Ambiente, opening next spring, is a first-of-its-kind in North America—a “landscape hotel” uniquely designed to blend in with the mystical red rocks and give guests the opportunity to experience and embrace the natural beauty surrounding them in Sedona. Guests watch as the hotel turns the landscape into a dramatic, colorful theater experience.
With sleek and contemporary design, the hotel embodies elegant minimalism as well as luxurious accommodations. Developed, owned and managed by Two Sister Bosses, a Sedona family-owned and operated company, Ambiente (which means “environment” in Italian and in Spanish) is being developed with a deep respect for the environment with a focus on sustainable methods and organic, modern architecture that complements the surrounding topography and minimizes the impact on the land.
It’s posed to be one of the best hotels in North America found in scenic Sedona.
“We started walking the property, and that was really where the idea was born, because it’s so different. There are a lot of hills and valleys, a couple of natural ancient washes that run through there that have gorgeous rock outcroppings all the way through,” Jennifer May, co-owner of Two Sister Bosses, said. “We looked at the property and knew that we needed to do something that’s different, that will create a wonderful place to stay, but will preserve the natural beauty.”
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The one-of-a-kind experience begins with the arrival, as guests are greeted by a dramatic entry to the hotel, flanked with massive brass sculptures that emit beacons of fire into the night sky. Ambiente hotel guests are encouraged to utilize the hotel’s two-person electrical vehicles that are street safe and provide access to all of Ambiente’s buildings and services, nearby restaurants, outdoor recreation and local businesses. They also help preserve the land from the damage of too many personal vehicles.
“We have very strict guidelines about what kind of machinery can be down there, and we need to stay on the pathway where our road is going. We don’t want anybody off the pathway because we don’t want any of the landscape torn off. Once you tear it up, it’s impossible to put it back and make it look natural,” May said.
Additionally, guests will be escorted through the check-in process by a personal valet who will guide them into the upstairs level of an ultra-modern, two-story glass and metal lobby of the Sedona landscape hotel to check-in, relax in the lounge area and enjoy a complimentary cocktail or glass of wine. This same lobby also features meeting spaces, offices and an intimate, two-room spa with in-spa and in-room treatments that exclusively integrate locally-sourced ingredients that embody the healing properties of Sedona.
Once check-in is complete, guests will tour the property via one of the electric vehicles before arriving at their private Atrium, where they will be greeted with a chilled half bottle of champagne, macaroons and a welcome gift. A complimentary in-room mini bar, refreshed daily, will include a pour-over coffee station with fresh-roasted local beans, plus snack items like bottled water, nuts, dried fruits, gourmet popcorn and cookies.
The 40 cubed-shaped guest Atriums unique to the Sedona landscape hotel appear to be floating above the high desert topography as the structures reflect the landscape with bronzed glass and steel piers. Each private guest Atrium, built using matte-charcoal colored metal and floor-to-ceiling, bronze-tinted glass walls, offers contemporary, Earth-toned decor to support a disconnection from everyday life and a reconnection with nature.
“We designed the Atriums with the goal of providing an atmosphere of tranquility and rest that would be enhanced by thoughtful touches at every turn,” May said. “There truly is no other place in the world where you can stand in the midst of unbridled nature, surrounded by expansive, unparalleled views of rare red rock formations, all while enjoying the utmost in luxurious accommodations.”
You can stand in the midst of unbridled nature, surrounded by expansive, unparalleled views of rare red rock formations, all while enjoying the utmost in luxurious accommodations.”
The Ambiente hotel Atriums feature main bedrooms accented with a platform bed draped in silky sheets and down bedding, well-appointed bathrooms with oversized soaking tubs complemented by a fireplace, a walk-in shower ideal for two, heated floors, towel warmers and Le Labo luxury bath products. There is a sitting area adjacent to the bedroom with a cozy sectional with plush throw blankets, a hidden drop-down 65-inch television and live-edge wooden coffee table.
“We had the idea of building these individual units on stilts so that we didn’t have to come through and scrape any building pads,” May said. “What that did was it allowed us to keep the land as pristine as possible, but it also allowed us to control the privacy in each room by lifting one up higher than the other and angling them in different directions.”
One of our favorite features, which we believe makes it one of the best hotels in Sedona, is the access to a private rooftop deck for the ultimate sunbathing and stargazing experiences, as well as a roaring fire pit and a day-bed comfortable enough for sleeping alfresco. Other luxuries include smart-room technology like one-touch motorized drapery and movies and music streaming from the bedroom to the rooftop deck.
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Ambiente wants guests to enjoy staying in their rooms and looking out at the scenery from their beds, creating a truly incredible experience unlike any other hotels in Sedona.
“Sedona has such a dramatic beauty that you don’t find in a lot of places. At different times of the year, you have different views. You have all four seasons in Northern Arizona. So, we thought, how beautiful would it be to lay in your room and watch a thunderstorm roll through with lightning crashing across the sky, across those red rocks?” May said. “Or how about laying in there in the wintertime and watching the snow fall on the red rocks?
Outside, Ambiente hotel guests can relax at the natural, lagoon-inspired pool and spa, positioned contiguous to an open-air, two-story poolside lounge that serves fresh, farm-to-table cuisine and locally sourced juices. The first floor of the lounge houses a full-service, bar complete with multiple TVs, ample seating and a catering kitchen.
With direct access to more than 300 miles of hiking and biking trails, premier rock climbing and other outdoor adventure and recreational activities at Ambiente, there is no need for a hotel fitness center. Instead, Ambiente encourages guests to explore the outdoors by offering mountain bike rentals, hiking tours and exclusive access to the Adobe Jack Trail system.
May explained, “Our property owns the Adobe Jack Trailhead, so our guests will have the ability to bring their own mountain bikes and hiking gear or rent them and go straight out of their rooms and onto the trail. It connects to several other trail systems and more than 200 miles of premier mountain biking and hiking behind the property.”
For those who prefer exploring hotel grounds, wellness trails will weave throughout the site with designated spots to follow instructed exercises that promote overall wellness.
“What we’re providing for our guests is an experience that is in the environment of what Sedona is—the beauty, the red rocks, the forest, the smells, the sights, the sounds,” May said, illustrating what it means to be a landscape hotel.
To say we’re excited would be a huge understatement. For more information on the hotel’s vision and upcoming opening, visit their website.