The red rock walls of northern Arizona's Boynton Canyon are a breathtaking backdrop for corporate groups that stay at Enchantment Resort, nestled deep within the canyon, about five miles from Sedona. At the secluded 70-acre resort, the towering red rocks feel close enough to touch. Their presence enhances everything from an intimate meeting to a sunset group event followed by stargazing on the rooftop deck of the resort's clubhouse.
For a memorable introduction to the enchantment of the canyon, attendees can participate in "Walk with the Ancestors," a tour that is more like an awakening than a walk. Wearing full ceremonial dress, Enchantment's Native American concierge Uqualla evokes the ancient world of the Southwest and the harmony and peace of the red rock surroundings.
The healing powers of rituals practiced by the Navajo, Apache, and Havasupai people are the inspiration behind a new line of spa treatments at the resort. Plans are under way to open a new 20,000-square-foot health and healing spa facility with 18 treatment rooms, a kitchen, and a private dining area in January 2000.
The resort's meeting facilities are expanding, too. At present, Enchantment specializes in small meetings for groups of 10 to 100 that typically use haciendas or any of four private meeting rooms in the resort's clubhouse. Scheduled to open this month is a meeting "village" that will consist of 13,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor meeting space and three "patio homes." The meeting area will accommodate as many as 400 people, while the patio homes will be used for private receptions, offices, or breakout accommodations.
During free time, attendees can try out the resort's world-class tennis facilities, four swimming pools, croquet court, or the par-three golf course and putting green. They can venture into nearby Sedona to visit the Tlaquepaque art galleries or to check out Garland's stunning collection of Navajo rugs and kachina dolls. For the final night, consider "A Taste of Sedona" farewell dinner with Chef Kevin Maguire in Enchantment's Yavapai Restaurant. During dinner Chef Maguire will share some secrets of his superb Southwestern cuisine.