SCOTTSDALE, ARIZONA — Since it first opened its doors in 1988, The Phoenician has set the standard for luxury and service in the Sonoran Desert. The AAA Five Diamond resort is a visual masterpiece, spanning 250 acres of lush gardens and dramatic desert terrain against the spectacular backdrop of Camelback Mountain in Scottsdale, Arizona. Here, the spirit and vitality of the Southwest are embodied throughout the resort’s landscaping, art and architecture.
But what truly sets The Phoenician apart is the remarkable diversity guests will find here, allowing them to create the travel experience of their dreams. Accommodations range from luxurious guestrooms to residential-style casitas. Dining can be a casually elegant affair, as found at the Italian-inspired Il Terrazzo; as informal as a refreshing salad enjoyed poolside; or as memorable as a romantic feast just for two under the stars. The world-class recreational offerings of The Phoenician’s golf, tennis and spa facilities are balanced by the more unconventional pleasures of touring the resort’s fascinating Cactus Garden or exclusive $25 million art collection; or feeding Koi at Necklace Lake Lagoon.
Spacious, Elegant Accommodations
The Phoenician offers guests a choice of 643 spacious accommodations from guestrooms and luxury suites to casitas with private entrances. In the main resort building, there are 450 beautifully decorated guest rooms averaging 600 square feet, plus 12 luxury suites and two expansive 3,000 square-foot presidential suites. All offer private balconies and are appointed with elegant furnishings, hand-selected artwork and crisp, white duvets with Sealy Posturepedic Firm Pillow Top mattresses to induce the sweetest of sleep. Oversized bathrooms are dressed in Italian marble and stocked with plush robes and The Phoenician’s signature, full-size toiletries.
The intimate Canyon Suites, nestled against Camelback Mountain, is a boutique resort within the resort offering guests enhanced signature services, such as a therapeutic bath turndown, fresh-brewed tea or coffee in a sterling silver set, a seasonal amenity presented by Executive Chef Paul Carter and a Canyon Ambassador to take care of the guest’s every desire, including. The Canyon Suites features 20 guestrooms, 38 luxury suites and two presidential suites, as well as its own secluded “edgeless” pool and cabanas.
A short stroll from the main building adjacent to the Necklace Lake Lagoon, the casitas include an additional 119 guestrooms and suites offering doorstep parking and private entrances. The first floor casitas are pet-friendly. Cats or dogs up to 50 pounds are accommodated here.
The Phoenician offers seemingly endless dining options that are as diverse as they are inspired. Among the nine restaurants is Il Terrazzo, featuring authentic American-Italian cuisine; and J&G Steakhouse, showcasing a bill of fare created by world-renowned Chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten. For a more casual experience, the charming Café and Ice Cream Parlor serves tempting treats and light meals in a family-friendly atmosphere; and the Oasis and Canyon Grills present a variety of poolside favorites; while a complete lineup of signature burgers, appetizers and desserts await at the Relish Burger Bistro. For a more traditional experience, relax to the rich temptations of Afternoon Tea in the Lobby Tea Court.
Another popular gathering spot, the Thirsty Camel Lounge, serves luxury spirits, light fare and rare cigars with live piano or saxophone adding to the ambience. And for private dining, The Praying Monk offers an intimate, Renaissance-inspired setting for small parties. Dinner at tee box eight is a private gourmet dinner for two served under the stars at the highest point on the resort’s golf course. This romantic experience is also available within one of the resort’s secluded garden retreats near the casita lawn.
World-Class Leisure Pastimes
At The Phoenician, world-class recreational options abound. The golf club offers 27 holes of championship play on three, nine-hole par 70 combinations. Designed by Homer Flint and Ted Robinson, Sr., the courses feature stunning mountain and city views, while the 11-court Tennis Garden is the only resort facility in the Southwest to offer four playing surfaces.
Guests in search of enlightenment can indulge in an array of pampering and rejuvenating spa treatments at the 22,000 square-foot Centre for Well-Being, or learn about the resort’s many treasures – both natural and cultural – with guided and self-guided tours of the two-acre Cactus Garden and The Phoenician’s $25 million art collection.
For total relaxation, nine sparkling swimming pools tempt with their promise of cool refreshment, while an array of secluded garden retreats, which dot the grounds like secret, hidden oases, offer peaceful spots for reading, picnicking and other quiet pleasures. Family travelers will appreciate the activity-filled Explorers Program, which includes the supervised Funician Kid’s Club for ages 5-12. The Explorers Activity Center adjacent to the Tennis Garden houses a theater complete with a 72-inch-wide cinema screen and surround-sound speaker system. The center also features a 60-inch plasma television and the popular Nintendo Wii game system for kids and teens to enjoy interactive play.
Meetings as an Art Form
With more than 120,000 square feet of interior/exterior meetings and event space, The Phoenician seamlessly accommodates groups of all sizes – from small, high-level executive gatherings to grand affairs for 2,500. Here, guests will find the same design, forethought, and attention to detail that characterize the resort’s leisure programs.
The centerpiece of the resort’s meeting facilities is the contemporary, 15,000 square-foot. Camelback Ballroom, complemented by the traditional 22,000 square-foot Phoenician Grand Ballroom. Cutting-edge audiovisual capabilities are showcased in the 5,270 square-foot Estrella Theatre. Up-to-the-minute support technology – including high-speed Internet access, dedicated servers and Wi-Fi capabilities – is balanced by the attentive services of an Executive Meeting Specialist assigned to every group.
The Phoenician, a AAA Five Diamond resort, is owned and operated by Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide as part of The Luxury Collection. It is minutes from both Sky Harbor International Airport and the region’s finest shopping and dining. For additional information and reservations, call The Phoenician at (480) 941-8200; toll free (800) 888-8234 or visit www.thephoenician.com.