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Hilton peeps say that the 25,000-sq.ft. eforea spa at the Hilton Sedona Resort and Spa (formerly known as The Spa at Hilton Sedona) will open on October 5 for relaxation, including their solarium and a 25-meter pool overlooking Sedona's Red Rocks mountain range.
And much like the first eforea spa in New Jersey, Hilton Sedona's eforea spa offers guests the choice of three different types of "journeys" to embark on during their visit, such as the Essentials journey anchored by an advanced, non-invasive Signature Correcting Facial; the Escape with organic products, holistic experiences and traditional healing practices such as the Hilton Head-to-Toe revitalization treatment and lastly, a Men's Journey, made for men and featuring a variety of treatments form facials to massages.
We've kicked off our Summer Cocktails series where we profile fun new summer drinks that hotels are making. Got one we should know about? Send us the recipe with a photo of the drink. Otherwise, enjoy and @reply us when you're wasted!
Summer is sadly winding down and this weekend is probably your last weekend to indulge in Summer Cocktails at hotels. But while folks at the Jersey Shore and The Hamptons will be mourning this unofficial end of Summer, we prefer to mark the passing of summer by the Autumnal equinox which means we have about three more weeks left to down some drinks.
At the Hilton Sedona in Arizona, they've been celebrating the desert heat with their Prickly Pear Margarita. The drink can be (probably should be) enjoyed poolside where you can admire the famous Red Rock formations of Sedona. The drink usually costs $10.37 but sometimes the hotel makes it their special Drink of the Day for $6.75 so you can splurge for a few.
Just make sure you don't drink and drive the Red Rock Scenic Byway. Save your margs for after the road trip. Room rates here begin at $189 a night.
Recipe is after the jump.
[Ed. Note: Welcome to our Good Rate/Bad Rate feature where we look at hotel prices in the same city and decide which is better worth your hard-earned benjamins. The rate here was valid on October 31, 2006 and is subject to change.]
This is a prime time of year to visit Arizona, weather-wise, but since it's also a rather dead time for U.S. vacation travel, there are generally some good deals on offer. We especially like this "can't lose" suite rate at The Ridge on Sedona Golf Resort: only $275 plus taxes for three nights. Yes, this is for two people in a suite for three nights--there's no "per person" fine print at the bottom. It's good until 12/23, with the only blackout dates being around Thanksgiving.
This is one of those Sunterra combo hotel/timeshare places, so don't expect loads of personal service. On the plus side though, you get a spacious suite with fireplace, DVD player, a whirlpool tub, and a kitchen with a blender! (Try whipping up a round of in-room mai-tais at your typical resort.)
There are swimming pools and whirlpools scattered around the grounds and it adjoins a golf course. (Greens fees are extra, of course.) At under $100 a night, you can afford to spring for a nice convertible rental car to zoom around Sedona's canyons. You won't find this rate listed on the resort's own site. Go to this page at Travelzoo or use the code "ZTZ".
· Ridge on Sedona reviews [TripAdvisor]