Elements Restaurant and Jade Bar

Elements Restaurant and Jade Bar at Sanctuary Resort, Paradise Valley, Arizona

Skills: restaurant

CLIENT:  Westroc Hotels and Resorts
ARCHITECT:  Allen + Philp Architects
ELECTRICAL, MECHANICAL ENGINEER:  Sullivan Designs, Inc.
INTERIOR DESIGNER:  Testani Design Troupe, Inc.
GENERAL CONTRACTOR:  Hardison/Downey/Kitchell
CONSTRUCTION COST:  $6.6M
COMPLETED:  December 2001

PROJECT DESCRIPTION:  Formally known as John Gardiners Tennis Ranch, the Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain was completely renovated and reopened in 2001. The resort renovation included a new 12,000 sq. ft. world class spa facility, 24 new villa units, new maintenance facility, and the renovation of the highly acclaimed elements restaurant and Jade Bar.

  • Spa Facility (12,000 sq. ft.) – Sanctuary Spa provides a relaxed, luxurious retreat with an Asian-inspired design and philosophy includes indoor and outdoor treatment rooms, a 1,375 sq. ft. fitness center with an 1,150 sq. ft. movement studio, meditation garden, a therapeutic Watsu® pool and a partially shaded 25 yard outdoor lap pool. Other features include a spa boutique and café.
  • Elements Restaurant – With a spectacular view from the north face of Cameback Mountain, Elements sophisticated yet casual setting sets the stage for a one-of-a-kind dining experience. The renovation of this existing restaurant included a complete overhaul of all lighting fixtures, air conditioning units, and special systems. Also revamped is the adjacent Jade Bar which includes an outdoor patio with a natural gas fire bowl.
  • The Villas – Surrounding the spa facility are twenty-four new spa villas. The spacious villas, constructed on two levels to complement the terraced mountainside setting, feature private outdoor steeping tubs.
  • Maintenance Facility – Mostly shrouded from the view of the guests of the resort is a new 5,000 sq. ft. maintenance facility and headquarters for the Sanctuary staff.

AWARDS:

  • “500 World’s Best Hotels – United States” – 2010
  • “Top 100 Continental U.S. and Canada Hotels” – 2008, 2009
  • “The T+L 500,” – 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009
  • “World’s Best Hotel – Continental United States and Canada” – 2008 Travel + Leisure Magazine
  • “Top 75 Resorts in the United States” – Readers’ Choice Awards, 2009
  • “#26 Top Resort Spa” – Spa Poll, 2007
  • “The Best By Design” – Gold List, 2007
  • “The Best By Service” – Gold List, 2007
  • “World’s Best Places to Stay” – Gold List, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010
  • “#23 Top 50 Mainland U.S. Resorts” – Readers’ Choice Awards, 2007
  • “Top Resort in the United States,” “#27 World’s Best of the Best” – Readers’ Choice Awards, 2006
  • “Top 50 North American Properties” – Readers’ Choice Awards – 2004, 2006 Condé Nast Traveler
  • “Most Excellent Spa Hotel” – 2007, 2008 Condé Nast Johansens Awards for Excellence
  • Best Reception Site for a Small Wedding, Arizona Bride Magazine Best of 2010
  • Beau as the Best Local Reality Star
  • Elements as the Best Special Occasion Restaurant
  • “Stars of the Industry Award” – 2009, American Hotel & Lodging Association
  • “Favorite Resort/Hotel Spa in the Rockies and Southwest” – Silver Sage Readers’ Choice Award, 2009, Spa Magazine
  • “Top 50 Tennis Resorts in the United States” – 2008, Tennis Magazine
  • “The Best Place to Spend A Honeymoon” June 2007, Arizona Bride Magazine
  • “Best Bars in America” 2007, 2010 jade bar voted “Best New Bar” in the country, November 2002, Esquire
  • Four Diamond AAA Award – 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006
  • “Top 10 U.S. Spas,” “Top 10 U.S. Destinations” – Reader’s Choice Platinum List, Summer 2005, Celebrated Living
  • “50 Spas We Love” – November 2006
  • “Best Spa for Accommodations” – Reader’s Choice Awards 2006, Luxury Spa Finder
  • elements Executive Chef, Beau MacMillan wins “Iron Chef America” – March 5, 2006, The Food Network
  • “10 Top New Resorts,” March 2003, Robb Report
  • “10 Hot Hotels to Watch,” 2003
  • “Top 100 Restaurants in the U.S.,” 2003, Gourmet
  • “Best Restaurant with a View,” 2002
  • “Valley’s 24 Best New Restaurants,” 2002, Phoenix Magazine
  • “Pinnacle Award,” 2003, 2004, 2005, 2007, 2008, Successful Meetings
  • “Award of Excellence,” 2003, 2004, 2005, 2008, Corporate & Incentive Travel Magazine and Insurance Meetings Magazine
  • “Planners’ Choice Award,” 2004, Meeting News

PROJECT ADDRESS:  5700 East McDonald Drive, Paradise Valley, AZ 85253 – (480) 948-2100
PROJECT WEBSITE:  http://www.sanctuaryoncamelback.com
ARCHITECTURAL PHOTOGRAPHY:  Mark Greenawalt

*Project Enginerring/Lighting Design by Mark Greenawalt, PE, LC, LEED AP while employed by Sullivan Designs, Inc. in collaboration with Testani Design Troupe, Inc.