Op-Ed: L'Auberge de Sedona - Arizona Luxury

Posted Dec 4, 2010 by Bryen Dunn
L'Auberge de Sedona in Arizona has recently completed its $25 million Project Elevation, making it truly the place where new luxury matches the breathtaking views.
The Grand Canyon
Grand Canyon National Park.
B. Thomas Cooper
The property has always been known for its magical setting, very special accommodations and the exquisite cuisine at L'Auberge Restaurant on Oak Creek, under the guiding hands of the Executive Chef David Schmidt. The restaurant has been a landmark in Sedona since 1984 and is world renowned for its outdoor seating along the banks of Oak Creek.
Breathtaking Red Rock vistas and creekside tranquility, magical dining experiences, a cozy lodge and intimate cottages, a very exclusive, private spa and memories to last a lifetime – this is the magic of L’Auberge de Sedona. Life moves forward, seasons pass, yet time stops along the banks of Oak Creek at L'Auberge, nestled in Sedona’s towering Red Rocks.
With all accommodations and its famous restaurant refurbished, the landscaping enhanced and a new arrivals experience, L’Auberge de Sedona Hotel is now a perfect companion to its idyllic Oak Creek setting in the most beautiful place in America.
For a weekend or a week, reconnect with that which is truly meaningful. Share quiet talks and slow strolls under the changing colors of the towering sycamore and cottonwood trees. Take time to appreciate the splendor of life and indulge those you love most with the precious gift of wonderful memories.
Let the truly attentive staff of L'Auberge de Sedona resort handle every detail of your stay with gracious and attentive service that is never intrusive. An award-winning culinary experience awaits you at L'Auberge Restaurant on Oak Creek. Here you will enjoy a superb wine cellar and cuisine matched only by the spectacular scenery evident through the restaurant’s floor-to-ceiling windows. During warm weather, experience this special treat al fresco creekside under a lush canopy of trees.
Awaken to a new day; experience the Spa at L'Auberge. Gently erase the last remnants of stress with a myriad of indulgent therapies, calming touches and fragrant aromas. Massages may be enjoyed in outdoor cabanas with the sounds of the creek in your ears and the skilled hands of our therapists easing away the tension
For those who seek a bit of active adventure along with pampered relaxation, why not combine the two with one of the followiong package offers.
The Grand Canyon Experience
At least once in your lifetime you must visit one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World and the awe-inspiring beauty of the Grand Canyon awaits you! Relax in luxury in L'Auberge's beautiful AAA Four Diamond accommodations and be spoiled by our attentive staff. Then spend a memorable day on a professionally guided tour of nature's majesty. Travel up Oak Creek Canyon (one of the top 10 scenic drives in America) via luxury mini coach to your Grand Canyon destination. It is a day you will never forget!
The Grand Canyon Experience includes: Two nights' accommodations in either a Lodge room or Cottage Grand Canyon Tour for Two. Select from Great West Adventure Company, Red Stone Tours or Pink Jeep Tours. Tour time ranges from 10-11 hours. Breakfast credit of $30 each morning at L'Auberge Restaurant on Oak Creek Rates from $315 per night, per couple; two night minimum stay required.
Red Rocks on Jeep
Get "off road" in the Red Rocks with the finest Jeep Tour companies in Sedona! Begin your day with breakfast for two at L'Auberge Restaurant on Oak Creek. Then go where only a four wheel drive will take you; view the incredible scenery and learn the history of Sedona's Red Rock country, from the Yavapai Indians to the early settlers to modern filmmakers. We promise it will be a memorable experience!
Red Rocks on Jeep Package includes:Two nights' accommodations in either a Lodge room or Cottage
A deluxe Jeep Tour for two. Choose from: "The Outlaw" by A Day in the West, "Broken Arrow" by Pink Jeep, "Awakening the Spirit" by Red Rock Jeep. Breakfast credit of $30 each morning at L'Auberge Restaurant on Oak Creek . Rates from $270 per night, per couple; two night minimum stay required.
Award-winning Four-Diamond L'Auberge Restaurant on Oak Creek, hailed as the most romantic dining venue in Arizona, now brings you an outdoor wine bar that is sure to please even the most discerning wine palate. With the area's most elaborate wine program, the luxurious eatery has garnered Wine Spectator's "Award of Excellence" 19 consecutive times. Now, the retreat has added many more selections to its already extensive wine collection at the new L'Auberge Wine Bar.
L'Auberge Restaurant on Oak Creek boasts the area's most extensive wine program. An 19 consecutive time winner of the Wine Spectator's "Award of Excellence," the list offers more than 1,000 selections, and the cellar holds well over 12,000 bottles. L’Auberge Restaurant’s wine list was hand-crafted to emphasize the boutique selections available from the American market, while balancing the list with diverse international selections, thus representing the finest wines available in the market. The list also offers the finest Cognacs, Armagnacs, port and dessert wines from around the world. The sommelier and the Chef work closely together to create the wine pairing that best accompany the dishes in our guests' customizable Chef's Tasting Menu. The wines are chosen to match and complement each dish, offering our guests an adventure of flavors.
"With the completion of this project, L'Auberge de Sedona has taken hospitality to a whole new level with the addition of 64 new or redesigned cottages and upgraded facilities-Creekside, Spa, Garden and Vista Cottages; a new guest arrival building; swimming pool; redesigned Serenite Spa; and an updated restaurant plus the addition of a new restaurant, The Veranda. All dining areas offer guests unobstructed views of Oak Creek," says Jesse Alexander, General Manager of L'Auberge de Sedona.
L'Auberge de Sedona is truly a unique location and one not to be missed. Visit their website for more information or to make a reservation.