Sprawling Phoenix Arizona is a year-round playground for travellers of all descriptions, including a good number of honeymooners and roaming romantics escaping the cold northern climates in search of the warmth and sunshine the Valley of the Sun is famous for.
Scottsdale is perhaps the choice location for romantic getaways and vacations in this area, and we've collected 5 of our favorite romantic Scottsdale resorts and hotels in this guide to accommodation for couples. Enjoy...
Note: Reviews and descriptions of these romantic Scottsdale resorts are current as of Feb 2015. Hotels, rooms and amenities can change, so always confirm with the hotel before making travel plans and reservations).
FireSky Resort and Spa (A Kimpton Hotel) - giving you the best of both worlds, the FireSky offers the convenience of being downtown and close to Old Scottsdale and the private feel of a desert retreat. There’s even a sandy beach pool, adjacent to the Paradise Pool. At night, the outside areas light up softly with white lights strung around the palm trees, allowing for quiet moments of reflection and romance.
There are 204 guest suites varying in size from 400 to 800 square feet, and each has its own private balcony or patio. The courtyard is lush and beautiful, dotted with small sitting areas perfect for chatting while you partake of the complimentary evening wine and snacks. The Italian restaurant has indoor and patio seating, and Jurlique Spa offers a variety of organic treatments and services. You’ll also find a fitness room, bikes to use during your stay, and an in-room yoga program. Romance Tip: Ask about making “s’mores” at night over the fire pit.
The Canyon Suites At the Phoenician - this 5-Diamond boutique hotel at the base of Camelback Mountain has 60 luxurious rooms (the smallest being 600 square feet!) and is often referred to as “A resort within a resort” because the Canyon Suites are inside the Phoenician Resort. You’ll find one, two and three-bedroom suites with city, golf course, pool or mountain views. The 27-hole award-winning golf course, tennis courts, luxury spa, steakhouse restaurant along with other dining options, and activities such as hiking, cycling, koi feeding, and wine tasting keep you relaxed and entertained.
There are eight - yes eight pools, including one with water slides, and a 2-acre cactus garden. Check out the guided tours of the 250 varieties of cacti or take an audio tour of the many one-of-a-kind works of art in the resort. Complimentary morning and afternoon refreshments are served in the private lobby.
The Embrace Romance Package includes champagne and fresh flowers upon arrival, along with breakfast for two. Romance Tip: Ask about their “Hour of Joy” and the “Therapeutic Bath Turn Down Service”.
Holiday Inn Express & Suites Scottsdale Old Town - this is a newly renovated facility with easy access to all the Scottsdale attractions, including the Desert Botanical Garden, the Phoenix Zoo, Old Town Scottsdale, art galleries and Fashion Square Mall.
Some of the perks here are complimentary hot breakfast daily and a free shuttle to the Scottsdale area. You can walk to Old Scottsdale in about 15 minutes. Happy Hour/Manager’s Reception runs from 5:30 to 7pm and includes free wine or beer and snacks. After that you can head out to Old Scottsdale’s many restaurants and then come back for free cookies and milk before bed.
There’s a pool and hot tub outdoors and the staff is friendly and helpful. Suites have a small fridge and microwave, which is very convenient. Room Tip: Rooms with pool views have balconies with a small table and chairs.
Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Resort and Spa at Gainey Ranch - this 27-acre resort hotel is set against the McDowell Mountains but close to many interesting and romantic activities in the Scottsdale area. There’s golf, a luxury spa, 10 pools (including adults-only), cascading waterfalls, a sandy beach, and a gym. Several on-site restaurants and bars cater to both casual fare and fine dining.
This Hyatt has 493 rooms and suites, many with private balconies or patios. Or you can splurge on your honeymoon and book into one of their private casitas. The Hyatt’s Scottsdale Romance Package includes chocolate truffles and champagne, a full breakfast for two and 2 PM checkout.
Romance Tip: Venice in Scottsdale? Take a gondola ride on the lake any evening from 6:00 to 10:30 PM, weather permitting. If you have dinner at the Alto Ristorante e Bar, it’s complimentary. And the gondoliers sing to you!
Gainey Suites Hotel - fresh off a 2 million + renovation, the Gainey Suites enters 2015 as one of the top-rated romantic Scottsdale resorts. Fresh baked chocolate chip cookies are here waiting your arrival, and each morning you'll be treated to their hot breakfast buffet complete with Starbucks coffee.
Rooms at this boutique resort now all outfitted with upgraded bath and shower, new "Dream Beds", wood cabinets, HDTV and complimentary WiFi. Outside resort amenities you'll find include pool side cabanas, patio & fire pit, wine bar and gift shop. All this and...no resort fees!
*Based on TripAdvisor.com Ratings & Reviews from Couples as of Feb 2015.