DESIGN NOTES: First opened in 1929, The Wigwam represents an early stab at combining traditional Southwestern architecture with luxe hospitality. The grounds are also dotted with palm trees and low-lying adobe-style structures, and the interior maintains the rustic elegance that would have appealed to the wealthy ranchers of old. The resort underwent a $7 million renovation in 2011.
IDEAL GUEST: The obvious choice is the inveterate golfer: The resort is oriented around three 18-hole courses, two of which were designed by Robert Trent Jones, Sr. However, its multiple swimming pools, outdoor plaza, illuminated tennis courts and Elizabeth Arden Red Door Spa should be enough to occupy anyone who doesn’t own a set of clubs.
HOT DISH: The flagship eatery here, Litchfield’s, does the farm-to-table, artisanal thing well, with dishes like Cedar River Arizona ribeye, but there’s also something to be said for retiring to a poolside table with a plate of mini-Reubens on pretzel buns and a Lagunitas IPA, the scents of rose and citrus on the breeze.
WHAT YOU’LL FIND JUST OUTSIDE: Golf courses, naturally, but also 440 acres of botanical marvels, with palms, greenscapes and snaking, rose-lined walking paths throughout. Taking pride in providing a multisensory experience, the Wigwam snubs its nose at the arid Arizona desertscape that surrounds it; even in the winter months the gardens here have a sense of romantic, loamy abundance.