10 Top-Rated Resorts in Tucson, AZ

Written by Lana Law
Updated Mar 9, 2021

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Resorts in Tucson offer a wide variety of experiences for all types of vacations, but they all provide a chance to recharge your soul. Whether it's a life-changing week of fitness or enlightenment, cowboy time at a dude ranch, all the golf you can handle, relaxation time at the spa, or just lazing around the pool, you'll find the getaway you're looking for here.

Many of the resorts are tucked beneath the stunning Santa Catalina Mountains, on the northeastern edge of the city towards Oro Valley. Some resorts are all-inclusive, but those that are not will charge a daily resort fee. Rates vary by season, and you can often find good deals during the summer months.

Learn about the best places to stay with our list of the top resorts in Tucson.

Note: Some businesses may be temporarily closed due to recent global health and safety issues.

1. Canyon Ranch Tucson

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Photo Source: Canyon Ranch Tucson

Canyon Ranch is not just a luxury resort in the desert. This is a retreat where you can rejuvenate or reinvent yourself physically, mentally, and spiritually, and delve into life-changing topics you may not have thought of or even heard of.

While this resort is known internationally as a place of health and wellness, it offers much more. Canyon Ranch has an active roster of special events that cater to a broad range of interests and frequently feature celebrity guest speakers and wellness gurus.

A wide variety of personal services and an endless list of programs are on offer, including opportunities for sports of almost any kind, yoga, meditation, cooking demonstrations and classes, astrology, metaphysics, genealogy, lectures on various topics, and countless other experiences that are too extensive to list here. They even have a clairvoyant. If you want a little more relaxed pace, you can also simply lounge by one of the pools or enjoy a walk in the desert. This resort is what you make it.

Guests are helped along with the process through program advisors, who can help you figure out how to make the most of your time here. This resort is a destination that will allow you to rejuvenate, reinvigorate, and reinvent yourself. Canyon Ranch is only 12 miles northeast of downtown Tucson but feels worlds away.

Accommodation: Canyon Ranch

2. Miraval Arizona Resort & Spa

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Photo Source: Miraval Arizona Resort & Spa

Miraval Arizona Resort & Spa offers guests a luxury all-inclusive spa and wellness getaway, perfect for people who want to challenge themselves with new experiences or simply relax and rejuvenate.

With a multitude of activity options all planned for you by your personal experience planner, your time at the resort will be tailored to meet and exceed your expectations. Some of the activities include hiking, mountain biking, climbing, fitness classes, photography classes, yoga, cooking workshops, and more.

The award-winning Life in Balance Spa features a wide range of services that will leave you feeling refreshed and recharged. The resort has recently renovated all their guest rooms. Accommodations include elegantly designed rooms, suites, villas, and even more living space at "the retreat." All rooms feature the finest linens and bath amenities, and some of the rooms have private balconies and outdoor showers.

Accommodation: Miraval Arizona Resort & Spa

3. Loews Ventana Canyon Resort

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Photo Source: Loews Ventana Canyon Resort

Gazing up from your poolside chair at the Catalina Mountains, it's easy to forget that you are in Arizona's second largest city. Featuring stunning architectural design by John Hill and two PGA golf courses created by Tom Fazio, this resort has a special feel. Loews Ventana Canyon is especially noted for their pools.

A variety of pools set in desert surroundings feature Pool Concierge service, adults-only areas, and poolside entertainment with the latest DJs spinning the coolest tunes. If you crave a bit of solitude, the resort also has its own nature trail and offers a free shuttle to nearby Sabino Canyon, home of one of Tucson's most popular hikes, Seven Falls. The luxurious rooms include oversized soaker tubs, and many of them have balconies with panoramic views.

Accommodation: Loews Ventana Canyon Resort

4. JW Marriott Tucson Starr Pass Resort & Spa

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Photo Source: JW Marriott Tucson Starr Pass Resort & Spa

Set in a stunning hillside location with fantastic views out over Tucson, the JW Marriott Tucson Starr Pass Resort and Spa envelopes their guests in luxury. The list of activities on offer here is extensive.

Enjoy a round of golf on one of the three courses, laze by the pool, and if you need to unwind, the Hashani Spa will tease out all your stress and leave you feeling rejuvenated. Kids can spend their day on the lazy river. At the end of the day, retire to your oversized guest room, with the finest linens and amenities, and catch the sunset from your private balcony or terrace.

The hotel is conveniently located near the Saguaro National Park. Hiking and mountain biking trails leave right from the resort.

Accommodation: JW Marriott Tucson Starr Pass Resort & Spa

5. Hacienda Del Sol Guest Ranch Resort

Hacienda Del Sol Guest Ranch Resort
Hacienda Del Sol Guest Ranch Resort | Photo Copyright: Lana Law

Set atop a rise in the foothills of the Santa Catalina Mountains, Hacienda Del Sol Guest Ranch Resort is a quaint property with an intimate and romantic charm, perfect for couples. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the resort has a history dating back to the 1940s and has welcomed famous guests over the years that include John Wayne and Clark Gable.

Today, you'll find beautiful gardens and tastefully designed rooms with Southwestern décor, some with open beams, wood ceilings, and smooth wood plank floors. The hillside pool area has commanding views out over the countryside. Dining options include al fresco dining at the casual but elegant Terraza Garden Patio and, for a more upscale choice, The Grill.

Accommodation: Hacienda Del Sol Guest Ranch Resort

6. White Stallion Ranch

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Photo Source: White Stallion Ranch

Discover your inner cowboy at this luxurious dude ranch just southeast of Tucson. This is the perfect place for people looking for an active, adventure-based getaway. Here, you can ride horses, learn how to lasso, rock climb, or just soak up some sun by the pool. Young cowboys and cowgirls will enjoy the petting zoo.

This Western-style resort is set on more than 3,000 acres but is still quite small and private, with only 41 rooms and one four-bedroom hacienda. Rooms feature Southwestern décor, and some have wooden ceilings and exposed beams.

After a fun day of activities, you can sit around a blazing bonfire, complete with s'mores, and recount all your adventures with other guests. Meals are hearty with generous portions and are included in the room rates.

Accommodation: White Stallion Ranch

7. Lodge at Ventana Canyon

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Photo Source: Lodge at Ventana Canyon

If you are seeking a full-service resort with an intimate feeling and you love golf, the Lodge at Ventana is the right choice. The resort consists of only 50 suites, all of which come complete with kitchens, dining areas, sitting areas, and private balconies with city or mountain views.

The lodge is built around the two Tom Fazio-designed courses, appropriately named Canyon and Mountain. The property also has two impressive pools; one is an eight-lane Jr. Olympic version, perfect for serious swimmers, and the other is a resort-style pool with cabanas.

The Catalina Dining Room offers tasty meals and mountain views.

Pets are welcome at the resort for an additional fee.

Accommodation: Lodge at Ventana Canyon

8. El Conquistador Tucson

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Photo Source: El Conquistador Tucson

Set high on the foothills of the Santa Catalina Mountains and spread over 80 acres, the El Conquistador Tucson is a Hilton Resort and a vacation playground. Boasting three golf courses, each with their own unique challenges, extensive tennis facilities, and a wide variety of pools for all ages, the resort will let you be as busy or as slothful as you like.

With a charming Southwestern ambience, the resort will make you feel like you've stepped out of the cold into the warm embrace of the Sonoran Desert. The rooms are sumptuously appointed, and many have their own private balconies with desert or mountain views.

One of the most unique features of the resort are the stables and horses for guests' use and the mini Western-themed village. The trailhead for the popular Linda Vista hiking trail is located nearby.

Accommodation: El Conquistador Tucson

9. The Westin La Paloma Resort & Spa

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Photo Source: The Westin La Paloma Resort & Spa

With multiple pools and a waterslide, The Westin La Paloma Resort & Spa is a favorite with families but is also a great getaway for just about anyone. This huge resort comes with tennis courts and a 27-hole Jack Nicklaus golf course set among the rolling foothills of the Santa Catalina Mountains.

Parents can take a time out and relax by the adults-only pool while their youngsters aged 4-12 are cared for and entertained in the Westin Family Kids Club. If you are looking for a bit of pampering, the resort features the Red Door Salon & Spa and offers a wide array of treatments and services. The eight dining options range from casual to upper end, and many of the restaurants feature al fresco dining.

Accommodation: The Westin La Paloma Resort & Spa

10. Tanque Verde Ranch

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Photo Source: Tanque Verde Ranch

One of the best family-friendly vacation spots in Tucson is the Tanque Verde Ranch. The resort, located 20 miles east of Tucson, is set in a wide-open area, giving you and your crew lots of room to roam. You can explore the desert wilderness on foot via hiking trails, on horseback, or even on mountain bikes.

More formal activities at the ranch include tennis and basketball, all available on multiple courts spread around the resort, along with archery. More low-key activities include yoga, meditation, and astrology/psychic readings.

For those who are a bit more cerebral, nature talks lead by local experts showcase the local flora and fauna and frequently have live animal demonstrations.

Accommodation at the ranch ranges from hotel rooms, called Salas, through to self-contained units called Casitas, some of which have fireplaces.

Each day, two extensive lists of things to do are published. One is for adults and families, and one is just for kids. Pick your activities and let your day unfold before you. All-inclusive rates include all activities and meals, if you choose other plans, each activity and meal is charged separately.

Accommodation: Tanque Verde Ranch

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