Originally opened in October 1988, The Phoenician resort in Scottsdale has always been a gorgeous property with beautiful grounds and attentive staff members.
This past year, however, The Phoenician has undergone a breathtaking and all-encompassing transformation that will make you want to visit ASAP.
In addition to completely new and elegant rooms (more on that below), there is a BRAND NEW Spa, Athletic Club, Splash Pad, Waterslide, and Treehouse!
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 (fully renovated in 2016) – with subtle grays, browns, and blues that soothe your spirit.
Wait until you see the new children’s 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). We’d love to see The Phoenician expand the waterslide hours since many families with young children enjoy swimming first thing in the morning or in the early evenings.
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 brand new Phoenician Spa…
New this summer, The Phoenician just unveiled their gorgeous and immaculate spa. 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
- Retail boutique
- Rooftop pool
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.
PHOENICIAN ATHLETIC CLUB
The Phoenician’s Athletic Club is BRAND 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 tennis/golf 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. 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.
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
- 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 golf course will re-open in November 2018 after a complete – you guessed it – redesign.
ON-SITE OR NEARBY ACTIVITIES
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 seven dining options at The Phoenician:
- J&G Steakhouse – currently closed for a style refresh; will reopen in early September
- Mowry & Cotton – serving breakfast, brunch, lunch, dinner, happy hour
- Relish Burger Bistro – currently closed; will reopen in 2019 with a new name + design
- Afternoon Tea – offered on most days, 2:00-3:00pm, voted “Best Afternoon Tea”
- Thirsty Camel Bar – food & beverages with live entertainment, 2:00pm-11:00pm
- Kalio Kabobery – Mediterranean inspired cuisine by the pool
- The Marketplace – house-made pastries, tasty sandwiches, decadent desserts, specialty coffees, and an array of creamy gelato with fresh waffle cones
Since J&G Steakhouse and Relish Burger Bistro are currently closed for remodeling, you’ll probably find yourself at Mowry & Cotton for a meal. The warm and laidback restaurant has a rich, cabin-like feel with wood beams, oversized bottles, and plaid chairs. Well-trained and knowledgable 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).
Looking at the menu and not sure where to start? Try the Hot Crab & Spinach Dip appetizer. Creamy and warm, the decadent dip is served with perfectly soft & crunchy semolina sesame toast.
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 toddlers and young children 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.
Rooms start at $169/night for summer 2018. Stay before August 31, 2018 to receive this outstanding rate, which includes complimentary self-parking AND the Night Owls Program.
The Night Owls program provides supervised childcare for children (ages 5-12) while parents dine at resort restaurants, 5-9pm. A night of crafts, games, movies, and an evening meal. Included in resort charge. Up to two children per family.
RESORT AT A GLANCE
- Address: The Phoenician | A Luxury Scottsdale Resort, 6000 E. Camelback Road, Scottsdale
- Check-In: 4:00pm
- Check-Out: 12:00pm
- Parking: Self-parking is $18/night; Valet parking is $33/night.
- Resort Fee: $35/night (includes wireless internet, morning yoga, one hour of tennis court usage + equipment, two hours of bicycle rental, 50% off fitness classes, and supervised childcare while dining at resort restaurant)
- Peak Season: February to April
- Off-Season: Summer (late May to early September)
- Social Media: Follow The Phoenician on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
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