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Pronounced Suh-war-oh, this super-funky hotel takes its name from the tree-like columnar cacti found exclusively in the Sonoran Desert. (Thanks to the handy visitor’s guide provided by the hotel, we immediately stopped butchering the pronunciation of the name!)
Located in the heart of Old Town Scottsdale and inspired by the contemporary architecture of Mexico and the Arizona desert, The Saguaro, which opened in 2011, is designed around the colour and light of the surrounding landscape — we love that each of the 194 rooms and suites is accented by a vivid pop of desert-flower-inspired colour and furnished with fabulous handcrafted Mexican pieces.
The Saguaro understands guests’ desire to chill, and their two glamorous outdoor pools, lined with sunny yellow lounges, cabanas and daybeds, offer solace to business types and vacationers alike. Here you can enjoy hip beats spun poolside by a DJ and sip on cool cocktails as you swim or lounge.
Due to the property being in close proximity to a plethora of top-notch restaurants, you’ll never have to worry about where to eat. However, The Saguaro features two distinct dining outlets, both managed by Iron Chef, Jose Garces, that you really should visit: Distrito Scottsdale serves shareable plates and contemporary interpretations of regional Mexican favourites — the Queso Fundido (Duck Barbacoa, Poblano Chile Rajas, Queso Mixto) is incredible! And Garces Trading Company Coffee To-Go is the perfect morning pit stop for a cuppa coffee (Chef Garces’s custom-roasted GTC coffees) and a house-made pastry.
If you can be dragged away from the restaurants and pool, why not borrow one of the hotel’s desert cruiser bikes for an hour to tour the area, or, our personal choice, visit The Saguaro Spa for a massage that uses their desert-inspired Neuvo Latin products.
Cost: From $259 a night in peak season (January – April / October – December) and $109 a night in low season (May – September). There is a $22 (+ tax) a day resort fee. Internet is included in your resort fee.
The Saguaro | 4000 N. Drinkwater Boulevard | www.thesaguaro.com
The Fairmont Scottsdale Princess
If you enjoy luxurious accommodations and being pampered, The Fairmont Scottsdale Princess is where you need to check-in.
This glorious Five-Diamond resort-oasis — set on an incredible 65-acres, in the heart of the acclaimed Sonoran Desert — has everything you need (or could ever want) to make your vacation spectacular.
After dropping off your bags in your hotel room — one of 648 stunning guestrooms and suites, ranging from 525-square-feet to a whopping 3,225-square-feet — take a pre-dinner dip in one of the Princess’s (yes, five!) refreshing outdoor swimming pools, a relaxing massage at the first-class Well & Being Spa, or if you’re feeling a little more adventurous, take in a round of golf at one of the two newly renovated 18-hole championship golf courses.
The Fairmont Scottsdale Princess offers several delicious dining options, including LA HACIENDA BY RICHARD SANDOVAL (one of Scottsdale’s top-rated Mexican restaurants that features a lighter, ingredient-driven approach to Mexican cuisine); BOURBON STEAK (American fare, with a focus on all natural, organic and hormone-free cuts of beef, poached and finished over the wood-burning grill.); and TORO LATIN RESTAURANT & RUM BAR (Discover Pan-Latin cuisine artfully combining the distinct flavours of South and Central America, with ingredients rooted in the Japanese and Chinese Peruvian cultures.)
Cost: From $599 a night in peak season (January – March) and $169 a night in the summer (May – August). There is a $29 (+ tax) a day resort fee. Internet is included in your resort fee.
The Fairmont Scottsdale Princess | 7575 E. Princess Drive | www.fairmont.com/scottsdale
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