Resort Report: The Phoenician (Scottsdale)

Originally opened in October 1988, The Phoenician Resort in Scottsdale is a luxury family-friendly resort with beautiful grounds, enticing facilities, and attentive staff members.


Whether you are traveling solo, as a couple, with your kids, or part of a business group, there are a number of different guestroom, suite, and casita options to fit your needs. The decor of The Phoenician guestrooms is luxurious and modern with subtle grays, browns, and blues that soothe your spirit.


Wait until you see the Kids Zone at The Phoenician! If you have children (ages 1-10+), they will go crazy over the colorful splash pad, attached treehouse, and winding 197-foot waterslide (which starts as a closed tube and opens about midway through). Exceptionally well-done, parents can lounge in nearby seats or rent a cabana for a truly relaxing and fun experience for the whole family.

Note that the waterslide is typically open from 11:00am to 5:00pm and has a height requirement of 42 inches. It's great for new or non-swimmers because the slide doesn't end in the swimming pool (in other words, you won't get dunked underwater with the current). 

If you have older children or teens, they'll love that The Phoenician has a number of different swimming pools as well as long lines of loungers with uniformed attendants waiting to assist you with towels, water, or menu items.

Seeking a bit of solitude? There's an adults-only pool for that! You'll probably also want to book an appointment at the Phoenician Spa...


The Phoenician Spa is spacious, gorgeous, and immaculate. You won't be disappointed by this sparkling, elegant, and calming space - where you can get a pedicure/manicure, book a massage, take a fitness class, or enjoy the rooftop pool.

The spa facilities include:

  • Nalon salon (6 ultra-comfortable pedicure loungers and 4 manicure stations)
  • Couples massage room
  • 6 facial rooms
  • 16 massage/body treatment rooms
  • A VIP Suite for couples or small groups
  • Quiet relaxation room
  • Men's and women's locker rooms with hot tub, steam room, and sauna
  • Fitness Center
  • Drybar
  • Retail boutique
  • Rooftop pool

Instructor-led fitness classes are $20 each (free if you book a 50-minute treatment at the spa). Complimentary water bottles, towels, and snacks are available. Note that children 15 years and younger are not permitted in the fitness center or the classes.

The Nail Salon at the Phoenician Spa is especially posh - with comfortable lounge chairs, complimentary infused water, and nail techs with 20+ years of service. A 25-minute pedicure or manicure will run between $35-$50, depending on the season.


The Phoenician's Athletic Club is also new (doors opened June 2018) and it is a fitness enthusiast's dream! If you enjoy working out while on vacation, don't hesitate to book a stay at The Phoenician. The first story of the athletic club includes a lifestyle shop and a rec room, while the second story is a full fitness center with floor-to-ceiling windows.

Let's start on the second floor. You'll find almost any and every workout machine that you might want in this 4,600+ square foot space - including ellipticals, treadmills, weights, and more. There is also a movement studio with “fitness on demand” technology, providing guests with hundreds of virtual classes via touchscreen from yoga to spin. 

Moving to the first floor, the 2,100+ square foot Rec Room is an outstanding place to visit with your kids!

The room includes:

  • Pool table
  • Ping pong table
  • Foosball
  • Shuffleboard
  • Arcade games (free!)
  • Big screen TV
  • Board games
  • Gaming systems

Beyond the indoor facilities, you'll also find seven inviting tennis courts, two pickle ball courts, and a half-basketball court. The newly redesigned golf course (which opened in November 2018) offers eighteen holes. 


It would be easy to stay the whole weekend without leaving the property at The Phoenician. Aside from swimming, working out, playing games at the athletic club, and visiting the spa you can also: play tennis (1-hour free with your resort fee), ride bikes (2 hours free daily with your resort fee), or take a walk.

A prime advantage of The Phoenician over other Scottsdale resorts is that it is not tucked way up north (like The Westin Kierland or the Four Seasons). If you need to make it downtown for business, theatre, or museums, the drive is only about 20 minutes.

You can also hop in the car for a quick 7-minute drive to Scottsdale Fashion Square for a bit of shopping (Crate & Barrel, J. Crew, Janie and Jack, Kate Spade, Lululemon, Nordstrom, Sur La Table, and more), dining (Chipotle, Fired Pie, Johnny Rockets, Paradise Bakery & Cafe, Shake Shack, Starbucks), or movie-watching (Harkins Theatres).

If you have littles, you can visit McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park (12 minutes away), wander The Phoenix Zoo (15 minutes away), hike Camelback Mountain (7 minutes away), or pick up a sweet treat at Sprinkles Cupcakes (7 minutes away).


There are eight dining options at The Phoenician:

  1. J&G Steakhouse - award-winning restaurant with refined cuisine
  2. Mowry & Cotton (pictured below) - serving breakfast, brunch, lunch, dinner, happy hour
  3. The Phoenician Tavern - burgers, beer, handcrafted cocktails
  4. Afternoon Tea - offered on most days, 2:00-3:00pm, voted "Best Afternoon Tea"
  5. Thirsty Camel Bar - food & beverages with live entertainment, 2:00pm-11:00pm
  6. Kalio Kabobery - Mediterranean inspired cuisine by the pool
  7. The Marketplace - house-made pastries, tasty sandwiches, decadent desserts, specialty coffees, and an array of creamy gelato with fresh waffle cones
  8. 19th Hole - golf course grill & patio, open for breakfast & lunch

RESTAURANT SPOTLIGHT: Mowry & Cotton is a warm and laidback restaurant featuring a rich, cabin-like feel with wood beams, oversized bottles, and plaid chairs. Well-trained and knowledgeable servers wear denim shirts with suspenders. Both indoor and outdoor seating options are available and you might be surprised to find that the outdoor dining experience can be quite pleasant year round (due to Scottsdale's dry, mild climate and misters for extra-warm days).


If you're traveling with a baby, you can request a crib when you book your reservation.

Little ones, 3 years-old and younger, eat free of charge when ordering from the children’s menu with the purchase of an adult entrée at most of the on-site restaurants.

Another complimentary experience that young children (ages 5-12) will enjoy is Bunny Hoppy Hour! Stop by the Funicians Club on any Friday or Saturday between 4:00pm-5:00pm. Take a brief tour of the facilities, meet the staff, and pick out your very own Pho-Pho plush bunny.

As for expectant mothers, The Phoenician Spa offers an Expectant Mother massage package. Call for details.


  • Address: The Phoenician | A Luxury Collection Resort, 6000 E. Camelback Road, Scottsdale
  • Check-In: 4:00pm
  • Check-Out: 12:00pm
  • Parking: Overnight valet service is $38 per evening. Self-parking is $23 per night.
  • Resort Fee: $45/night (includes in-room wireless internet, daily morning yoga, cocktail mixology, one hour of tennis court usage + equipment daily, two hours of daily bicycle rental, 50% off fitness classes, and supervised childcare while dining at resort restaurant)
  • Peak Season: February through April
  • Off-Season: Summer (late May to early September)
  • Social Media: Follow The Phoenician on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
  • BOOK A ROOM | call 480-941-8200
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