best scottsdale resorts
This, my fellow travellers, will be the last in the Arizona series–at least for awhile! In this final post about the Scottsdale area, I thought I’d share a few comments about the Scottsdale resorts and hotel accommodations I’ve personally experienced.
enjoyment at some of the best scottsdale resorts
In my most recent trip, we visited the Four Seasons Scottsdale for the better part of the day for a tour, lunch, and spa treatment. I really loved the Four Seasons as they made a very conscious effort to embrace the personality of the desert in their landscaping and design. I could very easily see myself spending a week at this resort and feeling right at home as I loved the ambiance and service–not to mention the views!
The highlight of my visit to the Four Seasons was the Chocolate Molé Energising Body Wrap. This 80-minute treatment is well worth the (roughly) $240 US fee for the three-step process. You begin with a Cafe Mocha sugar scrub that contains espresso coffee grounds blended with assorted oils, aloe vera juice, and black willow bark to exfoliate the skin. The second step sees your body wrapped in warm linens after a clay comprised of Red Sedona Clay, cocoa powder, and assorted oils and teas have been smoothed onto your skin. While your skin is soaking in all these natural toxin removers, you receive a scalp rub featuring a blend of soothing oils.
The third step is undoubtedly the most fun! A moveable Vichy shower bar is placed over your body to wash off the dried cocoa clay. I was completely euphoric at this stage, as the cocoa had made its way into my pores and the endorphins and serotonin released into my body from the natural wonders of cocoa, along with the rain forest effect of the Vichy shower on my cocoa-covered skin left me giddy as a school girl. I think my whimsical technician Alisa’s fancy rubber boots helped fuel the giddiness. 🙂
And the finishing step in the cocoa molé wrap was the application of the whipped shea butter infused with vanilla and cardamom. My skin was radiant and felt silky smooth, and I think I smelled pretty darn good, too! I would highly recommend the Fours Seasons Scottsdale for its top-notch spa, access to the Troon North Golf Course, and the breath-taking desert setting.
The next day we explored the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess, where the ambiance is strikingly different to the Four Seasons. At the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess, the emphasis is on the beach. Yes, a beach in the desert. The resort’s manager is from South Florida, and wanted to create a unique pool to impress guests. So sand was shipped in to create a beach at the main pool. And golf is king. The Princess has two 18-hole Championship-level TPC golf courses and is home to several PGA events. The landscaping at the Princess is also very different from the Four Seasons.
Keep in mind that each of these breath-taking resorts is situated on secluded rural property to really give you the feeling of being away from an urban environment. Yet, you are just minutes from Phoenix and its suburban neighbourhood of Scottsdale.
As I mentioned in the previous post, The Boulders is also an enticing resort situated between Scottsdale and Cave Creek. If you are looking for Zen without too much distraction, The Boulders would be a great choice for your Arizona getaway.
On previous trips, I’ve also stayed at the Phoenician and the Westin Kierland and enjoyed them both tremendously. These are larger, multi-level properties that provide a wide range of experiences and options. Be sure to study the website of each resort to find just the right ‘in the desert’ feeling you may be looking for.
If a four or five-star resort is outside the range of your budget, we recently stayed at the Magnuson Hotel, (a small Best Western also known as the Papago Inn) while in Scottsdale. It has a 4.0/5 rating on TripAdvisor and we snagged ourselves a room for just $90/night that included free wifi and parking, and a hot breakfast daily. There’s a nice pool and a bunch of budgies that sing to you as you swim.
I hope this post gives you an idea what to expect from a visit to Phoenix and area. There are a lot of great Scottsdale resorts to choose from, and one that is sure to fit your budget and personality. Visit the Experience Scottsdale site for lots more ideas.