Scottsdale Travel Guide

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Time to Channel a Speakeasy at This Scottsdale Spa

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  Site Where: 4949 EAST LINCOLN DRIVE [map], Scottsdale, AZ , United States, 85253
September 18, 2014 at 9:28 AM | by | Comments (0)

Couples' massages. Romantic or creepy?

There are plenty of hotels which offer exclusive rental of the spa, of course, but none quite like this experience at the Omni Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Montelucia.

The Puerta Privada deal not only nets you out of hours access to the Joya Spa (along with two other couples), but makes an evening out of it.

Step one: Knock on the (closed) door of the Moroccan-inspired spa, and whisper the night’s password, speakeasy-style.

Step two: Follow your butler (butler!) to your spa suite (suite!) which comes with a terrace, private pool (pool!) and view of Camelback Mountain.

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Get Fit With This 'Tri-Retreat' at Sanctuary at Camelback Mountain

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  Site Where: 5700 East McDonald Drive [map], Scottsdale, AZ, United States
May 29, 2014 at 3:46 PM | by | Comments (0)

How can you tell that triathlons are becoming "trendy" events for folks to participate in? Hotels are starting to offer special retreats where triathletes can train for their upcoming event. We saw it first at the Four Seasons Westlake , who offered the "Ultimate Performance Triathlon Training Camp" last month.

Now, the Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain in Scottsdale, Ariz. is offering a summer "Tri-Retreat" in a few weeks. Only 12 participants will be allowed into the exclusive event, held from June 23-25, but they will have access to top trainers and instructors, including Olympic Gold Medal swimmer Misty Hyman and World Masters track cycling champion Terry Roach, along with healthy, performance optimized meals from Executive Chef Beau MacMillan. The retreat will also include the following:

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Living La 'Puerta Privada' at The Omni Scottsdale Resort

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  Site Where: 4949 E. Lincoln Boulevard [map], Scottsdale, AZ, United States, 85253
May 16, 2014 at 4:33 PM | by | Comments (0)

Who doesn't love a speakeasy with its secret entrances, guarded passwords and carefully crafted libations? Now, what about a speakeasy that comes with a spa butler, a private spa pool and couples treatments inspired by the Moroccan deserts and Andalusia region of Southern Spain? Um, YES PLEASE.

The Puerta Privada at the Omni Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Montelucia in Scottsdale, Ariz. is combining the speakeasy and spa experiences for loved-up guests who want to escape for little longer than 50 minutes. The Puerta Privada starts at 7:30pm when guests enter a set of Castilian-style doors to the Joya Spa. They are then guided by a spa butler to the Spa Suites which are situated along a terrace and lit up by candles and decorated with Moroccan antiques. These spa suites also come with their own private spa pool.

The total wellness experience includes a one-hour couples massage, a private unique astrology experience overlooking Camelback Mountain; and a custom dinner for two created by Executive Chef Michael Cairns, based on guest preferences. An acoustic guitarist will be playing through the evening.

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Fly High! Aerial Yoga Now Offered at Fairmont Scottsdale Princess

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  Site Where: 7575 E Princess Drive [map], Scottsdale, Arizona, United States, 85255
February 19, 2013 at 4:34 PM | by | Comments (0)

You know you should be heading to the gym soon, right? You made some New Year's resolutions, and this is juuuuust about the time where you start getting a case of the "screw its". That's because you haven't found the right workout for you, honeylamb! But see, we have sacrificed and done the research for you and found something hella fun. They call it aerial yoga.

Here's the thing about aerial yoga: it's better than mat yoga. Not only do you get a better stretch (you use your body weight rather than muscles) but it's a crack up! In that Spiderman kinda way. And the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess is one of the few places in the country that offers this class. So grab your yoga mats, people, we're going to Arizona.

The class launched in January (right when Willow Stream Spa unveiled its $60 million renovation) and is so popular, they have to turn people away. Talk about Burning Man syndrome. Thankfully they recently brought more instructors on board to expand classes. Guests who take aerial yoga will also have access to the resort's spa facilities. Fairmont Princess Scottsdale is the first resort in the US to bring Well & Being to life, basically a new program that combines health, wellness, nutrition, integrative medicine, fitness and advanced skincare together.

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Scottsdale's Talking Stick Resort Makes Its Own Specialty Bourbon

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  Site Where: 9800 East Indian Bend Road [map], Scottsdale, Arizona, United States, 85256
September 11, 2012 at 4:02 PM | by | Comment (1)

Talking Stick Resort in Arizona has bragging rights not many other resorts can claim. This luxury resort has its own bourbon. It's officially called the Woodford Reserve Talking Stick Resort Personal Selection Bourbon--a mouthful of a name. The beverage, which will be sold in the resort’s Shadows Lounge, an indoor cigar bar, will debut on September 14.

The group of Talking Stick representatives who helped create the bourbon visited Kentucky’s Woodford Reserve Distillery where they worked with Chris Morris, master distiller. We are sure that an appropriate amount of tasting and mixing occurred, all in the name of providing a quality product for Talking Stick guests.

On the September 14th debut, guests can sample the bourbon during three tastings scheduled at 6:30 p.m., 7:30 p.m., and 8:30 p.m.

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What is This at the W Scottsdale?

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  Site Where: 7277 East Camelback Road [map], Scottsdale, AZ, United States, 85251
May 23, 2012 at 3:33 PM | by | Comments (0)

We like to keep it fun but informative here at HotelChatter so our newest series, What is This? is devoted to odd-looking items in hotel rooms that upon first glance look as if they serve only a decorative purpose. But everything happens for a reason, right? And we're here to tell you what these things really do.

When you walk into the lobby of the W Scottsdale (and after you've inhaled the vanilla bourbon custom scent), your attention will be drawn to this mini Stonehenge formation of tree trunks just outside the W Gift Shop and before the front desk. Have you momentarily stepped outside again?

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What is This at The Saguaro in Scottsdale?

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  Site Where: 4000 N. Drinkwater Boulevard [map], Scottsdale, AZ, United States
February 29, 2012 at 1:16 PM | by | Comments (0)

We like to keep it fun but informative here at HotelChatter so our newest series, What is This? is devoted to odd-looking items in hotel rooms that upon first glance look as if they serve only a decorative purpose. But everything happens for a reason, right? And we're here to tell you what these things really do.

Ok, this photo might be a little tooclose for you to make out exactly what it is but when you walk into one of the guestrooms at the Saguaro Hotel in Scottsdale, you will know immediately what you are looking at--a stylish air conditioner cover.

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Mmm...What's That Smell at the W Scottsdale?

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  Site Where: 7277 East Camelback Road [map], Scottsdale, AZ, United States, 85251
February 27, 2012 at 9:45 AM | by | Comments (0)

Not too long ago, we tracked down (with the help of equally obsessed readers) the proprietary citron scent that wafts through the hallways and guestrooms of W Hotels but when we strolled into the W Scottsdale not too long ago, we stopped in our tracks, looked at our friend and at the same time, we both said, "Ohh...that smell." And the "Ohh" part was said in a very good way.

Turns out each W Hotel also has its own specialty lobby scent and at the W Scottsdale, theirs is a vanilla bourbon scent. Which perhaps sums of the place just perfectly--a chill spot that's a little wild and naughty too.

Have a favorite hotel smell you can't get enough of? Tell us in comments below!w

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Wearing Your Sunglasses at Night at The Saguaro Is Perfectly Ok

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  Site Where: 4000 N. Drinkwater Boulvard [map], Scottsdale, AZ, United States, 85251
February 16, 2012 at 5:00 PM | by | Comments (0)

Even though the Saguaro Palm Springs just opened the other week, we decided to eschew the two-hour drive from Los Angeles and instead, hop on a plane to Scottsdale and check out the original Saguaro.

We've been obsessing over this hotel's bright color scheme for months now and indeed, driving towards the hotel we let out a little yelp when we saw the brightly colored walls on the guestroom balconies. Yeah, we're nerdy like that. But how did the hotel measure up in living color? Read our review and peruse our galleries to find out!

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Doggie Yoga is For Real at the W Scottsdale

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  Site Where: 7277 East Camelback Road [map], Scottsdale , AZ, United States, 85251
February 16, 2012 at 9:05 AM | by | Comment (1)

We've heard of htoels hosting a doggie "yappy hour" before but when we were checking out the W Scottsdale on Friday, we did a double take when our host told us the hotel's courtyard space was open for doggie yoga every first Tuesday of the month.

Yes, doggie yoga.

The event starts off at 7pm and owners and their dogs get to socialize for the first half-hour or so (There's an open bar available for humans too) Then it's time to get stretching. The yoga poses aren't that difficult (indeed downward-facing dog is one of the "doga" poses), although they are modified so that your pup can do them too.

The event is free but if you want to spend the night, the W Scottsdale, of course, takes pets thanks to their P.A.W.S. program.

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A Look Inside The Saguaro Scottsdale

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  Site Where: 4000 N Drinkwater Blvd [map], Scottsdale, AZ, United States, 85251
February 15, 2012 at 3:00 PM | by | Comments (0)

Guess the Hotel Revealed!

Well, it looks like our guessing game from yesterday wasn't very hard at all. Yes, the shiny, bright and happy pool scene indeed belongs to the colorful Saguaro Scottsdale. Now that we've given you a peek at the pool scene, allow us to take you inside one of the hotel's garden suites located on the ground floor with private patios that lead out to the hotel's two pools. We hope you like the color pink!

This is room 4109 which features a king-sized bed, separate sitting area, a large bath room with a soaking tub and a separate shower, two flat-screen TVs (one in each room) and two mini-patios that lead out to the hotel's main pool.

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Stay Cool in Scottsdale with the W Hotel's Cool Corner Suite

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  Site Where: 7277 East Camelback Road [map], Scottsdale, AZ, United States, 85251
February 13, 2012 at 2:14 PM | by | Comments (0)

Headed to Scottsdale for the weekend and plan on staying at the sleek-looking W Scottsdale? Here's an in-depth look at where you will be staying.

We toured the property the other day and it's clear the room to book is the Cool Corner Suite. We peeked into one of these suites on the 5th floor and the star of the suite was the private balcony overlooking the hotel's sexy pool scene along with views of Zen Garden and Camelback Mountain.

The suite itself is about 600-sq.ft. with a floating signature W Bed (all rooms feature a floating bed look), a fully-tricked out desk with a personal computer, a giant flat-screen TV and a spa-style bathroom featuring a natural stone vanity, a shower with crushed glass flooring, the always-in-demand Bliss toiletries and a bonus W amenity kit that includes toothbrush and toothpaste, razor kit, nail kit, shoe shine and more.

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