10 Luxury Scottsdale Hotels to Experience the High Life in the Desert

Scottsdale is home to several award-winning luxury resorts, all carefully designed to soothe 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.

Read on for more on where to stay in Scottsdale for a luxury retreat.


Andaz Scottsdale Resort is nestled just far away from the action of downtown Scottsdale for a meaningful and relaxing respite, while still being convenient to some of the city's best shopping, dining and cultural attractions. Andaz has an artsy midcentury vibe that should appeal to young travelers and just about anyone with an appreciation for art and design. The resort features original artwork from the nearby Cattle Track Arts Compound, along with a small gift shop with well-curated art and art supplies. The resort has 185 spacious bungalows and suites but still manages to feel intimate. Bungalows are well-appointed with patios, private terraces, and spacious bathrooms and showers.

Recommended for Luxury Hotels because: Andaz Scottsdale Resort & Bungalows is a modern upscale Scottsdale resort with elegant design references, a great restaurant and midcentury modern style.

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Paradise Valley

"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 West cowboy artist Lon Megargee. Today, the boutique hideaway is a haven of charm and luxury, with fireplaces, rustic benches and hidden enclaves lending undeniable romance to the surroundings. The Hermosa Inn is also home to the award-winning Lon's Restaurant, where chef Jeremy Pacheco creates culinary masterpieces using locally grown ingredients. Movie buffs might recognize the hotel from the 1995 motion picture "Waiting to Exhale."

Recommended for Luxury Hotels because: The Hermosa Inn is a boutique luxury hotel that exudes the history and warmth of the Southwest.

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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 sand. Amenities include two Jay Morrish designed golf courses, the award-winning Golden Door Spa, fine dining, and high-end shopping. The adobe suites feature fireplaces, 42-inch flat screen TV's, hand-hewn wood-beamed ceilings, and separate tub and natural stone showers. Many rooms also feature a private patio or balcony. The hotel is located in beautiful North Scottsdale, just a short drive from many of the city's top attractions.

Recommended for Luxury Hotels because: Boulders Resort is uniquely situated in north Scottsdale, amid towering prehistoric boulders, desert sand and flowering cacti. Luxury in the scenic desert.

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Omni Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Montelucia
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This posh Scottsdale boutique resort and spa seek 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 iconic Camelback Mountain, offering an ideal location for achieving a quiet, tranquil escape from the city. Enjoy amazing sunset and city views, great hiking, golf, recreation, and easy access to the nightlife, galleries and entertainment that Scottsdale is famous for. Montelucia is also home to the award-winning Prado restaurant and Joya Spa. Guestrooms are comfortably appointed with deluxe furnishings, with many rooms affording great city or mountain views.

Recommended for Luxury Hotels because: Montelucia Resort and Spa's Mediterranean landscaping and charm make this one of the most romantic and tranquil luxury resorts in Scottsdale.

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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 the pace of workaday life while taking in the natural beauty of the Sonoran Desert. Enjoy on-site restaurants, plentiful state-of-the-art meeting rooms, the renown Willow Stream Spa (ranked as one of the top spas in North America by top travel publications), and two 18-hole championship golf courses make the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess one of the city's premier hotel resort destinations and a golf enthusiast's dream.

Recommended for Luxury Hotels because: The Fairmont Scottsdale Princess has an award-winning spa, gorgeous desert-landscaped grounds, and two championship-level golf courses.

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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 world-renown Spa Avania, a 2.5-acre water playground, championship golf, four casual and fine dining destinations, and nightly entertainment. Spacious guestrooms and suites offer private balconies or patios, perfect for entertaining with friends or families or simply for watching the stars rise over the desert. The exclusive Gainey Ranch Golf Club is a golfer's paradise with a 27 hole course and a full-service clubhouse.

Recommended for Luxury Hotels because: The Hyatt Regency at Gainey Ranch is a sprawling resort where suites offer private patios and a large manmade lagoon featuring gondola rides.

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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 boast a full-service spa, championship golf, award-winning dining, and upscale shopping. In the evening, you're likely to catch the comforting scent of fresh pinon wood crackling over one of the open fire pits in the Dreamweaver's Canyon Courtyard, or watch as guests enjoy cocktails and appetizers from the Waltz Weiser Saloon while watching the desert sunset over the patio. A perfect desert escape.

Recommended for Luxury Hotels because: The Westin Kierland Resort Spa exudes Southwestern ambiance, blending luxury and rustic charm at every turn.

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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 dine at Talavera Restaurant, a modern take on the classic steakhouse, which offers some of the best patio dining in the city and excellent views of the surrounding desert scenery. Guests also enjoy special privileges at Troon North Golf Club and Clubhouse, which earned the Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale the distinction of being named one of the top golf resorts in North America by Golf Digest.

Recommended for Luxury Hotels because: The Four Seasons at Troon North features Southwestern-style casitas and stunning desert views.

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Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain Resort and Spa
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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, and award-winning fine dining from Iron Chef winner Beau MacMillan at elements, the resort's popular restaurant. Relax in the meditation garden and watsu pool, play some tennis or follow one of the walking trails to explore Camelback Mountain. Jade Bar serves up some of the most exotic cocktails in town, and an Asian-inspired spa delivers a range of nerve-soothing treatments. This boutique resort is famously tranquil, yet still within easy reach of Scottsdale shopping, arts and cultures, and of course, golf.

Recommended for Luxury Hotels because: Sanctuary frequently ranks high on lists of the best resorts in America. It's scenic location and Asian-inspired spa amenities make it a true refuge.

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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 beautiful two-acre cactus garden. Guests are also invited to pamper themselves at the four-star Centre for Well-Being or reserve a spot at the table at the resort's Afternoon Tea. Enjoy some pampering at the resort spa, or a mani-pedi at Salon Mila. The resort also has its own retail wine shop, Grape and Grain. Art lovers will enjoy browsing the resort's impressive art collection, which features Native American art, French tapestries, and a variety of bronze and marble sculptures.

Recommended for Luxury Hotels because: The Phoenician is one of Scottsdale's premier luxury resorts, featuring a championship golf course, health spa, and even its own world-class art collection.

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