you haven’t been to The Phoenician in Scottsdale yet, you haven’t lived.
Situated on 250 acres at the base of the southeast side of the Camelback
Mountain, the expansive luxury resort offers more than 650 guest rooms,
including 71 suites, seven villas and even four presidential suites. The
smallest room here is 600 square feet and has every amenity imaginable –
from 100% Egyptian cotton towels and terrycloth robes to customized personal
When you first enter the resort, you’ll have to catch your breath as you
step foot into the white marble lobby with adjacent bar area and terrace
that overlooks the main pool area. The beautiful water fountain offers the
peace and tranquility this resort has become so well known for.
Dining here is equally as spectacular as the resort itself. Choose among
nine options – Mary Elaine’s, the resort’s five-diamond restaurant features
modern French cuisine and a $3 million wine cellar with more than 50,000
bottles. We enjoyed breakfast and dinner at the Terrace Dining Room. (Grab
a seat on the outdoor patio and soak up the sun). The Windows on the Green
southwestern-style restaurant is located, where else, but on the golf
course. If you are looking for more traditional fare, check out the Oasis
Grill or grab a bite at the Canyon Pool Grill. After lunch or dinner, if
you are in need of a sweet treat, head over to the on-site ice cream parlor
for a taste of the resort’s own ice cream. Take a peek into the Praying
Monk Room, a private, Renaissance-style dining area, for up to 12 guests.
The room, which was named after a nearby rock formation, is suitable for
family gatherings or small business events and even features its own working
A visit to this resort would not be complete without a trip to the Centre
for Well Being. The 22,000 square foot spa offers a variety of
comprehensive treatments, including herbal body wraps and energy therapies.
We had a massage and shea butter wrap – the perfect way to end our lazy day
by the stunning mother-of-pearl pool. If you feel like doing a workout
while you are here, there is an aerobics studio and a cardiovascular
studio. The massage menu was more our pace, offering Swedish, therapeutic,
holistic and lymphatic. Before your treatment, head over to the Water’s Bar
for some fresh fruit, juice, teas and coffee. Since the resort is geared
towards families, the Phoenician’s spa has recently introduced a new service
– family yoga. The 45-minute session focuses on flexibility and breathing
techniques to promote concentration and relaxation.
Arizona is well regarded as being a golf destination and The Phoenician is
no exception. Take your pick from three 9-hole championship courses set on
over 150 acres or try your best shot on the 27-hole course, which offers
challenging tees, water settings and numerous jack rabbits being spotted
throughout the course (we even saw a bobcat).
Just when you thought the resort couldn’t offer anything more, the
Phoenician has made a standout name for itself hosting weddings. There was
even one being held during our stay.
For more information or to make reservations at this ultimate luxury
destination, call (800) 843-2392.
6000 East Camelback Road
Scottsdale, AZ 85251
Phone: 480-423-2452 or 800-843-2392
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