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10 Scottsdale Resorts to Find Your Bliss in the Desert



It's not hard to figure out why so many people come to Scottsdale: great weather, golf, shopping and dining make this a popular travel destination. But it's Scottsdale's impressive roster of world-class resorts that have made this perennially sunny city a favorite destination of celebrities, families, and world-weary travelers of all stripes.

For Old World elegance, magnificent gardens, and all the privacy you could ever want, book one of the luxurious private casitas at the Royal Palms Resort and Spa.

If you're looking for the perfect blend of serenity and energy, enjoy a respite at Sanctuary at Camelback Mountain. This luxurious boutique resort, perched atop iconic Camelback Mountain, offers guests unrivaled views of Scottsdale and the surrounding desert landscape.

For a family-friendly resort getaway, the Hyatt Regency Resort and Spa at Gainey Ranch, Westin Kierland Resort and Spa and the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess offer a host of kid-friendly amenities and activities. 

Looking for the best views in town? Check out our top pick, Talking Stick Resort, a casino resort with great fine dining, golf, spa amenities, and some of the best views in the city. 

No matter where you choose to stay, Scottsdale resorts offer the perfect escape, blending world-class dining, spa amenities, recreational attractions with the natural beauty of the Sonoran Desert.

 

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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 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 Resort because: The Omni Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Montelucia features lush Andalusia-inspired decor, a full-service spa in an intimate but convenient location.

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If privacy and luxury are what you crave, the Royal Palms Resort and Spa offers the perfect escape. The property consists of 119 private casitas set amidst lush gardens scented with citrus trees and exotic flowers. Stone paths invite guests to enjoy a leisurely stroll across the resort. The decor is Old World elegant, with rooms furnished and decorated with European antiques and artifacts. The Resort is also home to the four-star Alvadora Spa and one of Arizona's most romantic restaurants, T. Cook's. The resort is a favorite destination for weddings, and guests can even consult with the in-house "Romance Team" to create a one-of-a-kind romantic retreat.

Recommended for Resort because: For romantic getaways and old world charm, Royal Palms Resort and Spa offers gorgeous courtyards, romance packages and intimate, candle-lit dining.

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Boulders Resort & Spa Scottsdale, Curio Collection by Hilton


The Boulders, A Waldorf Astoria Resort, offers a luxurious and natural retreat in the scenic Sonoran Desert just outside Scottsdale. Guests enjoy endless views of 1,300 acres of the Sonoran Desert and up-close encounters with 12 million-year-old boulder formations. The resort is famous for its breath-taking views of the surrounding desert landscape and its two Jay Morrish championship golf courses. Take a break from the stress of your daily life and retreat into one of the resort's adobe casitas and villas, designed to evoke the colors, tones, and serenity of the desert. The Boulders also offers exquisite fine dining and an upscale shopping district.

Recommended for Resort because: The Boulders is a luxury destination with private casitas, fine dining and shopping, where guests can luxuriate in the natural beauty of the Sonoran Desert.

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Westin Kierland Resort and Spa is a AAA Four Diamond Resort featuring a full-service spa, championship golf, upscale shopping, and award-winning dining. Every room includes a private balcony, many offering magnificent views of the surrounding mountains and lush golf course. The Resort is home to several popular restaurants, including Deseo, the Brittlebush Bar & Grill and The Scotch Bar, one of the finest and largest collections of Scotch labels in Arizona. Agave, the resort's acclaimed spa, uses traditional native Arizona treatments infused with Eastern traditions. The resort is also family-friendly, offering younger guests fun amenities like the "OK Corral," a poolside space featuring lawn chess, basketball and game tables. The resort is also home to FlowRider, an artificial surf machine that lets guests ride the waves. History buffs will love the descriptive plaques and historic rare photographs on display throughout the resort.

Recommended for Resort because: Located in scenic north Scottsdale, the Westin Kierland Resort offers unique amenities for adults and families, including the FlowRider, an artificial surf machine.

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Fairmont Scottsdale Princess


This AAA Five-Diamond resort consistently tops the lists of the best resorts in the Valley. The Fairmont Scottsdale Princess is home to Willow Stream Spa (ranked as one of the best spas in North America by Travel + Leisure Magazine), four award-winning restaurants, and two 18-hole championship golf courses (one of which is home to the Annual PGA Tour Waste Management Phoenix Open). Whether you come to the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess to relax poolside, play golf, or enjoy world-class amenities, chances are you won't be disappointed. For families, the Fairmont offers the Trailblazers Family Adventure Center, with a kid's club program for children ages 5 to 12.

Recommended for Resort because: The Fairmont Scottsdale is a luxury resort offering multiple pools, a spa, kids' programs, fine dining and golf courses.

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This 27-acre resort is situated near downtown Scottsdale, but you'll feel far removed from the hustle and bustle of the city at this oasis of tranquility. Framed by the scenic McDowell Mountains, Hyatt Regency Resort and Spa boasts several unique amenities, including a 2.5-acre water playground, Camp Hyatt Kachina for the kids, and even gondola rides along a series of canal waterways. The Resort is also home to Spa Avania, one of the most popular and highly regarded spas in the city. The resort has several unique eateries, including Alto Ristorante e Bar, serving fresh, seasonal Italian dishes. Guests can enjoy a free gondola ride with dinner.

Recommended for Resort because: Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Resort and Spa at Gainey Ranch is a beautifully landscaped resort with championship golf, Spa Avania, a water playground and fine dining.

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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 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. 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. The spa is open from daily from 8 am to 8 pm, and features signature treatments like Jojoba and Prickly Pear polish.

Recommended for Resort because: The Four Seasons Resort is a luxury hotel tucked away amid the towering cacti of the Pinnacle Peak foothills.

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Hotel Valley Ho


Where is the hippest place to stay in downtown Scottsdale? Although others may be vying for the title, Hotel Valley Ho continues to be Scottsdale's preeminent hip hotel. Built in 1956 and reopened in 2005, the hotel has a long and storied history as a destination for young and stylish travelers. Back in its early days, the hotel attracted a cadre of young celebrities, including Bing Crosby and Tony Curtis. Today, locals and travelers gather at the Valley Ho to mingle at the oh-so-cool ZuZu Lounge, relax at the VH Spa, or enjoy one of the spacious suites in the seven-story Tower, the elite hotel within a hotel featuring generously sized signature guest rooms.

Recommended for Resort because: Midcentury-chic rooms and a bevy of soul-nourishing amenities (plus a great downtown Scottsdale location) make Hotel Valley Ho a winning urban retreat.

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Talking Stick Resort
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Talking Stick Resort is one of Scottsdale's newest and swankiest resort hotels. The resort features nightly entertainment, world-class dining, spa services and a popular casino. The fifteen-story hotel is the tallest structure in Scottsdale, affording visitors excellent views of the surrounding city and desert. The resort has seven dining destinations, a popular night club with Vegas-style views (Degree 270) and pool parties all summer. Golf enthusiasts flock to the modern resort hotel for a chance to play the Talking Stick Golf Club, which features two distinct courses for various skill levels. The North course is a Scottish links-style course with deep bunkers, while the South course is a more traditional course with tree-lined fairways and four holes with water hazards. The practice facilities are excellent, featuring a 17,000 square foot putting green with a driving range that is 150 yards wide and 360 yards long. There are no resort fees at Talking Stick.

Recommended for Resort because: Talking Stick Resort offers a modern resort experience with free WiFi, dining, a spa, golf, a casino, pools with private cabanas and nightly entertainment.

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Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain Resort and Spa
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Atop iconic Camelback Mountain, this world-class boutique resort overlooks the city of Scottsdale and the surrounding Sonoran Desert. Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain is the perfect place to recharge and rejuvenate, featuring 53 acres of desert scenery and some of the best views in the city. Sip on a specialty martini at the Jade Bar, dine at the award-winning elements restaurant, or savor the serenity of the resort's meditation garden and watsu pool. The resort is a mere four miles from the nightlife, shopping, golf, and cultural life of downtown Scottsdale, but gives guests the serene feeling of being far from the crowds.

Recommended for Resort because: Sanctuary on Camelback impresses with gorgeous private suites and awesome views overlooking Praying Monk Rock and the desert.

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