1. Mountain Shadows Resort Scottsdale
Paradise Valley

For a high-end, well-rounded hotel experience, Mountain Shadows is the perfect destination—it has an on-site golf course, expansive pool with stunning mountain views, in-room massages, a chef-driven restaurant, and lots of activities. Whether you want to join a sunset yoga class, experience a private sound healing, or try wine tasting—there’s no shortage of things to do. In fact, you don’t even need to leave the property for a perfect Arizona vacation.

2. Waldorf Astoria Resort Arizona Biltmore

The Arizona Biltmore is more than just a hotel—it’s a piece of Arizona history designed in Frank Lloyd Wright’s signature architectural style, and it’s been appreciated by the likes of Marilyn Monroe and Frank Sinatra. During its more than 90-year history it’s become known for its great restaurants (like the relatively new Renata’s Hearth!), seven pools and whimsical grounds. For the full experience, take one of their history tours.

3. Fairmont Scottsdale Princess
North Scottsdale

The Princess offers all things luxurious—two spas, five award-winning restaurants, a beach pool, and rooms stocked with Le Labo products—to name a few, but what really sets this property apart is its programming. Its unforgettable events bring the community together, whether it’s the family-friendly Fourth of July Freedom Fest, adults-only Nightmare on Princess Drive Halloween bash or the over-the-top festive Christmas at the Princess celebrations.

4. CIVANA Carefree

If you want a vacation centered around rest and relaxation, there’s nowhere more healing than CIVANA. The more than 20-acre desert oasis is just far enough outside the city limits to enjoy the scenic desert while still being 30 minutes away from all Phoenix and Scottsdale have to offer. Fitness goes beyond your typical cramped hotel gym here, instead offering a state-of-the-art fitness facility, hikes, paddle boarding, sunrise yoga, and pickleball. To round out your day, enjoy a nutrition-packed meal at Terras and deep muscle relief massage at the spa.

5. The Phoenician

The Phoenician is an iconic and luxurious resort just minutes away from Scottsdale’s bustling downtown. The hotel is known for its spacious, comfortable rooms and suites, as well as its overall experience, which includes golf, a high-end spa (with a Drybar inside!) and more than half a dozen dining options. It even boasts a multi-tiered pool for the perfect Arizona pool day.

6. JW Marriott Phoenix Desert Ridge Resort & Spa
Desert Ridge

The JW Marriott Desert Ridge is one of the most versatile hotels in town—perfect for a family trip or a locals’ night out. The expansive resort’s newest restaurant, Tia Carmen, is a must-visit for Phoenicians and tourists alike with its one-of-a-kind menu imagined by three-time Top Chef All-Star Angelo Sosa. Add in the hotel’s poolside lazy river and two golf courses and it makes for an unforgettable stay.

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