10 Luxurious Scottsdale Hotel Resorts: 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.

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



The Scottsdale Resort at McCormick Ranch from Destination Resorts is a AAA Four Diamond property in Scottsdale's upscale McCormick Ranch neighborhood. The resort has 326 guest rooms and suites, plus amenities like two outdoor pools with cabanas,...  Read More



"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

Omni Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Montelucia
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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 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 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,...  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


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