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Stay and Play
Dena Roché | Photo: Courtesy of the hotels | April 18, 2014
As temps climb, now’s the time to plan your luxury staycation to survive the AZ heat—comfortably!
Essentially the resort and spa capital of the Southwest, the Valley and its surrounding cities boast an impressive number of high-quality, luxury retreats. So the next time a vacay comes calling, don’t fall into the trap of taking all this elegance for granted and heading out of state. Consider this a reminder: For travel-free R&R we need look no further than our own backdoors. Seize the summertime—when the population thins and we get to reclaim our favorite hot spots—to reacquaint yourself with our award-winning and world-famous accommodations, spas and resort restaurants. Say it with us: Aah.
5700 E. McDonald Drive, Scottsdale, 480.948.2100
The private Hi Lob home ($2,000 per night, May 16-Aug. 31) at Sanctuary Camelback Mountain Resort and Spa offers incredible vistas, a pool and an amazing master suite. Or book the Casa Spa Harmony package, which includes three nights in one of the resort’s private homes, plus two 60-minute spa treatments per person.
5200 E. Camelback Road, Phoenix, 602.840.3610
Alvadora Spa at Royal Palms Resort presents the new Spa Dēhp Getaway Experience (from $699). The wellness-focused package includes one night of luxury accommodations; a complimentary upgrade at the time of booking; an 80-minute, stress-relieving Spa Dēhp experience; a one-day Reboot detox kit from Kaleidoscope Juice; an on-property yoga and stretch session; guaranteed late checkout; and more. Spa Dēhp therapy includes a deep and balancing massage, and other treatments designed to promote a sense of well-being and unlock the body’s potential.
The Boulders and the Beautiful
34631 N. Tom Darlington Drive, Carefree, 480.488.9009
Enjoy some quality spa time at The Boulders, A Waldorf Astoria Resort. The Sun Suite Escape (half day, $385 per person) and Sun Suite Celebration (full day, $685 per person) packages secure a guest his or her very own spa suite. Indulge in a spa lunch and all of the suite’s amenities, including a private outdoor whirlpool and a steam shower. With the Escape, guests get a choice of two 50-minute services; with the Celebration, they can choose three 50-minute services, plus enjoy a 50-minute nail service. Or, book the Lazy Spa Day for $219 when you present an Arizona driver’s license, and receive your choice of two services (massage, facial, mani/pedi) and a spa smoothie.
6850 E. Main St., Scottsdale, 480.248.2000
Midcentury marvel the Hotel Valley Ho is one of Downtown Scottsdale’s see-and-be-seen hot spots of summer, especially with its new OHasis pool and live bands poolside on Fridays in May and June. If you want to stay the night, book two weeks in advance and prepay, and you’ll save 15 percent.
2400 E. Missouri Ave., Phoenix, 602.955.6600
The Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Arizona Biltmore resort has hosted a bevy of U.S. presidents, but this summer it will host A-listers in the brand-new cabanas. Each poolside retreat features a full bathroom, comfortable indoor and outdoor furniture, HDTV and, of course, misters. Cabanas can be rented by the day (from $200), and doing so will grant guests access to weekend events like splash cinema movie viewings and the on-property barbecue. But you can also make a weekend out of it with an all-inclusive package starting at $209 per night that includes accommodations, all meals for two, 30 percent off spa services and no resort fee.
7575 E. Princess Drive, Scottsdale, 480.585.4848
Fireworks, ziplining and a Techno Glo Party are all part of the fun the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess has slated for summer, which you can take advantage of when you book The Sip, Savor & Splash package (from $169; package includes a $50 daily resort credit) between May 23 and Aug. 31. Better yet, upgrade to Fairmont Gold status for an even more luxurious room, access to the Fairmont Gold lounge and additional perks. Guests can also enjoy more than 6,000 square feet of aquatic fun at the Sonoran Splash zone.
It’s a Wonderful Life
7277 E. Camelback Road, Scottsdale, 480.970.2100
The W Scottsdale Hotel offers two sultry summer getaway deals. Choose from the Vitamin W package, starting at $160 per night and featuring W sunglasses, sunblock, a beach bag, a poolside pitcher of Vitamin W and a Wonderful Room; or select the Road Trip package, featuring a $25 gas card, complimentary valet, a USB car charger and a Wonderful Room.
Four All Seasons
10600 E. Crescent Moon Drive, Scottsdale, 480.515.5700
Compared to downtown, it can be up to 10 degrees cooler at the Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale at Troon North, making a staycation here a no-brainer. Luxurious casita guest rooms (from $169, June 1 to Aug. 31) are perfect accommodations for a spa escape. Book a splurge or enjoy treatments during Spa Happy Hour (3-7PM, Sunday-Thursday), with your choice of two 25-minute mini services for $129, or your choice of three mini services for $169. On Friday evenings, kick back with live music at happy hour at Onyx Bar & Lounge. And resort guests can end the night with stargazing led by a professional astronomer every Friday evening free of charge.
4949 E. Lincoln Drive, Paradise Valley, 480.627.3200
Couples will want to book the newly created Puerta Privada (“private door”) spa suite package (from $750) at Omni Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Montelucia’s Joya Spa & Terrace. After the sun has set and the spa has closed to the public, those who softly knock and offer a secret password will gain entrance to this ultraexclusive experience. A spa butler leads guests to a private spa suite—accented with candles, antique lamps and plush pillows—for a one-hour couple’s massage, a private astrology experience overlooking Camelback Mountain and a custom dinner for two. Puerta Privada is offered on Friday and Saturday evenings and is limited to three couples per night.