Hotel at a Glance: AAA Five Diamond Fairmont Scottsdale Princess
The Fairmont Scottsdale Princess stands out like an oasis in the middle of the desert: it has four pools, a lagoon, and 65 manicured acres of desert plants, water fountains, and fire pits. Within the resort’s extravagant complex, guests will find towering water slides and relaxing poolside cabanas, traditional Spanish-inspired architecture and modern amenities. This confluence of luxury and fun has helped earn the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess an AAA Five Diamond-rating since 1991.
- Tee off at either of two TPC-level golf courses
- Recharge: The medically directed Well & Being spa offers a diverse array of treatments, from acupuncture to personal training programs. The Happy Pass included with this deal includes unlimited access to our beautiful 44.000 sq. ft. spa facility for the entire day which includes fitness classes, steam rooms, saunas, Swiss showers, aromatherapy rooms, hot and cold plunge pools, waterfall treatment pool, private rooftop pool, men’s and women’s lounges, and more. Guests must be 18 or older to access the spa.
- Restaurant spotlight: Enjoy cuts of Angus beef at chef Michael Mina’s Bourbon Steak, one of four onsite restaurants.
- Southwestern decor typifies the plush rooms, each of which comes with its own wet bar, refreshment center, and large soaker tub.
- Something for the kids: Youngsters aged 5–12 can visit the Trailblazers Kids Club, which hosts arts and crafts, fishing trips, and sports
Scottsdale, Arizona: Stucco Mansions amid Rocky Desert Landscape
Located just northeast of Phoenix in the Sonoran Desert, Scottsdale once served as ranch land where farmers grew oranges and lemons and cowboys kicked up dust in the fierce, dry heat. That era earned Scottsdale the nickname of “The West’s Most Western Town.” Today, it is an affluent city landscaped with lush green grass and lined with stucco mansions. For a glimpse of the city’s Old West roots, head to Old Town Scottsdale, where wooden boardwalks and hitching posts sit in front of a retro ice-cream parlor and rustic specialty shops.
Upon arriving in Scottsdale, you know you’re in the desert—cacti and tumbleweeds dot the landscape, and dry shrubs and gnarled trees cover the McDowell Mountains in the distance. To get a closer look at southwestern flora, head to the Desert Botanical Garden. There, themed trails wind past huge cacti and other moisture-hoarding succulents, best seen in the cooler early morning or twilight hours.