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Esplendor Resort and Golf Course at Rio Rico, Arizona


Esplendor Resort at Rio Rico, Arizona

A Highlight of Esplendor Resort is the View

Copyright: Elizabeth R. Rose

Esplendor Resort at Rio Rico Basics:

1069 Camino Caralampi, Rio Rico, Arizona 85648
Phone: 520-281-1901 or Toll Free: 800-288-4746
Map Directions to the Resort.

About Esplendor Resort:

Esplendor Resort is known for it's Robert Trent Jones, Sr. designed golf course but what I found enticing was it's marvelous view of the rolling hills of the Santa Cruz River Valley. The resort is situated on the top of a hill and has sweeping views of the valley and the growing town of Rio Rico below. The dining room and terrace are perfectly situated to take advantage of the view.


Esplendor is proud of their world-class golf on their Robert Trent Jones Sr. championship course. The Rio Rico Country Club golf course is a classic with gently rolling fairways and large greens providing a beautiful yet challenging golf experience for even the most accomplished golfer. Fairways are lined with huge cottonwood and mesquite trees. The course is located across the freeway (shuttle available), not far from the resort and is open to the public.

The Property:

Ideal for retreats, weddings or an overnight stay on your travels, Esplendor resort is known for the most luxurious accommodations in the area. Enjoy the resort dining room, bar or pool during your stay. The resort has 179 guestrooms, including 15 one-bedroom suites. Each guestroom has its own private patio or balcony overlooking the breathtaking panoramic views of the mountains or the garden walkways of the resort.


Guest rooms are decorated in true Southwest themes... simply and tastefully. Rooms have a flavor of their own so be sure and review the website and pick the room that will suit you the best. Enjoy opening the sliding glass doors and bring the outside in with sounds of rustling leaves and the coo of doves.


I didn't have the pleasure of dining at the San Cayetano Restaurant but noticed that the decor was elegant and the wraparound terrace overlooking the valley was not to be missed. They serve continential cuisine (steaks, seafood) and are open for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Rooms and Rates:

You can book online, and may find some Internet specials. Their website lists corporate discounts. But you can also call the resort to inquire about discounts. In general, a room for one or two people will run about $140 per night. (2007 prices) Suites may run $235 per night.
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  • World Class Golf Course
  • Fine dining
  • Relaxing Bar
  • In-room Internet
  • Pool
  • Room Service
  • Desk or work area

Other Things to Do:

The resort is very close to the Mexican border town of Nogales. In fact, many business people stay there and conduct international business. Nogales is positioned at the core of the CANAMEX trade corridor. It is also a fun place to shop and dine. Closer to the resort is the beautiful Tumacacori Mission. A real draw is the history and art of nearby Tubac. There is lots to see in Santa Cruz County.


Esplendor resort is now part of Heritage Hotels and Resorts. As I toured the beautiful grounds, I noticed some recent upgrades. While the resort has a tradition of serving the golfer and the businessperson, it is a great place to spend a weekend away or to spend a night during your travels through Southern Arizona. It is really the only resort of it's calibre in the area.

It is nice to arrive at a resort and have a pool and restaurant right there. The rooms are comfortable and have space to work (if you must!).

Although the area is growing, the resort still feels like it is away from it all, high atop a hill overlooking the beautiful valley. You can stroll the grounds, and enjoy the vistas, the birds and the flowers. It has the feel of old Mexico yet is clearly an American resort.

The resort has facilities for meetings, retreats and weddings. One big plus was that the facilities have access to an elegant terrace to take advantage of the vistas.

I enjoyed the grounds and my room but noticed that there were steps up from the parking lot to many of the rooms. However, you can access rooms from the lobby level. I suggest you inquire about this when you make a reservation if you have any walking limitations.

The Resort has an informative website.

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