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Arizona’s premier AAA Five Diamond resort, The Phoenician has been a popular destination for locals and travelers alike since it first opened in 1988. The 250-acre resort at the base of Camelback Mountain offers breathtaking views, incredible vacation packages, an award-winning spa with countless relaxation and beauty treatments, and some of the best dining in the Sonoran desert. There are three restaurants on the premises. Il Terrazzo serves contemporary takes on Italian classics with a little inspiration from local cuisine, Relish Burger Bistro is a casual spot with gourmet burgers, comfort food, and over 70 selections of beer, and J&G Steakhouse is an unparalleled steakhouse with a beautiful dining room designed by architect David Rockwell and a mouthwatering menu featuring Jean-Georges classics. The Phoenician, a part of the Starwood Hotels Luxury Collection, also hosts a daily afternoon tea served in traditional British style and provides a championship golf experience on its three nine-hole courses.
Developer Charles Keating's homage to wretchededly fabulous excess rests on immaculate, hand-groomed grounds beneath the eternally south-gazing orb...
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Sitting on the patio of The Thirsty Camel Lounge at day's end with a frosty cocktail in hand is a nice reminder of why we live here; even on the hottest days, we've got some of the prettiest sunsets around, and the classy terrace offers a gorgeous vantage point from which to watch as that ball of heat fades away and darkness overtakes views of the Papago Hills and South Mountain. Located in the swanky Phoenician, the Thirsty Camel has all the right liquors and, better yet, an unparalleled... More »
The only good thing about 120-degree heat is that the snowbirds who invade the Valley every winter can't bear the hellish temps and retreat to the comforts of their hometowns. This means Valley golf courses rely on the business of people who actually live here but aren't willing to drop nearly $200 on a round of golf. The Phoenician is no different. On May 23, rates at the posh course dropped to $60 a round -- a far cry from the $189 greens fee the course charges in the winter. The... More »
Master baker Ben Hershberger has created a monster. His chocolate cherry sourdough bread is a one-pound marvel that has a cult following. Found at The Phoenician and the Scottsdale Farmers Market, it's worth getting up early just to guarantee you'll be able to grab some. Did we mention getting up early? This sweet treat sells out every week faster than your 401(k) tumbles. And for good reason -- the little loaves are loaded with three different kinds of chocolate, which is more than... More »
We've made an unspoken deal with The Phoenician. We won't ask why you call yourself The Phoenician, but have a Scottsdale address. And you won't ask what a bunch of Jews were doing at your Easter egg hunt last year.Actually, if you must know, we were enjoying ourselves immensely! There's no better lawn in town for an egg hunt than the beautiful expanses at this well-manicured resort. Our toddlers were delighted with the enormous Elmo and Cookie Monster that roamed the grounds, the face... More »
Some great views are, shall we say, partial. The city at night can resemble jewels in Tiffany's window from any old dump that's high up, but what about breathtaking vistas by day? Lovely mountains may beckon at the horizon, but if you look down and see salvage yards, retail chains, traffic jams, fraternity boys, and other evidence of human suffering, your social conscience is not getting the respite it needs. On The Phoenician's terrace, you're standing somewhere pretty, looking out over... More »
Each year, we don our bonnets and gloves (okay, not really, but we do try to make sure our tee shirt's clean) and head out in search of the finest high tea in the Valley. This year, we award it again to The Phoenician, where the Lobby Tea Court, as it's so graciously referred to, puts this place over the top as our tops for tea. From the beautiful porcelain pots to the Devonshire cream, every detail is exquisite. And while we never imagine we'll leave high tea without room for dinner, we... More »
As the proverbial Ugly American, we had no clue as to what constitutes a proper high tea experience. So we found ourselves some English ladies (well, one actually only went to school in England, and the other, frankly, is no lady) and headed to the Phoenician on a late summer afternoon. We were surprised to hear that reservations are required -- who knew there'd be a run on hot drinks in August? -- but luckily a table opened up and we settled gingerly on a plump white couch in the airy lobby... More »
So you need to get away from it all, but you're not quite ready to leave the newborn home with a sitter? Escape to the Phoenician. Bring the baby along, but don't bother to take the diaper bag. In your room, you'll find a mini-bar stocked with milk, juice and zwieback crackers, and a crib with a diaper pail filled with essentials like wet wipes and non-essentials like stuffed plush rattlesnakes, coyotes and other animals reminiscent of the Sonoran Desert. The staff will attach an infant... More »
To be perfectly honest, we wouldn't say no to any spa, anywhere, any time.But even in this rarefied category, there are places that stand out. Take your stressed and tired bones to the Phoenician's Centre for Well-Being (we had to shave points off their final score for the affected spelling, but they still win) and stay all day. Not only are the treatments excellent -- we recommend a "therapeutic" massage at $110 for 50 minutes, despite the ominous brochure warning that it's "not... More »
This place is spectacular and first-class all the way. The resort is beautiful and has everything you need -- really nice pools, gorgeous golf courses, world-class spa, incredible dining, tennis, activities for kids. The rooms and amenities are super nice. It's also in a great location in Scottsdale.
I like to recommend this resort to anyone I know who comes to Phoenix. It's top-notch and has everything you need. It's great for families or for couples who need to get away. It's just a gorgeous place. Even when you first drive onto the property, you know you're going to be staying somewhere really nice.
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