Work it out, work it off or just get away from it all in this welcoming desert destination.

Unwind at the Fairmont

For some serious rest and relaxation, stay at the recently renovated Fairmont Scottsdale Princess, which just added 102 new guest rooms. Soak up the sun at the new Sunset Beach, the largest of the hotel’s six pools, complete with cabanas and a white-sand beach. After, try an on-site aerial hammock yoga class—silks tethered to wooden beams put a fun spin on your yoga lesson (suitable for all skill levels).

Get a spa treatment

Book a treatment at the Fairmont’s Well & Being Spa. Relax with the new Magnesium Wellness Treatment—a soft dry brushing, followed by a mineral-infused soak and a soothing magnesium oil massage that will leave you stress-free.

Ride through the desert

For something a bit fast-paced, climb aboard a Pink Adventure Tours Jeep and drive through the Sonoran Desert to Bulldog Cliffs. Along the way, learn about the desert’s complex natural ecosystem and the geology that lured gold miners here.

Soar in a hot air balloon

Leave your worries on the ground and tap into your inner balloonist on a hot-air balloon tour with Hot Air Expeditions. Coasting at up to 1,500 metres, the loudest sound you’ll hear will be the clicking of cameras. After landing, celebrate your flight with a traditional Champagne toast.

Getting there: WestJet flies to Phoenix 15 times a week from Toronto, Calgary and Edmonton.