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Hilton Hotels announces addition of The Boulders Resort to Waldorf Astoria Collection Brand

( BEVERLY HILLS, CA - Hilton Hotels Corporation announced that The Boulders Resort in Carefree, Arizona joined the Waldorf Astoria Collection today as the luxury brand’s second resort in Arizona. This newest addition demonstrates Hilton’s commitment to the expansion of its luxury and lifestyle brands in key markets worldwide. The first Arizona property of the Waldorf Astoria Collection is the legendary Arizona Biltmore Resort and Spa in Phoenix, which is celebrating its 80th anniversary.

Named for the imposing 12-million-year-old granite boulder formations, The Boulders Resort’s dramatic and innovative architecture blends with the surrounding desert landscape. This extraordinary desert hideaway offers 160 adobe-style casitas and 60 one-, two- and three-bedroom luxury villas. Each spacious accommodation features hand-hewn, wood-beamed ceilings, wood burning fireplaces, wet bars, large dressing and bathroom areas, and private patios or decks overlooking the desert or the resort’s two championship golf courses. The Boulders' distinctive southwestern architecture and accents, including massive entry doors crafted from hand-rubbed woods, large fireplaces, and glazed stone floors, along with niches in the lobby walls showcasing Native American artwork, combine to create a relaxed yet sophisticated desert retreat.

The Boulder Resort’s six restaurants range from elegant to casual, featuring innovative, southwestern cuisine prepared from locally-sourced ingredients. The Latilla is the resort’s AAA Four-Diamond restaurant, providing a sophisticated and elegant dining experience with organic signature items incorporating herbs grown on the property along with free-range meats and poultry. In addition, The Latilla offers an extensive collection of organic wines.

Two Jay Morrish-designed championship golf courses have earned the distinction of providing 36 holes of challenging play and have won numerous accolades from travel and sports magazines as one of the finest golf resorts in the world. The Boulders Resort was recognized by Golf magazine as a “Platinum Award Medal” winner, an exclusive ranking of the top 10 golf resorts in the US. For racquet enthusiasts, the Boulders offers eight tennis courts including three classic clay surfaces and five premier cushion courts.

The Golden Door Spa at The Boulders Resort reflects the integrity and spirit of the original Golden Door® in Escondido, California, blending eastern and western influences in its architecture and offering healing methods, treatments, and philosophies. The 33,000-square-foot spa offers 24 private spaces in which an array of treatments incorporating indigenous herbs and rituals can be experienced. Bamboo accents, hand-sculpted water fountains, aromatic candles, and Japanese gardens reflect the Golden Door’s Asian influences while artworks by local artisans, accented by a palate of cool desert hues and indigenous plantings, pay homage to the southwest.

The Boulders Resort has also earned acclaim as a world-class conference venue accommodating groups up to 300. The Tohono Conference Center features 12,000 square feet of dedicated and flexible meeting space. The center’s distinctive architecture evokes the ancient boulder formations for which the resort was named. A 5,400-square-foot ballroom, foyer with retractable glass walls opening onto the Sunset Terrace, and full-service audio visual services, combine to make the Tohono Center the perfect location for large or small meetings.

For the adventurous, The Boulder Resort’s concierge staff can refer guests to a variety of outdoor activities ranging from hot-air ballooning and bi-plane rides to rock climbing and desert jeep tours. Other resort amenities include el Pedregal shops and dining at the Boulders, featuring southwestern-inspired boutiques, art galleries, and restaurants.

Ross Klein, global head, Luxury&Lifestyle Brands, Hilton Hotels Corporation commented: “Arizona is the premiere southwestern destination for business and leisure travelers offering a chance to commune with a stunning natural setting – whether relaxing poolside or rock climbing in the Grand Canyon. We are excited to welcome The Boulders Resort to the Waldorf Astoria Collection, which continues to offer authentic indigenous experiences to guests across the globe.”

David Trumble Director of Corporate Communications Western Region - Hilton Hotels Corporation Tel: + 1 602 870 2721 Email: Nicola Piggott Senior Brand Communications Manager, Americas Luxury & Lifestyle Brands, Hilton Hotels Corporation Tel: +1 310 206 4339 Email: Debora Bridges Bridges Media Group The Boulders Resort & Golden Door Spa Tel: + 1 602 466 2128 Cell: + 1 480 720 7778 Email:

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