5 Desert Resorts That Feel Straight Out of ‘Westworld’
Wild West meets futuristic amusement park full of life’s greatest pleasures—and transgressions—in HBO’s Westworld, one of the most buzzed about series as of late. The first season captivated audiences with dramatic plot twists and its even more dramatic filming locations—filled with red rock formations, prairie fields, rushing rivers and all kinds of natural splendor. Basically, it was the thing that travel goals were made of. And while the Westworld we know might be an imaginary place, you can get a taste of its gorgeous scenery at each of these five vacation spots, where spoiled travelers will find enchanting landscapes, lots of outdoor activities and no robots (that we know of).
Enchantment Resort, Sedona, AZ
Located in Sedona, known for its surrounding red rock buttes, Enchantment Resort’s 218 casita, hacienda and casa-style guest rooms, its gigantic pool and its famed golf course are all surrounded by sensational Southwest landscapes. The healing energy here at Boynton Canyon has long been coveted, so you can be sure that the spa menu at Mii amo is packed with rejuvenating treatments, many which utilize Native American-inspired practices. Travelers looking to get outdoors and soak in nature as they do in Ford’s park can take advantage of guided hiking and mountain biking excursions, as well as outdoor yoga, meditation, stargazing, and even quick day trips to the Grand Canyon.
Isrotel Beresheet Mitzpe Ramon, Israel
The pool here alone, with its expansive panoramic views over the stunning Ramon Makhtesh, is worthy of making the trek to the Negev Desert, but combined with fantastic year-round weather and Beresheet’s proximity to both Masada and the Dead Sea, you’ll want to book this bucket-list trip—stat. Posh rooms and a tranquil spa are the perfect respite after a day spent in the desert, exploring by Jeep, bike or even camel. Pro tip: Guests staying here should make sure to visit the nearby winery Carmey Avdat to taste some incredible Israeli wines that are being produced in challenging desert conditions.
Deadbroke Bunkhouse, Young, AZ
This large, compound-style rental, available on HomeAway, is like staying overnight in Westworld’s Mariposa Saloon—with the shenanigans that take place under Maeve Millay’s watch being completely optional. Horse leads and taxidermy hang from the walls, while bordello-style bedrooms, a full bar, wood-burning stove and pool table add to the allure of this 1880s-themed saloon retreat, which even has its own shooting range out back. The best part? It sleeps 12, so you can bring all your city-slicker friends along for an adventure in the Tonto and Apache-Sitgreaves National forests of Arizona.
Gateway Canyons Resort & Spa, Gateway, CO
The grandeur of western Colorado’s red rock caverns are complimented by adobe-style architecture at Gateway Canyons, a resort that was built by John Hendricks, founder and former chairman of the Discovery Channel. Handsomely appointed rooms and casitas, al fresco dining and 6,000 surrounding acres make this a luxe way to experience Westworld—and they know it. The hotel recently launched a Westworld Package for guests, which includes horseback riding and a campfire dinner at a dude ranch, a choice of skeet shooting, archery, or laser tag, a massage for two at the spa, and ingredients for a nightcap cocktail—or two.
Amangiri, Canyon Point, UT
Exterior shots for Westworld have been filmed in Monument Valley, Utah, and nearby Kayenta, Arizona, so it’s no surprise this lavish, futuristic-like resort is situated within driving distance of both otherworldly environs. The property’s thick, concrete walls were seamlessly built into a protected canyon valley landscape, creating one of the most secluded and exclusive hideaways in the world where each of the 34 suites have picture-perfect views. Some digs have their own lap pools, while others boast private plunge pools and grand terraces with fire pits to take in the peaceful scenery. It’s pretty obvious that Amangiri ain’t cheap—but it is what splurge-worthy travel dreams are made of.