Arizona staycation hot spots

STAY-CAYNV Staycations June July '16

We have the scoop on seven Arizona hot spots you’ll want to experience this summer––all splurge-worthy without a hefty price tag.

By Nadine Bubeck




Most Luxurious: Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale at Troon North

(480) 515-5700

10600 E. Crescent Moon Dr., Scottsdale


Probably the most serene spot in the Valley. Ideal for romantic getaways, friend-cations, or family escapes. Children can enjoy the complimentary Kids For All Seasons program featuring fun activities for little ones. The entire family can head to the pool for complimentary Dive-In movies, running every Saturday night throughout the summer, accompanied by a themed buffet available at an additional cost. During the day, relax poolside with complimentary cabanas and cocktails. At night, take advantage of the resort’s scenic views of the Valley with a free stargazing experience led by a professional astronomer every Thursday night. Eating options are amazing. Proof is family friendly and Talavera is a delicious date spot (reserve your spot on the patio!). Get cozy listening to live music during happy hour at Onyx Bar & Lounge on the weekends, and don’t forget to pamper yourself! Indulge in specially priced treatments during Spa Happy Hour, offered from 3 p.m. to 7pm, Sunday to Thursday. Weekday overnight rates begin at $179 per night.


Most Fun for the Golfer and Spa Enthusiast: JW Marriott at Desert Ridge

(480) 293-5000

5350 E. Marriott Dr., Phoenix 

The JW Marriott Desert Ridge is the place for families. This summer, guests can choose from two great “Come To Life” package options. The golf package includes a $50 resort credit, access to the Family Escape Center, free unlimited golf for up to four golfers staying in the same room, complimentary kids’ meals (12 and under) and a waived resort fee. For those craving R&R, opt for the Come To Live Spa Package, including a $50 resort credit, one 50-minutes treatment, complimentary kids’ meals 12 and under and a waived resort fee. The JW Marriott has an abundance of amenities; seven restaurants, tennis courts, five pools, a lazy river, water slide, and a Kids Club for children 4 to 12 years of age. And if it’s not blazing hot, families can explore a myriad of hiking trails in the nearby McDowell Mountain Sonoran Preserve. The property is also conveniently located within walking distance of Desert Ridge Marketplace. Seasonal package rates start at $179 per night.


Most Fabulous Pool Party: Talking Stick Resort & Casino

(480) 850-7777

9800 Talking Stick Way, Scottsdale


After a few rounds at blackjack, head to Talking Stick’s pool for a summer series of poolside bashes. The hotel is offering a Summer Playcation Package starting at $119 per night. This includes poolside entertainment, mouthwatering cuisine, and up-all-night fun hopefully hitting the jackpot. With a minimum two-night stay, guests get a daily $25 food and beverage credit that can be redeemed at the pool, Blue Coyote Café and Blue Coyote Cantina. The property’s RELEASE pool parties are all summer long, every Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Pricing varies per event. But know, they have amazing DJs lined up.



Most Bang for your Buck: Royal Palms Resort & Spa

(602) 840-3610

5200 E. Camelback Rd., Phoenix


Luxe lounging at its finest. The Royal Palms Resort and Spa is offering rooms for $149 per night available Memorial Day through Labor Day. This rate includes accommodations, two $40 Alvadora Spa credits, one $25 T. Cook’s credit and two welcome cocktails at The Mix Up Bar. The resort is nestled at the base of Camelback Mountain, equipped with an estate-like lush landscape. Rooms are perfect for romancers––treat yourself to a bubble bath in a savory claw tub. T Cook’s, the property’s esteemed restaurant, will satisfy your taste buds, especially after a relaxing day at the spa.


Most Pool Friendly: Firesky Resort & Spa

(480) 945-7666

4925 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale


FireSky Resort & Spa in Old Town Scottsdale is renowned for its sandy beach pool and Mediterranean-inspired lagoon. Kids will love building sandcastles while parents take in the sweet sounds of live music, including acoustic guitar on Saturdays and a steel drum band each Sunday. Or, swim in the expansive torch-lit pool and indulge in refreshing bites and drinks at Aqua Bar. (A nighttime dip in the pool will leave you feeling rejuvenated and refreshed after a hot sunny day.) The resort is also greeting summer with locals-only spa specials. Get this––if you live in the Valley, you can have two choice treatments for just $189 at the resort’s Jurlique spa. Overnight packages start at $149 per night, including deluxe accommodations, specialized drinks, and appetizers.



Most Unique Offering: The Phoenician

(480) 423-2449

6000 E. Camelback Rd., Scottsdale


Intrigued? Well, The Phoenician is diving into summer with the introduction of an aquatic activity like no other: AquaMermaid School. Young resort guests can live out fairytale dreams and swim like mermaids during expertly led 60-minute sessions. Participants ages 7 and older will master various techniques and glide through The Phoenician’s sparkling pools with the help of a specifically designed, colorful tail and fin. For adults––“Mermen” included––the program provides an excellent alternative core workout, combining synchronized and monofin swimming. Classes are offered at $70 per person. Reservations required; for hotel guests only. But if morphing into a mermaid isn’t your thing, you’ll still definitely enjoy the AAA Five Diamond luxury resort. The property features elegant, residential-style accommodations, diverse and delectable cuisine, a 27-hole golf course, 10 tennis courts, eight swimming pools, The Centre for Well-Being and Salon Mila spa complex, an activities program for all ages and interests, numerous boutique shops and a museum-quality art collection.



Most Enjoyable Close-to-Home Road Trip Escape: Las Posadas of Sedona

(928) 284-5288

26 Ave De Piedras, Sedona


Roadtrip to Sedona for a weekend away with your sweetheart. This summer, escape to Sedona’s Las Posadas, a peaceful property offering suites and villas equipped with in-room fireplaces. Opt for the Sip & Stay Special––12 percent off of going rates. You’ll also get an AZ Wine Travel Card ($20 Value) and a southwestern-inspired breakfast each morning. Make sure to book an in-room massage. During the day, experience Sedona! There are all types of tours and other adventures, world-class hiking, and bicycling, highly rated golf courses, and new age psychics, counselors, healers and therapy, art galleries, theater, jeep tours, hot air balloon rides, and dining.



Summer Spa Specials


Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale at Troon North

Raise the barre this summer with a relaxing daycation at the Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale at Troon North. The property’s new “Day at the Barre” package includes a specialty barre class in the Movement Studio, a 25-minute spa service, access to the pool for the day, and a complimentary specialty cocktail. This fab special is offered the third Saturday of each month through June, July, and August at merely $129. Also noteworthy: non-resort guests can now enjoy day access to the resort’s exclusive pools with the purchase of any 50-minute treatment at the spa.


Talking Stick Resort & Casino

The Talking Stick Spa boasts a 13,000-square-foot, open-air facility located on the 14th floor–– Valley viewing at its finest. With floor-to-ceiling windows that can be opened during treatments, there’s simply no better place to relax and refresh. This summer, treat yourself to the inclusive Relaxation Elevated package, giving you the luxury of staying in a hotel guestroom plus one of two unique spa treatments per person (choices include a 60-minute Simply Swedish Massage or 60-minute Repair and Prevent Facial).


JW Marriott at Desert Ridge

Summer is prime time for spa specials at the JW Marriott at Desert Ridge. Guests can book a Spa Wellness bundle featuring accommodations, breakfast for two in the Spa Bistro, one 50-minute treatment, use of spa and fitness facilities, and 20 percent off all golf, spa, tennis, and retail products. Diverse treatments include body scrubs, eye treatments, lip treatments, and body wraps.



Red Door Spa’s Gentleman Services

(602) 553-8800

2502 E. Camelback Rd., #215, Phoenix

Don’t forget, Sunday, June 19, is Father’s Day. The perfect gift for pampering dad this Father’s Day is a spa service. Red Door Spa offers men-only spa options catered to giving guys A-list treatment. Their gentleman treatments include facials, manicures, pedicures, and specialized massages geared towards males. Custom facials use innovative ART OF SHAVING botanical products and pedicures focused on contouring nails and cuticles, followed by a foot and lower leg massage, and nail buffing. Dad will thank you.

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