This faux Moorish palace, with its royal palms, tiled fountains, and waterfalls—and most of all, a maze of buildings over some 60 acres—offers an exotic and sprawling place to relax and have fun. An extravagant water playground (with two large water slides) and dedicated kids center—not to mention those spacious grounds with hidden treasures that reward explorers—make this resort a hit with families. The nearby TPC golf course is top-notch, guest rooms are done in contemporary southwestern style, and bathrooms have double vanities and separate showers and tubs. All units have private balconies. For stepped-up amenities, opt for a double-sized room in the recently upgraded Gold wing. There’s also what is probably the best spa in the Valley, Well & Being, the Hacienda bar with its 240 kinds of tequila . . . and did I mention the Friday night fireworks? Finally, this is probably the best resort in the Valley to spend Christmas; it’s redone in holiday splendor from Thanksgiving to New Year’s, with wall-to-wall family activities.
Fairmont Scottsdale Princess
7575 E. Princess Dr., USA
Our Rating Neighborhood North Scottsdale Phone 480/585-4848 Prices High season $719 double, $849 suite. Summer $189 double, $369 suite. $32 daily resort fee. Valet parking $24; self-parking $8. Pets accepted ($25 per night). Amenities 4 restaurants; 4 lounges; babysitting; bikes; children’s programs; two 18-hole golf courses; exercise room; 2 Jacuzzis; 6 pools; room service; full-service spa; 7 tennis courts; Wi-Fi (included in resort fee) Units 750 Web site Fairmont Scottsdale Princess
Map7575 E. Princess Dr. USA Phoenix
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