Despite being located just 10 minutes from downtown Scottsdale, it’s hard to leave the comforts of this resort. Check in at the Guest House, a glass-walled entrance space—in lieu of a traditional lobby—where you can admire the surrounding Camelback Mountains or the local artwork that has been worked into the resort’s desert-modernism design. Outside, clusters of bungalows are scattered throughout the property. Each of the 201 guest rooms within those bungalows features a terrace, skylights and beamed ceilings. Amenities include the Turquoise Pool, with private cabanas and a bar, and the Palo Verde Spa & Apothecary. There’s also Weft & Warp Art Bar + Kitchen, featuring an Arizona-based menu that uses ingredients from local purveyors. —S.S.
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.
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.
Paradise Valley, Arizona
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.
Fort McDowell, Arizona
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.
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.
*Great if you’re looking for a pool party vibe
Swap the serenity of the Arizona desert with a high energy party vibe inside the W Scottsdale. On weekends, you’ll find a young, upscale crowd splashing about in the rooftop WET Pool to the spins of resident DJs—the pool is open 24/7. Amp up the evening with live music at the hotel’s Living Room lounge Wednesday to Saturday.
The morning after: Reinvigorate with a detoxifying massage or a restorative facial at Away Spa. —S.H.
[This article appears in the November 2019 issue of WestJet Magazine and has since been updated.]
Party Hotels in Edmonton, New York City and Scottsdale
If you don't plan on sleeping much, want great cocktails or are looking for a pool party vibe, a party hotel is the way to go. Edmonton's Crash Hotel is within walking distance to the ICE district, New York City's Pod 39 has a killer rooftop bar and W Scottsdale's WET Pool is open 24/7.