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Rancho Manana Resort in Cave Creek Arizona

I recently spent 9 nights at the Rancho Manana Resort in Arizona at the end of March 2016.   My family’s experience was absolutely great.

Kitchen and Living Area

Highlights

  • The resort is quite quiet.  I am not sure how many units there are, but we stayed in unit #25, which is close to the far end of the resort.
  • Very friendly staff.  We arrived quite late the one night and they already had the lights turned on, brought over some muffins for the morning, and even brought a golf cart to help us with some luggage in the early morning hours.
  • Incredible views from the restaurant, pool, and golf course.
  • Spacious 2 bedroom suite that also had a murphy bed, so it sleeps 6 quite easily.  Newer appliances and gas fireplace inside the unit.
  • The on-site restaurant looked amazing.  Well shaded for the day and space heaters available for at night.

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Some Other Details

  • Unit #25 was really nice.  It is ground floor, so very easy access with older folks and those with strollers.  In my opinion, this is probably the nicest unit in the place, so ask if you can get it when staying there.
  • Unit #25 also has an east facing patio, so it gets sun in the morning, but is very nice for the afternoon and evening as it is shaded.  The patio also looks into the central courtyard area where there is lots of grass for kids to run around on and a larger central bbq and outside gas fireplace.
  • The suite had excellent furniture.  2 large leather chairs, a long sofa, big coffee table, flat panel television, bar stools, breakfast nook setup, and 4 patio chairs with patio table.
  • The bedrooms had a master ensuite on the one and the other was a cheater ensuite.  Only the cheater ensuite had a bath tub, but the shower in the other one was massive with dual sinks.
  • The pool area has gates that keep younger children from getting in/out.  The pool also has a bin of kids toys so you don’t need to bring your own.
  • 2 hot tubs by the pool that have a little artificial waterfall/creek between them.
  • The pool was also very quiet with lots of available chairs and umbrellas.
  • Right between some of the buildings is the chipping green and a putting green as well.
  • Cave Creek itself took about 45 minutes to drive to (late at night) from the Sky Harbor Airport in Phoenix.  So you will definitely want to have a car when staying there.
  • There is a Wal-Mart 8 minutes drive away and a bit further into Scottsdale are Target and other stores.

Recommendations

  • Not really anything negative to say about the place.  It is definitely on the quiet side (I think a lot of the residents are there to golf, so a bit of an older crowd), so if you are looking for more action and you have older children who aren’t into golfing or the pool, then it might feel a bit removed from things.
  • Picking a ground floor unit would make for a nicer patio experience and no stairs.  The ground floor units also have multiple exterior doors (bathroom has one and the patio) with dead bolts so you have a couple of options where you want to enter.
  • If you buy some marshmallows, you can do your own little roast over the fireplace with them as it is an open gas fireplace.  There are outside gas fireplaces in the central courtyard from unit #25 and by the pool.
  • The restaurant has a happy hour from 3 to 6.  Appetizers are between $5 and $7 then and you just find a seat in the lounge area or in the patio on the east side.
  • There is a bookshelf in the reception area with books, children’s books/comics, and board games that you can borrow.

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