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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.
At the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess, the Fourth of July will turn into the First, Second and Third of July. The Arizona hotel will throw a three-day festival with concerts to mark the patriotic holiday.
The Fourth of July Freedom Fest will go down all weekend long with a 75-minute concert each night under the stars on the hotel's Lagoon Lawn. The concerts will also be shown on the big screen at the South Pool, in case you want to take a dip while you watch.
She's not a hotel version of Q or an astronomy wizard, but Danielle Griffin of the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess would definitely rate as a hotel mixmaster: She's the hotel's official Tequila Goddess, which means she's in charge of the hotel's 130 or so varieties of Mexican hooch.
What's it take to be the baroness of booze? More than just mixing up margs:
She is now one of seven in the world to earn an individual diploma from Mexico’s Tequila Regulatory Council (the only institution to verify and certify the compliance of Tequila with the Mexican Official Standard). This “Award T” accreditation, similar to a sommelier, enables her to provide guests and fellow La Hacienda staff with more in-depth knowledge of this special spirit.
Danielle is part of chef Richard Sandoval's reboot of La Hacienda restaurant in the hotel, where Tuesdays offer 50 percent off almost every label of tequila in the house. The better to try them all, we say.
It's only the second day of December and we're already wishing we could drop all sense of reason and act like a spoiled Real Housewife--ie jet off someplace warm to get over the dreadful stress of holiday parties and gift shopping. Thanks to this great deal from Travelzoo, perhaps we can! The site currently has a sale on rooms at the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess for just $99 a night for much of December.
When we checked this morning, the $99 rooms were available on December 23 and Christmas Eve, but why wait? If the big-city holiday rush just gets too much, we say do as Ramona or Bethenny would: grab your fruit-loopiest friends and head to the spa.
The hotel has opened its own Fairmont Gold lodgings--ultra-swank accommodations that act as a separate luxury hotel within a hotel. The Gold rooms consist of 69 newly-renovated guest rooms, three parlor suites and a 2,100-square-foot private lounge on secluded grounds.
But the piece de resistance of this special set is the Casa Dorada--a 3,700-square foot super-suite located on a private enclave of the resort grounds.
More on this super-suite (with photos!) after the jump.
A Fairmont Gold guestroom rendering
As if the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess Resort wasn't fa-bu-lous enough. Coming in March 2008, Fairmont will launch a new, even higher-end option for Scottsdale Princess guests, Fairmont Gold:
Guests of the AAA Five Diamond Fairmont Scottsdale Princess will have a glittering new option for the ultimate in unique and personalized service with the announcement of the resort's exclusive "hotel within a hotel," Fairmont Gold. The Fairmont Gold offering focuses on delivering the highest level of personalized service and pampering to the most discerning travelers.
The $6.7 million Fairmont Gold concept will feature a 2,100 square foot private lounge where Gold guests can utilize a private check-in and check-out area, complimentary deluxe continental breakfast, afternoon gourmet coffees and teas, evening hors d'oeuvres, and a fully stocked honor bar.
The 68 renovated 600-square-foot guest rooms will showcase "residential-style décor" such as stone flooring, stained woodwork, recessed lighting, a LCD high definition LCD television in both the sitting area and bedroom, and secure, high-speed wireless Internet access. Rooms will also feature views to the Stadium Course of the Tournament Players Club of Scottsdale.
Just the other week, the Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale was #1 according to the TripAdvisor rankings for Scottsdale. But something must have happened over the holidays as it got beat out by the Westin Kierland Resort & Spa.
Nevertheless, expectations are always high at a Four Seasons, and the FS Scottsdale doesn't disappoint. According to TripAdvisor, it's now the #2 place to stay in the city. Although, technically, it's not in the city. The resort lies nestled high in the foothills of the Sonoran Desert, 20 miles from Downtown Scottsdale.
And for many, the hotel's location is one of its major draws, even beating out its Westin competitor:
The seclusion and true desert sense of being up in the foothills away from the city is what makes this resort special. How many other resorts have their own hiking path that leads up to a peak in which you can hike and see the surrounding valley? The last time I checked, all the Westin Kierland offers is a view of the Crate and Barrel across the street.
But the location can be a bit of a bummer if you're not the type who can entertain themselves at the pool all day or with the nearby golf options so we personally recommend renting a car.
As for lodgings, the hotel is set up as 25 clusters of individual casita-style cottages, each with private terraces or balconies to take in the desert views. It also offers a myriad of tempting amenities and impeccable service.
And although some travelers have knocked the resort of late for its ongoing renovation project, others found an upside to the construction:
I have to say it was even BETTER than what we had experienced last year. Because of the renovations, the staff was even more solicitous and attentive than on our previous visit which I never thought possible.
Rates for a standard room start at $475 through Jan. 17th when they increase substantially, until the heat brings them down again.
Have you stayed at either the Four Seasons Scottsdale or the Westin Kierland? Let us know which one is best.
Spring is in the air, and the boys of flaxseed oil are back in Arizona for another year of Cactus League ball.
If you are heading down to Scottsdale for a spring trip, and you have some cash, check out the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess. According to the a recent Flyer Talk visitor, upgrading to a Casita is the key to having a great stay.
The Casita's are roomy suites with a patio, a Bose CD player, and a great mattress.
This visitor recommends using an upgrade coupon, if you have one, or know how to finagle this stuff, to get yourself into a Casita.
Then again this particular reviewer is a man that enjoys spa treatment.
The Willow Stream Spa is a must!!! Believe me as a guy I was a little hesitant at first but there were a lot of other men in there having services done.
We kid because we love.
One last tip: Apparently it is a ~$60 cab ride from the airport to the resort, so if you can arrange alternate transportation to the resort, we recommend it.