Best 7 Phoenix Resorts for Rest and Relaxation

Best 7 Phoenix Resorts for Rest and Relaxation

Phoenix, Arizona is considered by many to be the soul of the southwest. Planning a trip to the state capital? Here are 7 resorts to stay at where you will be treated like a VIP.

Phoenix, Arizona, is home to Saguaro cactus, red rocks, blue skies, and plenty of sunshine. The largest city in the state of Arizona, Phoenix offers visitors plenty of attractions, restaurants, shopping, and culture. The city is surrounded by fantastic desert landscapes and has some of the most beautiful sunsets anywhere on the planet. Folks vacation here year-round as the sun is almost always shining. Looking for adventure and excitement on your vacation? Phoenix has it.

Or maybe you are looking to get away from it all and rejuvenate the body and mind. Well, Phoenix has that covered, too. When looking for a place to stay during your visit, try one of these resorts. Phoenix has some of the best in the country. Their sparkling pools, manicured golf courses, spa treatments, and fine dining will have you feeling like a VIP. Many of the resorts offer golf and spa packages guaranteed to leave you rested, relaxed, and pampered.

1. Arizona Biltmore

The Arizona Biltmore has a history of being one of the favorites of both celebrities and presidents. The 39-acre oasis is covered by lush, tropical gardens, swimming pools, and beautiful architecture. Active visitors can enjoy the 18-hole golf course, putting greens, and tennis courts. Spend the day being pampered in the spa. The resort offers children's activities to keep them busy while you spend quality "me" time. Your kids will have the vacation of a lifetime while they take part in cooking classes, arts and crafts time, tennis camp, and Splash Cinema at the pool. Let them burn off that excess energy at the Kid's Korral, a covered playground with chairs and picnic tables for parents to relax while keeping an eye on the little ones.

Guests can choose a standard room, suite, villa, or ocatillo. All rooms are spacious, elegant, and come with a view of the mountains, city, or gardens. Cottages with private balconies and fire pits are also available. The resort is part of the Waldorf Astoria family and is pet friendly. Rates start at $429 a night but packages are available. The Waldorf Astoria Spa Experience gives you two or more, nights in a premium room with a complimentary 50-minute massage.

Location: 2400 E. Missouri Ave. Phoenix, AZ 85016
Reservations: (602) 955-6600

2. Arizona Grand Resort & Spa

Newly renovated, this is the only AAA Four Diamond all-suite resort in the area. The Arizona Grand sits on 164 lush acres next to a mountain preserve. Each of the two or three-room suites have luxurious amenities and decor designed to reflect the colors of the desert. The resort includes six unique restaurants covering everything from steaks to authentic Mexican food.

Activities on the resort include the Arizona Grand Spa offering a number of services to revitalize and rejuvenate you. The 20,000 square-foot Athletic Club includes more than 40 cardiovascular machines, a free weight room, over 45 fitness classes weekly, racquetball court, and indoor heated pool. There is an 18-hole golf course with panoramic views of the desert landscape. Located on the resort is the Oasis Water Park designed for folks of all ages. The water park offers water slides, a wave pool, Zuni river, and water splash deck.

Location: 8000 S. Arizona Grand Parkway Phoenix, AZ 85044
Reservations: (602) 438-9000

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3. Boulders Resort & Spa

Just outside Scottsdale sits the Boulders Resort and Spa. The resort is nestled among 12 million year-old boulders at the base of the foothills. Visitors will love the authentic adobe casitas with views of the desert scenery. Watch the sun come up in one of the overstuffed leather chairs in your room and maybe catch a glimpse of a jackrabbit or coyote. Guests can choose to eat at four different restaurants. Go casual or get dressed up and enjoy American cuisine as well as food from south of the border and southwest-inspired dishes. Go healthy and enjoy a light lunch at the spa cafe.

The resort features not one, but two award-winning 18-hole golf courses set amidst the desert landscape. Boulders has four swimming pools including one adults-only pool. Experience one of the many spa treatments using local desert botanical ingredients for massage, facials, and body treatments. Explore the great outdoors with one of the excursions offered at the resort. Choose between horseback riding, rock climbing, ATV rides, or try the hot air balloon flight. Tours offered include a desert photo tour, stargazing tour, moonlit bike ride, or desert jeep tour.

Location: 34631 N. Tom Darlington Drive Carefree, AZ 85377
Reservations: (480) 488-9009

4. Enchantment Resort

Enchantment Resort is located outside Phoenix in Sedona's Boynton Canyon. Surrounded by stunning red rock formations, guests enjoy the comfort of privacy in the resort's adobe-style rooms. Every room comes with a private deck and views of the canyon. Secluded and private, the resort is the perfect place to get away from the hustle and bustle of daily living.

Like the other resorts in the area, Enchantment has a championship golf course and first-class spa. Enjoy dining in one of the five restaurants offering American food with a Southwest flare. Each of the restaurants has spectacular views of the canyon. What sets Enchantment apart from the rest is their list of activities. They offer the usual hiking, biking, and swimming, but they also have a Native American program. Guests will learn about traditional culture and make decorative Native American crafts.

Location: 525 Boynton Canyon Road Sedona, AZ 86336
Reservations: (928) 282-2900

5. FireSky Resort & Spa

The family and pet-friendly spa incorporates all of the elements to bring you a unique guest experience. Guest rooms either have private balconies or views of the lagoon or pool. Every room includes a fully stocked honor bar and complimentary Wi-Fi. Guests receive complimentary coffee or tea in the living room each morning and a wine reception each evening. Kids will love making S'Mores on one of the open fire pits, kits are available free of charge.

The resort offers two swimming pools, one with a sandy beach-style bottom. A poolside bar serving up cool tropical drinks is located by the main pool. Guests will also receive in-room spa services as every room includes a yoga mat and yoga channel on the TV. Full service pampering is available in the luxury spa. FireSky goes above and beyond to make each of its guests feel pampered, even the four-legged ones.

Location: 4925 N. Scottsdale Road Scottsdale, AZ 85251
Reservations: (480) 945-7666

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6. The Phoenician

From the moment you walk through the doors The Phoenician will have you feeling like a VIP. The 250-acre resort offers both a traditional resort and a boutique hotel experience. The 643-room resort offers its guests luxurious, residential-style accommodations. No standard rooms here, the lowest priced room is the Superior room. Suites and casitas are also available. Every room comes with Italian linens, signed works of art on the walls, and Italian marble in the bathrooms.

The resort offers 11 tennis courts, an award-winning golf course and fitness center and spa. Bask in the sun around one of two pools with poolside cocktail and snack bar. No need to leave the resort for shopping as there are numerous boutique shops on the grounds. Guests can buy everything from sunscreen to souvenirs to one-of-a-kind art and jewelry. Six restaurants offer guests casual to fine dining with burgers to modern cuisine, there is even an ice cream parlor. The Phoenician has a variety of guest activities and a kid's club. Be sure to visit the Cactus Garden and tour the $25 million art collection.

Location: 6000 E. Camelback Road Scottsdale, AZ 85251
Reservations: (480) 941-8200

7. Royal Palms Resort & Spa

The Royal Palms Resort and Spa is designed to enchant the senses. The Spanish Mediterranean mansion was built in 1929 and renovated to include 119 elegant casitas, estate rooms, and villas. Explore the grounds along winding, cobblestone paths and be surprised by hidden fountains, crackling fireplaces, and romantic spaces. Every room is decorated in bold patterns and jewel tones inspired by the Mediterranean.

Guests will enjoy the many amenities the resort has to offer: Two pools, one indoor and one out. Poolside bar serving refreshing custom cocktails and snacks. 24-hour fitness center with indoor hot tub. Complimentary 24-hour business center, and every room comes with free Wi-Fi access. Choose to dine in the main restaurant or in-room dining 24-hours a day. Bicycle rentals are available to explore the surrounding area. The resort is pet-friendly and offers pet bowls and sitting services for your four-legged friends. For your mind and body, visit the spa and get one of the many relaxing treatments and they also have a full-service salon.

Location: 5200 E. Camelback Road Phoenix, AZ 85018
Reservations: (602) 840-3610

Thousands of visitors come to Phoenix every year. With the dramatic desert scenery and warm climate, it is easy to see why. Visitors can enjoy outdoor activities year-round or just kick back with a cool cocktail around a glistening pool. Depending on what type of vacation you are looking for, one with lots of adventure and excitement, or just peace and relaxation, you can find it at one of the resorts the city has to offer. So pack up the family and the pet and head to the valley of the sun where everyone is treated royally.

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