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Phoenix is known for its year-round sunshine and gorgeous resorts. These Arizona oases feature stunning pools, world-class golf courses, and open-air restaurants, and they often have glorious views of the surrounding mountains and cacti-filled Sonoran Desert. If you're thinking about taking a trip to the sun-drenched southwest, here are Phoenix's top resorts (we're also including a few top resorts in neighboring Scottsdale).
The Arizona Biltmore, which opened in 1929 and once hosted Marilyn Monroe and Frank Sinatra, is considered one of the best resorts in the world. Designed by Albert Chase McArthur, a student of Frank Lloyd Wright, the resort features low-lying cottages around manicured lawns. There are eight pools, two golf courses, a spa, and fire pits to take in the views of nearby Piestewa Peak.
The desert sun can get intense, so it's a good thing the JW Marriott resort has five swimming pools, including ones with a lazy river and a waterslide. When you dry off, tee off on the Arnold Palmer-designed golf course, tour the nearby Musical Instrument Museum, and dine on Hawaiian-Asian dishes at Roy's Pacific Rim.
T. Cook's, the Mediterranean restaurant at the Royal Palms, is one of the hottest tickets in the Phoenix/Scottsdale area. The luxury resort — the former winter estate of New York industrialist Delos Cooke — also has casitas with fireplaces, a cabana-lined pool, the Mix Up Bar (the Moscow Mules are divine), and the Alvadora Spa.
The Pointe Hilton Squaw Peak Resort is a reasonably priced, family-friendly resort conveniently located 20 minutes from Sky Harbor International Airport. Spread over 27 acres, the resort has 563 rooms and three restaurants. The kids will love River Ranch, an on-site water park with a lazy river, a waterslide, and a free-form pool with waterfalls.
As with all Kimpton properties, the Kimpton Hotel Palomar Phoenix offers plenty of fun perks, like the use of loaner bikes (perfect for exploring downtown Phoenix) and a complimentary evening wine hour where you can mingle with staff and fellow guests. Be sure to dine at the in-house Blue Hood Kitchen & Cocktails (try the brisket sliders and corn grit fries).
The Camby, housed in the former Ritz-Carlton, is a contemporary design hotel that attracts a hip crowd. After shopping up a storm at the Baltimore Fashion Park shopping complex (it's within walking distance), have a cocktail at the rooftop bar, then settle into Artizen, for a farm-to-table meal of Southwestern-inspired fare.
Located in downtown Phoenix, the Hyatt Regency Phoenix is across the street from the Phoenix Convention Center. Additionally, it has state-of-the-art meeting rooms, and it's within walking distance of restaurants — though you won't want to miss a meal at the rotating Compass Arizona Grill, which offers 360-degree views of the valley.
At 53-acre Sanctuary Camelback Mountain Resort, you can hike amid saguaro cacti and wildflowers on Camelback Mountain, do sunrise yoga, and play a few sets of tennis. When you're ready to relax, indulge in a soothing hot stone massage, and just try to tear yourself way from the Insta-worthy infinity pool overlooking Camelback.
Fresh from a head-t0-toe makeover, The Phoenician, one of the Phoenix/Scottsdale area's most legendary resorts, shines anew. Set amid 250 acres at the base of Camelback Mountain, the sprawling resort has 645 rooms, a large pool complex with a kids' zone, a three-story spa, a golf course, and numerous restaurants, including Mowry & Cotton.
Soak up the stunning Sonoran desert vistas from the balcony of your luxury adobe casita during a stay at the Four Seasons Resort at Troon North. Ready for some activity? Tee off on nearby Monument Golf Course, take a challenging hike up Pinnacle Peak, swim a few laps in the pool, and dine on Southwestern-inspired cuisine in the Talavera restaurant.