From excellent epicurean adventures to pet-friendly spa sojourns, these luxe Valley resorts have a beat-the-heat summer special for every occasion. Special Bonus: Brand-new resorts!
Escape the paparazzi at these superbly secluded and exclusive Valley resorts.
Sanctuary Camelback Mountain Resort and Spa
5700 E. McDonald Dr., Paradise Valley, 855-245-2051, sanctuaryoncamelback.com
Given its name, Sanctuary Resort is an unsurprisingly serene and hush-hush operation. But lest you need more convincing that you’ll be treated like a celebrity escaping the swarming paps, consider this: The property opened as a tennis club to the stars in 1957 and catered to improving the backhands of the beautiful people like Clint Eastwood and Liza Minnelli. In 2001, it was converted into a resort of 105 casitas and suites of Southwest minimalist design that blend seamlessly into the north face of Camelback Mountain under the protective eye of the Praying Monk rock formation. Seven years later, Beyoncé and Jay Z honeymooned here, likely getting massaged at Sanctuary’s award-winning spa and dining on seasonal fare like pork belly buddha buns at on-site restaurant elements, brainchild of Food Network star Chef Beau MacMillan. Best of all? You don’t have to be Beyoncé to afford a staycation here. The Arizona Residence Special gives AZ residents 20 percent off best available rates from June 1-August 30.
Movie Star Makeover
Staying true to its tennis club roots, Sanctuary maintains a staff of personal trainers, tennis pros, nutritionists and life coaches to service, cajole and lovingly manipulate your temple into its best shape ever.
SUP Yoga: Husband and wife duo Jason and Carlee Graves lead guests in simple yoga poses atop standing paddleboards in Sanctuary’s infinity edge pool overlooking glimmering Phoenix. A word to the wise: poses that are simple on land are extra hard while SUPing: chaturanga with care. $55
Swim Classes: Perfect your butterfly, start training for a triathlon, or simply sculpt your shoulders in a private swim session taught by Olympic gold medalist Misty Hyman. $150, 60 mins
Tennis: Join the daily 90-minute clinic ($55) or really dig into what’s keeping you from acing opponents 40-Love in a private lesson ($85 for 60 minutes) atop one of Sanctuary’s five championship tennis courts.
High-Season Rate: $849/night
Summer Rate: $299/night
Little Thing We Love: In addition to the requisite luxe robes for lounging fireside, each Sanctuary suite provides two pairs of complimentary flip-flops to protect your footsies en route to the pool.
JW Marriott Scottsdale Camelback Inn Resort & Spa
5402 E. Lincoln Dr., Scottsdale, 480-948-1700, marriott.com
Opening at the height of the Great Depression in 1936, the Camelback Inn became a quick favorite of Hollywood celebrities, including Clark Gable and Bette Davis. Following its purchase by Marriott International in 1963, the serene pueblo-style hotel on the southern slope of Mummy Mountain continues to attract the likes of Oprah Winfrey with its fantastic pool and huge, world-class spa. Relax with the Casitas & Ritas package (starting at $179/night), offering overnight accommodations plus two specialty margs and one $50 resort credit per night.
High-Season Rate: $549/night
Summer Rate: $179/night
CopperWynd Resort & Club
13225 N. Eagle Ridge Dr., Scottsdale, 480-333-1900, copperwynd.com
This boutique hotel on the Fountain Hills flank of the McDowell Mountains is like a glittering El Dorado of privacy and relaxation. Each of the 32 villas features a private balcony with fantastic mountain views and plush robes to wrap yourself up against the bracing AC following a soak in the oversize tub. Make your own private couples retreat with CopperWynd’s Summer of Love package, including a bottle of bubbly, chocolates, dinner for two and optional couples massage, starting at just $169 (code: CWSizzle).
High-Season Rate: $400/night
Summer Rate: $119/night
Indulge your yen for artsy diversion at these design-forward resort playgrounds.
5445 E. Lincoln Dr., Paradise Valley, 480-624-5400, mountainshadows.com
Imagine the Mountain Shadows resort pool when it opened in 1959: girls in beehives and high-waisted polka-dot bikinis getting splashed by boys with Frankie Avalon pompadours, all under the jagged gaze of Camelback Mountain. The resort’s developers wrote this postcard-perfect ’60s aesthetic into the DNA of Mountain Shadows’ recent multi-million-dollar renovation, preserving the mid-century modern chicness of the lounge and pool while adding a touch of pseudo-futuristic Brutalism to the lobby and suites. Modern-day Phoenicians are invited to relive the resort’s storied past – sip a spiked punch in a pool cabana – this summer with an Arizona Fee-Free Staycation, in which the $32 resort fee is waived for Arizona residents, with rates starting from $119 (May 28 through August 31, code: AZRFF).
AZ Art Chic
Mountain Shadows, so named for the dark silhouettes cast by the strange surrounding mountains each dusk-fall, offers a panoply of artistic pastimes.
The Gallery: Every two months, the resort houses museum-quality exhibitions by artists with Arizona ties. Through June 30, peruse Spirit of the West, featuring such artists as Native American painter Fritz Scholder and desert photographer Richard Laugharn.
Photography Essentials: Local food blogger and photographer Joanie Simon guides amateur lens-heads and iPhone snappers alike in a fun, laid-back photography class under her The Bite Shot brand. $50 per person, one Saturday a month, 2 p.m.
Music & Champs: The Living Room lounge and Hearth ’61 feature live music every Thursday through Sunday evening. Make a Friday twilight on the bar patio even more special with a Champagne sabering at 6 p.m.
High-Season Rate: $299/night
Summer Rate: $119/night
Little Thing We Love: Valley resorts brag about their “views of Camelback Mountain,” but when you’re poolside at the Shadows, the full meaning becomes clear. It’s spectacular, and it’s… right… there.
2401 E. Camelback Rd., Phoenix, 602-468-0700, thecamby.com
Born from the bones of the shuttered Ritz-Carlton Phoenix in the heart of the Biltmore neighborhood, this high-style hotel turns the stodgy, old-world touches of the Ritz into a hipster’s version of Alice in Wonderland. Look out for the sweeping strings of lighted crystals (upcycled from the Ritz’s old chandeliers), oversize pinpoint impression toy, and the two-headed camel topiary. There’s even a Tipsy Tea party at The Bees Knees cocktail bar with tea-infused cocktails and finger foods. Go through the looking glass this summer with 25 percent off weekend rates, plus an additional $25 hotel credit for stays from May 25 to September 8 (code: LPR).
High-Season Rate: $392/night
Summer Rate: $119/night
1100 N. Central Ave., Phoenix, 602-875-8000, foundrehotels.com
The 105 guestrooms, lobby and Match Restaurant & Lounge at FOUND:RE Phoenix were all designed with local art in mind, from the huge, playful painting of a nude Burt Reynolds at check-in (it was sold, sadly) to the hand-created room number decals. Hotel art curator Michael Oleskow fills the on-site gallery with rotating shows and artist pop-ups throughout the year. Artist Isse Maloi will feature art from his show Himalayan Bath Salt from June 1- July 31. The Summer Fun Package includes guestroom, sunglasses, sunblock, pool floatie and $50 poolside food credit through September 1, starting at $149/night.
High-Season Rate: $229
Summer Rate: $149
WET AND WILD
Dive into a splashy, playful staycation pool scene at these Valley resorts.
The Westin Kierland Resort & Spa
6902 E. Greenway Pkwy., Scottsdale, 480-624-1000, kierlandresort.com
Located in the heart of North Scottsdale, the Westin Kierland provides a cool oasis amid the hustle and bustle of the city with eye-catching water features tailored to all types of loungers, lap swimmers and thrill-seekers. More than just another infinity-edge pool, it’s a destination water park that includes a 900-foot lazy river. The zero-entry pool – with sloped, beach-like edges – is paradise for little ones, while older kids can zoom down the 110-foot waterslide or hang 10 on the FlowRider surf simulator. An adults-only pool away from kiddie squeals and splashes is also available 24 hours. The Big Chill Package – with rates starting at $159/night, including a $50 per room per night dining credit – runs from May 29-September 4. The chill factor soars on Saturdays with a Polar Plunge and 300-pound ice cube drop into the Adventure Pool.
3 Instagram-Worthy Moments at the Westin
1. Give those pruny fingers a rest with lawn chess, basketball and game tables, plus s’mores every weekend.
2. Quench your thirst with a Kierland Signature Margarita poolside. For those who prefer to absorb their liquor via skin, Agave: The Arizona Spa obliges with its Tequila and Lime Body Glow.
3. Toast the day with a Scottish Pipes at Sunset performance featuring Michael McClanathan on bagpipes.
High-Season Rate: $599/night
Summer Rate: $159/night
Little Thing We Love: So many lovable things at the WK, from the 3-D light show that transforms the resort into a canvas of patriotic colors, to the funky new TurfRiders golf scooters. More fun than golf!
JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort & Spa
5350 E. Marriott Dr., Phoenix, 480-293-5000, jwdesertridge.com
Guests keep their cool with four acres of pools, a serpentine waterslide, splash pad and lazy river. The Splash into Summer package (May 10-September 4) includes a $50 daily resort credit, plus free kids’ meals for guests 12 and younger. Splurge on an amenity-packed cabana at Griffin Bay for pampered poolside relaxation. The Kokopelli Cabana Colada served in a fresh coconut is the crowd favorite.
High-Season Rate: $499/night
Summer Rate: $169/night
Pointe Hilton Squaw Peak Resort
7677 N. 16th St., Phoenix, 602-997-2626, squawpeakhilton.com
Good luck pulling the kids away from River Ranch Water Park with its half-mile lazy river, waterfalls, miniature golf course, 130-foot twisting waterslide and dive-in movies. Check the young’uns into Coyote Camp while you retreat to the spa for a Classic Aloe Wrap, and explore additional pools for fitness, relaxation and a frosty beverage at the in-water bar. The SPF (Squaw Peak Fun) program ($129/night) runs May 26-September 3.
High-Season Rate: $369/night
Summer Rate: $129/night
The Boulders Resort & Spa
34631 N. Tom Darlington Dr., Carefree, 480-488-9009, theboulders.com
Named Best Hotel in Arizona in 2017 by Travel + Leisure, the Boulders is a longtime staycation standby. It’s also great for poolside lazing, with an ancient granite mountain standing sentinel over the main family pool area, and slightly cooler summer temperatures than the rest of the Valley. Cool off with the Truly Boulders package ($179/night), which includes a $25 per person dining credit and 20 percent off spa services
High-season rate: $399/night
Summer rate: $129/night
Spend your staycation in style with these storied resorts in the Camelback Corridor.
5200 E. Camelback Rd., Phoenix, 602-283-1234, royalpalms.hyatt.com
Built in 1929 by Delos Willard Cooke, a financier and railroad tycoon from New York, for his wife Florence, this Mediterranean-style villa has uniquely romantic origins. It’s also one of the Valley’s most physically romantic resorts, featuring a shaded, secluded warren of casitas connected by a Spanish-tiled footpath seemingly designed specifically for lovers’ trysts. Thoughtful details include claw-foot bathtubs, outdoor showers and lush landscaping. Enjoy panoramic views of Camelback Mountain with a taste from executive chef Todd Allison’s seasonal culinary and cocktail menus either cozied up on an orbit bed in a cabana poolside or from the classic setting of T. Cook’s restaurant. A recent renovation has also opened up a new wing of pool-area suites to the public. Get a $50 dinner credit with the Royal Summer Retreat package, starting at $229 per night (code: RPSUM).
3 Spots to Steal a Smooch
1. The iconic Camelback Mountain-framing, palm-tree-lined courtyard is the perfect place for a peck. Witnessed by the cupid-like water fountain, you just might get bit by the love bug.
2. Enjoy an in-room couples spa treatment, then realize your steamy rainforest fantasy in a private outdoor shower at the luxurious 1,300-foot Alvadora Spa Villa. The villas runs $1,029 per night during high season but can be yours for $411 per night during the sultry summer.
3. More in-room kissing options: a Juliet Capulet-inspired outdoor dinner on your romantic enclosed patio, part of the Via Cappello dining program offered through T. Cook’s. What you do with the butter is your business.
High-season Rate: $611/night
Summer rate: $169/night
Little Thing We Love: The cozy leather loveseat in the Royal Palms’ Mix Up Bar. If there’s a cooler place in the Valley to nurse a Manhattan, we haven’t found it.
6000 E. Camelback Rd., Scottsdale, 480-941-8200, thephoenician.com
A longtime local beacon of luxury, this AAA Five Diamond resort is keeping up with the super-resort Joneses, having recently added a brand new spa, desert-inspired artistic touches from Austin-based Eaton Fine Art, a two-story Athletic Club, and a re-configured golf course by renowned architect Phil Smith. Enjoy the 3 for $30: Summer Culinary Special for nightly child care and entertainment while inhaling chef Tandy Peterson’s experimental, acclaimed fare (pictured below) at Mowry + Cotton, which is worth the stay, alone.
High-season Rate: $569/night
Summer rate: $169/night
7277 E. Camelback Rd., Scottsdale, 480 970-2100, wscottsdalehotel.com
Peruse Old Town’s legendary “entertainment district” with a sunset cruise courtesy of W Scottsdale’s Be-Spoke Bike program, included with all the resort’s summer package deals. Scratch your shopping itch with Sip & Shop, which includes a $100 Nordstrom gift card, a personal styling session and free delivery of purchases to the hotel and two free cocktails ($359; code: LAPKG1). Or wet your whistle by the pool with the Vitamin W Poolside Package, which includes a pitcher of Vitamin W (the resort’s signature cocktail) plus a bag o’ cool W Scottsdale summer swag ($179;code: LWPKG1).
High-season rate: $485/night
Summer rate: $179/night
Torn between two or more scintillating staycation options? Think with your stomach, and build your adventure around these cuisine-focused resorts.
Andaz Scottsdale Resort & Spa
6114 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale, 480-368-1234, scottsdale.andaz.hyatt.com
“Resort dining” in the Valley has undergone a major rehabilitation over the past few years, with chef-driven innovation supplanting crowd-pleasing predictability as the main driver. Case in point: Weft & Warp Art Bar + Kitchen, the glass-encased flagship restaurant at the Andaz, which helped the resort score a fusillade of rave reviews – including a Top 3 readers’ ranking from Condé Nast Traveler – upon its opening in early 2017. (The sprawling, casita-dotted property was a Cottonwood Suites prior to a $75 million facelift.) With the Escape the Ordinary package ($169/night), guests can enjoy a morning mouthful of head chef Adam Sheff’s Latin-influenced cuisine (think: green chile pork hash browns and blue corn pancakes) with two daily breakfasts built into the fee. For dinner, enjoy the smoky-sweet mole drizzled over the chef’s grilled flat iron steak, and watch the sun disappear behind Camelback Mountain through the restaurant’s west-facing movie-screen window – one of our favorite sunset spots in the Valley.
There’s a lot to do at this Hyatt property besides stuffing your gob.
Cattle Track Arts Compound: Hop on a LimeBike and take a 10-minute pedal to Janie Ellis’ ancestral ranch at the foot of Camelback Mountain – a storied art colony that helped cultivate the likes of Phoenix Art Museum founder Philip Curtis and painter Fritz Scholder. cattletrack.org
Cabana: Live it up poolside with the (ANDAZ)RED Cabana + XL Pool View King package, which also includes a handmade objet d’art parting gift and unlimited handfuls of the pool’s addictive chile-parmesan popcorn. Even better: A portion of each booking will go toward (RED) – Bono and Bobby Shriver’s organization to fight AIDS.
Palo Verde Spa & Apothecary: That $75 million upgrade also left the resort with a stylishly minimalist spa and fitness center. Mosey up to the Aroma Bar to craft your own take-home body scrub.
High-Season Rate: $514/night
Summer Rate: $135/night
Little Thing We Love:The pool popcorn at Andaz is definitely little and lovable. But we really love the the stately Aleppo pines that stand sentinel over the property – a connection to its pre-makeover past.
Pointe Hilton Tapatio Cliffs Resort
11111 N. Seventh St., Phoenix, 602-866-7500, tapatiocliffshilton.com
Still tuckered out from last month’s #RedForEd protests? Take a well-earned sabbatical via Tapatio Cliffs’ Teacher Appreciation special, which gets high marks for its low cost (suites starting at $69/night) and access to the resort’s Different Pointe of View restaurant – a longtime fine dining favorite with soaring views of the Valley atop North Mountain. For non-pedagogues, there’s also the Long Weekender package, with a third night offered at
50 percent off.
High-Season Rate: $267/night
Summer Rate: $143/night
2 E. Jefferson St., Phoenix, 602-253-6633, hotelpalomar-phoenix.com
Originally led by Delta + Larder chef Stephen Jones, Blue Hound Kitchen & Cocktails has undergone a discreet transformation over its five-year history, from nouveau-Southern chop house to its current California-inflected incarnation under head chef Sean Currid. One thing hasn’t changed: It’s a marvelous place to grab a Downtown bite, with the live music and arts districts just a brisk stroll away. Get a $25 dining credit with the Palomar’s Fast Forward to Summer promotion.
High-Season Rate: $322/night
Summer Rate: $120/night
Roll the dice on these Valley casinos for an adrenaline-charged staycation adventure.
Talking Stick Resort
9800 E. Talking Stick Way, Scottsdale, 480-850-7777, talkingstickresort.com
Located on the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community, this 9-year-old mega-casino off-ers the Valley’s closest facsimile of Las Vegas, with an immersive sweep of entertainment options that defines the modern Vegas experience. Looking for a Rehab-style day club soirée? Soak up the rays – and a bunch of electronic dance music – at Release Pool Party (Saturdays, noon-6 p.m.). Want to dine like a high-roller? Orange Sky on the 15th floor offers some of the Valley’s choicest views, with a skillfully curated menu of proteins to match. And speaking of rarefied luxury: The resort’s 14th floor spa offers the highest-elevation wellness program in the Valley, with views to rival Vegas’ legendary Mandarin Oriental. Enjoy it all via Talking Stick’s Summer Playcation for Locals special, running through August 31 ($99/night Su-Th; $149 F-Sa).
The Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community has amassed an impressive menagerie of big-ticket entertainment options near Talking Stick. All of the following are discounted for resort guests.
Octane Raceway: Zip around an indoor go-kart track and blast photo-realistic zombies at this combo racetrack and VR arcade. octaneraceway.com
iFly: Want to experience the thrill of a skydive without the possibility of a bone-pulverizing demise? This vertical wind-tunnel concept is your jam. iflyworld.com
Dolphinaris/Pangea: Commune with friendly water mammals (pictured right) and animatronic dinosaurs alike at these contiguous family attractions located northwest of the resort.
High-Season Rate: $289/night
Summer Rate: $99/night
Little Thing We Love:Here are some people we love: the sommeliers at Orange Sky, whose well-phrased recs always hit the bull’s-eye. (And they always have “one last bottle” of something perfect.)
Wild Horse Pass Hotel & Casino
5040 W. Wild Horse Pass Blvd., Chandler, 800-946-4452, wingilariver.com
Haven’t you always wanted to try Shula’s Steakhouse? Granted, the prospect of facing down a 48-ounce porterhouse steak proffered by an 88-year-old ex-NFL coach doesn’t exactly scream “au courant dining,” but this is your staycation. And we’ll take that $69 flat summer rate at Wild Horse Pass any day of the week. Apply your savings to the Mega Moolah machine.
High-Season Rate: $250/night
Summer Rate: $69/night
We-Ko-Pa Resort & Conference Center
10438 N. Fort McDowell Rd., Fountain Hills, 480-789-5300, wekoparesort.com
Golfweek ranks We-Ko-Pa, the luxury counterpart of Fort McDowell Casino, as one of the best resort courses around. One thing is certain: It’s darn pretty, set in a lush riparian valley with soul-enlivening views of Four Peaks. During the summer (May 25-August 30), score a 36-Hole Package for a mere $125 (during high season,
High-Season Rate: $249/night
Summer Rate: $169/night
Want a wellness-oriented staycation? Here’s the rub.
Omni Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Montelucia
4949 E. Lincoln Dr., Scottsdale, 480-627-3200, omnihotels.com/hotels/scottsdale-montelucia
In the Valley’s sea of resorts, the Omni Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Montelucia may be the most transportive, evoking an Andalusian village plopped in the shadow of Camelback Mountain. Moorish flourishes are everywhere, from the sensual horseshoe arches of the riad-style villas to the Spanish- and Middle Eastern-inflected cuisine of its signature restaurant, Prado. Moroccan-inspired Joya Spa transports guests even farther, with tribal textile wall hangings, etched metal pendant lamps, tasseled poufs and vibrant chaise lounges dotting its 31,000 square feet. Indulge in the Joya Signature Massage (80 minutes, $239-$269), which marries Moroccan argan oil with the American Southwest’s “Queen of the Night” cactus in a deep-tissue, Thai-inspired massage; the Moroccan Orange Blossom Ritual (80 minutes, $239-$269) that detoxifies with Rhassoul clay and exfoliates with a scented sugar rub; or the Hammam Experience (20 minutes, $59), which mimics the Moroccan spa ritual of an herbal black soap scrub followed by a steam, submersion in a whirlpool and a plunge into a tub of cold water.
Want to turn #spaday into a lifestyle? Joya offers a couple of blissful options for regulars.
Joya Spa Rewards Program: Earn one point for every dollar spent on spa and salon services, to apply toward more spa and salon services (500 points = $35 credit, 750 points = $75 credit, 1,000 points = $120 credit). Earn extra points for rebooking and referring friends.
Resort Lifestyle Membership: Get everyday access to the Montelucia fitness center and spa facilities, plus exclusive invitations to resort entertainment. Members enjoy discounts on spa and salon services, room rates, cabana rentals, restaurants and shops. Inquire for pricing.
High-season rate: $539/night
Summer rate: $135/night, “fee-free summer” with waived resort fees and free covered parking (May 25-September 30)
Little Thing We Love: Continue the pampering post-spa day with takeout quesada pasiega from Prado – the lightest, most ethereal slice of cheesecake we’ve ever tasted. Feast in bed, in a robe.
The Scottsdale Resort at McCormick Ranch
7700 E. McCormick Pkwy., Scottsdale, 480-991-9000, destinationhotels.com/scottsdale-resort
The Scottsdale’s Luna Spa summer specials are giving us life. The Cold Moon Massage cools with pain-relief gel and lime, and the Luna Lime Light Glow uses lime salt scrub and avocado-coconut lotion (both: 50-80 minutes, $89-$139).
High-season rate: $385/night
Summer rate: $89/night Rockin’ Staycations package (May 25-September 3)
Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale at Troon North
10600 E. Crescent Moon Dr., Scottsdale, 480-515-5700, fourseasons.com/scottsdale
Make happy hour even more relaxing with the Four Seasons’ Spa Happy Hour, which lets guests choose two 25-minute services for $139, or three 25-minute services for $179 (Sunday-Thursday, 3-7 p.m.). Celebrate Global Wellness Day on June 9 with a hike, trunk show and guided group relaxation/meditation.
High-season rate: $659/night
Summer rate: $189/night, through August 30
Life ain’t ruff when you take a furry companion to one of these pro-pooch resorts.
Fairmont Scottsdale Princess
7575 E. Princess Dr., Scottsdale, 480-585-4848, fairmont.com/scottsdale
There’s a long history of dogs getting the royal treatment from their monarch masters, from Marie Antoinette’s pug Mops to Catherine the Great’s Italian greyhound Zemira to Queen Elizabeth II’s rotating cast of corgis. So it’s no surprise that pups hold court at Fairmont Scottsdale Princess. The AAA Five Diamond resort’s Posh Paws program ($25/night; no weight limit) spoils fur babies with a plush bed, food and water bowls, toy, treat and “Pet in Residence” door hanger, along with recommendations for local dog parks, pet-friendly hikes and animal clinics. Don’t have a dog? Request an audience with the resort’s Canine Ambassadors Bixby and Gibbs (yellow Labrador retriever and red golden retriever, respectively), trained service dogs who inspired the recently published book The Golden Friends of Fairmont: The Adventures of Bixby and Gibbs. The best treat of all: table scraps from the humans’ dinner at Bourbon Steak.
Meet more resident furry – and feathered, shelled, scaled and exoskeletoned – friends throughout the resort.
Cecil – desert tortoise
Skittles – bearded dragon
King Tubby – king snake
Rosie – rose hair tarantula
Woody – wood scorpion
Hawks – Watch falconers in action at the Sonoran Desert Falconry experience at Ironwood American Kitchen. Time your visit to coincide with the next Feathered Friends of Fairmont Hawk Talk near the lagoons to learn about the resort’s resident hawks and falcons from expert falconers.
High-season rate: $599/night
Summer rate: $179/night for the Best. Summer. Ever. vacation package, which includes a $50 resort credit and complimentary session with the resort’s Instagram Concierge (May 28-September 4) so you can make your #DogsofInstagram post #AtthePrincess
Little Thing We Love: Dinner at Bourbon Steak, a Michael Mina restaurant helmed by new executive chef Sara Garrant, is not to be missed. From the wine to the Wagyu to the waitstaff, we were in heaven.
225 E. Apache Blvd., Tempe, 480-967-9431, graduatehotels.com/tempe
Graduate Hotels (pictured above) partnered with monthly subscription service BarkBox to provide pooches and their parents with a complimentary BarkBox, bowl and blanket to use at the quirky Graduate Tempe near Arizona State University. Guests also receive a special code for a free month of BarkBox delivery.
High-season rate: $169/night
Summer rate: $89/night; the summer Stay & Play package includes a $25 gift card to Dave & Buster’s (plus free shuttle), free wifi upgrade and free parking and starts at $99/night
Hotel Valley Ho
6850 E. Main St., Scottsdale, 480-376-2600, hotelvalleyho.com
Scottsdale’s swinging mid-century modern resort may be famed for its $100 Show Stopper shake (free guest room with purchase; May 28-August 31), but pets stay for free at the Ho, which offers food and water bowls, poo bags, a locally made dog treat and “Pet in Room” door hanger.
High-season rate: $299/night
Summer rate: Starting at $149/night for the Stay2Play package, which includes arrival amenity, welcome drinks, free parking and a $20 nightly resort credit
NEW KIDS ON THE BLOCK
Much has changed since we last checked in with the Greater Phoenix staycation scene.
5101 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale, 480-284-7700, hoteladeline.com
Opened: Spring 2018
Revamped into a charming boutique hotel evocative of a classic, Mid-Century Modern dwelling in Palm Springs, this erstwhile Days Inn packs a massive punch of color, convenience and delicious onsite dining. Six guest room configurations offer the perfect resting and readying spaces for solo stopovers and group gatherings alike. Walkable to Scottsdale Fashion Square and bikeable to Scottsdale’s Old Town entertainment district, the Adeline offers knockout locavore dining at executive chef Justin Landeis’ Selfmade. Enjoy a nightcap at beverage director Adam Reeder’s Straight Up, HA’s unassuming whiskey bar, then wake up gently with breakfast on the patio of the fresh, fast-casual Good & Proper. Check out the Rise and Dine summer package, which includes breakfast and a waived hotel fee ($119/night). Booking hint: Even room numbers offer striking views of the pool ($20 premium per night).
Room with a Brew
Two beer-oriented benefits of an Adeline stay.
-With a standard summer booking, chill out by the Freestyle pool with some summer reading and an ice-cold bucket of craft beer each day of your stay, as well as a waived hotel fee ($99/night).
-Upgrade to the Cabana Club special, and you get to keep cool in a deck-side cabana at the Freestyle pool, along with a bucket of craft beers each day ($199/night).
High-season rate: $319/night
Summer rate: $73/night
The Scott Resort & Spa
4925 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale, 480-945-7666, thescottresort.com
Opened: October 2017
Remade into a 1930s Havana-style resort getaway, this venerable Scottsdale property – which was FireSky Resort in its previous incarnation – has almost completed the makeover that kicked off its grand opening last year. Common spaces such as The Canal Club restaurant – try the awesome veggie paella – and bar are already doing the cha-cha, while a fleet of improved guest rooms are due for completion this summer. The Scott’s lush, tropical surroundings, the sandy beach of La Playa pool, and a soothing, full-body, water-pressure-enhanced Vichy signature massage at La Vidorra Spa are begging for a daytime summer escape. Special pricing for Arizona residents starts at $134/night.
High-season rate: $264/night
Summer rate: $179/night
Little Thing We Love: The claustrophobe in us loves the Adeline’s dual-entry suites. Additionally lovable: the creamy burrata on toasted Noble bread at Selfmade.
Look for these in-the-works resorts in upcoming staycation coverage.
The Ritz-Carlton Paradise Valley
Set on 20 acres west of Scottsdale Road on Lincoln Drive, this future imprint of The Ritz-Carlton hospitality empire will include a restaurant that uses “produce sourced from the resort’s citrus orchard and garden,” according to a spokesperson.
ETA: March 20, 2019
Adaptive reuse giants Vintage Partners (Uptown Plaza) and Venue Projects (The Newton) are teaming up to convert an uptown mid-century hotel and apartment complex into the Valley’s next hot boutique resort.
ETA: Late 2018
Staycation 2018: EXTRA!
All-Around Arizona Staycation: The Hermosa Inn
5532 N. Palo Cristi Rd., Paradise Valley, 844-423-3981, hermosainn.com
Built by cowboy artist Lon Megargee in the 1930s as a private sanctuary for himself – and a party pad for fellow artists who, as legend has it, would flee the property in underground tunnels to avoid the police during Prohibition – the Hermosa excels on several staycation fronts.
Privacy: The Hermosa is truly a boutique inn, with only 43 luxury casitas on property, and its Paradise Valley environs are secluded from the hustle of the metro. Poolside cabanas ($75) and free daily pool treats (homemade ice pops, fruit cups and more) make you feel like a lounging celeb.
Character: From the adobe walls to the flower-lined paths and patio to the omnipresence of Megargee’s artwork, the Hermosa has a distinctly old Arizona feel. The underground wine cellar (pictured above; $65 per person tasting menu, May 31-September 16) is not to be missed.
Food: Chef Jeremy Pacheco is serious about his meat. He cures his own prosciutto, makes his own lamb bacon and even played matchmaker for local farms and slaughterhouses to ensure his meat was sourced to his specifications throughout the entire process. Enjoy his holistic culinary vision with summer specials including a $49 three-course prix-fixe menu, a $32 hacienda brunch for two, 50 percent off select wines by the bottle from 6-9 p.m. on Sundays, Lon’s Last Drop extended happy hour (4 p.m.-close through Labor Day) and the BBQ Board for Two ($36).
High-season rate: $429/night
Summer rate: $149/night for the Summer in Paradise Getaway (May 20-September 30), which includes two drink tickets per room, $25 daily food and beverage credit and daily poolside treats; resort fee is an additional $30 and includes valet parking.
L’Auberge de Sedona
301 L’Auberge Ln., Sedona 855-905-5745, lauberge.com
Is it technically a staycation if it requires a two-hour drive? Maybe not, but given its fairy-tale-perfect creekside location, spot-on hospitality and pet-friendly bylaws, we’ll cut this legendary Sedona getaway (pictured below) some slack. Book a bungalow through the two-night Creekside Calm program and get a complimentary $40 breakfast credit and $100 spa credit for $499/night.
Little Thing We Love: Sip the Last Drop cocktail – Tucson’s Del Bac “Last Drop” private barrel whiskey, Luxardo apricot, sweet vermouth and blood orange – at the resort’s namesake bar, Lon’s Last Drop.