By Alison Bailin Batz
The wait is over. Mountain Shadows – the $100 million boutique resort, golf course and luxury condominium project at the base of Camelback Mountain that has been two years in the making – has opened its doors.
While the property retains the Mountain Shadows name in homage to the original resort and golf course first founded on the land in 1959 – which even predates the incorporation of Paradise Valley itself – the sleek new space was masterfully conceived for today’s guests and built from the ground up, with no expense spared. The resort features 183 guest rooms as well as a presidential suite with private views of the mountain. Design highlights include floor-to-ceiling windows and thoughtful use of patios and terraces to take advantage of the views, especially at sunset. Read on to discover additional unique features to this multifaceted property.
The Citizens Club
The club is home to the resort’s twin 75-foot pools, which are connected by a unique walkway; private cabanas; 5,000-square-foot fitness center; and a juice bar. Guests can also visit The Citizens Club to set up guided hikes of Camelback Mountain or sign up for on-site yoga and spin classes.
The Golf Course
A busy executive’s dream, this Forrest Richardson-designed “short course” boasts 18 par-three holes, which allow for quick play. Among one of only a handful of short courses designed for a high-end resort nationwide, the greens are both approachable for a novice while still posing a challenge to more seasoned golfers. It also includes an innovative par-two bonus hole dubbed “The Forrest Wager” (in honor of the course designer), where golfers can practice putting and settle any bets that may remain from the course.
Wine and Dine
There are two main gathering places on property – Rusty’s and Hearth ’61. Rusty’s is the patio and lounge bar with lighter fare, perfect for a post-golf cocktail or happy hour. Hearth ’61 is the more formal restaurant under the direction of Chef Charles Wiley – most recently of Hotel Valley Ho – and focuses on ingredient-driven American cuisine. There is also an on-site boutique, PV Mercantile, that sells artisanal food and wine (many locally made) as well as high-end fashions.
Mountain Shadows offers a total of 42 furnished, on-property condos and lofts, which are housed in their own three-story luxury wing and allow full property advantages. Studios, one bedrooms, two bedrooms, lofts and penthouses are available and range from 1,000 square feet to 3,370 square feet. There is also a combined 37,500 square feet of meeting and event space available, both indoor and outdoor.
Mountain Shadows, 5445 E. Lincoln Drive, Paradise Valley; 480.624.5400; www.mountainshadows.com.