Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain Forges Ahead With Multi-Million Dollar Renovation Plan

"And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom." ~ Anais Nin

Scottsdale, Ariz. (September 2, 2009) – As hotels and resorts worldwide look to curb costs and tighten spending, Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain has seized the moment to blossom. The preeminent boutique resort has initiated a multi-million dollar renovation that will yield an exciting new dining experience this Fall.

"These are challenging times, but we choose to respond to them opportunistically," said general manager and vice president, Mike Surguine. "We are investing in Sanctuary's future, and in our quest to compete with the finest resorts in the country and keep improving our guest experience."

The resort continues to welcome guests to its world-class facilities, but behind the scenes, a full-scale transformation to elements' kitchen is underway, doubling its size and providing Executive Chef Beau MacMillan (well-known as a winner of the Food Network's Iron Chef competition and three-time guest on NBC-TV's Today Show) with a world-class space to elevate Sanctuary's dining experience. Once finished, he will continue to serve the award-winning, farm-fresh American fare with Asian accents that has made elements a local and national favorite. But the new space will also provide the opportunity to expand elements' menu and introduce diners to new concepts and flavors.

Also out of view of guests is the development of an extraordinary private dining room, known as XII. Guests will pass through a new wine corridor exhibiting 800 bottles and featuring a sommelier station to reach it. An intimate setting for up to 12, the room will be a master stroke, and not just in terms of the cuisine. Only those who experience it will understand the significance of the aforementioned statement.

Come Fall, Sanctuary's former Sunset Patio will also be reincarnated. Inspired by a unique rock formation on neighboring Camelback Mountain known as the "Praying Monk," Sanctuary will introduce Praying Monk. Enclosed by sliding window walls and a retractable skylight roof, the renovation will turn the coveted outdoor setting into a year-round option from which to enjoy views of the patio's namesake as well as Paradise Valley.

During this period of transition, resort guests and local residents can continue to expect the same outstanding service for which Sanctuary in known. Modified breakfast, lunch and dinner menus are served by Chef MacMillan and his team in elements thanks to Sanctuary's second kitchen facility. Specialty cocktails and elements' menu are also available in Sanctuary's intimate, but hopping bar and lounge, jade bar.

Updates on Sanctuary's transformation will be available online. Reservations can be made by calling 1.. Images are available upon request.

About Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain:
One of the country's most lauded luxury resorts, Sanctuary is a striking boutique property on Camelback Mountain in Paradise Valley, Arizona, just minutes from downtown Scottsdale. Under the direction of Westroc Hospitality, Sanctuary enjoys international acclaim for its contemporary design, and award-winning elements restaurant and Sanctuary Spa. A member of Small Luxury Hotels of the World, Sanctuary was recognized in 2006 as the "top resort" in the United States by the readers of Condé Nast Traveler and was included on the Travel & Leisure "T + L 500" list. Sanctuary has been a Condé Nast Traveler "Gold List" and "Reader's Choice" winner since opening in 2001.

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