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A Carefree oasis

Saguaro cacti and other native flora spans more than 20 acres of the Sonora high desert. The resort is 2 miles from downtown Carefree and 11 miles from Sundial Musical Instrument Museum.

Spa, tennis

Carefree Resort offers 5 lighted championship tennis courts, 2 outdoor pools, and an onsite spa with a lounge.

Southwest scenery

Carefree Resort rooms and villas offer furnished patios or balconies overlooking the Continental Mountains, desert landscape, or the grounds of the property. Amenities include high-speed Internet access.

Hotel Amenities

Hotel Amenities

Carefree Resort encompasses 23 acres of the Sonora high desert peppered with desert wildflowers, towering saguaro, and prickly pear cacti. The resort is 2 miles from the town of Carefree's art galleries, shopping, and restaurants. Complimentary transportation is provided within three miles, on demand, and based on availability. Complimentary newspapers are available at the front desk and valet parking is free.

The resort offers 5 lighted tennis courts. The onsite spa provides an array of treatments including facials, massages, and body wraps. Guests dine in the restaurant with dramatic views and terrace dining.

  • 24-hour business center 
  • 24-hour front desk 
  • Free area shuttle 
  • ATM/banking 
  • Bar/lounge 
  • Breakfast available (surcharge) 
  • Free newspapers in lobby 
  • Computer station 
  • Concierge services 
  • Conference center 
  • Conference space 
  • Designated smoking areas 
  • Designated smoking areas (fines apply) 
  • Dry cleaning/laundry service 
  • Elevator/lift 
  • Fireplace in lobby 
  • Fitness facilities 
  • Free self parking 
  • Free valet parking 
  • Free WiFi 
  • Full-service spa 
  • Garden 
  • Gift shops or newsstand 
  • Hair salon 
  • Health club 
  • Laundry facilities 
  • Limo or Town Car service available 
  • Luggage storage 
  • Meeting rooms 
  • Multilingual staff 
  • Number of floors - 2 
  • Number of meeting rooms - 22 
  • Number of outdoor pools - 2 
  • Outdoor tennis courts 5 
  • Parking (limited spaces) 
  • Poolside bar 
  • Porter/bellhop 
  • Restaurant 
  • RV, bus, truck parking 
  • Safe-deposit box at front desk 
  • Sauna 
  • Free shopping center shuttle 
  • Spa services on site 
  • Spa treatment room(s) 
  • Spa tub 
  • Television in lobby 
  • Tennis on site 
  • Terrace 
  • Total number of rooms - 218 
  • Tours/ticket assistance 
  • Wedding services 
  • Year Built 1963 

Family Friendly Amenities

  • Area shuttle (complimentary)  
  • Free Wi-Fi  
  • Laundry facilities  
  • Outdoor pools  
  • Outdoor tennis courts  


Available in all rooms: Free WiFi

Available in some public areas: Free WiFi


Free self parking, Free valet parking, RV, bus, truck parking, Parking (limited spaces)

Room Amenities

  • Air conditioning 
  • Balcony or patio 
  • Bathtub or shower 
  • Blackout drapes/curtains 
  • Cable TV service 
  • Climate control 
  • Coffee/tea maker 
  • Free toiletries 
  • Free weekday newspaper 
  • Connecting/adjoining rooms available 
  • Cribs/infant beds available 
  • Daily housekeeping 
  • Designer toiletries 
  • Desk 
  • Flat-panel TV 
  • Free local calls 
  • Free WiFi 
  • Hair dryer 
  • Iron/ironing board 
  • Phone 
  • Premium bedding 
  • Private bathroom 
  • Room service (limited hours) 

Where to Eat

The Lariat Restaurant - Overlooking the main area with views of the Continental Mountains, the restaurant serves seafood, steaks, pasta, brick-fired pizza, and other popular fare. Decor includes rock walls, a fireplace, and potted cacti. Outdoor dining is available on the adjoining Sunset Terrace. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are served.

Room service - Available from early morning to late evening.

Nearby Things to Do

Spanning 23 acres of the Sonora high desert, the Carefree Resort offers numerous recreational opportunities. Guests have access to 2 outdoor pools and 5 lighted tennis courts. A tennis pro, lessons, and equipment rental are also available (surcharge). A complimentary fitness center offers treadmills, stationary bikes, stair machines, weight-training equipment, and an outdoor deck with mountain views.

On Friday and Saturday nights, during summer months, "dive-in" movies are screened at the main pool area. Bicycle rentals make it easy for guests to explore the peaceful landscape.

Destination activities geared toward families are offered daily; several are complimentary. On Friday nights, a singing cowboy on horseback makes an appearance.

The resort can arrange a variety of off site activities that include boating and fishing on Bartlett Lake, hot-air balloon rides, and Jeep excursions (surcharges). Guests also enjoy priority access to 15 highly ranked golf courses nearby, including the Grayhawk Golf Club, designed by Tom Fazio, and Dove Valley Ranch Golf Club, designed by Robert Trent Jones, Jr.

The recreational activities listed below are available on site or nearby; fees may apply.

  • Golfing nearby 
  • Water skiing nearby 
  • Hiking/biking trails nearby 
  • Bicycle rentals on site 
  • Scooter/moped rentals on site 
  • Tennis lessons on site 
  • Golf lessons available nearby 

Spa Services

The Spa at Carefree has 5 treatments rooms, a relaxation lounge, separate men's and women's locker and steam rooms, a full-service hair salon, and a spa boutique. Treatments include massages, skin care, aromatherapy, body treatments, hair salon services, and nail care.

  • Facial treatments 
  • Number of treatment rooms 5 
  • Manicures and pedicures 
  • Body wraps 
  • Body scrubs 
  • Aromatherapy treatments 
  • Hydrotherapy treatments 
  • Sauna in spa 
  • Massages 
  • Body treatments 


To make requests for specific accessibility needs, complete the “Special or Accessibility Requests" section of “Trip Preferences" when you book your hotel.

  • Accessible path of travel 
  • Accessible bathroom 
  • Roll-in shower 
  • Accessible parking 
  • In-room accessibility 

Hotel Policies


Check-in time starts at 4 PM

Minimum check-in age is 21

Special check-in instructions:

If you are planning to arrive after 10 PM please contact the property in advance using the information on the booking confirmation.


Check-out time is Noon

Payment types

Children and extra beds

  • Children are welcome.
  • Kids stay free! Children under 18 years old stay free when using existing bedding.
  • Rollaway/extra beds are available for USD 25. per night.
  • Cribs (infant beds) are available.


Pets allowed, Only dogs and cats are allowed, Maximum number of pets per room 2, Pet maximum weight in lb is 50

You need to know

Extra-person charges may apply and vary depending on hotel policy.

Government-issued photo identification and a credit card are required at check-in for incidental charges.

Special requests are subject to availability upon check-in and may incur additional charges. Special requests cannot be guaranteed.

Service animals exempt from fees/restrictions

Noise-free rooms not guaranteed


You'll be asked to pay the following charges at the hotel:
  • Resort fee: USD 12 per accommodation, per night
The hotel resort fee includes:
  • Pool access
  • Fitness center access
  • Shuttle service
  • Internet access
  • Newspaper
  • Phone calls
  • Self parking
We have included all charges provided to us by the property. However, charges can vary, for example, based on length of stay or the room you book.

Optional extras

The following fees and deposits are charged by the property at time of service, check-in, or check-out.
  • Fee for cooked-to-order breakfast: USD 12 per person (approximately)
  • Pet fee: USD 50-75 per accommodation, per stay (maximum USD 75 per stay)
  • Rollaway bed fee: USD 25. per night
The above list may not be comprehensive. Fees and deposits may not include tax and are subject to change.

We should mention

Reservations are required for massage services and spa treatments. Reservations can be made by contacting the condominium resort prior to arrival, using the contact information on the booking confirmation. Children 18 years old and younger stay free when occupying the parent or guardian's room, using existing bedding. Only registered guests are allowed in the guestrooms. The property has connecting/adjoining rooms, which are subject to availability and can be requested by contacting the property using the number on the booking confirmation. Some facilities may have restricted access. Guests can contact the property for details using the contact information on the booking confirmation. Guests can arrange to bring pets by contacting the property directly, using the contact information on the booking confirmation (surcharges apply and can be found in the Fees section).

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