Few experiences compare to a vacation in the world-renowned Boulders Resort. The Boulders Resort, part of the Waldorf Astoria collection, is ranked year-after-year by Conde Nast Traveler magazine as among the top resorts in the U.S.
It has won numerous other awards from AAA, Bon Appétit, Wine Spectator, and is one of only ten resorts in the U.S. to win Golf magazine’s Platinum Medal. When you rent our villa, the Boulders will allow you to use our membership to the Resort for a nominal fee. This will allow you to use the Waldorf Astoria Spa’s fitness center (formerly the Golden Door Spa), stunning outdoor pool, saunas and steam rooms, as well as participate (at no charge) in numerous daily exercise and wellness programs offered at the Spa. Individual spa treatments can be arranged at extra cost.
You also have use of the separate facilities at the members-only Boulders Club, including a large outdoor pool, tennis courts, fitness center, and two restaurants in the Clubhouse. With your visiting membership, golf on The Boulders two championship courses can be arranged at the best available rates. Of the 20+ vacation rentals listed on Home Away in Carefree, many reference The Boulders but typically only a couple are actually in the Resort. If you have previously visited the area, you know it is in a class by itself.
The layout of this gated, very secure community positions the resort hotel (actually a series of 160 casitas and 60 villas), the Boulders Clubhouse, and the Waldorf Astoria Spa in roughly the center of the community. The two 18 hole golf courses fan out to the north and south with private homes surrounding the courses. Our single story villa home backs to the 4th hole of the north course.
The 2600 square foot home with hardwood floors throughout has been recently remodeled and is tastefully furnished.
It features a Great Room with a beautiful southwestern-motif fireplace, a large dining area, 3 bedrooms (1 King, 1 Queen, 1 set of Twins), 3 en-suite baths (including a large Jacuzzi tub in the master), a den with a desk and sitting area, a good sized eat-in kitchen with a Sub Zero refrigerator and other high end appliances, a laundry room, and a 2 car garage. There are 4 flat screen TVs on cable and high speed internet (the house has a desktop PC with printer, or bring your own laptop and use the wireless). The front patio has a sitting area with bee hive fireplace and nice desert views.
We are fortunate to have no homes behind us. The back patio features unobstructed views looking across the beautiful Sonoran desert and golf course toward the mountains. In the early morning and late afternoon, when the light in the desert is special, the views are memorable.
The back yard has an ample-sized swimming pool. Although the backyard pool can be heated for an additional fee (cool nights in the winter impact pool heating costs), there is hardly a need: there’s a large heated neighborhood pool and in-ground spa just a 2 minute walk down at the end of the street (this is in addition to the large pools at the Waldorf Astoria Spa and the Boulders Club.)
As you drive or walk around the resort community, be sure to take your camera because you’ll encounter one Kodak moment after another. The famous rock formations are magical, the cactus and desert landscape seem off the cover of the iconic Arizona Highways magazine, and there’s plenty of wildlife to watch, whether a bobcat napping on somebody’s roof, a coyote or javelina (looks like a wild boar) ambling across the pristine desert, a family of quail running across the road, or a pair of hawks circling overhead.
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