Do you dream about relaxing poolside at one of our many beautiful resorts in Phoenix? Well, here’s your chance to make that dream a reality. Enter the 2010 Summerscapes Giveaway for one of the five packages listed below. Fill out this online form by June 30. Winners will be contacted on or around July 15, 2010. Even locals can enter for a great staycation.
Arizona Biltmore Resort & Spa
If you’re lucky enough to win this getaway you’ll receive a one night stay for two in Ocatilla at Arizona Biltmore, the new “hotel within the hotel” and dinner for two at Frank & Albert’s. You’ll be spoiled with private concierge service and private pool & complimentary amenities such as continental breakfast, evening hors d’oeuvres and cocktails. You’ll also have the opportunity to partake in the summer-long “Hollywood & Wine” festival at the resort with everything from Hollywood professionals revealing their secrets to celebrity wines being poured.
2400 East Missouri Avenue, Phoenix (map)
Luxurious cabanas at the Four Seasons Scottsdale
Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale at Troon North
The home of my favorite place to watch an Arizona sunset, the Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale is located near Pinnacle Peak in beautiful North Scottsdale. As the winner of a two-night stay for two in one of their sumptuous suites you’ll enjoy a complimentary appetizer and two signature Troon Traditional margaritas in Onyx Bar & Lounge, followed by dinner for two in Talavera restaurant, an amazing restaurant with American cuisine and probably one of the most dramatic views in the Valley. Check out their remodeled pool with two luxury “super” cabanas.
10600 East Crescent Moon Drive, Scottsdale
Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Resort & Spa
This tropical getaway offers a little fun for everyone in the family with two nights in a private lakeside casita where the gang can spread out and relax in their own living room, two bedrooms, indoor fireplace and private patio. Kids ages 5 to 12 will love a day at Camp Hyatt Kachina, while the adults can enjoy 18 holes of championship golf at Gainey Ranch Golf Club. You’ll also relax and rejuvenate with a choice of a massage or facial. And if that wasn’t enough dinner for four topped off with a gondola ride along the resort’s waterway is also part of the adventure.
7500 East Doubletree Ranch Road, Scottsdale (map)
The Courtyard at the Fairmont Scottsdale
Kids can run wild and explore the adventures that await them at the National Geographic Explorers Camp package. This package includes overnight accommodations, up to three half-day National Geographic Explorers Camp passes and complimentary breakfast for up to three children. The Fairmont is near shopping, movie theatres and all types of restaurants and bars. It’s nestled in between the bustling part of Scottsdale, but the resort itself is a reclusive spot to get your second wind.
7575 E. Princess Drive, Scottsdale (map)
Wigwam Golf Resort and Spa
Can you say Girls Getaway? A treat for you and two friends includes overnight accommodations for three in a spacious suite with a private balcony overlooking the pool. The three of you will spend a day at the luxurious Elizabeth Arden Red Door Spa with three different mini spa services. You will even be served chocolate and champagne that you can savor over your outdoor patio fireplace. What a way to end a perfect day!
585 East Bird Lane, Litchfield Park (map)
Well, what have you got to lose? Any one of these escapes sounds fantastic. It only takes a minute to fill out this online form. Good luck!
Photos courtesy of the Four Seasons Scottsdale and flickr – summer joy and Fairmont Courtyard
Fairmont Scottsdale Princess Resort
7575 East Princess Drive, Scottsdale, AZ, 85255, US
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