Resort at a Glance: Omni Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Montelucia
Located just north of Scottsdale at the foot of Camelback Mountain, the award-winning and Andalusian-inspired Omni Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Montelucia is an epicurean delight with easy access to the Valley of the Sun's best outdoor attractions. After hiking on the mountain, you can kick back with a massage at the spa or some poolside yoga.
- Award-winning eats: The resort boasts four dining venues, including the AAA Four Diamond–rated Prado, a contemporary Mediterranean restaurant.
- Award-winning property: The resort itself has also received numerous accolades, including being named one of Travel + Leisure's 500 World's Best Hotels, one of U.S. News & World Report's 2013 Best Hotels in the USA, and one of the Top 25 Resorts in the Southwest by Condé Nast Traveler readers.
- Swim with a view: Each of the resort's three pools offer views of Camelback Mountain.
- Moroccan-inspired spa: Enjoy a massage or treatment at the exotic top-rated Joya Spa.
- Patios or balconies: Guest accommodations feature private patios or balconies overlooking Camelback Mountain, Grand Mountain, the pool, or the grounds of the resort.
- Onsite activities include guided mountain hikes, poolside yoga, personal training, bocce ball, astrological stargazing experiences, wine-tasting education, and salsa-making classes.
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.