MCLEAN, Va.—Hilton Worldwide has announced Boulders Resort & Spa has joined the Curio – a Collection by Hilton portfolio. Curio is a global brand of upper upscale and luxury hotels.
“We’re thrilled to welcome such an iconic property to the expanding Curio portfolio,” said Bill Fortier, senior vice president, development, Americas, Hilton Worldwide. “Boulders Resort & Spa, Curio Collection by Hilton will add an additional layer of prestige to the collection as the brand continues to take shape and define itself in 2015.”
The property will undergo a significant remodeling and upgrade by design firm DiLEONARDO. On 1,300 acres in the lush Sonoran Desert foothills north of Scottsdale, Arizona, Boulders Resort & Spa is an extraordinary desert hideaway surrounded by 12 million-year-old boulder formations that dot the landscape.
“With surrounding terrain and plant life left virtually untouched to allow indigenous flora and wildlife to prosper, Boulders Resort & Spa is a shining example of Curio’s mission to connect with local communities and environments in a complementary yet unobtrusive way,” said Dianna Vaughan, global head, Curio – a Collection by Hilton. “This hotel stands out as an authentic, independent, and remarkable property that lends itself to joining the exclusive Curio collection.”
From its golf courses, service, and cuisine to its spa, Boulders Resort & Spa draws upon the natural landscape to create an awe-inspiring retreat experience. Its guest casitas, and one-, two-, and three-bedroom Villa and Hacienda accommodations provide views. Additionally, the resort features a five-bedroom, 5,000 square foot Villa Retreat. The resort also offers two 18-hole Jay Morrish-designed championship golf courses, a terraced tennis garden, four swimming pools, six restaurants, a 33,000 sq. ft. spa, fitness center, and an array of outdoor adventure activities.
As part of the renovations, to be completed this fall, the property will offer upgraded casitas, rooms, and bathrooms, as well as a remodeled lobby bar, front desk, and Palo Verde restaurant. There will also be 5,200 square feet of new meeting space added to the main lodge. The property’s characteristic southwestern interiors include regional art by renowned artists, while glass skylights, massive entry doors crafted from hand-rubbed woods and large wood-burning fireplaces throughout provide ambiance.
The new design approach by DiLEONARDO will reflect Arizona’s Sonoran Desert, with its old Spanish-influenced adobe style architecture. Patterns and colors from the Native American heritage influence the architectural detailing, carpet patterns, and color story.