The Boulders is pretty much on lock down it when comes to the identity of high-profile guests, advertising the Villa Retreat directly to those seeking privacy, to those who "find it difficult to truly get away from it all," aka celebrities. They wouldn't spill the beans on their upscale clientele who've stayed in the Villa Retreat, but we found out about Gaga's stay through the grapevine while on property, but apparently a tweet had originally revealed her presence during her stay this summer . See, we don't even have to dig for this stuff!
We stayed in a Sonoran Casita during the aforementioned visit to the Boulders, and found exploring the outdoors by the mild days and the wood-burning fireplaces by the desert's cool nights to be, well, cool. The staff was extremely "on it" from start to finish and the massage at the Golden Door Spa was on point.
The two golf courses are the main attractions during the winter months, but it's also an active property where many adventure activities, including mountain biking and rock climbing, are offered right on site for all levels of experience. Participation isn't cheap, though, and backpackers are not the Boulder's market -- our three-hour rock climbing session was over $100.
Rates for rooms start at $339 per night.
Disclosure: We were a guest of the hotel on assignment for another publication when visiting, but all opinions are our own.
[Photo: Waldorf Astoria Hotels]