My friend and I stayed at the Villas of Sedona for a week as an exchange via RCI, it was a 1-bedroom loft type and it was surprisingly wonderful esp. based on the reviews that I've read on here. Truthfully, the pictures on the website don't make the place justice, it looks better in person. It's a complex of 2 resorts, the other is the Sedona Springs and really from what the latter look like, we got the best deal.
The villas of Sedona have been recently renovated, the new tiles were evident in the entryway, the kitchen and the bathrooms; new light fixtures and faucets in the kitchen and bathrooms definitely stood out. The kitchen was fully loaded with appliances and utensils one could have ever wanted, which was more than enough for us because we only had to prepare breakfast in the mornings. The loft area which turns into the 2nd bedroom with its own door is comfortable with a murphy bed with storage on one side and a walking closet, furthermore it has a small balcony although facing the inner yard I found was very nice. The half-bath is downstairs and the full bathroom is upstairs with a nice-size shower, however there is no bathtub; they were fully stocked with lots of towels 2 people would need all week, there is no mid-week cleaning.
The jacuzzi by the outside pool was great, I used it a few nights before going to bed to relax those back muscles. By November, the outside pool is no longer heated but remember there is an indoor pool available for use. Although there are no red rock views, we didn't feel that we missed anything for we were by them all day along with the outside activities.
I found the staff was very helpful esp. the concierge recommending the best places to see and eat around and outside of sedona. On sunday and monday nights, there are RCI representatives advertising dinner meetings to teach you the new innovative ways to exchange, it was absolutely useless and uninformative and poorly constructed, the dinners were from KFC, I had to laugh! Avoid them, they are time-wasting.
A great feature of the resort is its location, it's right in the center of town among all the shops, spas and restaurants along route 89-A. We enjoyed looking/shopping at the shops and galleries at the Tlaquepaque arts and crafts village; if you're interested in serious turquoise jewelry, the Hozho is the place to go. Places we ate at were: Kens' Creekside with music entertainment every night, the peach cobbler was a delight; Javalina Cantina for the best mexican food, you have to give the sea scallops dish a try; Dahl & Di Luca made the grand finale for the best italian food in the region.
For outdoor suff: Great place to watch the sunset is at the top of Airport road. My friend took a hot air balloon ride gliding over the red rocks of Sedona and according to her it was the most amazing thing she's ever experienced, gotta do it next time. We did a 2-hr jeep ride through the canyon, very scenic with moderate ruggedness, our driver/guide was excellent. Visiting the small town of Jerome is a must, just a 30-minute ride south of sedona, you can see all the shops in 1-2 hrs; ate at the Asylum restaurant and I absolutely recommend it, the food was so good and the view was just breathtaking.
There's a lot more things to do if you're an outdoorsy person such as hiking the trails and driving to the overlooks yourselves instead of taking tours.
I know it's usually recommended to take a one-day trip to the Grand Canyon, although it's only 2 hrs away, I think you're cutting yourself short to think you can see and enjoy the GC in half a day. We stayed there for 3 days before we came to Sedona.
We had a fabulous time in Sedona and will go back next year hopefully.
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