Location: Sedona, Arizona
Size: 62 cottages and 21 guest rooms
Meeting Space: 16,500 square feet
Access: 45 minutes from Flagstaff Airport
Unlike the mountains that sing out along Arizona’s San Francisco Peaks, the red rocks that rise above the small town of Sedona welcome visitors with nothing more than a gentle whisper.
L’Auberge de Sedona is carefully woven into these surroundings, where nature and luxury intermingle throughout the 11 acres of the Red Rock region of Arizona. The resort is strategically located 28 miles south of Flagstaff and just a 90-minute drive from Phoenix, where it can provide respite for groups and travelers traversing the desert landscape to and from two of the state’s busiest metropolises.
The resort is the luxury property closest to the Grand Canyon and features 62 luxury free-standing cottages, all with private entrances; 21 traditional lodge-style guest rooms; and a five-bedroom Creekhouse that stands alone along the banks of Oak Creek. Nature plays a large role in the resort’s aesthetics; for example, some cottages are outfitted with open-roof cedar showers for guests to shower beneath the stars in an outdoor rain-head shower. The on-site restaurant Cress on Oak Creek offers an unparalleled outdoor dining experience.
The resort’s proximity to Arizona’s Oak Creek was by design, and L’Auberge strives to highlight the relaxing aspects of flowing water throughout the property, where the L’Apothecary Spa offers massages creekside as well as in the full-service spa, where guests can blend their own bath soaks and body scrubs from local ingredients. Complimentary forest bathing, star bathing and daily yoga immerse guests in the natural beauty of the resort, and the resort’s artist-in-residence program allows guests to interact with the artists as they paint, sculpt and craft within the inspiring landscape.
Meetings at the resort are held in five modern function rooms, with 3,500 square feet of meeting and event space indoors and 13,000 square feet of meeting and event space outdoors.
L’Auberge de Sedona offers a total of 16,500 square feet of flexible meeting space; 13,000 square feet are located outside among the stunning Red Rock landscape. The Monet Ballroom is the largest space: It holds up to 200 guests and features a wood-burning fireplace, vaulted ceilings and expansive patio doors that open to the Garden Lawn. The Creekhouse offers two levels for intimate meetings and retreats for up to 150 guests, and the Matisse Boardroom is great for working meals and all-day meetings for up to 14 guests. Outdoor spaces include the Cottageside Lawn for up to 200 guests, the Overlook Patio for up to 18 guests and the popular SpiritSong Terrace for up to 120 guests.
The catering team at L’Auberge de Sedona is skilled at crafting custom menus that highlight the bountiful produce and ingredients from the region, such as cage-free organic eggs and local trout. The team offers set menus that will pair with any style of meeting, from a morning power breakfast to an afternoon on the lawn. Its reception and display stations are great for parties or reunions, and its plated dinner menus cater to more formal affairs. Lobster thermidor rests on a bed of seasonal mushrooms for dinner. Snacks are treated with as much care as main courses, and handcrafted trail mix bags delight guests on the trails. Alcohol is allowed on-site when purchased from the resort.
With L’Auberge’s wide-ranging state-of-the-art audio and visual equipment, such as 4K televisions and Sonos sound systems, meeting groups can enjoy a curated artwork collection in outdoor and indoor public areas. The resort offers complimentary valet transportation to shops, galleries, hiking trails and more within a one-mile radius of the resort, as well as daily activities for meeting guests. The on-site planners can also set up private wellness activities for groups, including sound healing, yoga and meditation, and adventure activities such as horseback riding, airplane tours and Vortex tours. Personalized touches are L’Auberge’s specialty; customized welcome boxes and personalized bath soaks are popular additions for group gatherings.
Before and After
Meeting guests can enjoy the culinary treats offered at L’Auberge’s creekside restaurant, Cress on Oak Creek, which serves breakfast, lunch, dinner and Sunday brunch. Outdoor enthusiasts will enjoy the resort’s proximity to the hundreds of hiking and mountain biking trails of the region, while art lovers can soak in the beauty of art created within the area at the many nearby art galleries and museums. Guests are invited to learn about crystals, which have made the region popular in recent years, or to take part in a private vineyard tour through Sedona’s little-known wine region.