Great Hotels in Greater Phoenix

These desert resorts in the greater Phoenix area offer the perfect escapes from winter.
 

Boulders Resort & Spa

Carefree, Arizona

Photograph by Peter Malinowski/Boulders Resort and Spa

The amenities at this sprawling resort near Scottsdale are seemingly endless and include two 18-hole golf courses, four pools, tennis courts and a spa. There are 220 guest rooms at The Boulders, including 160 private casitas, each with a wood-burning replace, and 61 villas featuring one to three bedrooms.

When it comes to dining, you can choose from six restaurants. Indulge in Mexican classics while sipping tequila at the Spotted Donkey Cantina or enjoy a cocktail on the Discovery Lounge’s patio.

And the spa cannot be missed. It features steam rooms, saunas, an outdoor pool and Arizona’s only Indigenous teepee (used for meditation and spiritual ceremonies).

Nearby: Explore the tiny town of Carefree: check out its popular sundial, poke around its unique shops and appreciate its thriving arts scene. —S.S.

theboulders.com

Mountain Shadows

Paradise Valley, Arizona

Photograph by Mark Boisclair Photography/Mountain Shadows

The resort includes two pools and an 18-hole par-3 golf course, and features contemporary architecture set against the backdrop of Camelback Mountain.

The 183-room resort offers suites, a two-bedroom loft and a penthouse. Most rooms feature foor-to-ceiling windows to take in the desert views.

Located off the lobby, Hearth ’61 serves seasonal American fare made from local ingredients, including a featured daily roast served from the restaurant’s stone oven.At the Cocktail Under the Cosmos themed event, guests can sip a signature drink while exploring the stars with an astronomer. There is also a juice bar and fittness centre.

Nearby: Wake early to beat the heat and hike one of two trails that wind up to the summit of Camelback Mountain—the resort is nestled at its base.
D.L.

mountainshadows.com

We-Ko-Pa Resort & Conference Centre

Fort McDowell, Arizona

Photograph courtesy of We-Ko-Pa Resort & Conference Center

Located in the Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation, this resort boasts two award- winning championship golf courses, a casino and a spa. Modern decor in earthy tones induce a sense of calm in the resort’s 246 rooms, all of which come with mountain, pool or golf course views.

Dine in the shadow of the Four Peaks Mountain at the resort’s upscale Ahnala Mesquite Room, or head to the casino for noodles, NYC deli subs and more.

Don’t miss the Yavapai Experience, a two-hour cultural tour where guests meet with Yavapai tribal members, learn about their culture and history, and take a nature walk.

Nearby: Explore the Sonoran Desert by Segway, horseback or in an off-road Tomcar with Fort McDowell Adventures, located less than a 10-minute drive away. —D.B.

wekoparesortandconferencecenter.com

[This article appears in the November 2019 issue of WestJet Magazine]

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