Living in Phoenix, we are lucky to enjoy living in close proximity to some of the nation’s most luxurious and impressive resorts — especially in the warmer months when tourists head out of town and pool days are the best escape from triple-digit temperatures. Not only is the time right for some rest and relaxation, but prices also drop to adjust to the decrease in tourism, so really, it’s a win-win. Not sure where to start? Check out this guide to our top staycation destinations to determine which is best for you.
If you want a little bit of everything, Mountain Shadows is the resort for you. During your stay you can enjoy golf at its 18-hole short course, a walk through the art gallery, a swim in the stunning pool with mountain views or a decadent meal at Hearth 61 — plus, the hotel boasts a long list of events from wine tasting to moonlight yoga so chances are you’ll stumble upon more unexpected activities during your stay.
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While the Omni Montelucia has a lot to offer from its breathtaking grounds to its award-winning signature restaurant Prado, it’s a true treat for spa lovers. The Joya Spa not only offers salon services, massages and facials, it incorporates crystal healing and offers naturopath services like IV therapy, cupping and acupuncture for an experience that soothes the mind, body and soul.
Hotel Valley Ho
Hotel Valley Ho is the place for fun with its quirky, mid-century modern design, Old Town Scottsdale location and extensive lineup of activities ranging from live music to history tours to yoga. Even more fun? Hotel Valley Ho is home to the now legendary “Show Stopper” Shake, and while flavors change every month, the shake is never anything less than over-the-top.
The recently remodeled Phoenician resort is one of the Valley’s best-known and most beloved hotels, and for good reason, it has an expansive pool, fantastic restaurants ranging from casual to special-occasion, luxurious rooms, a tranquil spa complete with a Drybar and an 18-hole golf course. Plus, there’s plenty of kid-friendly activities so it’s great for a family trip.
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Want to feel like you’re getting out of town, without actually having to travel? Civana is a wellness haven in Carefree, less than an hour away from Phoenix, but with the quiet, tranquil beauty of a remote destination. Each day guests can enjoy a variety of classes and programs in the state-of-the-art gym like morning meditation, circuit training, and even a sound bath. The recently revamped spa also offers wellness-inspired services like the Sensory Immersion and Energy Aligning Chi Signature Massage.
The Arizona Biltmore
The Arizona Biltmore is more than just a hotel, it’s a piece of Arizona culture — boasting Frank Lloyd Wright’s iconic architecture and a place in history as home to Marilyn Monroe’s favorite pool and the place where Irving Berlin wrote the famed “White Christmas.” Even today, guests can enjoy history tours as well as dining at Frank & Albert’s or Wright’s, catching some sun at one of the many pools or playing chess with the famed giant chess board.
Four Seasons Scottsdale at Troon North
While it’s not hard to find a golf course in the Valley, for true golf lovers, The Four Seasons Scottsdale at Troon North is a must-visit since the resort is just a short shuttle ride away from the award-winning Troon North golf club and its two celebrated courses, Pinnacle and Monument. For those who’d rather skip the golf, there’s still plenty to do at the Four Seasons, from enjoying the two-tier pool to visiting the spa and dining at one of the resort’s restaurants like the Latin-inspired Talavera or the American comfort food destination, Proof.