The Phoenician: A Luxury Resort Destination
On a recent trip to Phoenix, my husband and I stumbled into an online travel package offering a bargain on airfare and accommodations.¬† When the accommodations turned out to be at The Phoenician Resort, we definitely got more than we bargained for.
When we scheduled our trip, I hopped online to plan the rest of our weekend.¬† Heather, the¬†Phoenix expert for PlanetEye Traveler,¬†had great suggestions of must-dos, too many in fact for the number of days we were planning our visit.
I¬†contacted a friend¬†who lives in the area, “You’re staying at The Phoenician? You’ll never want to leave.”¬† How silly, I thought.¬† Why would anyone travel to such a beautiful place as Phoenix and never leave their resort?!
I must admit from the moment we drove onto the grounds and were greeted warmly at the gate, we felt welcome. Driving further onto the property,¬† we saw the beautiful landscaping with its mystical sculptures and waterfalls.¬† I knew this was like a place I had never stayed before.
Located on 250 acres between Phoenix and Scottsdale, The Phoenician (map) , was¬†desgined to be a destination resort¬†with desert landscape of the American Southwest¬†softened by¬†features of the¬†finest hotels of Europe. ¬†A fact we noticed on the stroll to our room with the marble floors and walls, crystal chandeliers all blending with the¬†pocket cactus gardens and art of the American Southwest.
Our room was large, luxurious and inviting with warm lighting and soft music playing¬†on the tableside CD player.¬†¬†A cozy sitting area led to a¬† private terrace complete with cushioned chaise and table.¬†¬†The oversized bathroom featured a separate bath and shower, though, I must caution, the beautiful marble flooring seemed slightly dangerous with wet feet!
And, although the bed was covered in deep pillows and rich Italian¬†linens and the flight and time change had left us a little spendt, I could hear a little Camel calling my name.
The Thirsty Camel, a lounge off the main lobby featuring cocktails and light fare, has an outside seating area where we headed to sit near one of three starlit fire pits.¬†¬†Here, teak wood furniture¬†covered with¬†thick cushions¬†formed¬†numerous conversation areas¬†that¬†created a romantic atmosphere, but not to a point that¬†made several groups of businessmen/golfing buddies uncomfortable.
Having been told¬†how gorgeous an¬†Arizona sunrise can be, we awoke¬†early the next morning, grabbed the newspaper and¬†complimentary coffee from Il Terrazzo restaurant and headed back to the patio to watch.
Arriving after dark the night before, we had no idea of the gorgeous natural surroundings¬†that awaited us.¬† Situated at the Southeast base of Camelback Mountain (map), The Phoenician offers outstanding views no matter which direction you look.
In the daylight, we had a deeper appreciation for the wonderful sculptures that were scattered throughout the grounds.¬† Many of my favorite works were by Allan Houser, a renowned Apache artist, whose works depicted scenes from traditional, native American¬†life.
The Resort¬†owns a collection of art, each piece¬†selected individually for its character and as a whole to enhance the elegant surroundings.¬† A¬†complimentary, self-guided audio tour of the Resort’s entire $25 million art collection,¬†is available from the Concierge desk.
The art tour along with so many other unique amenities available to guests makes this resort the perfect vacation spot for couples, families and business travelers.¬† A few of the many options available include:
- Hike Camelback Mountain, several trails are available and while not an easy stroll,¬† reaching the top, you will be at the tallest point in the City of Phoenix.¬† Trail maps and bottled water are available from the Concierge and guided hikes can be arranged through the Fitness Center
- Cruise through the lush grounds or into surrounding neighborhoods on a bicycle rented from the Tennis Garden.¬† Trail maps, locks, helmets and bottled water are all available there.
- Need a little more recreation?¬†¬†How about¬†tennis on 11 lighted courts, golf with special designed tees for juniors so the whole family can play, swimming in one of the¬†nine pools, or¬†a leisure game of croquet or bocce on the lawn
- Even shopping recreation is available with several unique shops on site featuring men’s and ladies clothing, jewelry and accessories, florals and gifts, ice cream and coffee, even a wine and cheese shop, which I sadly found too late, as this would have made for a perfect private patio picnic!
- If a little privacy is what you crave, then the Funicians Kids Club and Activity Center is your answer.¬† From board games to Wii, sandbox to basketball court, even a private movie theater with Friday and Saturday Kids Dinner & Movie – who could ask for more.
- Speaking of¬† ‘more — don’t miss the fire roasted marshmallows under the stars on Saturday evenings
- The Centre for Well-Being is worthy of a post all its own!¬† I think the mere fact that my specialist shared she had been with the Phoenician for 22 years and only ranks 14th on the seniority scale, speaks volumes for the dedication and attention lavished on guests. Another hint, allow yourself plenty of extra time as once inside this tranquil setting,¬†I wished that¬†I had selected a full day package.
Yes, Martha, you were right.¬† I would have been totally happy to never leave this luxurious, AAA five diamond¬†resort. Still, we had an amazing Arizona adventure and we can’t wait to return.