1 . Scottsdale Resort & Conference Center

Scottsdale, Arizona

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There seems to often be a give-and-take relationship between authentic vacations and luxury vacations. But it doesn’t have to be that way, as our No. 1 pick shows: Scottsdale Resort keeps that old-time hacienda style with a level of modern luxury that’s earned it the AAA Four Diamond rating.

No matter which room you stay in – a guestroom, suite or private casita – the ambience blends flawlessly with the Scottsdale surroundings. Rich wood furnishings coupled with Southwestern-inspired patterned bedspreads. Beautiful gardens with desert accents like cacti. An expansive tiled patio with a lavish fountain. Play golf at one of their two championship golf courses, or let the concierge arrange your entire Scottsdale golf vacation. Relax by their spectacular pool, or indulge further at the onsite Amansala Spa with a hot stone massage or unique body wrap. This resort also features four tennis courts and three dining options, from casual to fine dining. Their Palm Court Restaurant boasts one of the Valley’s best-loved Sunday brunches! And the resort’s location tops it all off: It’s just 25 minutes from the Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport and even closer to all the vibrant Scottsdale shopping, dining and nightlife.

Address

7700 E. McCormick Parkway Scottsdale, AZ 85258

Fun facts

Scottsdale Resort & Conference Center is America’s first conference resort!

Related Onsite Offerings

The Scottsdale Resort & Conference Center has 50,000 sq. ft. of conference space, including 50 versatile meeting rooms – ideal for any SW conference getaway.

2 . Gainey Suites Hotel

Scottsdale, Arizona

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Unless you’re restoring a tornado-swept ballpark, multi-million dollar renovations mean one thing: ultra luxury. So when Gainey Suites Hotel puts $3.7 million into their already all-suite hotel, you can expect the softest of the soft and the chicest of the chic. And the best part: Affordability.

What separates this Scottsdale resort from others is its intimate setup: It features 162 suites surrounding a beautiful courtyard with towering palm trees and a swimming pool. Instead of using their renovation funds to expand into a mega-resort, Gainey Suites Hotel has transformed into a luxury hotel with a boutique feel. These suites feature kitchens, plush down featherbeds, 300-thread-count linens, elegant marble baths and much more. Though they don’t have all the resort extras directly onsite, their location puts you just a short walk away from the charming shops and restaurants of Gainey Village and The Spa at Gainey Village, celebrated as the “Best Day Spa in Arizona” by Self Magazine. Gainey Suites Hotel also offers guaranteed tee times at 60 Scottsdale golf courses! The hardest part of staying here is getting out of the luxurious beds. Luckily, the resort knows just how to deal with this: They offer complimentary hot breakfast buffets daily.

Related Onsite Offerings

For meetings or weddings, Gainey Suites Hotel offers their spectacular ballroom, hosting up to 200 people.

Address

7300 E Gainey Suites Drive Scottsdale, Arizona 85258

Getting there

From Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport – Take the East Valley Cities, Loop 202 exit heading east. Travel on Loop 202-E for about 5 miles. Take the 101-N/Scottsdale ramp (on the left). Then take Exit 43. Go left and drive on Via de Ventura for about 3 miles. Make a left at Gainey Suites Drive.

3 . Talking Stick Resort

Scottsdale, Arizona

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If a trip to the Southwest just doesn’t feel right without some card-shuffling, slot-pulling and high-stakes adrenaline, rather than go to Sin City itself, experience this spectacular Scottsdale resort: a casino, golf club and world-class spa all in one.

The Talking Stick Casino features more than 800 slot machines and a card room, filled with all your favorites – Texas Hold ‘Em, 7-Card Stud, Blackjack and more. But if you think Lady Luck has turned her back on you, there are plenty of other things to do: The Talking Stick Resort has 15 stories and 50,000 acres. Play a round at one of the two onsite golf courses – the North and the South. The Spa features sweeping views of the Sonoran Desert and ingredients harvested by the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian community garden. This resort offers seven dining options, from the upscale Orange Sky Restaurant to the casual tableside cuisine at the Poker Room. And as for nightlife, Talking Stick gives you options: live entertainment, chic lounges, a sports bar and more. Then return to your guestroom or suite – resort luxury with a peaceful Southwest ambience.

Related Onsite Offerings

Talking Stick Resort offers their conference center (100,000 sq. ft. of indoor/outdoor meeting space) for any Scottsdale business meeting or conference group.

Fun facts

Talking Stick Resort has an onsite florist and car rental service!

Address

9800 E. Indian Bend Road Scottsdale, AZ 85256

4 . Xona Resort Suites

Scottsdale, Arizona

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Our No. 4 pick is versatile. Whether you want a romantic vacation for two, a Scottsdale conference getaway or a hassle-free family vacation, Xona Resort Suites has the amenities, location, ambience and affordability to give you the vacation you’ve been craving.

Choose from guestrooms, one-, two- and four-bedroom suites at Xona Resort Suites. This resort is located in North Scottsdale and offers online grocery service for added convenience on your trip. The four beautiful swimming pools are peaceful places to relax: Sit in a private cabana with poolside service. The concierge can arrange anything you’d want on your vacation, from hot air balloon rides to dinner reservations. But make sure to check out the delicious Asada Desert Grille, which offers contemporary American cuisine with a Southwest fusion. Then drift over to the Orange Iguana for an elegant lounge atmosphere and premium cocktails. Golf packages are available for guests, with over 40 nearby golf courses to choose from! Meeting spaces and a state-of-the-art fitness center complete this Scottsdale resort. No matter what kind of Scottsdale trip you’re planning, Xona Resort Suites has the Southwestern style and affordable luxury to top it off. Ask about their specials!

Related Onsite Offerings

For a Scottsdale wedding, Xona Resort Suites offers complimentary wedding coordinator assistance, gourmet wedding cakes and more.

Fun facts

The resort lounge, Orange Iguana, was inspired by an ancient legend, which holds that remarkable good fortune will come to anyone lucky enough to cross paths with the elusive orange iguana.

Address

7677 E. Princess Blvd Scottsdale, AZ 85255

5 . Chaparral Suites Resort

Scottsdale, Arizona

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Our number five resort strives to impress, and we're sure they will from the moment you arrive. Their breathtaking Southwest design and warm hospitality are sure to enchant you during your stay. Contemporary rooms with all modern amenities make for an incredible Scottsdale destination. Come experience it all for yourself at this grand Arizona resort.

Chaparral Suites Resort's 311 two-room suites offer the best in luxury and comfort on your Scottsdale getaway. They know it's important to feel at ease on your vacation, and you'll most definitely will. Relax in your private living area and watch an in-room movie, or sit back with a good book in the calming bedroom. Onsite you'll find an endless range of activities to enjoy, including a game of tennis on their outdoor courts to their fitness center. Or, you can head to the pool for a refreshing swim, or simply indulge in a soak at the whirlpool. The 4th Floor Grille & Sports Bar is a guest favorite for delicious family and romantic dinners. And this is just the beginning! Chaparral Suites Resort is conveniently located to all Scottsdale area activities and entertainment. Visit one - or more! - of the 30 local golf courses, refresh your mind and body at a nearby spa, or enjoy other great outdoor recreations . Whitewater rafting and kayaking are great possibilities for the adventurers, while hot-air balloon rides are perfect for a much for relaxing activity. All this, and more, awaits you on your unforgettable Scottsdale vacation!

Address

5001 N. Scottsdale Rd Scottsdale, Arizona 85250 United States

Related Onsite Offerings

Chaparral Suites Resort offers complimentary airport shuttle that runs to Phoenix Sky Harbor.

6 . Hotel Valley Ho

Scottsdale, Arizona

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Our No. 6 pick puts you right in the heart of downtown Scottsdale, with an ultra hip urban edge that sets this hotel apart from the rest. Bold colors. Modern furniture and design. Even translucent walls. Hotel Valley Ho is a Scottsdale hotel begging for imaginative and playfully-spirited vacationers.

They offer a variety of room types with features like 32” LCD TVs, oversized bath tubs, Terrazzo-tiled bathrooms and furnished terraces. Each room is vibrant and luxurious. Choose from two renowned restaurants: Cafe ZuZu, which features contemporary comfort food with organic ingredients, and Trader Vic’s, which reinterprets the Polynesian classics. The outdoor pool at Hotel Valley Ho was voted as one of the “World’s Coolest Pools” by Travel + Leisure and features private cabanas, poolside service and more. The onsite VH Spa offers a variety of treatments, including Turkish coffee sugar scrubs and their signature scrub, Icelandic moonflower. Stop in at the fitness center for a yoga class, a guided hike or to rent a bike and explore Scottsdale! And the best part is that all the hip design and luxurious accommodations are designed with the environment in mind. Hotel Valley Ho is Certified Green by AZ Hotel & Lodging Association.

Fun facts

Hotel Valley Ho first opened its doors in 1956 (before downtown Scottsdale was even established!) and was a Hollywood hideaway.

Related Onsite Offerings

Daily happy hour at Trader Vic’s features 1950s pricing on select appetizers, plus drink specials!

Address

6850 E. Main Street Scottsdale, AZ 85251

7 . The Boulders Resort

Carefree, Arizona

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On many Scottsdale vacations, as soon as you exit the highway, the beautiful Sonoran Desert disappears, and you’re stuck in city-style luxury. You lose your sense of place. But our No. 7 pick retains this scenic wonderland, its buildings constructed to enhance the views, rather than obstruct.

The Boulders Resort combines the luxury of a resort with exhilarating outdoor activity. Here, you can participate in cattle drives, take a rock climbing clinic, explore the Grand Canyon by air or take out a glider plane to soar over the Sonoran scenery. Yet, The Boulders Resort is loaded with luxury. Their incredible Golden Door Spa offers a completely unique experience: bathe in the O’furo, a traditional Japanese bath; meditate in their signature labyrinth; or go on a Shamanic meditation journey. Play a round at one of the two 18-hole golf courses, designed by Jay Morrish. Choose from a variety of dining options, including the new American flavors of Latilla. And no matter what type of accommodation you choose – a suite, private casita or spacious hacienda – you’ll feel a striking Southwest ambience with an ultra luxurious twist. This resort also features eight tennis courts, four pools and much more. Ask about their packages!

Related Onsite Offerings

The Boulders Resort features the El Pedregal Festival Marketplace, a collection of upscale shops, build to resemble an ancient Moroccan oasis.

Fun facts

The Boulders Resort is rated one of the “Top 10 Best Spas in the World” by Spa Finder!

Address

34631 N. Tom Darlington Dr. Carefree, AZ 85377

8 . The Fairmont Scottsdale Princess

Scottsdale, Arizona

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Our No. 8 pick gives you 65-acres of striking landscape: lagoons, fountains, fire pits, colorful desert plants and expansive green spaces, all set against the rugged Sonoran Desert. Plus, this resort has received the prestigious AAA/CAA Five Diamonds for luxury.

The accommodations at The Fairmont Scottsdale Princess are meticulously decorated and feature luxurious linens, oversized bathrooms and breathtaking views of the resort grounds and desert landscapes. This resort has Spanish Colonial architecture, five pools, including one with 200-ft. twisting waterslides, and a variety of fine dining. Two golf courses carve through the resort grounds: the Stadium Course and the Champions Course, designed by Jay Morrish and Tom Weiskopf. Enjoy an afternoon at the Well & Being at Willow Stream Spa, which pulls relaxation techniques from all cultures, including traditional Native American healing practices. For a lively night, go to the onsite Plaza Bar, a chic venue that features cutting-edge design, signature cocktails and a hint of glamour. For a mix of ultra luxury, innovative design and breathtaking scenery, The Fairmont Scottsdale Princess is a perfect place for your Scottsdale getaway.

Address

7575 East Princess Drive Scottsdale, Arizona 85255

Highlights

The Casita Suite reflects an exquisite Spanish Colonial estate with luxuries like a gas fireplace, large sitting area and a mohair throw.

Related Onsite Offerings

The Fairmont Scottsdale Princess features over 150,000 sq. ft. of state-of-the-art meeting space and outdoor venues.

9 . Scottsdale Plaza Resort

Scottsdale, Arizona

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Lush, beautiful golf greens and sparkling pools juxtapose the red desert rock at our No. 9 pick. Scottsdale Plaza Resort is a 40-acre resort at the base of majestic Camelback Mountain with a variety of exciting amenities, including Arizona’s largest whirlpool spa!

This resort is home to one of Scottsdale’s premiere dining spots, Remington’s Restaurant, which serves impeccable cuisine and an exclusive collection of regional wines. Relax at The Salon and Day Spa at The Scottsdale Plaza Resort and indulge in a variety of soothing treatments, including hot stone, Swedish and deep tissue massages, while enjoying the beautiful desert views. The Scottsdale Plaza Resort is just minutes from Camelback Golf Club, which offers the spectacular Padre and Indian Bend Courses. And when you stay here, you have direct access to racquetball and tennis courts, while being close to a variety of other activities like hot air balloon rides, hiking and more. With five swimming pools, three restaurants, nearby shopping and an airport shuttle, The Scottsdale Plaza Resort is perfect for any getaway, from family vacations to business trips. Ask about their specials!

Related Onsite Offerings

The Scottsdale Plaza Resort offers their pre-arrival concierge to help you set up all the activities you want on your Scottsdale vacation!

Elevation

Camelback Mountain reaches an elevation of 2,706 ft.

Address

7200 N. Scottsdale Rd. Scottsdale, Arizona 85253

10 . Hotel Scottsdale

Scottsdale, Arizona

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Capping off our list, the No. 10 pick is a place just for the value-conscious traveler with a taste for Mediterranean style and luxury. The Hotel Scottsdale puts your vacation just a short walk from Old Town Scottsdale and has all the little onsite extras that keep your vacation hassle-free.

Just blocks away from Hotel Scottsdale are all the art galleries, shops and charming restaurants of Old Town Scottsdale. But for dinner, you won’t even have to leave the hotel – Papi Chulo’s at the Hotel Scottsdale features authentic Mexican cuisine, including street tacos, chimichangas and more! Take a swim at the outdoor pool, or just relax in a lounge chair. Hotel Scottsdale features rich Mediterranean colors and décor throughout its property. The resort’s guestrooms and suites reflect this style with desert hues, plush white bedding and artistic touches. Each room features quality comfort high-thread-count sheets, iPod docks, complimentary WiFi and cable. Golf packages are available so that you can make use of over 40 Scottsdale golf courses. And for a day at the spa, walk just steps to the Lamar Everyday Spa, featuring quality body treatments and massage therapy. Hotel Scottsdale offers Mediterranean luxury without the high rates.

Related Onsite Offerings

The Hotel Scottsdale has four meeting rooms with state-of-the-art A/V equipment.

Fun facts

Many shops in Old Town Scottsdale sell quality Native American crafts, including hand-woven Navajo rugs and Zuni silver jewelry!

Address

5101 North Scottsdale Rd. Scottsdale, AZ 85250

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