Make 2018 the year of your best summer ever by spending it at Fairmont Scottsdale Princess. The sunny playground has something for everyone, from families and couples to youngsters and social-media stars. Laze the day away poolside, try out Float Fit paddleboard yoga, enjoy dive-in movies, meet the resident pups, munch down four new burgers and more — all while saving some cash.
Don’t waste valuable vacay time scouring the resort for the best photo spot. Instead, turn to the new Instagram Concierge, the pros on where, when and how to capture that perfect shot. The team has curated a tip sheet filled with need-to-know info like ideal locations, composition, time of day, filters and app recommendations. There’s also six new “instagrammable” summer backdrops sprinkled around the resort that include larger-than-life art installations with fun, summer-themed elements. Don’t miss the “Best. Summer. Ever.” mural in Princess Plaza for the ultimate way to showcase your sweet stay.
Still too much work? Schedule a 45-minute portrait session with Studio M, the resort’s on-site professional photographers. Now that’s something to double tap.
Make a trip down to the lobby to meet Bixby and Gibbs, the friendly four-legged pups and ambassadors of the resort. They even have their own children’s book, The Adventures of Bixby and Gibbs. Cecil, the resort’s desert tortoise can be found hanging out near Canyon Lawn and La Hacienda, and Hawk Talk lets guests mingle with the Fairmont’s feathered friends while learning from the Sonoran Desert Falconry experts. Or opt for hanging with Ranger Rick, your go-to for the flora and fauna of the Southwest.
The only way to conquer the triple-digit temps of Arizona is by jumping in the pool and the Princess is home to six. Whether you’re taking a dip in Sunset Beach, the largest of the pools, or zipping down dueling waterslides at Sonoran Splash, the family-friendly pools offer more than just cool water. The Fun team hosts foam parties, dive-in movies and H2/Glow parties after dark with fog, lasers, a new interactive Catch the Light game and DJ Splash on weekends. Or escape indoors to the Trailblazers Recreation Center, a complimentary, indoor family fun zone with BEAM interactive floor games, virtual reality roller coasters, ping pong, pool tables and more. Kids will also stay cool when they each receive a free Summer at the Princess ball cap at the children’s check-in desk.
For the Big Kids
If your vacation is sans kids, then visit the Sonoran Landing pool where floating bean bags, oversized swan rafts and day beds await. More importantly, hydrate with poolside cocktails like the Cocojito (coconut rum, lime, mint and pineapple), Tropical Bull Margarita (tequila, lime, agave, mango and upside down Red Bull), Frosé All Day (wine, raspberry, vodka and mango) or Ocean Water (coconut whiskey, blue curacao and citrus soda). Unwind at the Well & Being Spa where they’ve just introduced new fitness classes like wall yoga and Float Fit paddleboard yoga. Or tee up at the TPC Scottsdale course before cooling down at one of the resort’s top restaurants, Toro Latin Restaurant & Rum Bar, Bourbon Steak, La Hacienda or Ironwood American Kitchen.
Every Saturday is a celebration this summer when fireworks light up the night sky. For even more festive fun, the resort’s popular Freedom Fest is celebrated June 29 to July 4 and features concerts, a parachute and vintage air show, extended fireworks and more. During Labor Day Dreamcation weekend, August 31 to September 3, the resort transforms into a cruise ship headed to Hawaii, with traditional luaus and hula dancers. Aloha!
We know what you’re thinking. I must book a room now. Lucky for you, the resort is giving you the chance to save big with a hot summer offer, plus more deals once you’re there!
Best. Summer. Ever. Package: Rates start from $179 per night and includes a daily $50 resort credit and a complimentary session with the Instagram Concierge. Available now through September 4, 2018.
Well & Being Spa Savings: Indulge in summer-inspired treatments while saving some dollars. Choose from the Prickly Pear Quench massage, the Lavender and Lime body scrub or the Coconut Cooler Pedicure. Each are 60 minutes and range in price from $69 to $169.
Dining Deals: Bourbon Steak (kids 12 and under eat free with purchase of an adult entree) is serving up the Summer of the Burger with four different selections. Ironwood American Kitchen and Toro Latin Restaurant & Rum Bar has new weekend brunches while The Plaza Bar has a DJ spinning beats at Sundown Saturdays.
For more information, visit: scottsdaleprincess.com