Private Luxury in Sedona – Sun Cliff at Red Rock Ranch

“The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeing new landscapes, but in having new eyes” – Marcel Proust

The ability to travel and experience new places is one of life’s greatest gifts. I have had the opportunity to visit some of the most beautiful destinations in the world, and I recently discovered that one of those destinations rests at the top of an expansive, crimson-washed bluff a scant two hours north from our home in Scottsdale, Arizona.

The Sun Cliff at Red Rock Ranch is a private luxury resort in the middle of Sedona, Arizona’s famous Red Rocks – a one-bedroom casita that features magnificent views and luxurious appointments.

Here is a brief video of Sun Cliff and its breathtaking setting in one of the country’s most spectacular destinations.


Sun Cliff is about two hours north of Phoenix, with the last 20 minutes delivering you through the astonishing Red Rocks of Sedona. Many of Sun Cliff’s guests visit on a weekend, or during the week for a few days from the surrounding cities in the West; while some visit for longer periods as Sun Cliff is a convenient and quiet destination for recharging from the daily grind.

Sun Cliff – A History

The Sun Cliff at Red Rock Ranch enjoys a rich family history. Kate Joy – owner of Sun Cliff with her husband Tom – received the property in 1980 from her great Aunt Sally Hallermund, who owned and worked the land as a ranch for decades.

The property included Aunt Sally’s “Indian House” – a small casita overlooking Sedona’s majestic landscape. Kate and Tom, in keeping with Aunt Sally’s wishes that the land remain in the family, decided to construct a luxury casita that rivaled the suite of any five-star resort.

It was my absolute pleasure to experience the private resort, and to report that Kate and Tom have built an elegant and timeless masterpiece.

Click Here to read more about the resort’s history.

The Property

The Sun Cliff at Red Rock Ranch is your own private resort – a harmonious space imbued with the surrounding nature, yet balanced with the sumptuous furnishings and comforts of a five-star suite. Here is a video showing the space and the surrounding landscape:

Here are some images of the property during our visit:


Private Outdoor Bath

One of most striking features of Sun Cliff is its dramatic private outdoor bath. My wife adores taking baths, and she took multiple splashes in the bath, and it’s not hard to see why – an impossibly peaceful and private setting, otherworldly views, and warm soapy water. Try finding this anywhere else.


Sun Cliff takes every opportunity to ensure that guests are well served, which begins with a detailed questionnaire following your booking so that Sun Cliff may provide items such as your preferred beverages and pillow type.

Luxury Experiences

The casita’s full kitchen is perfect for cooks, or – as we prefer – Sun Cliff can arrange for a private chef to prepare your meals. The property also can make arrangements for a Spa experiences, such as having a private massage therapist to visit – Thea from the fabulous A Spa For You, which we experienced as a romantic couples massage, and I highly recommend.

There are a number of additional Luxury Experiences for those seeking to explore the area, such as Slide Rock, horseback riding, helicopter tours, and wine tasting!


Sun Cliff’s location and views make for a pristine wedding location and destination, and the property offers a number of Packages and Services to cater to the happy couple.

Closing Thoughts

Travel is a gift. Experiencing new places forever changes your view of the world. But more than that, who you are as a person at the time of your travel experience, inspires your interaction with your new destinations.

Sun Cliff at Red Rock Ranch is more than a private, luxurious resort that offers some of the most exquisite views in the world. Sun Cliff reminds us that we carry with us a way of seeing the world, and that who we are as travelers, echoes through what we experience.

I highly recommend that you visit Sun Cliff, pour a glass of something, light the fire, and soak in the solitude of the Sedona sky and its shimmering stars. Above all, revel in the property’s boundless tranquility. It’s what Aunt Sally would have wanted.

Contact and Social

Sun Cliff at Red Rock Ranch

Address: 3400 Red Rock Loop Rd, Sedona, AZ 86336

Phone: (928) 282-4355




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Thank you!

Thanks so very much to everyone at the Sun Cliff for making us feel so welcome, and for the use of the high resolution image! Please take note that the Sun Cliff at Red Rock Ranch welcomed me as a special media guest, but that my opinions are, as always, my own.

Happy traveling!