1 . Gainey Suites Hotel

Scottsdale, Arizona

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Our top pick for Arizona getaways has been also been rated #1 on TripAdvisor.com, rising above 85 other Scottsdale resorts. And since Scottsdale is one of the country’s top vacation destinations, this is quite the feat.

Gainey Suites Hotel offers a quieter style in the land of the mega-resort, while giving you all those mega-resort amenities: This deluxe resort offers guaranteed tee times at over 60 Scottsdale golf courses, many of which are where the PGA professionals practice. The Spa at Gainey Village is 68,000 sq. ft. and offers a full menu, from massages to therapeutic classes. In fact, this spa is so glorious, that it was voted “Best Day Spa in Arizona” by Self Magazine! The all-suite accommodations are set amid the shopping and restaurants of the exclusive Gainey Village. These suites are recently remodeled, offering luxuries like plush bedding and 300 thread-count linens, elegant marble baths and vanities and their signature Gainey Teddy Bears, which you can take home with you! When you stay at Gainey Suites Hotel, you can spend your whole vacation on the property, or venture off to explore the greater Scottsdale area – either way, it's a great place to come home to.

Address

7300 E Gainey Suites Drive, Scottsdale, AZ 85258

Highlights

McCormick & Schmick’s Seafood Restaurant, located within The Shops at Gainey Village offers more than 30 varieties of fresh seafood with a menu that changes twice daily!

Related Onsite Offerings

With onsite wedding professionals, an incredible culinary staff and truly spectacular indoor and outdoor settings, Gainey Suites Hotel is the perfect place for a Valley of the Sun wedding!

2 . Best Western Plus Inn of Sedona

Sedona, Arizona

CALL DIRECT: +1 (866) 537 - 5238

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With red rock all around, Best Western Plus Inn of Sedona brings you to one of the most beautiful areas of the United States.

There is a wealth of activity to be found at Best Western Plus Inn of Sedona. From Jeep tours of the stunning landscape to hiking through red rock landscape, from exploring museums to relaxing by the pool, there is something for nearly every visitor to Sedona. Best Western Plus Inn of Sedona puts you at the heart of all that excitement. And, after the end of a day exploring the area, enjoy the stunning view from your room as the sun sets. The hotel’s award-winning terraced design gives you one of the best views in Sedona, and their comfortable rooms offer you a cozy space to relax in beautiful red rock country.

Address

1200 West Highway 89A Sedona Arizona 86336

Population

10,063

Elevation

4,500 feet

3 . Arizona Biltmore

Paradise Valley, Arizona

CALL DIRECT: +1 (602) 955 - 6600

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Discover an Arizona vacation that offers you a place of complete relaxation and endless activities. A place where you can leave your worries behind and focus on having a good time. A place that combines a rich history with modern amenities. This is the Arizona Biltmore.

Named the "Jewel of the Desert" on its opening in 1929, the Arizona Biltmore now stands proudly as one of the only existing hotels in the world with a Frank Lloyd Wright-influenced design. This incredible Arizona landmark offers you everything you could want on an all-encompassing vacation experience. Here, you will sink into bliss in their spacious accommodations. Choose from luxury rooms and suites, or stay in one of their incredible Ocatillas for an unparalleled getaway. Grab a bite to eat from two onsite restaurants, Wright's at the Biltmore and Frank & Albert's, or stop by The Cafe for a quick beverage and snack from the deli-style menu. When it comes to filling your day with activities, the Arizona Biltmore has that covered in spades. The onsite pools are a favorite place to unwind; the Paradise Pool offers a 92-foot-long water slide and swim-up bar, plus private cabanas for a truly comfortable poolside experience. In the summer, you can even catch a movie on their "Splash Cinema" nights! The Kids Korral Program is the perfect option for families visiting the resort. Offering a variety of fun kids activities such as biking and arts and crafts, the kids will be begging you for a longer vacation. And adults, don't worry - there's something for you, too. Two onsite golf courses welcome you to a day out on the greens, while the luxurious spa features plenty of soothing massages to choose from to help you relax. With so many possibilities to make your vacation memorable, the Arizona Biltmore is the ultimate Phoenix destination.

Address

2400 East Missouri Avenue Phoenix, Arizona United States 85016

Related activities

You'll never run out of things to do at Arizona Biltmore! The resort also offers fitness classes, tennis courts, biking and croquet!

Fun facts

The Calatina Pool at the Arizona Biltmore was built in 1930 by William Wrigley, Jr. and is known as Marilyn Monroe's favorite pool!

4 . Scottsdale Plaza Resort

Scottsdale, Arizona

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We like our No. 5 pick, Scottsdale Plaza Resort, because it embodies Scottsdale and everything you’ve ever imagined about Scottsdale. We’re talking five swimming pools, tennis and racquetball and the largest whirlpool in Arizona, for starters.

In short, it’s everything you need to best enjoy the classic sun-drenched surroundings of Phoenix and Scottsdale. All of this is incorporated into 40 acres of Arizona Valley of the Sun landscapes, with a fitness center, four restaurants and a Southwest-meets-Mediterranean style hotel with a range of guest room and suite accommodations. Should you decide to venture off of the grounds, the pre-arrival concierge can arrange for a variety of tours and activities including visits to local spas and the famed Arizona golf courses. So it’s really all of the above that makes Scottsdale Plaza Resort one of the top resort vacations in Arizona. For every feature or amenity you’ll find here, there’s an activity to match either on the resort grounds or somewhere right nearby – all totally Scottsdale.

Related activities

The concierge can arrange tee times to a large selection of Phoenix and Scottsdale golf courses including Camelback Golf Club, Troon North, Indian Bend and many more.

Highlights

Scottsdale Plaza Resort offers 10 Executive Lodge Suites, each designed after a private residence and collectively featuring fireplaces, private pools and more.

Related Onsite Offerings

Scottsdale Plaza Resort offers a convention center and a full event staff for unforgettable Scottsdale and Phoenix meetings and events.

5 . Chaparral Suites Resort

Scottsdale, Arizona

CALL DIRECT: +1 (800) 528 - 1456

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Our number five resort presents an unique and luxurious Scottsdale getaway. This contemporary resort offers the best in the beauty and hospitality of the Southwest from the moment you arrive. Their signature amenities, lavish decor, and breathtaking setting blend together for an incredible destination. Come experience it all for yourself on this grand Arizona vacation.

Chaparral Suites Resort is your idyllic Scottsdale escape. Their 311 two-room suites offers the utmost comfort and convenience with in-room movies, refrigerators, and televisions. Sit back and relax in your private living area or relax in bed with a good book. Onsite you'll find plenty of opportunities to stay active as well. Enjoy a round or two of tennis, or keep fit at their fitness center. Indulge in a rejuvenating soak in their whirlpool or a swim at the pools. And for a delectable treat, the 4th Floor Grille & Sports Bar is your ultimate spot for great dining. But that's just onsite! This exquisite Scottsdale reprieve presents an unlimited array of nearby activities and entertainment to keep you busy. With over 30 different golf courses, a range of revitalizing spa services, local shopping, and more, there is never a dull moment during your Chaparral Suites getaway. Take a beautiful nature hike, hit the waves on a whitewater raft, or get away from it all - literally - on a hot-air balloon ride!

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 . Tubac Golf Resort and Spa

Tubac, Arizona

CALL DIRECT: +1 (866) 920 - 5719

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Enjoy an elegant Arizona getaway at Tubac Golf Resort and Spa!

Located on the 500-acre Otero Ranch in the Santa Cruz River Valley, Tubac Golf Resort and Spa offers guests a unique experience. With Spanish Colonial architecture and lush gardens with a beautiful view of the mountain peaks beyond, this stunning property will surround you with beauty from the moment you arrive to the moment you return home. More than just beauty, Tubac Resort provides guests with a wide variety of ways to spend their days. Whether golfing on the three on-site golf courses or relaxing with a massage from the spa, you're sure to find an activity to suit your needs. Tubac is also located near many other great opportunities for fine dining, hiking, and more!

Address

1 Ave de Otero Road Tubac, AZ 85646

Fun facts

Tubac Golf Resort and Spa is certified green by the Arizona Hotel and Lodging Association.

Related Onsite Offerings

Looking for a moment of relaxation on your Arizona vacation? Stop by the spa at Tubac Golf Resort and Spa for a soothing massage or cleansing facial.

7 . Miraval

Tucson, Arizona

CALL DIRECT: +1 (520) 825 - 4000

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Located in the majestic Santa Catalina Mountains of northern Tuscon, Miraval is a destination that encompasses luxury, comfort, and indulgence for a truly unforgettable experience.

400 acres of stunning land welcomes you to a world unlike any other when you stay at the Miraval. This Arizona resort is grouped into six separate villages, offering over 100 difference suites and rooms with completely modern amenities and gorgeous views of the desert landscapes. When you're not lounging in your room, you'll find an abundance of opportunities just outside your door. For the health-conscious, enjoy a yoga lesson or weight loss class led by Andrew Wolf at the the fitness center. Or, grab your tennis racket and golf club for a day out on the court and course! If you're looking for something more adventurous, don't worry! Miraval has you covered. Strap on your gear and join an all-day climbing experience at Mt. Lemmon that brings you up 7000' of natural rock. Desert Sky Zipline is another way to get your heart pumping with adrenline; soar up in the sky from a height of 40 feet! Plus, Miraval offers group horseback riding trips if you'd rather stay on the ground! And when you've had your fill of excitement, retreat to the Life in Balance Spa for a soothing sanctuary where you can relax at ease. With an extensive menu of soothing body renewal rituals, skin care treatments, massages, and more, you'll be sure to find something that will make you feel like new. So no matter what you choose to do during your stay, Miraval offers a little bit of everything to make your Tuscon, Arizona vacation truly memorable.

Address

Miraval 5000 E. via Estancia Miraval Tuscan, AZ 85739

Related activities

Miraval offers a range of cooking and healthy eating classes, clay sculpture workshops, and photography walks through the desert for a truly expansive option of activities to enjoy right onsite. You'll be sure to find something just right for you!

Related Onsite Offerings

Miraval features three onsite dining options to choose from during your stay! The award-winning Catcus Flower Restaurant serves up delicious Kobe beef and wines for a luxurious dining experience; the Brave Bill Lounge is the perfect spot to grab a drink or two at the end of the day; and Palm Court keeps it healthy with freshly squeezed juices that are great in-between classes! Your tastebuds are in for a treat during your stay at Miraval!

8 . Hotel Valley Ho

Scottsdale, Arizona

CALL DIRECT: +1 (866) 882 - 4484

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We couldn’t resist doing a Top 10 Arizona Vacations without including something hip, something cool, something that in today’s terms might be labeled “bomb dot com.” Hotel Valley Ho would be all of these, being that it opened in 1956 and was immediately regarded as…totally boss.

Following its renovation in 2005, you too can stay where the Hollywood stars once stayed (Robert Wagner and Natalie Wood even got married here in 1957). It retains its mid-century design with some stunning updates, such as the ZuZu Lounge, the VH Spa, O H Pool + Cabanas and The Tower, which is an ultra-luxurious boutique hotel within the hotel. All of these items were added to create modern buzz, which they do; but the original mid-century character of the Hotel Valley Ho has been perfectly preserved. This combination seems to work pretty well, judging from the response. Publications from the Arizona Republic’s Yes Spa Guide to National Geographic Traveler have dubbed this downtown Scottsdale hotel officially hip, and therefore a must-visit on your Arizona vacation.

Highlights

The Hotel Valley Ho has received the AAA Four Diamond Award every year since 2006.

Related Onsite Offerings

The Hotel Valley Ho offers a tremendous range of indoor and outdoor spaces for Arizona meetings and weddings – or in this case, Arizona meetings + weddings – including 10,000 sq. ft. of indoor ballrooms and meeting space and more than 20,000 sq. ft. of stunning outdoor space.

Fun facts

Celebrities that have visited the Hotel Valley Ho include Cary Grant, Rock Hudson, Bing Crosby, Tony Curtis and Janet Leigh.

9 . The Boulders Resort, The Waldorf Astoria Collection

Carefree, Arizona

CALL DIRECT: +1 (866) 397 - 6520

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There’s a reason why you may have heard of The Boulders, and it’s probably not just because it’s the home of the famous Golden Door Spa. This Carefree, AZ resort really gains its reputation from the way it blends luxury into the beauty of its Sonoran Desert surroundings.

Well – being part of The Waldorf Astoria Collection doesn’t hurt, either, but there’s a reason for that, too. The fact is, this is an exclusive resort that really does embrace the landscapes that you can’t find anywhere else in the world. Adobe casitas, suites and Pueblo Villas at The Boulders recall the simple and effective traditional Arizona housing while exuding modern luxury. And all around you are the trappings of a true luxury Arizona resort, including two 18-hole championship golf courses designed by Jay Moorish, eight dining establishments and lounges, four swimming pools and the 33,000-sq.-ft. Golden Door Spa, which offers a few other relaxing worlds within itself. If you’re in the mood to discover the Arizona desert, and do it in style, our No. 9 pick is just for you.

Related Onsite Offerings

With 12 meeting rooms, three executive casitas and the 5,370-sq.-ft. Tohono Conference Center, The Boulders offers meeting and event space for up to 500.

Total area

The Boulders – The Waldorf Astoria Collection rests on 1,300 acres of ancient and secluded Sonoran Desert foothills.

Highlights

The new and exclusive Villa Retreat is comprised of two side-by-side estate homes complete with five bedrooms, a Japanese tub and Bali-inspired décor.

10 . The Fairmont Scottsdale Princess

Scottsdale, Arizona

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Most people don’t know how difficult it is to achieve and maintain a Five Diamond rating from AAA/CAA. That’s probably because those who experience this level of luxury are too busy enjoying themselves to care. These people are likely who you’ll find at our No. 10 pick, the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess.

Think “luxury Scottsdale resort,” and whatever you’re thinking of is probably here: the two TPC golf courses, four award-winning restaurants, five tennis courts, five swimming pools and the world-class Well & Being at Willow Stream Spa. But the real luxury at the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess comes from its services which you’ll find at every turn, from the bell staff to the golf concierge to the housekeeping to the restaurant staff. It’s like you’ve arrived in a world that’s all about you, even though you’re not the only one there. Another part of it is that the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess has created several spaces, such as the Princess Plaza and the Princess Falls, where great moments just happen. Whether it’s a planned seasonal event or a spontaneous meeting of friends or business associates, it’s bound to be unforgettable here.

Highlights

The Fairmont Scottsdale Princess now offers its own children’s program at the Trailblazer's Family Adventure Center. Guests can fish in three lagoons, play hoops on the Sport Court, or discover desert animal friends!

Fun facts

There are plenty of places to park at the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess, but if you happen to drive a hybrid vehicle, the resort will waive your overnight parking fee.

Related Onsite Offerings

With a tremendous number of salons and foyers plus two breathtaking ballrooms, the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess awaits Scottsdale groups, meetings and weddings with dedicated planners and coordinators on staff.

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