DALLAS–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Nov. 5, 2001– Nestled against the majestic Santa Catalina Mountains of Tucson, Ariz., is The Lodge at Ventana Canyon, a truly enchanting, intimate retreat steeped in the character reflective of its spectacular Sonoran Desert setting. This luxurious yet relaxed resort is recognized in the November 2001 issue of Conde Nast Traveler as the No. 1 Resort in North America. The Boulders, the resort’s sister property in Carefree, Ariz., is prominently cited as well as the third highest scoring resort in North America. Both esteemed properties are Wyndham Luxury Resorts and are owned by Wyndham International.

“To be included in Conde Nast Traveler’s Readers’ Choice Awards is a profound honor,” said Fred J. Kleisner, Chairman and chief executive officer of Wyndham International. “To have the No. 1 and No. 3 North American resorts in our portfolio is truly exceptional. Guests savor the excellent golf facilities, rich Southwestern accommodations, outstanding food & beverage, and diverse recreational pursuits of these two properties. But the element of which we are most proud is the exacting yet friendly service offered to guests — so it is truly the staff of these resorts who most deserve the recognition.”

Conde Nast Traveler polls its readership yearly to discern their evaluations of hotels, resorts, cruise lines, monuments and cities across the globe. This year 29,000 subscribers responded. Readers of Conde Nast Traveler are considered among the most discriminating and knowledgeable in the world, and that is reflected in the prestige of the Readers’ Choice Awards.

The Lodge at Ventana Canyon offers luxurious accommodations in 50 spacious guest suites. Floor-to-ceiling windows frame views of the Catalinas and the diverse vegetation of the high Arizona desert. Beamed ceilings, iron chandeliers and finely crafted wood paneled walls reinforce the lodge ambiance, as do custom woven Southwestern carpets and richly textured and colored fabrics and furnishings. Two championship Tom Fazio-designed courses highlight the guest experience. Bordered by the Coronado National Forest and home to a 600-acre nature preserve, the resort is a haven for desert wildlife. In addition to unparalleled desert golf, tennis and soft adventure activities such as hot-air ballooning, desert jeep tours, soaring, and mountain biking are also available.

The Boulders in Carefree, Ariz., sister property to The Lodge at Ventana Canyon, which ranks impressively at No. 3 in North America, is an extraordinary desert hideaway situated on 1,300 acres in the Sonoran Desert, just north of Scottsdale. A new 33,000-square-foot Golden Door Spa opened last month, promising to set new standards for resort spas worldwide. Two Jay Morrish-designed championship golf courses highlight recreational offerings. Tennis, rock climbing, swimming, soaring, hot-air ballooning and desert jeep tours are also available.

Wyndham Luxury Resorts are prestige properties that offer discerning travelers exceptional accommodations in dramatic, natural settings, coupled with highly attentive service and the finest in golf and spa amenities. The Luxury collection includes The Boulders and The Lodge at Ventana Canyon in Arizona; Carmel Valley Ranch and the Golden Door in California; the Cabins & Penthouses at The Peaks in Colorado; the Grand Bay Hotel Isla Navidad near Manzanillo, Mexico; Las Casitas Village in Puerto Rico; the Kelley House and The Harbor View in Martha’s Vineyard; and the Great Eastern – A Wyndham Luxury Hotel in London.