How This Desert Resort’s Refresh Embraces Its Southwestern Environs


Hotel room with blue sectional atop a neutral patterned rug near a white brick fireplace.

Given its environs, it’s no surprise that the Omni Tucson National Resort embraces a Southwestern ambience. The Santa Catalina Mountains are an impressive backdrop after all, and any other design scheme would feel inauthentic.

But the effects of the resort’s multimillion-dollar refresh offer an elevated take on the look. Yes, you might see leather furnishings, ceiling beams or painted brick in the newly updated guest suites, casitas and haciendas, but those touches serve as accents to bright white walls, natural plank flooring and linear architecture.

There’s a balance in each space between the pared-down sensibilities of contemporary aesthetics and the warmth of traditional textural elements like wood, stone, brick and woven materials. This is modern Southwestern design in all its understated glory, and it appears throughout the resort: in the new Mokara Spa, the six updated restaurants and lounges, and even the expansive indoor-outdoor event space.