Well well, hello to you too Tuesday! It might still feel like the start of the week but believe me when I say.... I will literally blink and this week will be over!
Sigh... as will April... and there I was just starting to gather all of my thoughts and milestones for the month.
One thing I will admit, mamma's tank is running quite low (I think I need another holiday!). One of my readers asked me what I've done LATELY.... Since all the great stuff about Paris in the Spring and zip lining in the jungles of the Mexican Riviera Maya that received so much hoopla on Instagram (full featured link of Mexican Riviera adventures with Selvatica here) certainly cannot be characterized as *recent*.
Well, in answer to your question.... Arizona... in the valley of the sun right next to the great city of Phoenix, to be exact. I was there meeting some work colleagues at the tail end of March, and we decided to make it a ladies power lunch outing (plus Spa retreat!) out of the whole excursion. I've only been to Arizona once before -- years ago when a friend and I visited the Grand Canyon, but have certainly not explored the area that is Phoenix, Scottsdale, and surroundings. Let me just tell you, it is simply gorgeous! Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain Resort & Spa, for starters, is a top-notch boutique resort and spa (which had its origins in Tennis would you have guessed). Upon arrival (straight from the airport, we don't mess around!!), I was absolutely taken by the serenity and beauty of the property (part desert chic and part Silicon Valley savvy). In some respects the landscaping, decor, and overall vibe reminded me of my time in the deserts of Dubai and Oman (more on that another time), and in other respects the clean beauty and stylish simplicity of the area made me think of the Rosewood Sand Hill, in particular of my sunny lunch at the Rosewood Madera almost three years ago.
My dining companions were already sipping on bubbles and waiting for me (they had flown straight in from NYC and I from Naples, Florida) by the time I drove in (literally it's no more than a 15-20 minute ride from the airport!!), and we were quickly escorted to an outdoor table on the patio with the most breathtaking views of the Camelback Mountain. Glasses clinked, cocktails flowed, and the rest was history! Mamma had the fresh catch of the day and it basically disappeared in ten nano seconds). All was delicious, but I'd be remiss if I didn't mention how fabulous the desserts were. The last time I had this much fun chowing on sweets was at the Untitled at Whitney Museum with another group of girlfriends. What is it with us ladies and our desserts eh? Extra laps in the pool later to pay for our sins!
We even took a little tour of the kitchen afterwards (how could you not after such fantastic farm to table fare)? The pictures speak for themselves, and I can certainly see why this is a popular destination wedding and event spot with the beautiful and airy venue space.
All to say, now I just need to plan a return trip back to the hotel, pronto, this time we'll be sure to book one of their private, newly renovated and refurbished suites! After all, mama desperately needs another break.... I tell ya, life of the never-ending saga when you're caring for two little munchkins -- it truly is something else. As a friend recently puts it, it's literally like Groundhog Day! Good thing there are travel days like these to break up that torrid routine!!!
Now, back to dreaming of more sunny days with flowing cocktails, great friends, and beautiful views à la Paradise Valley.