10 Best Scottsdale Luxury Hotels: Experience the High Life in the Desert



Scottsdale is home to several award-winning luxury resorts, all carefully designed to sooth frayed nerves and tempt the senses with extravagantly beautiful desert surroundings.

Sanctuary on Camelback, famous for its views and A-list clientele, is one of the city's most coveted boutique luxury resorts. Sip on a cocktail at the Jade Bar and drink in the mountainside views, or relax at the resort’s peaceful, Asian-inspired spa, which features a Watsu pool, reflecting pond and meditation garden.

Grand architecture, floral walkways and rows of palm trees delight the senses at Montelucia Resort and Spa, inspired by the white-washed beauty of Southern Spain.

Or take a break from the hectic pace of modern life at JW Marriott Camelback Inn Resort and Spa, which celebrates Arizona history and native culture, while exuding Southwestern warmth and hospitality with unique desert-inspired architecture and design.

If your way to relax includes a great round of golf, book an adobe casita at The Boulders Resort, where two Jay Morrish designed golf courses offer breath-taking views of the surrounding Sonoran Desert, including some of the region's most fascinating displays of prehistoric boulders.

Finally, if you want to stay in the heart of downtown Scottsdale, book a room at the FireSky Resort and Spa, a stylish boutique resort with a gorgeous open-air courtyard, lagoon and fire pits. The hotel is within walking distance to Old Town Scottsdale restaurants and shopping. 


FireSky Resort and Spa is located in the heart of downtown Scottsdale, near museums, shopping, and the excitement of vibrant Old Town Scottsdale. Step inside this luxurious resort spa and get swept away by the lobby's stone fireplace, airy...  Read More


Hermosa Inn
Photo courtesy of Hermosa Inn

"Stay once and it'll stay with you forever" is the catchphrase at this boutique luxury resort. The Hermosa Inn features 34 luxurious casitas on six acres of lush desert. This historic Southwestern hacienda was once the home and studio of Old...  Read More


There's no other way to describe The Boulders than "enchanting." This secluded resort is nestled in the Sonoran Desert just outside Scottsdale. As its name implies, the resort is built around desert boulders, towering cacti, and painted desert...  Read More


Montelucia Resort & Spa
Photo courtesy of Montelucia Resort and Spa

This posh Scottsdale boutique resort and spa seeks to recreate the essence of southern Europe in the heart of Scottsdale. Montelucia is inspired by the rich history and sunny climes of Spain's Andalusia region. The resort is at the foothills of...  Read More


This classic Arizona resort is one of the most luxurious destinations in the Scottsdale area. The AAA Five Diamond resort offers guests and visitors access to a 27-hole championship golf course, a tennis complex with four playing surfaces, and a...  Read More


This highly acclaimed Scottsdale resort offers visitors one of the most scenic desert escapes in the Southwest. Green cottonwoods, looming palm trees, and surrounding mountainscapes set a dreamy desert mood that is impossible to resist. Escape...  Read More


Located off busy Scottsdale Road on a quiet city lane, the Hyatt Regency Scottsdale stands as a sumptuous oasis of calm and comfort against the background of the McDowell Mountains. This 27-acre Scottsdale hotel resort is home to the...  Read More


Luxury is here to stay at the Westin Kierland Resort Spa in Scottsdale, which celebrates the essence of Arizona through traditional Southwestern design, ambiance, and hospitality. Surrounded by mountain ranges and city views, the resort and spa...  Read More


The Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale at Troon North is nestled at the foothills of Pinnacle Peak, where luxurious Southwestern-style casitas create a warm, comforting ambiance perfect for a perfectly relaxing desert getaway. Guests are invited to...  Read More


Sanctuary Camelback Mountain
Photo courtesy of Sanctuary on Camelback

This AAA Four Diamond Resort is perched on scenic Camelback Mountain, giving lucky guests ample opportunity to drink in the gorgeous desert sunsets. This 53-acre luxury Scottsdale resort features mountain and spa casitas, an Asian-inspired spa,...  Read More


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Meet Patricia Escarcega

Patricia Escarcega has lived in the Arizona desert since she was a teenager. She works as a writer and editor in Phoenix with her four dogs and two cats.

She received her MFA in Creative...  More About Patricia

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