Wine Bar, PY Steakhouse and Talavera. Tucson’s two celebrated destination


spas, secluded in the foothills of the Santa Catalina Mountains, once again have been recognized for their unique and rejuvenating experiences. Both Canyon Ranch and Miraval were listed among the 12 best wellness resorts in “Te World’s Best Wellness Retreats,” on TeActiveTimes.com, in October. Esquire Magazine named Gio Osso’s


Virtù Honest Craſt on the “Best New Restaurants in the U.S. 2013” list. Wine Spectator bestowed their “Grand


Award” on two Arizona restaurants, Main Dining Room (Arizona Inn) in Tucson and Te Compass Arizona Grill (Hyatt Regency Phoenix). Conde Nast Traveler magazine named


nine Arizona properties to their Gold List: Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale at Troon North, Royal Palms Resort and Spa, Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain Resort and Spa, Te Phoenician, Te Ritz-Carlton Dove Mountain, Enchantment Resort, Mii amo, L’Auberge de Sedona and Miraval. Golf Digest magazine named seven


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Arizona resorts to their list of the 75 Best Golf Resorts in North America, Te Ritz- Carlton Dove Mountain, Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale at Troon North, Te


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