Sedona’s Stunning Diamonds

by Linda Gorman


Sedona draws visitors from all over the world who come to experience the area’s reported energy and healing powers.  And, while most travelers may associate crystals with the area, Sedona is flush with another gem—Diamonds.  Four Diamond properties, that is.  This is welcome news for travelers looking to experience Sedona in style, as six Four Diamond lodging properties await, looking to pamper guests in luxury and unmatched natural beauty.

As many seasoned travelers know, one of the advantages of AAA’s Diamond program is consistency.  AAA is one of only two rating systems in which trained field inspectors conduct rigorous on-site evaluations.  This personal evaluation process results in a ratings system that is reliable, so regardless of where you travel, you can expect consistency among the various Diamond levels


Recently, I decided to escape the 115-degree heat by taking the trek to Red Rock country to provide a glimpse at what a few of these AAA Four Diamond properties have to offer. 


  • The Inn on Oak Creek, an intimate retreat tucked alongside picturesque Oak Creek.  Perfect for a romantic getaway, this creekside boutique inn features just 12 rooms with views of the stunning red rocks from nearly every vantage point.  While visiting, I was lucky enough to catch a glimpse of some area wildlife, including several colorful birds.  After enjoying some couple time, visitors can take advantage of the inn’s central location, as Sedona’s best sights and shopping are all within a short walk from the property. 


  • Sedona Rouge features 74 Mediterranean-themed rooms, located just three miles from Uptown Sedona.  Visitors should not miss dining at REDS Restaurant, providing the best in comfort food.  While there, I enjoyed the delicious hot crab and artichoke dip, endive salad and mouth-watering oven roasted sea bass.  A meal at REDS is a must-stop on any Sedona vacation.  After enjoying a nearby hike or shopping, visitors can also unwind and relax at the property’s Sedona Spa, which has a generous menu of body treatments and massages.


  • Enchantment Resort is set amidst 70 acres of stunning beauty nestled against the Red Rocks of Boynton Canyon.  Recently remodeled accommodations offer the ultimate in luxury, convenience and style.  Guests interested in immersing themselves in culture can participate in the property’s Native American program.  Parents seeking alone time also should check out Camp Coyote, offering cultural and enrichment programs for children age four through 12.  As previous participants of Camp Coyote, my kids raved about the program long after we went home. 


While these three properties represent the pinnacle of luxury in Sedona, the area has many accommodation choices for guests to discover and enjoy.  Whether you’re looking for a Four Diamond experience, or you find a Two or Three Diamond is more your style, be sure to check out before you book your next reservation. 


Linda Gorman is the Communications and Public Affairs Director at AAA Arizona.  In addition to overseeing the public relations and corporate communications programs at the club, she also manages the club’s Approved Lodging Program.