A culture-filled desert retreat

500 Rooms / 26 Suites

The Phoenix-area Gila River Indian Community does more than house Sheraton Grand at Wild Horse Pass on its grounds — it informs everything about the hotel’s design and amenities. The result is a unique resort that delivers authentic cultural experiences along with relaxation in the Arizona sun. The influence of the local Pima and Maricopa tribes are perhaps most vividly felt at the hotel’s Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star Kai Restaurant and Four-Star Aji Spa (both of which base their menus on Native American traditions), but there are plenty of other diversions to explore.

Two 18-hole, Troon-managed golf courses boast stunning views of the surrounding Sierra Estrella Mountains. An onsite equestrian center offers lessons and guided rides. Four pools, two tennis courts and plenty of trails for spotting wildlife will also help keep you busy. The attractions of Phoenix and Scottsdale are within 15 miles, and outlet shopping and Rawhide western town are practically at the resort’s doorstep in Chandler.

Guest rooms are rooted in local traditions, though they’re also stocked with modern conveniences such as flat-screen TVs and Starbucks coffee. Each of the 500 rooms and suites features prints of local artwork, engraved mirrors and headboards, and blankets woven with Native American motifs. It’s touches like these that create such a strong sense of place and that put Sheraton Grand at Wild Horse Pass among the most unique resorts around.