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Every one of this award-winning, all-suite resort’s 117,000 square feet is located mere minutes from Phoenix’s Sky Harbor Airport—but that’s not why it’s the state’s only AAA Four-Diamond, all-suite hotel. That would be because of its nearly endless list of amenities, including a challenging 18-hole golf course, a luxury spa and salon, an exhilarating seven-acre water park, a spacious athletic club, and six different restaurants—all spread out over 220 acres of South Mountain Preserve. Both a popular family vacation destination and a frequent choice for corporate meeting getaways, Arizona Grand Resort boasts 740 suites—each with its own living room and bedroom, wet bar, wireless Internet access, and private balcony—surrounded by flexible indoor and outdoor meeting spaces in the world’s largest municipal park and one of the most-visited hiking destinations in the southwest. You may never want to leave.
The last gasps of summer vacation are here, and there are plenty of excuses to take your last few days off and head to the pool. Like any true desert, Phoenix has a few hot spots where the herd gath... More »
Ah, tourists. In Phoenix, we'll be hardpressed to point out a tourist at any given theater, museum, or cultural center -- we're all wearing T-shirts and shorts, most of us are taking pictures and inst... More »
Are you the kind of person who rushes home from the grocery store to eat a tiny nibble of every single thing you bought? It's okay; I'm like that too. If you are, you might think a tasting event fea... More »
The Pointe at South Mountain wasn't too shabby, but $52 mil can buy some killer upgrades and an awful lot of water. That's why the remodeled luxury hotel, now called the Arizona Grand Resort, was a shoe-in for the best pool in town. Actually, calling the Arizona Grand's Oasis Water Park a pool is a bit like calling the Desert Botanical Garden a nice yard. There's an eight-story tower with three water slides, a huge wave pool with waterfalls, and a faux river perfect for inner tubing. Order a frozen margarita at the swim-up bar or relax in the 25-person hot tub while the little ones play beach volleyball in the kid-friendly Wild Cat Springs. The only downside is that Oasis Park is for resort guests only, so you'll have to sneak in, splurge for a romantic local getaway, or schmooze your way into a company freebie.
Phoenix is known to have a few sweet places to cool down. When the Pointe South Mountain became the Arizona Grand Resort, the hotel and its pool got a facelift. What was once a glorified watering hole has become a seven-acre fun park. If you're up for a rush, take Slide Canyon Tower and choose among three slides, with 51- and 31-foot drops from the tower's fourth level. If the fast and furious water slide thing isn't your scene, grab a (free!) inner tube and jump in the lazy river or head to... More »
When it comes to surviving summers here, Phoenicians are ready to pull out all the stops, from breaking out the water hose to sneaking into someone's pool. A whole genre of swim-and-drink nights at local hotels have even blossomed over the past few years to keep us cool. Other options around town, though, leave us, um, cold. Many local waterparks have roving bands of adolescents set on remaking Lord of the Flies, while floating the Salt River has too much of a low-budget Girls Gone Wild vibe... More »
The Pointe at South Mountain wasn't too shabby, but $52 mil can buy some killer upgrades and an awful lot of water. That's why the remodeled luxury hotel, now called the Arizona Grand Resort, was a shoe-in for the best pool in town. Actually, calling the Arizona Grand's Oasis Water Park a pool is a bit like calling the Desert Botanical Garden a nice yard. There's an eight-story tower with three water slides, a huge wave pool with waterfalls, and a faux river perfect for inner tubing. Order a... More »