Intercontinental’s first resort in the United States brings a bit of Andalusia to the Arizona desert. Modeled after villages in southern Spain, the InterContinental Montelucia Resort & Spa in Paradise Valley is a patchwork of villas, fountains, courtyards, walkways, and arched entryways at the foot of Camelback Mountain. The resort’s dining options, including a tapas bar and a Spanish restaurant with a wood-fired grill, further the Andalusian theme. The 35-acre property, which opened in November, also includes 252 guest rooms, 39 suites, two freestanding presidential villas with private swimming pools, and a 31,000-square-foot fitness center and spa with 19 treatment rooms (five featuring private terraces with king-size daybeds, fireplaces, and televisions). Although Montelucia does not have a golf course, the resort’s concierge can arrange tee times at any of 20 clubs in the Scottsdale area.
InterContinental Montelucia Resort & Spa, 480.627.3200, www.intercontinental.com ($145–$4,000)