Scottsdale Luxury Resorts

by Mary Freeman

Those looking for opulent, all-inclusive accommodations need look no farther than Scottsdale. The city is so rife with resorts that a strip of Scottsdale Road, a major motorway, is nicknamed "Resort Row." Five- and four-star resorts are the norm here, and guests can expect a spa, championship golf course and fine dining wherever they stay. With an average of over 300 days of sunshine a year, this Arizona resort town is year-round destination.

The Westin Kierland

This AAA Four Diamond resort offers a full-service spa and championship golf course. Guests must pay an extra nightly fee to have access to the resorts services, like Internet access, transportation, access to the spa, access to the tennis court and equipment rental and a welcome gift. The pet-friendly resort has a pet package, which includes dog bed, litter box, eating dishes and welcome kit.

JW Marriott Camelback Inn

JW Marriott's AAA Five Diamond Camelback Inn has 427 rooms and 26 suites spread across 125 acres. In each of the guestrooms, French doors lead to a private balcony where guests can catch views of the surrounding mountain range and desert. Rita's kitchen serves up southwestern cuisine. For casual, light meals, guests can dine at the spa's restaurant, Sprouts, the poolside diner, Hoppin' Jacks, or the Camelback golf club's grill. The resort also has a bar and lounge and steakhouse.

The Fairmont

At the Fairmont, guests can indulge in spa services, like manicures and pedicures, facials and massages. The resort's children's program, Nat Geo Explorers Camp, allows the little ones to explore the surrounding desert area with guides and GPS systems. The AAA Five Diamond resort also offers four award-winning restaurants, two TPC golf courses, five swimming pools and seven tennis courts.

DoubleTree Paradise Valley Resort

This smaller AAA Four Diamond resort sits on just 22 acres. Swim up to one of the two poolside bars and have a drink or dine at the resort's regional cuisine restaurant, enFuego. The resort also has a café, bar and lounge. In addition to tennis and basketball courts, DoubleTree has a racquetball court.

Scottsdale Resort and Conference Center

The Scottsdale Resort and Conference Center can accommodate large events, with 50,000 square feet of meeting space. Vista Verde, which overlooks the resort's 18th green, serves breakfast, lunch and dinner and has children's specials. The Palm Court, a AAA Four Diamond restaurant, offers flambe tableside presentation in a fine dining atmosphere. For a game of billiards, stop by Sangria's bar.

FireSky Resort and Spa

A part of the Kimpton chain of hotels, FireSky Resort and Spa pays tribute to the four elements in its design and décor. The resort has a 3,500-square-foot spa and two pools, which include a sandy beach pool. Taggia serves Coastal Italian fare and the resort hosts an evening wine hour. FireSky has environmental and social responsibility programs.

Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Resort and Spa

The 27-acre resort has sushi, Italian and southwestern restaurants. The poolside café, the Water Garden, offers light meals and a juice bar. Guests can also shop at the on-site Canyon Market 24 hours a day. Tee off on the resort's 27-hole championship golf course.

The Phoenician

The AAA Five Diamond Phoenician offers an all-suite, boutique experience at the Canyon Suites, an on-site hotel. The resort also has a kids' club, golf and tennis courts and a 22,000-square-foot spa. The Phoenician's Cactus Garden has over 350 varieties of cacti and their $25 million art collection includes works from around the world.

About the Author

Mary Freeman is a freelance writer. She has held several editorial positions at the print publication, "The Otter Realm." She traveled throughout Europe, which ultimately resulted in an impromptu move to London, where she stayed for eight months. This life experience inspired her to pursue travel writing. Freeman received a degree in human communication from California State University.