Dazzlingly set next to Pinnacle Peak, north Scottsdale’s most distinctive mountain landmark, this super-luxurious resort is more intimate than the nearby Boulders. Casita accommodations are scattered across a boulder-strewn hillside and curled around three pools. There are two restaurants, including a high-end Spanish steakhouse, Talavera, along with a cozy lounge dubbed Onyx (this with a patio boasting terrific views of faraway Camelback Mountain and Piestwa Peak), and an enjoyable Western saloon-like affair called Proof. Guests get golf privileges at the nearby Troon North golf course. This is a great place for those who want to explore the desert on foot: You can walk to nearby Pinnacle Peak Park, or get a lift from the resort to nearby trail heads into the Sonoran Reserve. Guest rooms and suites are lavish; the priciest ones include a private plunge pool and an outdoor shower. Daily activities range from exercise and yoga to kids’ stuff. Note: There are lots of stairs and inclines here; make sure to ask for a ground-level room if that’s a problem.