As I’ve mentioned in other Staycation articles, Arizona resorts often feature special summer pricing, and the Four Seasons Scottsdale is offering a special “End of Summer” promotion with reduced rates and special programming during August 27th – August 31st. If you’re interested, please contact the Four Seasons Scottsdale directly 480-513-5039 for more information and to book a stay. On to the feature article!
How Do I Get There?
The Four Seasons Scottsdale is roughly 40 minutes slightly northeast of downtown Phoenix (Google Maps), and it’s a very easy and beautiful drive, especially once you’re about 20 minutes away. If you live on the west side of Phoenix, it’s about 40 minutes east and slightly north (Google Maps).
The same also goes if you’re traveling from the southern part of greater Phoenix like Chandler (Google Maps) or originating more from the southeast like Mesa (Google Maps). If you live in North Scottsdale, it’s about 10 minutes slightly northeast.
I like the location of the Four Seasons Scottsdale because it’s not far, but it feels set apart from the city and as if you’ve traveled hundreds of miles for the quiet mountain setting. It’s the perfect Arizona Staycation location.
The drive into North Scottsdale’s Sonoran Desert is scenic and vibrant, and the resort is elevated and ensconced in a rocky perch – just divine. Here is a photo gallery of our entry into the property and some other interior views:
We enjoyed a spectacular Second Floor Casita Room, which offers mountain and city views; and our views were stellar. Here’s my favorite picture of the view – a panoramic picture:
The Casita Room is superlative, everything you would expect from a luxury resort room – lovely appointments, locally-inspired art, generous amenities, and a divine bed. Here’s a photo gallery:
As you can see, the room is extremely well-appointed. I love the art, the natural light off the balcony, and the fresh light smell. The other characteristic that’s difficult to convey with pictures alone is the feeling of warmth and lightness as you move into and throughout the room – like a soft invisible blanket. Mmmmm.
As I’ve made abundantly clear, I LOVE water – pools, spas, steam rooms, jacuzzis, you name it! And with the Arizona heat, you’ve got to get into the pools! Here’s a photo gallery:
As you can see, the pools and the views are marvelous, and the water feels even better. I really like that the resort has an “Adults Only” pool. My wife and I are busy professionals without kids, and on a Staycation, we’re really looking to just chill out. We also met some other great folks who were on a group trip without kids, and they were just relaxing and unwinding without the concern that they might say or do something that would be “child unfriendly.”
I won’t do the experience justice by including it in this article, so I’m going to to write a separate blog piece. But, here’s a quick picture of one of the items we enjoyed from the tasting menu:
I also enjoyed breakfast at Proof – the Market Egg White Frittata, and it was most excellent:
I visited The Spa but because there were resort guests present, I didn’t get many great pictures. Here’s just a few:
I loved the fresh herbs, haven’t seen that before in any high end spa. I will most definitely have a treatment my next visit!
For the Kids
In terms of swimming, kids have access to the upper main pool, which is quite large. Also, off the east entry to the pool area, there is a well-sized shallow kiddie pool for young children. I noticed a number of mothers sitting in, and walking their kids through that pool – as well as watching their kids play from a distance. Very nice for those with young kids.
I always try to find some really cool and interesting aspects or features of high end properties, and couple of things stood out. First, I love to Golf, and the resort has priority use of the nearby Monument and Pinnacle courses, in addition to access to the Troon North clubhouse – all top of the line facilities.
The other thing I really like is that the resort includes a dedicated and absolutely breathtaking Wedding Planning area and staffing. Wow, even as a guy, it’s super impressive. Check out the Wedding Planning meeting space:
Here’s a panoramic of the room:
I included a new category for this post because the grounds of this property are among the most beautiful resort grounds I’ve seen. The contrast of the cream colored stone with the deep browns in the wood and the lush green grass with touches of water is all just sublime. These grounds underscore the intimate unhurried and uncrowded nature of the property that is unique among the Scottsdale resorts that cater more to large groups. You can simply stroll peacefully and breathe in the mountain air. So lovely. Take a look at some of the views:
It’s rare that over the course of a couple of days, you can interact with almost 30 people working at a resort, and every interaction is friendly, uplifting, and helpful. But that was the case at the Four Seasons. I’d like to give specific thanks to the most friendly host at Proof for providing information about the restaurant and the property, and even engaging me in real conversation about my background. That was great, and everyone was amazing.
I live in Arizona, so I know how tough the summers can be, and how it can be very difficult to make time to be outside and spend that time with friends and family. But going on a great staycation is one of the best ways in Arizona to make use of the hot summer months. The Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale at Troon North should be at the top of your list. Go now, get in the pool, and close your eyes.
Here’s a link to Trip Advisor’s reviews of the resort, and you’ll see that I’m not the only one who wonders why you haven’t booked your stay yet! 🙂
As always, my opinions and pictures are my own unless I mention otherwise. And thanks very much for reading and taking an interest in my blog. It is most appreciated!