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Luxury in the desert

Mike & Donna's verdict:

Scottsdale is golf and spa heaven. Endless sunshine and the backdrop of Camelback Mountain make for memorable games of golf, while the spirituality of the Sonoran desert infuses the spas and inspires timeless treatments. Add in fine dining, art and shopping, and this is the perfect pampering holiday. 

Recommended tour operator: Abercrombie & Kent

Abercrombie & Kent says

You could call Scottsdale the jewel in Arizona’s crown – and it’s certainly hard to think of anywhere with such a concentration of world-class luxury resorts in one place.

It may be surrounded by desert, at the base of Camelback Mountain, but Scottsdale is a positive oasis of green parks, glittering lakes, galleries, restaurants, great shopping from glittering malls to the quaint boutiques in the Old Town – and close to 200 golf courses. It also boasts 350 days of sunshine per annum.

We have selected two fine hotels.

The Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale is particularly noted for its oversized suites and rooms, overlooking either the Sonoran desert or the mountains. The spa is inspired by the spirit of the desert and, for many, is the sole reason for staying here. Add to that special guest privileges at both The Pinnacle and The Monument championship golf courses, and the superb Talavera restaurant, and it’s hard to resist.

Set in 250 acres at the base of Camelback Mountain, The Phoenician Scottsdale is a destination resort like no other. Choose from the AAA Five Diamond resort hotel or the more intimate Canyon Suites boutique hotel, also in the grounds.

Dine in a choice of 10 restaurants and lounges, wile away your days in the spa complex, knock up on one of the 11 floodlit tennis courts, relax around one of the nine swimming pools and enjoy a round of golf on the resort’s own USGA championship golf course. There’s even a US$25 million art collection on display throughout the resort.

If you can tear yourselves away from your chosen hotel, there is a host of activities on your doorstep – hike Pinnacle Peak, take a hot air balloon ride over the desert or take a ride on the Grand Canyon railroad for example.

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