Stay and Play 5

Turn up the heat This summer with family-friendly packages at premier Valley resorts.


The Fairmont Scottsdale Princess

The ultimate summer paradise awaits at The Fairmont Scottsdale Princess with the resort’s “Summer at the Princess” package—a three-month extravaganza for the entire family. Poolside is the place to be during weekends at the Fairmont, with the resort offering a one-of-a-kind aquatic experience at its Sonoran Splash. The adventure-seeking will delight in their SplashRider X-treme, —a spinning, heart-racing water adventure inside a massive rolling ball—two twisting 200-foot waterslides and thrilling zip lining experience. The Fairmont also offers ample opportunity to relax and unwind poolside with luxurious cabanas fully-appointed with all the amenities of home, such as a flat-screen TV, a ceiling fan, sofas and a refrigerator. Local residents will rejoice in the opportunity to be pampered at the resort’s premier Well & Being Spa, which, for the first time, is offering a “Happy Pass” for Valley residents. Whether spending the day rushing through waterslides and zip lining or relaxing poolside and at the spa, the Fairmont’s four world-class dining venues are a sure way to satisy after a long day of play. Spice things up at La Hacienda, featuring fresh Mexican cuisine and its famous “Guacamole Fest;” savor sumptuous Pan-Latin fare at Toro Restaurant; or enjoy contemporary American cuisine at Bourbon Steak and Ironwood American Kitchen for the most savory of summer favorites. As the sun goes down, things really start to heat up at the Fairmont, especially during weekends. After dinner, head to the Sonoran Splash Pool to dance the night away at the Techno Glo Party of the century, featuring black lights, lasers, fog and rockin’ techno beats from DJ Splash; or for a more serene nighttime scene, make your way down to the South Pool for a family-friendly flick at the Dive-In Movies. Either way, be sure to stop and gaze up at the sky at 9 p.m. sharp on Saturday nights to view a stunning display of brightly colored fireworks. If you do happen to stay for the July Fourth holiday, celebrate America poolside with the “Fourth of July Freedom Fest,” a star-spangled two-day soiree featuring fabulous fireworks, open-air concerts and military tributes. Whether coming for a holiday or just a weekend getaway, The Fairmont Princess makes for an ideal summer escape.

The Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Resort and Spa at Gainey Ranch

Summer fun is in the air at the Hyatt Regency Resort and Spa, as they kick-off the season with their “Splash into Summer” Package. Available May 22–September 7, this sizzling summer package features the coolest of deals for families. Start off your stay at The Hyatt with a splash by heading down to the resort’s expansive water extravaganza, complete with 10 crystal-blue swimming pools, 16 cascading fountains, 40 towering waterfalls and a pristine sandy beach—a most perfect place to play for both the young and young at heart. Families can take summer thrills to the next level by slipping and sliding down the resort’s high-speed waterslide, or rise to the top of their game with a friendly match of volleyball and basketball in the sport pool. Camp Hyatt is the perfect place to drop the kids off for the day while parents take time to relax in the Grecian Water Temple, an intimate jacuzzi-style spa, or indulge in serene summer specials at the Spa and Salon Avania. For a truly bespoke experience, take a sunset gondola ride along the resort’s  various waterways, with the soft lights from the golf course glowing off the still water creating pure magic. Then, meet up with the family again for dinner at one of the resort’s premier culinary spots, such as SWB, a southwest bistro firing up smoked specialties, or Alto Ristorante E Bar, before heading outside for nighttime festivities. While the sky may be dark, the Hyatt Regency absolutely glows with whirlwind cosmic waterslides, Xtreme games and classic dive-in movies showing best-loved favorites. If staying for the Fourth of July, be sure not to miss the spectacular fireworks gracing the night sky—a star-spangled spectacular worthy of the great southwest.

The Westin Kierland Resort and Spa

Channel all the beauty and wonder of the Hawaiian Islands with The Westin Kierland’s “Say Aloha Summer” package running from May 25- September 7. An island-style getaway perfect for the whole family, the resort brings the best of tropical thrills and abounding luxury to the heart of the desert. Unpack your bathing suite and head straight to the resort’s Adventure Water Park to be first in line for the famous Kierland Flowrider, the first boardsport simulator at an Arizona resort. Be transported to the crystalline waters and massive waves of Hawaii as you surf and bodyboard your way through the Arizona desert on this one-of-a-kind ride. For those looking for an added thrill, the resort’s 110-foot waterslide is sure to get your heart pumping. If relaxing is more your kind of way to spend the day, the lazy river provides the ultimate way to unwind as you leisurely float through the resort’s picturesque scenery. The Hawaiian adventure continues with island-themed activities from the resort’s award-winning FUN Program—the best way to spend a family-filled day. The host of poolside pastimes offered include, Pass the Coconut (the Hawaiin version of Hot Potato), Island Limbo, Hula Skirt Relay Racing, Grass Skirt Hula Hoops, and for the adults, a Mai Tai Putting Challenge. After spending a sun-soaked day of activity, unwind and savor the flavors of summer with Tequila & Tacos at the Dreamweaver Canyon, a sumptuous dinner bar featuring a selection of freshly-prepared salsas and sizzling tacos, or opt for melt-in-your mouth smoked meats at Jack’s Smokin BBQ. Then, spend Friday nights by the pool dancing to the beats of the resort’s DJ during the Aloha Family Pool Party for a true Hawaiian luau experience.