Renovated in 2010, this resort is located about 20 minutes south of Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport. Because of its location on the Gila River Indian Reservation, it feels farther away from the city center than it is. It's owned by the Pima and Maricopa tribes, and the Aji Spa reflects some of the desert traditions from the region. Each room is decorated with Native American art and blankets, and in understated Southwestern colors. Spacious bathrooms have separate showers and tubs. The lobby features wonderful art on the ceiling as well. Given its name, it's natural that horseback riding would be one of this resort's many amenities. The sprawling grounds can mean a bit of a hike to your room—request a closer room if you don't want the exertion.
- Cecilia Hae-Jin Lee